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Liberty Pumps announces building expansion

September 3rd, 2014

BERGEN, N.Y. — Liberty Pumps has broken ground on a major building expansion that will add an additional 81,000 square feet to its manufacturing and warehouse space, as well as another 8,000 square feet to its product research and development area. Since its last expansion in 2008, Liberty has more than doubled its sales.

“This expansion will provide needed space for additional manufacturing cells along with supporting inventory – improving workflow and productivity. We want to make sure that as we grow, we continue to provide a high level of service to our customers,” stated Randall Waldron, V.P. of Sales and Marketing at Liberty Pumps. “Expansion to the R & D facilities will support development of new product lines and improve the product time to market.”

The project also includes several pieces of new manufacturing equipment intended to improve efficiencies and further support the company’s “source and build in the U.S.” initiatives. Construction is planned to be completed by February 2015.


Geberit brochure brings modern design into the public restroom

September 2nd, 2014

DES PLAINES, Ill. – A new 12-page brochure from Geberit, titled “Public Space, Private Feel,” features Geberit Duofix carrier systems that lift urinals and toilets off the floor and keep the tank safely hidden behind the wall. The Geberit system, a good fit for public restrooms, not only aids in cleaning but provides a modern restroom ambiance. Elegant electronic and manual actuators with built-in dual-flush for toilets and single-flush for urinals provide the finishing touch for any décor.

The Geberit system is ideal for places like restaurants and hotels, or anywhere building owners want to create a “private bathroom” setting that invites visitors to feel at home in the space.
Enclosing the tank in the wall opens up space in the restroom, which is ideal for confined spaces. The adjustable-height carrier allows positioning of toilets 15 to 19 inches off the floor and the urinal 17 to 24 inches off the floor to meet ADA requirements or personal preference.

Information on design flexibility, hygiene, water savings, maintenance (through the actuator flush panel), technical specifications, strength and stability are provided in the brochure. It can help designers, architects, engineers and plumbing professionals look at public restrooms with a new vision and insight.

The Geberit in-wall system increases usable space in full bathrooms and powder rooms, giving the builder unlimited possibilities. Because the integral toilet tank is hidden behind the wall, the decorative flush plate attached to the wall is the only visible component of the system. This provides a sleek, modern look and improves hygiene by making bathroom clean up a breeze.

The Geberit system increases accessibility, saves water, and offers increased reliability over standard bathroom plumbing hardware. The flexible, adaptable in-wall carrier systems are designed for easy installation, attaching to existing wall framing and supply and waste piping using standard tools. Once installed, the system is practically maintenance-free. Should it become necessary, however, simple change-out of components can be accomplished without the use of tools.


Johnson Controls donates systems to military families

August 29th, 2014

MILWAUKEE – Johnson Controls, a global multi-industrial company, and its York brand of heating and cooling contractors and distributors, launched a sponsorship of the Building Homes for Heroes program, a national organization that recognizes the tremendous sacrifices of men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces by supporting the needs of severely wounded or disabled soldiers and their families. The Building Homes for Heroes initiative strives to build or renovate quality homes and gift the homes to severely injured veterans nationwide, mortgage-free.

Through this sponsorship, Johnson Controls, along with its distributors and contractors nationwide, will be donating quality heating and cooling systems, including installation and labor costs, to 12 military families. These donations will assist in the completion of homes being renovated and built from the ground up.

The first veteran to benefit from the York brand of Johnson Controls sponsorship was Army Specialist Eduardo Fuentes-Bueno, who, with his family at his side, will received the keys to his new home in a “Welcome Home” ceremony in Peoria, Ariz., on July 3. The veteran of the war in Afghanistan suffered a traumatic brain injury as well as serious injuries to both legs in a grenade attack in February 2012.

“The support of companies like Johnson Controls and its high-quality York heating and cooling distributors and contractors nationwide enables our organization to reach more veterans in need and help them begin to rebuild their lives,” said Chad Gottlieb, director of construction development at Building Homes for Heroes. “We work very hard to keep overhead costs down while continuing to install quality materials in the homes we construct, so these donations are especially valued.”

Johnson Controls regularly aligns itself with organizations that significantly impact the lives of people and communities.

“Community involvement is at the core of our business,” said Rod Rushing, vice president and general manager of Unitary Products Group at Johnson Controls. “We are dedicated to serving the communities where we live and work and are especially proud to offer a small token of our appreciation for the tremendous sacrifices made by veterans and their families on our behalf.”

The York brand of Johnson Controls donated a four ton York Affinity heat pump, and York contractor George Brazil Home Services, Phoenix, installed the heating and cooling services for the Fuentes-Bueno family’s new home. The participating distributor is US Air Conditioning Distributors.

“The decision to participate in the Building Homes for Heroes program was an easy one to make,” said Jim Probst, president/owner of George Brazil Services. “It’s gratifying to think that we can honor the service of veterans like Eduardo and support their families by providing them with comfortable, air-conditioned homes.”

Over the next several months, York heating and air-conditioning contractors across the country will donate HVAC products as well as their time and talents to support military families in their communities and move them into new or renovated homes in time for the holidays.

Upcoming “Welcome Home” ceremonies are scheduled as follows:

•Saturday, September 06, San Marcos, Calif.
•Saturday, September 13, Riverview, Fla.
•Saturday, September 27, Riverview, Fla.
•Tuesday, September 30, Bradenton, Fla.
•Saturday, October 18, San Antonio, Texas
•Saturday, December 13, El Paso, Texas

Building Homes for Heroes encourages attendance at these events. In addition, the organization invites anyone wishing to volunteer or make a donation to contact Building Homes for Heroes at


Bosch provides grants for STEM initiatives

August 28th, 2014

LONDONDERRY, N.H. – With U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) in attendance along with school officials, Bosch Thermotechnology awarded grants to two local high schools in support of STEM (Science, Technology, Math & Engineering) education initiatives in those schools. Schools receiving the grants included:

• Manchester West High School to support the implementation of Project Lead the Way engineering programs – $15,134
• Londonderry High School to support Mathematics Learning via Flipped Learning – $4,866

In her remarks after the presentation of the grants Senator Ayotte said, “These grants are critical because we have a real gap in our country right now when it comes to STEM education. There is a need to try to bring the excitement back to the classroom for STEM education…I commend Bosch for giving support to our local schools for innovative programs to get more of our kids involved with STEM education.”

The STEM grants provided were made possible by the Bosch Community Fund, a corporate foundation that provides financial support to assist individual Bosch operating divisions in charitable giving within those divisions’ local communities. The Bosch Community Fund provides over $3 million annually in grants to various community non-profit organizations and educational institutions. The Fund focuses primarily on the enrichment of STEM education and the advancement of environmental sustainability initiatives.

During her visit Senator Ayotte toured the Bosch facility with Bosch Thermotechnology North America President Richard Soper and met many employees. Bosch employs almost 100 associates in its Londonderry headquarters near the Manchester International Airport. The building houses Bosch’s executive and administrative offices that support marketing, sales, customer service and technical support functions as well as a warehouse, technical training space and a live demonstration center for industry professionals.

Bosch Thermotechnology is a leading source of high quality cooling and heating systems. The Company offers Bosch tank-less, point-of-use and heat pump electric water heaters, Bosch solar thermal systems, Buderus floor-standing and wall-hung boilers, Bosch and FHP geothermal systems as well as controls and accessories for every product line. Bosch Thermotechnology is committed to reinventing energy efficiency by offering smart products that work together as integrated systems that enhance quality of life in an ultra-efficient and environmentally friendly manner. For more information,



Viega hits the road with a new mobile promotion truck

August 28th, 2014

WICHITA, Kan. –  Viega is excited to announce its new mobile promotion truck, which hit the road at the beginning of August and is traveling from coast to coast across the continental United States showcasing Viega’s innovative system solutions.

This new, 30-foot long mobile showroom is a customized F-550 Super Duty truck. It will make appearances at industry events and requested stops, where visitors can walk through and see Viega’s range of commercial and industrial plumbing systems as well as radiant flooring and fire sprinkler solutions.

“Viega’s mobile showroom is spacious enough for several people to walk around inside and comfortably explore our products and applications,” said Jeff Neczypor, the U.S. director of sales for Viega.

The truck’s showroom is tall enough and wide enough for many people to experience it at the same time. With a television inside as well as a television outside, there’s plenty of space for everyone to see and hear and learn about Viega system solutions.

“Outside of an actual project, our promotion truck is your best opportunity to see what actual Viega installations look like and how they can integrate with existing systems,” added Neczypor.

Inside the truck, visitors can see genuine installation examples utilizing Viega system solutions like Viega ProPress for copper and stainless, Viega MegaPress for black iron pipe, Viega PEX Press systems with the Viega ManaBloc homerun water system and radiant heating and cooling technology with Viega’s line of innovative panels, manifolds and controls.

Local Viega representatives will be on-site to conduct product demonstrations, hand out information and answer any questions about how Viega press technology can revolutionize installations.

Initial dates for the tour during September and October include stops in Michigan, Missouri, Kansas, Indiana, Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona and California.


Industry groups to streamline Green Building Tool Coordination,Development

August 28th, 2014

WASHINGTON — The International Code Council (ICC), ASHRAE, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announce the signing of a memorandum to collaborate on the development of Standard 189.1, the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) and the LEED green building program.

The unprecedented cooperation aims to create a comprehensive framework for jurisdictions looking to implement and adopt green building regulations and codes and/or provide incentives for voluntary leadership programs such as LEED.

The agreement outlines the development, maintenance and implementation of new versions of ANSI/ASHRAE/IES/USGBC Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings and the IgCC, which will be combined into one regulatory tool. This agreement also endeavors to align the LEED program with the new code to ensure a streamlined, effective set of regulatory and above-code options for jurisdictions across the country.

“Architects have become the leaders in employing green building techniques, and the IgCC, a valuable regulatory tool, provides support leading to the creation of a sustainable, resilient built environment,” said AIA CEO Robert Ivy, FAIA. “This agreement, which underscores the AIA’s dedication to sustainable design and construction, should lead to more rapid adoption of responsible approaches by designers, builders, developers and a host of other building industry groups.”

“ASHRAE see this as a move forward in green building, reducing fragmentation of compliance documents for users who are pressing toward a more sustainable environment,” said ASHRAE President Tom Phoenix.

“Working collaboratively with our industry partners is producing real results that will help improve building performance, streamline regulation, reduce cost and allow us to focus our resources on goals we have in common” said Dominic Sims, CBO, ICC CEO. “This agreement continues the partnership we began in 2012 and assures that our Members and partners have a meaningful role in shaping the future of the built environment.”

“The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America is pleased to partner with the other organizations in this important collaborative effort in the development of a new standard and green code for the design and construction industry,” said Rita Harrold, IES Director of Technology. “IES members will benefit from this alignment of both regulatory and voluntary tools, and we look forward to participating in delivering technical provisions for code intended adoption.”

“This landmark agreement will leverage the unique strengths of each of the five partner organizations to deliver a coordinated, integrated suite of green building tools. An ANSI standard as the basis of a regulatory code to push the market and a rating system to pull the market higher” said Brendan Owens, vice president, LEED, and U.S. Green Building Council. “We are collectively dedicated to advancing green building practices and to advancing the broader industry’s understanding about the importance of green building goals and how to achieve them.”


PHCC Foundation announces fundraising achievement

August 27th, 2014

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — In 2005, the PHCC Foundation launched a new annual giving campaign to support the development and delivery of its educational programs. The fundraising goal for the new Invest in Your Future Campaign was set at $100,000, a sum that would require a powerful response from contributors and the industry supporters to achieve.

Ferguson Enterprises stepped forward to join existing campaign supporter InSinkErator in making that first year’s campaign a success. Both companies are members of the foundation’s Board of Governors and were already longtime supporters. Together, they went above and beyond, pledging $35,000 in matching funds toward contractor gifts. The campaign finished with over $110,000 raised, surpassing all expectations.

The foundation’s past success has allowed the fundraising goal to grow to $150,000 for 2014. Each year, InSinkErator and Ferguson have maintained their strong support – allowing the foundation to gather over $1.3
million in contributions to support its educational programs since 2005.

PHCC recognized InSinkErator’s 25th year of foundation support at CONNECT 2013. CONNECT 2014 is in New Orleans this October. At the event, PHCC will say thanks to Ferguson and celebrate its10th year of funding
powerful education for contractors and their employees!

To make a 2014 gift at, visit

Plumbing Engineer to host ‘TweetUp’ with ASPE

August 26th, 2014

NORTHBROOK, Ill. — In celebration of 50 years of advancing plumbing engineering, the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) is bringing the industry more! The society has promised that attendees to its convention and expo, to be held September 20-24, in Chicago, Ill., will have nearly a full day’s worth of continuing education opportunities at the convention and expo.

To highlight the educational opportunities, ASPE will do a question-and-answer (Q&A) session with Plumbing Engineer. The live event will take place September 3, from 12:00pm-1:00pm(CST).

The Q&A will be hosted on Twitter through what is known as a “TweetUp.” The TweetUp will occur between the handles @PlumbingEng and @ASPEorg. Users can visit those page handles to follow the conversation, or tune in by searching the hashtag #ASPE50 on Twitter.

During the TweetUp, ASPE will preview some of the top convention sessions in its “Technical Education Program.” The sessions are designed to help plumbing industry professionals, at all career levels, learn new skills or refresh their design repertoire. Each session offers 0.125 CEUs that can be used for license and certification continuing education requirements.

ASPE will also announce a “Who’s Who” of speakers, panelists and more who will be featured during the convention. ASPE will celebrate a milestone anniversary at this year’s convention. Join in the pre-party to the celebration through the TweetUp!


WQA supports ‘Protect Your Groundwater Day’

August 25th, 2014

LISLE, Ill. — Extended drought in California and Texas have put the spotlight on a critical resource of importance to every person–groundwater. The Water Quality Association (WQA) is urging the public to pitch in on “Protect Your Groundwater Day” on September 9.

Groundwater makes up 99 percent of all available fresh water in the world and is connected from beneath to most surface water bodies. Groundwater is out of sight and out of mind for most people. Yet, groundwater is the source water supply for 13 million households on private water wells in the U.S. It also supplies much of the water to the country’s more than 40,000 community water systems. Not only that, it supplies 53.5 billion gallons of water a day for agriculture and supports the environment.

Started by the National Ground Water Association, “Protect Your Groundwater Day” is a time for households to act to protect this resource. The cause’s web page provides ways citizens can protect groundwater from overuse or contamination.

Here are a few suggestions:

  • When it comes to hazardous household substances: store them properly in a secure place, use them according to the manufacturer’s recommendations, and dispose of them safely (if in doubt as to how, contact local waste authority).
  • When it comes to water conservation: modify water use, install a water-saving device (i.e. a water-efficient appliance or faucet and shower head flow restrictors).
  • Water well owners should move possible contamination sources a safe distance from the wellhead.
  • Know what’s in the water by testing it regularly for bacteria, nitrate, and anything of local concern.


American Standard expands U.S. design team

August 22nd, 2014

PISCATAWAY, N.J. ― As part of its ongoing effort to expand and enhance the role of design across its key business processes, American Standard Brands recently welcomed three additions to the company’s design team. Emilie Williams, Greg Reinecker and Gabriela Ravassa are working at the company’s design studio at headquarters in Piscataway, N.J., reporting to new Vice President – Design Jean-Jacques L’Hénaff.

Williams, associate design director for faucets, leads all design projects for that category. Williams formerly served as senior designer at Ignite USA, where she designed and developed housewares products for the Contigo and AVEX brands. Previously, Williams spent eight years as lead industrial designer at Delta Faucet and senior designer at the Masco Corporation, where she worked on the Brizo brand. She holds a Bachelor of Industrial Design from North Carolina State University.

Greg Reinecker, lead designer, oversees industrial design projects from concept through implementation across various product categories. Reinecker has worked with two leading design consultancies — Teams Design in Chicago and Axis Design in Austin, Texas — and brings over 10 years of experience in multiple industries, including power tools and housewares.

Gabriela Ravassa, industrial designer, pursues projects across all categories, but is currently focused on trade faucet lines for American Standard and DXV, the company’s new flagship luxury bathroom and kitchen brand. A graduate of Parson School of Design, Ravassa worked with eyewear brand Don Vetro, as well as OMHU, a Scandinavian brand specialized in elegant mobility aid products for the elderly.

The new trio brings the current U.S. design team to six members ― including L’Hénaff; Alyson Lyons, lead designer; and Christophe Bucher, chief industrial designer – chinaware products ― plus three associates located in manufacturing facilities overseas. L’Henaff joined the Company in October 2013 in the position of vice president – design.

“Jean-Jacques is leading us in a forward-thinking direction, creating world-class product design for products that perform fabulously while looking beautiful and meeting the high-style demands of today’s customer,” said American Standard President and CEO Jay Gould.

Prior to joining the company, L’Hénaff has been a design executive for Kohler Asia, Audiovox, and Terk Technologies, and held various design management positions for consulting firms such as Henry Dreyfuss Associates and The Arnell Group in New York City. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Product and Transportation Design from Ecole Superieure de Design Industriel in Paris.

In reinvigorating the design function at American Standard, L’Hénaff and his team have taken a more “user-centric approach to the design process,” he said. “It is all about the user’s experience. We focus not only on the product’s look, feel and function, but also on the overall experience we want the user to have when interacting with them.”

The keys to this approach are two-fold. The first is a commitment to validating new design concepts by submitting them to first-hand consumer testing early in the development process.

“The idea is to test our prototypes early, learn early and repeat that cycle again and again until we obtain the right experience,” L’Hénaff said.

The second key is closer ongoing communications among team members, including their colleagues in China.

“One designer may focus on faucets, another on bathing and another on chinaware, but we cannot work in silos without regard for each other’s challenges and perspectives,” L’Hénaff said. “Each American Standard or DXV product is a brand ambassador, so all of us are involved in building the brand, and each is on board with what’s happening with our product line as a whole. We have been given this unique opportunity to build on fifteen decades of design tradition and re-interpret it for 2015 and beyond. We are intent on making the most of it.”


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