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Viessmann introduces new mobile training unit

October 17th, 2014

WARWICK, R.I. — Viessmann Manufacturing Company is rolling out its new live-fire mobile training unit equipped with new products and supported with the industry’s leading training. The Vitomobile features several popular gas-fired, condensing boilers from Viessmann – the Vitodens 100 with Combi Plus, Vitodens 200 multi-boiler racking system with the Vitotronic 200 control and the new Vitodens 222-F.

The Vitomobile offers the same quality of certification caliber, hands-on training provided at the Viessmann US Academy. Vitomobile training is free to trade professionals and provides best-in-class instruction from expert staff.

Training includes:

  • Start and preventative maintenance
  • Program controls
  • How boilers are piped to the system
  • Low Loss Header – how it’s piped through multi-boiler racking system

Starting in the summer, the new Viessmann Vitomobile will be visiting wholesalers and contractors throughout the Northeast states – Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. To attend a Vitomobile training session or reserve a Vitomobile session at your facility, contact a local Viessmann sales rep.


President of Marlin Mechanical honored with PHCC service award

October 15th, 2014

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Mark Giebelhaus, president of Marlin Mechanical Corporation, Phoenix, Ariz., was named the 2014 Col. George D. Scott award winner by the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors—National Association (PHCC)

The prestigious award, presented October 10 during CONNECT 2014 in New Orleans, recognizes a PHCC member who has provided years of service and unselfish devotion to his/her association and industry, and whose industry efforts have provided many benefits to other PHC contractors. It also recognizes the continuing philosophy of dedicated service inspired by Col. George D. Scott, PHCC’s first president.

Giebelhaus has been involved in the industry since the early 1980s. Very soon after founding his company in 1982, he began to accept leadership roles within his local and state PHCC associations. By the 1990s, he had stepped up to the national PHCC level, where he participated in nearly every committee and served as the 1996-1997 PHCC—National Association President.

The current chair of the PHCC Government Relations Committee, Giebelhaus has been a driving force on the political scene, both in the home state and on the federal level. He has represented the plumbing trade to countless politicians and lobbyists, and has been a champion in leading the charge on key issues affecting the industry. He has been recognized as a Delta Faucet Contractor of the Year and PHCC of Arizona Contractor of the Year and is a past recipient of the PHCC Legislative Service Award.

His Col. Scott nomination form stated, “[Giebelhaus] is smart, savvy, and involved in government issues from local to national. He makes it his duty to form relationships with all his legislators, knowing they will listen to his concerns and act upon them. He takes on the challenges for our industry, as well as teaching people in other industries how to work for their own issues. He is not just a member of our chapter, but truly an inspiration to all in our industry.”


Mestek announces The Reed Institute Educational Center

October 13th, 2014

WESTFIELD, MA – Mestek recently announced the re-branding of the Mestek Institute to The Reed Institute Educational Center in honor of its founder and hydronics industry pioneer, John Reed, who passed away in 2013. This change takes place as they celebrate the 20th anniversary since first opening its doors to its training facility. The opening follows a year-long process of updating the facility, programs, website and supporting materials. The center is home to the most dynamic and modern industry trends covering hydronics and HVAC for all Mestek companies including RBI, KN-Series, Sterling HVAC, SpacePak, Sterling Commercial Hydronics.

In order to better accommodate its expanded training offerings, Mestek also announced its new website,, which offers full class descriptions, registration information, instructor bios as well as links to literature libraries.

The Reed Institute Education Center will honor the memory of John Reed by upholding his vision to make the industry stronger through education. Each year approximately 1,500 students pass through the doors of the Reed Institute. While the majority of students visit to attend training classes, Mestek has made the facility available to provide a wide variety of educational opportunities for an equally varied audience.

In the past several months alone, Mestek has hosted an AHRI chapter meeting as well as a Hydronics Systems seminar taught by industry icon John Seigenthaler. The youngest visitors come to learn about manufacturing through an elementary school program taught by the World Is Our Classroom, a nonprofit organization aimed at taking education beyond school walls.


Harsco launches touchpad boiler control platform

October 10th, 2014

CAMP HILL, Pa.  — Diversified global industrial company Harsco Corporation announced the planned market introduction of its all-new NURO touchpad control platform for its Patterson-Kelley boiler product line. Developed exclusively by Harsco, the proprietary NUROis the latest in the company’s Patterson-Kelley line of customer-focused boiler product innovations, including the introduction last year of its energy-efficient SONIC stainless steel boiler and its space-friendly MACH N’ROLL domestic hot water heating system, one of the most compact units of its type in the commercial boiler marketplace.

The NURO’s unique mini-computer design covers all aspects of a boiler’s operations, providing facility managers with simple touchpad controls for enhanced diagnostic efficiency, customizable adjustments and simple software upgrades via USB, all with the familiar interface of the latest smart phones. The NURO will be rolled out on the P-K SONIC boiler platforms in October. Integration of the controller onto other P-K boiler platforms will quickly follow.

“Our aggressive growth strategy in the Harsco Industrial business group is underpinned by dedicated research and development resources that will allow us to meet our customers’ most challenging needs,” said Industrial Group President Scott Gerson. “The NURO is another key milestone in our growth evolution and the direct result of our commitment to pace-setting engineering and continuous improvement.”

Harsco Industrial Patterson-Kelley is a leading producer of heat transfer equipment for institutional and commercial building applications such as schools, offices, apartment buildings, dormitories, hospitals and hotels. From 135 years of experience, HIPK recognizes that understanding customer needs is paramount in finding successful solutions.


KN Series upgrades make boiler line more effective

October 9th, 2014

WESTFIELD, Mass. – In today’s commercial boiler market, efficiency is everything. Architects, engineers, building owners, contractors, and others are seeking systems that offer both top-notch performance and a reduced environmental footprint.

To answer that need, the KN Series by Advanced Thermal Hydronics (ATH) has improved upon their industry leading digital control platform, HeatNet 3.0, and their innovative fuel-air flow management system, Tru-Flow, which allow KN boilers to reach operating efficiencies as high as 99 percent.

Ken Cohen, lead design engineer for the KN series, explained that the high efficiency cast iron boilers has been specifically engineered for premium performance and environmental sustainability.

“By further enhancing the KN series with our HeatNet 3.0 digital boiler control software and improved fuel-air management system, we’ve added tremendous value and cost savings to the proven performance of our condensing cast-iron heat exchanger products,” Cohen said. “Plus, ease of set-up, diagnostics with touchscreen programming, and remote system monitoring capabilities keep owners and property owners alerted to out-of-tolerance operation.”

The integrated HeatNet 3.0 boiler management system works in tandem with the improved Tru-Flow Fuel/Air Coupling boiler control system with whirlwind technology, which allows for reduced vent sizes, translating into lower installation costs and application flexibility for the end-user.

HeatNet 3.0 is the latest version of the well-known HeatNet control system, designed for precise digital boiler system control and increased energy efficiency. In addition to its touchscreen interface and real-time remote monitoring of boiler temperatures, limit circuit inputs, and overall system demands, HeatNet also provides seamless boiler-to-boiler communication in all applications, including hybrid designs, and optimizes system efficiency by prioritizing the firing rotation of all boilers within the system. A single HeatNet-enabled boiler is capable of controlling up to 16 boilers and can easily integrate with most building management systems; HeatNet 3.0 can also issue e-mail alerts to supervising personnel.

Key features of HeatNet:
• Touch Screen Programming
• Lead/Lag Cascade (16 Units)
• Adaptive Modulation
• Circulator Pump/VFD/Valve Control
• BMS Integration
• Freeze Protection & Delta T Monitoring
• Hybrid / Base Load Capability
• Priority Boiler Control
• Domestic Hot Water Communication
• Flash Drive Update available

New 3.0 enhancements:
• Web-based remote monitoring / dashboard
• Diagnostics
• Troubleshooting
• Set points
• Service logs and Test data
• Operational scenarios
• E-mail alerts

Cohen added that the Tru-Flow Fuel/Air Coupling boiler control system developed to keep KN Series cast-iron boilers running cleanly and efficiently, has been improved to additional application venting flexibility while
maintaining its precision fuel/air premix.

“Enhancing the Tru-Flow with whirlwind allows for reduced vent diameters and longer vent runs for increased application flexibility at installation; a real savings for the building owner,” Cohen said, noting that all KN Series boiler units are also prepackaged for simple installation, peak mechanical system performance, and easy serviceability. “They’re the first commercial boilers to achieve the high efficiency of condensing applications utilizing durable cast iron, which is both condition tolerant for durability and heat retentive for performance.”


All Weather Contractors fights against breast cancer

October 8th, 2014

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — AllWeather Contractors, a Jacksonville based multifaceted company comprised of construction, HVAC, plumbing and property maintenance divisions, has gone pink! In support of breast cancer awareness month All Weather team members can be spotted wearing pink company shirts. Company vehicles are proudly sporting pink foam breast cancer ribbons that are raised high from each vehicle’s antenna.

In conjunction with these efforts a donation on behalf of the All Weather Contractors and their team members will be made to breast cancer research to support the fighters, admire the survivors and honor the taken that have fought breast cancer.

“We are happy to support and bring awareness to this cause. Our goal and hope is that through our efforts it encourages someone to get checked,” said Dan Butterworth, vice president of All Weather Contractors. “In an industry where our type of work is perceived as being dominated by blue collage male workers, we are proud to show a softer side and wear pink in support of breast cancer. This isn’t something that only affects a few, it’s affected all of us in one way or another.”

All Weather’s team members have been the inspiration of the company wide initiative through their own experiences and passion to bring awareness to others.


Viega to host radiant system design course

October 7th, 2014

NASHUA, N.H. — On November 3-4, Viega will present a course at its Educational Facility, at 1800 Southwood Drive, Nashua, N.H. 03063 This course will cover system design considerations for commercial radiant heating & cooling systems. Commercial installation applications, piping and controls as well as efficiency comparisons versus traditional heating and cooling methods will be addressed.

This course will include:
-Commercial Installation Options
-Design Practices
-Integrating with other heating/cooling systems
-Dehumidification considerations
-Installation Obstacles
-System Efficiency comparisons

Costs are as follows:
Training, Hotel, Airfare and Tool – $600
Training, Hotel and Airfare – $500
Training, Hotel and Tool – $375
Training and Hotel – $275
Training and Tool – $225
Training – $125

Register at

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.


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.


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.



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