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Zurn manager re-elected to ASPE Board

December 18th, 2014

ERIE, Pa. —Zurn Industries, LLC announced that one of its sales managers has been re-elected to the Board of Directors of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE). Vincent Scriboni, territory manager-Sales for Zurn Green Turtle, will serve a second two-year term as vice president, affiliate for the ASPE board.

Scriboni’s duties include supervision of the Affiliate Advisory Committee, which assists in the planning of the ASPE Convention and Exposition, and communicating affiliate views on technical issues to ASPE.

“This job mirrors my work for Zurn Green Turtle,” Scriboni said. “I serve as a conduit on technical issues between ASPE and its affiliates much as I do between customers and our company.”

Scriboni has worked at all levels in the plumbing industry for several decades and has given technical talks at dozens of meetings, conventions and symposiums. He has been an active member of the ASPE Philadelphia chapter since 1989, and is a past member of the ASPE Hot Water Temperature and Control Committee.

The April 2014 acquisition of Green Turtle positions Zurn with the largest grease and oil interceptor product offering in the industry. Zurn serves the point-of-use, gravity, and large capacity interceptor markets.


Josam names new National Sales Manager

December 17th, 2014

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. — Josam Company announced the appointment of Rob Severson as National Sales Manager for all Josam Company product lines. In this new position, Severson will have the direct responsibility for the company’s sales planning and efforts throughout the U.S.

Severson’s 30 plus years of experience in the plumbing industry include sales and management positions with key industry manufacturers and a large plumbing wholesaler in the Pacific Northwest. Prior to joining Josam, he managed a team of 14 sales people with a manufacturer’s representative and was the director of Sales for a well-known water softener company.

As Midwest Regional Manager for Josam, Severson’s well-rounded background within the industry has allowed him to effectively motivate and manage the 16 territories that report to him. Josam is excited to have Severson as National Sales Manager and sends him congratulations on the promotion.



Slant/Fin employee receives ‘Shining Star Award’

December 16th, 2014

GREENVALE, N.Y. — James Thompson, of Slant/Fin, is the recipient of the 2014 “Shining Star Award” by Buche & Assoc. This award recognized Thompson as a Sales Manager that is “head and shoulders above the rest.”

Peter Buche said, “We came up with this award as a way to say thank you to someone the makes our job easier and understands what teamwork is all about. It is a small token of our gratitude but we feel it is important for you to know that his efforts make a difference. James is a great representative of Slant/Fin and is a big part of why Buche & Associates has been successful selling Slant/Fin,”

Thompson and Buche & Assoc. have worked as the Regional Sales Manager and Rep for Slant/Fin Corp. covering Colorado, and the recent additions of New Mexico and Texas. Thompson has also been the Regional Sales Manager for the Utah area and has done wonderful work there.


NKBA announces 2015 Executive Committee

December 15th, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) announced its 2015 Executive Committee will be led by 2015 President Maria Stapperfenne, CKD, CBD of Whitehouse Station, N.J.

Stapperfenne, CKD, CBD, started her career in kitchens and baths in 1992, becoming a Certified Kitchen Designer in 2005 and a Certified Bath Designer in 2006. She is the manager of Tewksbury Kitchens & Baths, a division of Huston Lumber & Supply Co, and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Trenton State College. Stapperfenne has been active in the Northern New Jersey Chapter, serving as president, secretary, VP of Technology & Communications, and Chapter Representative. She has served as a Region Director, member of the Board of Directors, Certification Test Validation Committee, Nominating Committee, Industry Segment Task Force, Development Task Force, Governance Task Force, and a judge for the NKBA Design Competition.

Mark Kovich, of Winchester, Va., was named 2015 President-Elect, and Denise Dick, CMKBD, of Carrollton, Texas, will serve as vice president.

Kovich has been a part of the kitchen & bath industry for 23 years. During this time, he has served on the advisory council of manufacturers (as chair), as well as Virginia Tech. Most recently, he served on the NKBA Board of Directors as a Member at Large. During his three-year term, he served on the CEO Compensation Committee and the Governance Task Force, and chaired the Nominating Committee. He is currently the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Waypoint Living Spaces, which is the proud sponsor of the NKBA Student and Professional Design Competitions.

Denise Dick, CMKBD, has been active in the kitchen & bath industry since 1984 as a designer, trainer, training development writer and consultant. In 2002, she opened Signature Kitchens by Design, a full-service conceptual design agency that offers design, planning and comprehensive management of remodeling projects. She has been active in her NKBA chapter from the beginning, serving as President, VP of Technology and Communications, VP of Membership, Secretary and Chapter Representative. Dick was also a judge for the local NARI Contractor of the Year Awards. She has served on the national NKBA level as a Region Director, member of the Board of Directors, the Education Task Force, the CKBP Certification Committee, the CKBP Exam Blueprint Specification Committee, and as a test writer for the CKBP exam.

Lorenzo Marquez, of Sugar Land, Texas, will assume the role of treasurer, and Blue Arnold, CKD, CBD, of Jarrettsville, Md., will hold the position of secretary.
Lorenzo Marquez is Vice President of Marketing for Cosentino North America, a world leader in the manufacturing and distribution of quartz, natural stone, and recycled surfaces. In this role, he oversees all marketing, public relations and digital strategies for Cosentino Group’s portfolio of brands in the U.S. market. Marquez has been instrumental in overseeing Cosentino’s expansion in North America, which in 2015 will include the launch of 10 new regional Cosentino Centers, and the ongoing global launch of Dekton by Cosentino. He joined Cosentino in 2003 after receiving a degree in Entrepreneurship from the University of Houston and working for Levi Strauss & Company, also in marketing. He serves on the NKBA KBIS Advisory Council and is an active member of the A+D and Kitchen & Bath community.

Blue Arnold CKD, CBD, is the Principal of Kitchens by Request, Inc., located in Jarrettsville, Md. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va., in 1990, and soon after joined his family business. He has served on the NKBA Board of Directors since 2013, and has held the following positions in the Baltimore/Washington Chapter: President 2007-2008, VP Strategic Planning 2009, VP Programs 2004-2006, Secretary 2002-2003, and currently, Chapter Representative. He has served on numerous task forces and committees including the Governance Task Force, 50th Anniversary Task Force, 2013 30 under 30 Selection Committee, 2014 NKBA Executive Nominating Committee, 2010 NKBA Student Design Competition Judging Panel, 2011 & 2014 NKBA Design Competition Judging Panel, Region 3 Secretary BOCR, and as the 2013 KBIS Chapter Officer Leadership Summit Training Facilitator.

John A. Petrie, CMKBD, of Mechanicsburg, Pa., will serve as Immediate Past President. Petrie, CMKBD, has been working in the kitchen & bath industry since 1987, designing custom kitchens, bathrooms, home offices, wine cellars and home theaters. His early education was in architectural design, but his defining specialty and advanced training have been in kitchens and baths. He is the owner of Mother Hubbard’s Custom Cabinetry in Mechanicsburg, Pa. Petrie has served the Susquehanna Valley Chapter of the NKBA as Treasurer, Vice President of Communications, President, and Chapter Representative. During his tenure on the NKBA Board of Directors, he has served on numerous committees and chaired several task forces. Petrie and his father, Les Petrie, CMKBD, have both been leaders in the NKBA, with Petrie serving as president in 2014, and Les in 2003. This distinction marked the first-ever, father-and-son presidencies for the NKBA.


Taco appoints new president/COO

December 12th, 2014

CRANSTON, R.I. – At company employee meetings held at Taco facilities in Cranston and Fall River, Taco President and CEO John Hazen White, Jr. introduced Wil VandeWiel as the new COO of Taco, effective Monday, December 15. As the new COO of Taco, Mr. VandeWiel will oversee daily operations of Taco and work with John White, Jr. and his board of directors in steering Taco’s growth forward in the years ahead.

John White, Jr., the third generation of the White family to lead Taco, will remain as company CEO but will refocus his responsibilities on building new partnerships and strategic acquisitions worldwide in pursuit of company growth and diversification.

Mr. VandeWiel, a native of the Netherlands who is also a U.S. citizen, is an experienced executive with a track record of building collaborative teams and achieving sustainable growth with a number of top-tier international companies. He served as President/CEO of DORMA GmbH, a global access control company located in Pennsylvania, where he guided the company through a period of outstanding growth based on a strategy of customer and employee engagement and successful acquisitions, resulting in a leap in profitability and substantial market share expansion. Prior to his time at DORMA, he was Managing Director for U.S. based Robert Bosch LLC’s Security Systems division and served in senior leadership roles for Royal Philips N.V.

Married with four children, he received a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Eindhoven Technical University in the Netherlands and an advanced degree from MIT. He holds a Master Black Belt in the application of Six-Sigma and Lean Enterprise techniques. He currently holds a board position at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business and is a member of the Founders-Society, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

As Taco’s new President and COO, Mr. VandeWiel will lead a talented and experienced management team focused on ways to best serve Taco’s valued customers and employees. He will report directly to John White, Jr.

LAUFEN opens Miami showroom, North America headquarters

December 12th, 2014

MIAMI – LAUFEN announced the opening of their first U.S. showroom and new North American headquarters, which will be based in Miami. Located at the famed artist and design gallery known as Miami Ironside, LAUFEN’s contemporary, “concept” showroom is now open to the design community year-round weekdays from 9:00-5:00 p.m.

“Besides being a gateway to the Americas and a crossroads of the design community, Miami has long been recognized as home to some of the world’s most influential designers, architects and artists,” said Javier Korneluk, U.S. managing director of LAUFEN. “We’re honored to be part of Miami’s extended design community and pleased to demonstrate our continued commitment to growing our presence in the North American market.”

The showroom, which is located on 7610 NE 4th Court, officially opened its doors during Art Basel/Design Miami week in conjunction with Design Escape at Miami Ironside, an eight-day celebration, which featured art exhibitions, performances and networking events at the landmark gallery.

“Miami Ironside is a perfect fit for LAUFEN, a company known for partnering with the world’s most acclaimed designers and architects to create unique and beautiful bathroom products that are as much pieces of art as they are functional design elements of a modern bath,” Korneluk said.

The innovative showroom contains the first North American presentation of the groundbreaking SaphirKeramik prototypes crafted by world-renowned industrial designers Konstantin Grcic and Toan Nguyen. An innovative lighting and design installation, created by Swiss designer/artist Tom Strala, is also on display as part of the exhibit which launched earlier this year in Milan, and has since traveled to London and Belgrade. The exhibition finds a permanent home in LAUFEN’s new Miami showroom.


Manufacturers’ optimism for 2015 shown in planned product reveals at AHR Expo

December 11th, 2014

WESTPORT, Conn. — According to a recent ASHRAE Journal and AHR Expo survey sent to more than 1,000 HVACR manufacturers worldwide, there is growing optimism for improving economic prospects in 2015. Based on survey results, 87 percent of the respondents said their prospects for business were either “excellent” (26 percent) or “good” (61 percent) for the coming year. Thirteen percent of the respondents felt prospects were “fair.”

These results reflect a significant 8 percent jump over last year’s survey, which found 79 percent of respondents expected the economy would be better in 2014 than 2013. It also represents a sizable 17 percent increase in optimism over the previous year’s survey, when 70 percent of the respondents thought 2013 would be better than 2012.In keeping with this positive outlook for next year, 96 percent of the HVACR manufacturers believe 2015 sales will continue to increase, with 47 percent expecting sales increases of between 5 percent and 10 percent. Twenty nine percent of respondents forecast sales increases more than 10 percent, and 20 percent expect increases of less than 5 percent. Only 3 percent expected sales to remain the same.

This represents a 6 percent jump over last year’s forecast and an impressive 16 percent increase over the 2013 survey. When asked which market segments would be the most promising in the New Year, “Hospitals/Health care” ranked first in the “excellent” and “good” categories, followed closely by “Light Commercial.” “Heavy Commercial,” “Data/Telecom Centers,” “Manufacturing/Industrial,” and “Office Buildings” also ranked highly.

“Heavy Commercial,” “Light Commercial,” and “Data/Telecom” showed the biggest increases over last year’s survey, with double digit increases. Regarding the industry categories where HVACR manufacturers see the best prospects for business, “New Construction” was mentioned by 40 percent of respondents and climbed to No. 1, gaining 11 percentage points from the 2014 forecast. “Maintenance/Replacement” was second (32 percent), followed closely by “Retrofit/Renovation” (28 percent). Last year, all three were rated fairly equally with only a couple of percentage points separating them.

“What is especially interesting about this year’s survey is that manufacturers are seeing bigger increases in ‘New Construction,’ ‘Light Commercial,’ ‘Heavy Commercial,’ and ‘Data Centers,’” said Clay Stevens, president of International Exposition Company, which produces and manages the AHR Expo. “In the previous two years’ surveys, they were expecting more growth from ‘Retrofit/Renovation’ and ‘Maintenance/Replacement’ areas.”

Survey respondents were asked how important certain aspects were to them. “Reliability” and “First Costs” ranked the highest again this year in the “Very Important” and “Important” categories. “Energy Efficiency” and “Maintenance” were close behind, and “Comfort” and “Indoor Air Quality” made impressive gains over last year’s survey to finish in the top five.

In response to this projected economic growth and the need for more energy-efficient solutions, 70 percent of respondents said they plan to introduce new products at the 2015 AHR Expo in Chicago, January 26-28. This is up 3 percent from last year. Of these respondents, 53 percent plan to introduce products that improve energy efficiency.
AHR Expo is endorsed by 35 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 a honorary sponsor.


NIBCO announces investment plan, new positions

December 10th, 2014

CHARLESTOWN, Ind. — One Southern Indiana announced NIBCO INC., international provider of valves, fittings and piping products, received a personal property tax abatement from the Charlestown City Council yesterday evening as the company considers investment plans.

The proposed project will include a capital investment of approximately $5.6 million and result in the creation of approximately 40 full-time positions. This comes on top of the 140 existing jobs that will be retained, representing a total annual payroll of more than $6.7 million.

“We are pleased to continue our investment in the Charlestown facility,” said General Plant Manager Doug Kieper. “The investment we are making in equipment allows us to invest in our associates as well. The training support we will receive allows NIBCO to provide manufacturing-based training and education to support our steadily increasing sales. In addition to providing opportunities in the community, this project will have a positive effect on our employees’ capacity to advance through the training we will provide.”

“We are happy that NIBCO, a long-time employer and community supporter in Charlestown, has chosen to invest in this facility,” said Charlestown Mayor Bob Hall. “The purchase of new equipment coupled with the training being provided will ensure that the employees of NIBCO continue to advance in the company, resulting in opening new job positions and growing the economy of our city and the region.”

NIBCO has a manufacturing history that spans over a century and has operated under five generations of family leadership and employee ownership. The company opened its Charlestown facility in 1996. Over the years, NIBCO has survived and thrived during the toughest economic times through exceptional product quality and adherence to its core values: safety, integrity, teamwork and continuous improvement.

“In today’s global economy, Indiana’s business environment has all the tools necessary for companies to compete at the highest level,” said Eric Doden, president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. “Businesses like NIBCO operating around the world know firsthand that the grass is greenest right here in the Hoosier State, thanks to an elite workforce, robust infrastructure and a tax and regulatory climate that’s among the best in the nation.”

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered NIBCO up to $150,000 in a Skills Enhancement Fund two-year training grant based on the company’s job-creation plans. These incentives are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired and trained, the company is not eligible to claim incentives.

“We are delighted that NIBCO is making this investment in their workforce and our community. The dedication they have shown to the training and education of their workforce is a true investment in our economic future,” said Wendy Dant Chesser, president and CEO of 1si. “The purchase of the equipment and training will enable NIBCO to continue to serve their industry in an increased capacity while providing new opportunities for the citizens of Southern Indiana.”

“NIBCO plans on providing both in-house and outsource training for NIBCO associates in manufacturing methods, as well as advanced injection mold manufacturing techniques,” said Kieper. “Participants in our Advanced Training Program will be expected to contribute 3-5 hours each week into the community and to continue employment with NIBCO for not less than 2 years. We are pleased with the continuing support from the State of Indiana, the City of Charlestown, and One Southern Indiana.”

One Southern Indiana (1si) was formed in July of 2006 from the Economic Development organization serving Clark and Floyd counties and the Chamber of Commerce. 1si’s mission is to provide the connections, resources and services that help businesses innovate and thrive in the Southern Indiana/Louisville metro area.


GEO addresses GHPs as Carbon Reduction Offset for Coal-Fired Power Plants

December 9th, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urging that renewable thermal energy and geothermal heat pumps (GHPs) be recognized in its proposed rulemaking under Section 111(d) of the U.S. Clean Air Act to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants. The proposed rule allows flexibility in meeting the agency’s desired emissions reductions across the nation, including renewable energy and energy efficiency.

In building its case for GHPs, GEO emphasized the efficiency that the technology can bring to EPA’s expected mandates, and benefits of more widespread use by reducing fossil-fuels consumption, leveling utility loads, and cutting carbon emissions from existing power plants across the U.S.

“The encouragement of GHP technology is one of the few policy initiatives that can simultaneously and cost-effectively help states and EPA advance the concepts in Building Block 3 (with respect to renewables) and Building Block 4 (with respect to energy efficiency and reduction in demand),” said GEO President and CEO Doug Dougherty. “GEO asks that another, logical step be taken by EPA and State clean air regulators: Specifically recognize within the 111(d) Final Rulemaking the role that renewable thermal energy can play in avoiding production of megawatts generated by existing power plants—thus offsetting their carbon and other polluting emissions. GHPs should be specified among the most efficient renewable thermal energy technologies for accomplishing that goal.”

“Given the high proportion of energy and electricity used by buildings in the United States,” he continued, “GHPs offer a unique and efficient renewable energy technology for heating and cooling that provides both renewable energy and efficiency offsets that can help EPA and the states attain their carbon emission reduction targets.”

Seeking a partnership with EPA to cut pollution that degrades our health and contributes to climate change, Dougherty said, “Energy efficiency is the least-cost, lowest risk energy resource—and GHPs are the most energy efficient technology for satisfying the thermal loads of buildings. Our ability to use the earth for the exchange of free, renewable and readily available energy exchange to homes, buildings of all sizes and even district heating projects, is limitless. The technology is (proven and) waiting to be used…. Efficient use of geothermal energy for heating and cooling produces Negawatts, the cheapest units of energy produced and consumed.”

“It is of paramount importance for energy efficiency offsets to be implemented under EPA’s carbon reduction rulemaking. Those energy efficiency considerations should specifically include the benefits of renewable thermal energy technologies as a way to avoid power generation and therefore cut carbon emissions. A primary component of such plans must include GHPs.

“To ensure that the full potential of GHPs is realized toward the goal of carbon reductions, EPA must recognize that GHPs may increase electricity use, but at the same time replace heating and cooling systems that rely on natural gas, propane and fuel oil. Elimination of such onsite fossil fuel use can be an important offset to carbon emissions by power plants. EPA should consider both the renewable thermal energy (BTUs) that GHPs can provide in lieu of electricity generation and the elimination of fossil- fuel burning for heating and cooling of buildings.

“GEO asks that EPA’s Final 111(d) Rulemaking specifically include renewable thermal energy technologies—including GHPs—as a utility compliance option for the states. GHPs can be flexibly incorporated into utility, state and multi-state carbon emission reduction programs as appropriate tools to reduce consumer energy costs and cut greenhouse gas emissions.”

A complete copy of GEO’s comments urging EPA to consider thermal energy and GHPs as a renewable energy and efficiency offset under its proposed Section 111(d) rulemaking are available on the GEO website.


ICC begins 2015-2017 Code Development Cycle

December 8th, 2014

WASHINGTON — It will be the first full cycle to use cdpACCESS to develop the Group A Codes: International Building, Existing Building, Residential-Mechanical and Plumbing, Plumbing, Private Sewage Disposal, Mechanical, Fuel Gas, Swimming Pool and Spa, Property Maintenance and Zoning Codes.

The International Code Council’s (ICC) 2015/2016/2017 Code Development Cycle begins with the Group A International Codes. Used in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, the International Codes, or ICodes, are developed using a governmental consensus process. It is an open, inclusive process that allows input and participation from all individuals and groups. The I-Codes are a complete set of comprehensive, coordinated codes.

“Any interested individual or group is invited to submit a code change proposal and welcome to participate,” explained ICC Board of Directors President Guy Tomberlin, CBO. “The process ensures that the International Codes reflect the latest technical and scientific advancements, and creates a forum where anyone can submit a code change in a fair and equitable manner.”

Participation by ICC members and other stakeholders ensure diverse opinions are represented in the development of the 2018 I-Codes. Those who partake in person at hearings or online through cdpACCESS help to make sure the next generation of codes benefit public safety. The 2015/2016/2017 code development cycle will be the first full cycle to use cdpACCESS, ICC’s cloud-based system for code development that allows for online collaboration, code changes and public comment submittals, submissions of floor modifications and online voting.

A change to section of Code Council Policy 28 also is new in this cycle. The policy addresses cost impacts of code change proposals. The policy still requires that the proponent indicate whether the code change proposal will increase the cost of construction. The proponent also is required to substantiate the cost impact. If the cost impact statement or substantiation is not provided, the proposal is considered incomplete and will not be processed.

“Building codes benefit public safety and support the construction industry’s need for one set of codes without regional limitations,” said ICC Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO. “cdpACCESS increases participation in how the codes are developed, which is a major step toward creating a safer and more affordable built environment.”

ICC is accepting proposed changes to the Group A I-Codes through midnight Pacific on January 12, 2015. All proposals will be submitted online through cdpACCESS. Committees hear all code change proposals. Final decisions are made by ICC Voting Members— Governmental and Honorary Members who, with no vested interests beyond public safety, represent the public’s best interest. It is also important to review the schedule and the Code Committee Responsibility Matrix. The matrix notes those sections of non Group A codes which are maintained by a Group A code committee and as such, the proposals are due in the Group A Cycle.

The International Code Council is a member-focused association. It is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes.


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