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Watts Water names new National Product Training Manager

October 6th, 2014

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Watts Water announced that Peter Parsons has joined the company as National Product Training Manager – Americas.

In this role, Parsons is responsible for the development of a comprehensive product training strategy for the Americas. This includes creating both online and in-person training programs, developing training facilities, identifying required resources, and developing a consistent curriculum for individuals conducting training in the field.

“We’re thrilled to have Peter onboard. Drawing on his experience leading world-class training programs for global companies, he’ll help us provide an enhanced training experience for our valued customers,” said Andrew Windsor, vice president of Sales at Watts.

Parsons brings to his role more than 30 years of training experience and program leadership within global companies. He received certifications in Electronics, Cryptography, and Instructional Design from the U.S. Navy.

Watts Water Technologies, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is a world leader in the manufacture of innovative products to control the efficiency, safety, and quality of water within residential, commercial, and institutional applications.

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Daikin North America supports Habitat for Humanity work project

October 3rd, 2014

HOUSTON – Daikin is supported Habitat for Humanity’s 31st annual Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project in North Texas the week of October 5-11. Throughout the week, thousands of volunteers from around the world joined President and Mrs. Carter to help build and repair more than 100 homes in Dallas, Texas and Fort Worth, Texas.

For 31 years, the Carters have partnered with Habitat for Humanity and given a week of their time annually to help build homes and raise awareness of the importance of decent housing and its role in breaking the cycle of poverty.

”We are proud to support this program as it represents one of our core values. We manufacture energy-efficient comfort systems that enhance and control indoor comfort. Our Comfort Pros, the local independent dealers who install Daikin systems, also enjoy giving back to our local communities. It’s an honor to provide affordable housing and enhanced indoor comfort to 14 families in the DFW area,” said Gary Clark, SVP of Marketing at Daikin.

In addition to supporting Habitat’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project, Daikin has committed to providing $250,000 of support to Habitat builds across North America. This takes the form of direct financial support to Habitat for Humanity, as well as the donation of energy-efficient heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems for Habitat homes.

This year’s Carter Work Project also coincides with Habitat’s observance of World Habitat Day. Held on the first Monday of every October, the U.N.-designated World Habitat Day calls attention to the need for adequate housing for everyone by raising awareness and mobilizing people to take action in response to the need for better shelter around the world.

For three decades, Habitat’s Carter Work Project has engaged volunteers to improve communities across the United States and around the world. In Dallas, Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity will build 30 new homes and repair 20 existing homes in the East Oak Cliff neighborhood, located near the Veterans Affairs Hospital. In Fort Worth, Trinity Habitat will build 15 new homes in the Central Meadowbrook neighborhood, and will paint 50 existing homes in partnership with the City of Fort Worth’s “Cowtown Brush Up Program.”

Daikin Industries Ltd. (DIL) is a global Fortune 1000 company with more than 50000 employees worldwide, making it the number one residential, commercial, and industrial HVAC manufacturer in the world. Daikin is engaged primarily in the development, manufacture, sales and aftermarket support of heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, refrigerants and other chemicals, as well as oil hydraulic products.

Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 4 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976.

Visit www.habitat.org

HammerHead announces new facility

October 2nd, 2014

OCONOMOWOC, Wis. – HammerHead Trenchless Equipment has purchased a Lake Mills, Wisconsin property not far from its present location in Oconomowoc. The 136,500-square-foot, $5.1 million Lake Mills property will allow for anticipated continuing growth. Currently celebrating its 25th year in business, the company has doubled in size in just the past five years.

Company Spokesperson Jason Haas said management waited to announce the move until the sale was final. Unfortunately, some reports of the company’s intention to relocate have inaccurately implied that it was looking at out-of-state venues. Haas said that moving the company any great distance was actually never a consideration, and “certainly not out of state.”

Haas said, “Where else would we find the people who make the HammerHead organization the vibrant, thriving culture that it is? Our homes are here. From the get-go, we’ve always limited our search to a 20 to 25 mile radius.”

Haas said the Lake Mills location spares both management and employees the burden of long commutes or difficult decisions regarding relocation.

“We’re as much a community today as we were 25 years ago,” Haas said. “HammerHead pride is how we got where we are, and it will get us where we’re going.”

HammerHead CEO Brian Metcalf said the move was only a matter of practicality, pointing out that the HammerHead research and development facility was previously located offsite.

“Within the past five years we have had to rent two additional manufacturing and warehouse spaces apart from our current campus. In other words, we have been operating out of four locations,” Metcalf said.

Metcalf believed the increased efficiency of unifying HammerHead processes on one campus would help the company serve its growing customer base. The company market share domestically and worldwide is steadily growing.

“We’re excited to have a new facility located on 19 acres that provides long term growth and opportunities for our employees,” Metcalf said. “And, we look forward to becoming involved with the Lake Mills community. We plan to hold an open house in the spring, along with a customer event, and we will hold our global sales meetings at the new facility.”

Before the company can make the move, the Lake Mills facility will undergo some renovation work, Metcalf said. The refurbished property will house a new CIPP (cured-in-place-pipe) customer hands-on training facility, a state-of-the-art training auditorium and expanded manufacturing capabilities.

Anticipated completion of the move is by year’s end.

HammerHead, a trademark of the Oklahoma company The Charles Machine Works, Inc. since 2010, is also known as the Earth Tool Company, LLC. The more widely recognized HammerHead trademark comes from the success of its earth-piercing tool, the “HammerHead Mole,” which launched the company on May 9, 1989.

Today the HammerHead organization offers a wide range of product lines that include a complete array of machines, tools and consumables for pipe installation, rehabilitation and replacement. The range of techniques supported by HammerHead equipment and education currently include earth piercing, pipe ramming, pneumatic and static pipe bursting for underground water, sewer and gas infrastructure, including hydraulic winches, CIPP systems and consumables, pneumatic percussion rock drills and tooling, and horizontal directional drill tooling.

Visit www.hammerheadtrenchless.com

 

Legend introduces new lead free ball valve

October 1st, 2014

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Legend introduced the new P-2200NL Intsa-Loc II No Lead Drop Ear Push Fit Ball Valve.

The P-2200NL is available in Push Fit x FNPT and Push Fit x Push Fit with Drop Ear configurations. Both are available in ½, ¾ and 1 inch sizes and are constructed of No Lead and DZR Forged Brass (binary brass). They are third party certified ANSI/NSF 61-G, ANSI/NSF 14 and ASSE 1061.

The drop ear feature on the Push Fit x Push Fit configuration is ideal for stabilizing PEX tubing and affixing CPVC and copper tubing onto a frame or structure. The Push Fit x FNPT configuration can be used for connecting PEX, CPVC or copper to a fixture, a piece of equipment or to transition to pipe. It can also be used to isolate an area to allow for repair or replacement.

The P-2200NL Insta-Loc II No Lead Push Fit Ball Valves are labor saving and unique to Legend.

Visit www.legendvalve.com

Hundreds of new products to be showcased at 2015 AHR Expo

September 30th, 2014

WESTPORT, Conn. — According to a post-show survey of several thousand industry professionals who attended the 2014 AHR Expo, 94 percent said they came to see “what’s new” in the marketplace. An additional 91 percent said attending the show was an important way to look for new suppliers.

According to Clay Stevens, president of International Exposition Company, which produces and manages the AHR Expo, more than 40,000 HVACR professionals expected to attend the 2015 event in Chicago, on January 26-28, 2015, will not be disappointed.

Stevens said that based on a joint ASHRAE and AHR Expo survey of more than 2,000 exhibitors in the 2014 show, more than two-thirds said that they introduced new products at the New York show. However, early indications are that the number of new product introductions and new solutions may be even higher in Chicago. He cited the following facts:

• 85 percent of exhibitors submitting products for the 2015 Product Preview said they will be showing “new” or “upgraded” products.
• There are 112 first-time exhibitors, nearly half from companies outside the US. This means new products never before seen in the U.S. will be showcased for the first time.
• There will be more than 60 presentations from dozens of exhibitors at the New Product & Technology Theaters. This is up from 54 presentations in 2014.
• Several of the more than 100 AHR Expo and ASHRAE educational sessions will deal with new product and/or technology solutions.
• The 2015 AHR Expo Innovation Awards presentation will showcase the most innovative products available in the HVACR Industry.
• The 2015 show is on track for another record-breaking event, which means more exhibiting companies and more new products.

“As the world’s largest HVACR exposition, there are always thousands of new product introductions and innovative solutions debuting at AHR Expo,” Stevens added. “However, it appears that the upcoming Chicago show may set a new standard for product introductions.”

AHR Expo is endorsed by 34 of the leading HVACR industry associations and is co-sponsored by ASHRAE and the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI). The Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) is an honorary sponsor.

Visit www.ahrexpo.com

Viessmann showcases products at Open House

September 29th, 2014

WARWICK, R.I. — Viessmann held an open house at its U.S. headquarters in Warwick, R.I. on September 10. The event was attended by over 250 contractors, engineers and wholesalers from all over the Northeast.

The open house kicked off the heating season in style. The program included a facility and warehouse tour, an extensive training schedule, live-fire demonstration of Viessmann products, and a catered BBQ lunch.

New products, such as the Vitocrossal 300 gas fired condensing boiler and the Vitocell 100 DHW solar tank, were introduced to partners in attendance. Attendees were also shown the Vitomobile, Viessman’s new mobile lab with hands-on live-fire demonstration of the Vitodens 100, Vitodens 200 and Vitodens 222-F boilers.

Guests had an opportunity to meet and chat with Viessmann staff including Dr. Michael Luz, president and CEO of Veissmann U.S., and Steve David, director of Sales at Viessmann.

“We want to provide a quality experience for our partners that’s in keeping with our superior products” Dr. Luz said. “With Viessmann, heating season means an open season of leading heating products and solutions, best practice professional training and education, high quality customer service and innovative marketing support.”

David said, “The open house is an opportunity for Viessmann to showcase and reinforce professionalism. We think of this event as a class re-union for our A-Team mechanical contractors and Viessmann partners.”

The open house gave contractors and heating professionals a chance to mingle and discuss Viessmann products.

Brian Golden, lead technician at Foley Mechanical, said, “One of the most valuable aspects of the open house was comparing notes with other heating professionals and learning how other contractors are installing Viessmann boilers.”

Visit www.viessmann-us.com

ASHRAE explores residential

September 29th, 2014

ATLANTA – When it comes to energy, the residential sector consumes a fifth of all the primary energy used by the U.S. (21 percent) and more than half (54 percent) of all energy used by buildings.

Similar trends are also observed in other parts of the world. For example, in Europe, residential buildings account for 75 percent of the total building stock and are responsible for 26.2 percent of the total European Union final energy consumption in 2012.

Those figures reflect big energy use. They also present big opportunities for sustainability. From economic, environmental and energy security perspectives, a sector responsible for this much energy consumption requires significant attention, noted Tom Phoenix, president of ASHRAE.

The indoor environments of residential buildings have a very significant impact on health, productivity and comfort. Household air pollution from indoor combustion for cooking and heating is estimated by the World Health Organization to result in over 4 million deaths annually worldwide – nearly 8 percent of the total, predominantly in developing economies.

As such, ASHRAE is exploring its role in residential, looking at how it can contribute most effectively to the improvement of the performance of residential buildings. The society recently released a report, “ASHRAE and the Residential Construction Market,” which contains a series of recommendations to the Board of Directors.

“Our members do work on buildings all day and then go home, failing to effectively bring the best of ASHRAE home with us to improve energy efficiency and indoor air quality,” Phoenix said.“

Max Sherman, chair of the Presidential Ad Hoc Committee on the Residential Construction Market that developed the report, noted that one of the first questions the group explored was “what is residential.”

He noted that in the U.S., residential is often associated with low-rise, single-family houses. This association is evident in the division in scopes between the International Residential Code and the International Building Code and between the scopes of ASHRAE standards related to indoor air quality and energy. Additionally, mid-rise multifamily construction often seems to fall through the cracks and is not adequately addressed in either current residential or nonresidential standards, he said.

Sherman said the exploration into residential began under the guidance of 2013-14 ASHRAE President Bill Bahnfleth. The committee looked at the importance of the residential sector, what ASHRAE is already doing in the residential sector and how ASHRAE’s role is viewed in the residential market. As part of that, a workshop for key stakeholders was held earlier in the year.

Sherman said that their research showed the residential sector is of growing importance. Studies show there were over 115 million dwellings in the U.S. (217 million in the European Union) in 2010. The projection is that by 2030 this number will grow to about 141 million in the U.S. (241 million in the European Union). Given that number is increasing, efficiency needs to increase as well. ASHRAE can play a significant role in the efforts to reduce energy consumption and environmental impact of the global building stock.

“Over 74 percent of all existing homes in the United States were constructed before 1989—before widespread adoption of model energy codes governing their construction,” Sherman said. “More than 40 percent of the European residential buildings have been constructed before the 1960s when energy building regulations were very limited. By almost any measure, most of these homes are likely under-insulated, have poorly performing fenestration, have significant envelope air leakage, need upgrades to all HVAC&R components and delivery systems, and contain outdated and inefficient lighting systems when compared to today’s basic energy code minimums. In addition, we need to treat these homes as systems that provide good indoor environmental quality for people. These needs define significant opportunity for energy, carbon, peak power and water savings within the residential sector.”

Sherman said the group found that while ASHRAE has extensive and perhaps unmatched technical abilities in the residential area, it is far from the dominant player. He notes the Society’s involvement requires not only focusing the efforts of its own volunteers but collaborating with existing stakeholders.

The report contains several recommendations to the ASHRAE Board of Directors. Several recommendations have already been acted upon and the rest have been referred to appropriate bodies in the Society. The report and additional information can be found at www.ashrae.org/residential.

The recommendations are designed to raise the priority of residential activity within the Society by increasing visibility of existing work in that area and by providing additional Society resources for future work. ASHRAE will support residential through actions in the report, including the likely formation of a new standing committee. It also plans to involve more residential stakeholders and include more residential content in its research, programs, standards and publications.

Phoenix said that the move into residential also is part of the Society’s newly adopted Strategic Plan under an initiative that addresses ASHRAE’s role in the residential sector. The plan notes that ASHRAE will create partnerships and collaboration with key organizations in the residential sector.

“Together we look forward to working with new partners to develop technology, perform research and educate owners, builders and designers to improve the residential built environment,” Phoenix said.

Visit www.ashrae.org

GROHE garners fifth ‘Red Dot Best of Best’ award

September 26th, 2014

NEW YORK – The 2014 edition of the “Red Dot Award: Product design 2014” once again included GROHE as leading manufacturer of premium kitchen, bath and shower fixtures. Apart from picking up awards for its Thermostat Grohtherm 2000, its GROHE Rainshower Flower Collection and its Eurodisc Joystick line of faucets, GROHE also won the Red Dot Best of the Best award for its Minta Touch kitchen faucet.

This marked the fifth time in seven years that GROHE was able to secure what is one of the design community’s highest accolades.

Paul Flowers, senior vice president of Design at Grohe AG, said, “When we set out to create GROHE Minta Touch, we started by exploring the boundaries of modern technology in cooperation with our colleagues in R&D. This is why we take pride not only in the faucet’s technical and visual features but also in the cooperative spirit that made it possible in the first place. Winning the Red Dot: Best of the Best is clearly the result of a team effort and we appreciate this award as a very special accolade.”

Visit www.grohe.com

PHCC Educational Foundation adds to Board of Governors

September 25th, 2014

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Steven and Ann Rivers, of Rivers Plumbing, Heating & Air in Pleasanton, Calif., have been recognized as major contributors to the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors — National Association’s (PHCC) Educational Foundation and have been named to the organization’s Board of Governors.

The Foundation Board of Governors is composed of leading contractors, manufacturers, and other industry partners who are major contributors to the Foundation. They are responsible for guiding the development of industry education and training programs for contractors and their employees.

“We are so happy to have Steve and Ann join our board of governors,” said Roger Peugeot, Chairperson of the PHCC Educational Foundation. “These two have a genuine passion for helping others. Through their commitment to the Educational Foundation, Steve and Ann will be able to continue putting that passion to work creating educational programs for today’s and tomorrow’s contractors.”

Steve is president & owner of Rivers Plumbing, Heating & Air. He has been a PHCC member for nearly 30 years and has held numerous leadership positions within his local PHCC chapter, as well as the PHCC of California state chapter and the PHCC—National Association. At the PHCC CONNECT 2014 event next month in New Orleans, he will conclude his term as the PHCC—National Association President. Ann is a past president of the PHCC National Auxiliary.

The couple’s belief in helping their community does not end with association work. A segment of highway 680 near their office has been adopted by the company through the Adopt-A-Highway program. Ann can often be found at church helping feed the homeless, and during the Christmas season it is a tradition for Steve and Ann to help pass out presents at the VA Children’s Hospital as Santa & Mrs. Claus.

The PHCC Educational Foundation proudly welcomed Steve and Ann Rivers as they joined other major supporters in promoting the foundation’s mission of developing apprentice, journeyman, and business management training programs for the success of plumbing and HVACR contractors, their employees, and the future of the industry.

Visit www.phccweb.org

IRWIN Tools celebrates National Tradesmen Day

September 24th, 2014

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. – IRWIN Tools encourages all Americans to take time to recognize and thank professional tradesmen – the men and women who are the backbone of this great nation. This year, the company celebrated the fourth annual National Tradesmen Day on September 19.

IRWIN Tools, a world-class manufacturer of a broad line of professional hand tools and power tool accessories, initiated National Tradesmen Day to inspire the nation to show more appreciation and gratitude for skilled workers like auto mechanics, roofers, bricklayers, plumbers, woodworkers, electricians and carpenters – America’s Real Working Hands.

Since IRWIN first set out to champion the vital role of tradesmen for building and maintaining our nation’s infrastructure, IRWIN’S employees and retail partners have personally thanked tens of thousands of tradesmen and celebrated their unsung contributions across the country.

IRWIN Tools manufactures and distributes a broad line of hand tools and power tool accessories under the IRWIN brand including VISE-GRIP pliers and wrenches, MARATHON saw blades, QUICK-GRIP clamping tools, SPEEDBOR wood drilling bits, STRAIT-LINE marking tools, UNIBIT step drill bits, MARPLES fine woodworking tools, and HANSON taps and dies. IRWIN Tools is a part of Newell Rubbermaid’s global portfolio of leading brands.

Visit www.nationaltradesmenday.com 

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