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New Geberit AIA CEU course on hospitality bathroom designs

November 21st, 2014

DES PLAINES, Ill. — Geberit North America, an AIA/CEU approved provider, announced a new CEU course, “A Design Solution: Understanding wall-mount concealed tank toilet system technology, from space and water savings to hospitality ADA requirement.” The course focuses on understanding toilet system technology and incorporating it into hospitality bathroom design.

“The one-hour course will provide designers, architects and other professionals insight into their expanding role in water efficient and aesthetic bathroom design in the hospitality sector,” said John Fitzgerald, director of Marketing for Geberit North America. “The wall-mount toilet with in-wall tank is fast becoming an industry favorite. Not only does the system save space in the bathroom, it also improves hygiene and promotes a faster clean-up, especially important in the hospitality industry.”

The program discusses the expanding role architects, designers and other professionals play in water-efficient hospitality bathroom designs. Course attendees are eligible to earn CEU credits upon completion of the course.
During the course participants will:
• Review toilet styles and determine how to select and incorporate them into bathroom design
• Examine and compare a variety of systems to enhance durability, function and style, and space and water savings
• Discuss installation and mounting options
• Evaluate and review ADA criteria for public buildings and hotels

This comprehensive course, taught by industry experts, will fit the needs of professionals at every experience level. There is no cost to bring this program into firms or chapter meetings.


Results of Hansgrohe + Axor Das Design Competition announced

November 20th, 2014

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Hansgrohe Inc. announced the results of its first-ever Hansgrohe + Axor Das Design Competition, which attracted outstanding entries from around the country. The award pool comprises four Winners, three Honorable Mentions and a Special Mention as determined by a jury of media and representatives from the A&D community and Hansgrohe USA.

Open to architects and designers across the U.S., the Das Design competition celebrates excellence in design, sustainability and installation of Hansgrohe and Axor products in real-world projects. It demonstrates the range and versatility within the two brands, from contemporary classics to the more cutting-edge, through intelligent and inspiring interiors, and in the process, honors the work of the brands’ industry partners and its impact on two of the most important spaces in a project—the kitchen and the bath.

Hansgrohe USA President Erik Christensen siad, “We’re absolutely thrilled and encouraged with the level of participation by architects and designers from around the country. The caliber of submissions and degree of thought behind the specification and integration of Hansgrohe and Axor product within each scheme is remarkable. We look forward to building on the success of our first Das Design competition in the years to come.”

The jury found the overall quality of submissions to be very high and was impressed with the wide range of products specified. The winning projects gave careful consideration to the use and application of each of the products within the context of their design brief and clients’ needs.

Michael Reiman, international projects consultant for the North East at Hansgrohe, added, “It was great to see the breadth of ideas within individual projects as well as the hard work that went into the materials for each entry in our inaugural competition—in that sense, they were all winners.”

The winning architect or designer of each category will receive a round trip to Germany—home of Hansgrohe and Axor— and be part of a VIP delegation attending ISH, the world’s largest tradeshow for the combination of water and energy in building solutions, in Frankfurt in March 2015. They will also take part in local cultural activities in the region.

The inaugural Das Design Competition results are:


Firm: HOK
Project: Five-Star Luxury Suite
Architect: Christina Hart, Senior Principal, Director of Hospitality Interiors
Distributor: Grande Central Showroom on 56 St
Contractor: Pace Plumbing


Firm: Cheryl Chenault Interiors, Inc.
Project: The Retreat
Distributor: The Bath + Beyond
Contractor: Brown & Read Engineering

Project: Phillips Apartment New York
Contractor: Kornel Borbely

Firm: PSModern, LLC
Project: Rose
Distributor: Keenan Supply, Hajoca Corporation
Contractor: Dean Kurtz Plumbing


Firm: Nar Fine Carpentry
Project: Zen Bathroom
Distributor: PBK Premier Bath & Kitchen
Contractor: Nar Fine Carpentry

Firm: MMID Corp.
Project: Green Diamond
Distributor: Farrey’s
Contractor: Pedro’s Plumbing

Firm: AA Studio & MA Architects
Project: 250 Bowery
Architect/Designer: Aldo Andreoli & Morris Adjmi
Distributor: AF New York
Contractor: Ariel Mizrahi at Best Plumbing & Heating Inc.


Project: Ronald McDonald House of Long Island
Architect/Designer: Various


FCIA releases Firestop Containment Worker Education program, manual

November 19th, 2014

HILLSIDE, Ill. – The Firestop Contractors International Association (FCIA), the leading worldwide professional trade association dedicated to the installation and maintenance of life safety firestop systems, has just released a proprietary Firestop Containment Worker Edition of its Firestop Manual of Practice, as well as a full Education Program including PowerPoint Presentations, Step by Step Videos, Quizzes and Instructor Guides. The Firestop Contractors International Association (FCIA) is dedicated to the education and promotion of the importance of Life Safety Firestop Systems and Effective Compartmentation to interested parties all over the world. The first step to widespread implementation begins with the education of the specialized Firestop Containment Workers performing this work.

The FCIA, celebrating its 15th Anniversary, is strongly focused on promoting knowledge and awareness of the importance of Life Safety and Firestopping and Effective Compartmentation all over the world, as well as educating both the Firestop Containment Worker and the building owners and managers on the importance of installation by specialized firestop contractors to a concise tested and listed system. Once the building has been delivered to the end-user building owner and manager, the need for continual maintenance begins in order to ensure continued fire resistance and smoke resistant compartmentation performance should the need arise due to fire. In an effort to remain the leading authority in the Firestopping and Effective Compartmentation industry, FCIA developed a Firestop Containment Worker Education program to elevate the quality of workmanship provided for this specialized trade. With the release of this comprehensive education program, members will have access to an extensive training program and manual for their workforce that results in a thorough working knowledge of the skill and precision required for the specialized trade of Firestopping and Effective Compartmentation.

The Firestop Containment Worker Education Program (FSCW-EP) is comprised of two parts: the FCIA Firestop Manual of Practice, Firestop Containment Worker Edition (FSCW-M) and the Firestop Containment Worker Instructor Edition, which is the complete Education Program (FSCW-IE). The FCIA Manual of Practice, Firestop Containment Worker Edition is the handbook for the firestop field worker. The practices and procedures that the firestop field worker must know are outlined in the body of the manual. Both FCIA Members and Non-Members may purchase a copy of the FSCW-M by visitingthe website. The Firestop Containment Worker Instructor Program (FSCW-IE) is the complete curriculum necessary for an all-inclusive education and training program. The program includes a DVD with numerous PowerPoint presentations, instructional guides and quizzes, as well as hours of instructional video meant to provide education for the firestop field workforce. The FSCW-IE also contains a copy of the FCIA Firestop Manual of Practice, Firestop Containment Worker Edition. This educational curriculum is only available to FCIA Members and may be purchased by visiting the website.

The Firestop Contractors International Association is a worldwide professional trade association of contractors, manufacturers, consultants, distributors and manufacturer’s representatives. FCIA Members are dedicated to increasing the reliability of Installed Firestop Systems. With active participation in the FCIA and related forums, members contribute to the advancement of the Firestop and Effective Compartmentation industry, as well as maintain exceptional knowledge of this specialized trade. Through the proper DIIM of Firestopping – D-Design, I-Installation (by FM 4991 Approved or UL Qualified Contractors), I-Inspection (conducted to ASTM E 2174 & ASTM E 2393 Firestop Inspection
Standards by IAS AC 291 Accredited Special Inspection Agencies who employ special inspectors who have passed the FM or UL Firestop Exam) and M-Maintenance – for the life of the structure, Life Safety Firestop systems help save lives.


ASHRAE announces Student Design Competition Applied Engineering Challenge recipients

November 18th, 2014

ATLANTA – Students who took part in ASHRAE’s 2014 Student Design Competition were challenged to do research and design for a research and design development facility. The 2014 student competition focuses on a two-story office building in New York City with a research and development facility. ASHRAE student teams outside the United States were allowed to locate the building in the capital of their state, province or country. ASHRAE also announces the recipients of the Applied Engineering Challenge, which focused on the need to improve indoor air quality (IAQ), particularly in residential applications in developing countries.

Among the 39 entries from 13 countries, four were awarded first place in the categories that the competition and challenge offer. First place in HVAC Design Calculations is awarded to a team from the University of Central Florida, Orlando: Christopher Erickson, associate engineer, Universal Creative, Orlando; Ian Faulkner, mechanical designer, exp U.S. Services, Orlando, Fla.; DJ Marshall, mechanical engineer, TLC Engineering for Architecture, Orlando, Fla.; Richard Suarez, quality engineer, Rockwell Collins, San Diego. Calif.; Kristian Jack Szymanski, Coral Springs, Fla.; and Ju Young Yu, Winter Park, Fla. Their faculty advisor is Gabriel Vazquez, Ph.D.

The team’s objective was to design a high efficiency HVAC system with long life cycle, and excellent indoor air quality while maintaining cost effectiveness. They selected variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems with simultaneous heating and cooling and dedicated outdoor air systems (DOAS) with energy recovery. Other equipment included air valves for lab areas and high efficiency particulate absorption (HEPA) filters and exhaust fans to eliminate contamination.
A 20 ton DOAS unit, three condensing units and several heat recovery units were used to supply required air to all types of VRF units contained within the building. A separate 50 ton DOAS unit was used for lab areas due to the high air change requirement of the clean room and high exhaust rate in the four research and development areas. For each DOAS unit, an exhaust fan was used, and one additional exhaust fan was selected for emergencies only, such as in the case of a refrigeration leak.

The total cost associated with the selected systems was $570,203. The design encompasses efficiency, health and safety, comfort, functionality, longevity, flexibility and maintainability with a low life cycle cost. First place in HVAC System Selection is awarded to a team from Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kans.: John Gaito, Kathryn Helmer, Lexie Oliver, Alex Pint, Megan C. Walkowiak and Gordon Zimmerman, all of whom are senior level students in architectural engineering. Faculty advisors are Julia Keen, Ph.D., P.E., HPBD, and Fred Hasler, P.E.

The students selected a ground source heat pump (GSHP) system where water is pumped through vertical piping in the ground, providing a heat source and heat sink for the heat pumps. The main water loop serves the heat pumps and DOAS allowing heat transfer between spaces to maximize energy efficiency. The GSHP system met all the owner’s requirements in using the ground as a heat sink and heat source to serve the building. As a result, the energy savings are immense. This creates a low-cost, reliable, flexible, maintainable, sustainable system.

An unusual addition to the system was incorporation of a wall of vegetation created by attaching plants that do not require soil to a mesh grid. Given that the building is used for research and design, the exhaust and ventilation rates are significant and consume large amounts of energy. Ten small bio-walls are used to decrease energy consumption for the entire building by decreasing the required ventilation in the office spaces. First place in Integrated Sustainable Building Design is awarded to a team from Montana State University, Bozeman: Elyse Casper; Theresa R. Lindenau, Bozeman, Mont.; Terra Moran, materials engineer, Imperial Oil, Calgary, Alberta; Mary Peterson, project engineer in the commercial solutions division, 3M, Saint Paul, Minn.; and Martin Reaves, founder, Monolithic, Bozeman, Mont. Their faculty advisor is Kevin Amende, P.E.

For the HVAC systems, students implemented multiple systems with high efficiencies, using the nearby river as a heat exchanger. The main system – a VRF system – is more expensive upfront, but more cost-effective and energy saving throughout the life of the building. It was implemented to condition the open office, library, meeting rooms, mailroom and HR office spaces. It has the additional benefit of requiring no duct work; only the routing of small refrigerant lines.
Fresh air is pre-conditioned by a heat recovery ventilation unit that exchanges energy with exhaust air leaving the building. This recovers energy while improving air quality. Fresh air is vented directly into the fan coil units in the VRF spaces, first mixing and then distributing throughout the rooms. Fresh air for the computer server and research and design spaces is ducted into the heat pumps and blown into the rooms directly. Acoustic and filtration specifications were addressed through appropriate noise dampening and filtration products.

Review of data showed energy consumption was reduced by almost 70 percent; cooling load was reduced by over 60 tons; and carbon and greenhouse gas emissions were more than halved. The new design pays back after year twelve, and saves the owner almost $1 million by the end of 40 years. Although the design did not reach net-zero, the improvements were exponential. With a larger budget or new construction, the net zero goal could be realized.
ASHRAE also announces the recipients of the 2014 Applied Engineering Challenge, in which students were required to design and specify a small, portable air conditioner that must be affordable, maintainable and effective in the local cultural environment.

The first place Applied Engineering Challenge recipients are a team from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo: Juan Silva, sales operation, SYSERCO, Fremont, Calif.; and Nelson E. Echeverry, design engineer, Donald F. Dickerson Associates, Tarzana, Calif. Their faculty advisors are Steffen Peuker, Ph.D., and Jesse Maddren, Ph.D., P.E. The system involves a series of measures that a family living in Mexico City can take to improve the IAQ in their house. Starting in the kitchen, a wood stove with a chimney attached was used to vent out the smoke caused from burning biomass. The stove provides heating during cold days, reduces pollution caused by inefficient cooking stoves and provides reliable operation.

Next, in the living room, a window fan was modified with an external air filter at the inlet of the fan, capturing most of the harmful contaminants and allowing fresh air to enter the house. With forced airflow, pollutants are dispersed, thus avoiding high concentrations. A window fan providing a capacity of 1400 CFM is sufficient to supply the entire house. For cooling, students chose a window unit, which helps in reducing humidity. One major benefit is that units are portable and can easily be installed in a new or different home. Two financial tiers were created: one targets low to middle class families, providing equipment and devices to satisfy comfort needs and to improve healthy living, but with less expensive materials. The second tier for high to mid class families contains a power generator and window unit.

The projects will be shared at the 2015 ASHRAE Winter Conference, Jan. 24-28, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, Ill. Also taking place at that time is the ASHRAE co-sponsored AHR Expo, Jan. 26-28, McCormick Place, Chicago.
ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its more than 50,000 members worldwide focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. Through research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today. More information can be found at


NKBA expands learning, networking for KBIS 2015

November 17th, 2014

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. — As owners of the 2015 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is increasing learning opportunities, awarding its first-ever Professional of the Year award, and delivering some of the best networking opportunities that the industry has to offer.

NKBA University, the association’s learning and professional development arm, will present NKBA U Courses as well as Voices From The Industry (VFTI) including the Featured Speaker Sessions as part of the KBIS 2015 conference offerings. Many of the sessions give attendees the chance to earn continuing education units (CEUs), allowing them to maximize their KBIS attendance by earning required CEUs to maintain their accreditations.

“We work hard to ensure that conference attendees can maximize their time at KBIS 2015,” explained Nancy Barnes, director of Learning at the NKBA. “By integrating excellent learning and professional development opportunities into the KBIS schedule, we allow our members – all of whom have busy schedules – to include professional development to enhance their KBIS experience.”

For the second consecutive year, KBIS will co-locate with the International Builders’ Show (IBS), to form Design & Construction Week (DCW) — a must-attend event to be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center from January 20 to 22, 2015. In addition to KBIS and IBS, attendees can also take in Surfaces (International Surface Event), IWCE (International Window Coverings Expo), and special events during the Las Vegas Market.

Over 90 sessions are being offered at KBIS 2015 – many will offer continuing education units (CEUs) from the NKBA as well as other industry associations, such as National Association of Homebuilders, National Association of the Remodeling Industry, and American Institute of Architects. The hour-long information sessions are grouped into 11 conference blocks over three days and offer attendees a chance to hear presentations from their industry peers on a variety of current topics and trends. All VFTI sessions are aligned to one of NKBA University’s eight learning paths.

Of the 11 courses offered at the show, the NKBA will include new courses available exclusively at KBIS. The courses will cover topics such as recruiting and hiring, decorative plumbing, creative thinking, customer service, and sales. All courses are taught by top instructors and are designed to further develop an industry professional’s career. The courses have a separate registration fee from the Voices From The Industry pass. A highlight of the 11 Learning Courses offered at KBIS 2015 is the DiSCover Your Selling Style course, offered on January 19. The course uses the DiSC Sales Profile to help participants improve their sales performance and results. The Professional Resource Library will also have the latest editions of its books available for purchase.

VFTI will present two featured speakers during the show. Timing and topics are:

  • January 20: Jason Tester, Research Director, Human-Future Interaction, Institute for the Future shares insights on “Design for Balance in the Home of 2030” (Design and Inspiration – 0.1 CEU).
  • January 21: Kevin Murphy, Chief Operating Officer, Ferguson will present the State of the Industry address on “Embrace Change, Fear Status Quo (Sponsored by Danze).” (Business Management – 0.1 CEU).

The 30 Under 30 is a select group of young kitchen and bath professionals under the age of 30 who represent some of the brightest up-and-comers in the kitchen and bath industry. The 30 Under 30 use the KBIS exhibits as a research tool, investigating industry trends, innovations and new technologies. This talented group will present their findings at Center Stage in the NKBA booth on January 21. They will share the results of their explorations on the KBIS show floor and answer questions from the audience.

On January 20, at Center Stage in the NKBA Booth, just as exhibitors will unveil their latest products, NKBA University will unveil its first-ever NKBA U Professional of the Year. The winner will be announced following the final competition and awarded an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Spain, courtesy of Platinum Sponsor Cosentino.

Runners-up will also receive all-expenses-paid trips for two to tour the headquarters and manufacturing facilities of one of the contest’s Gold Sponsors: Kohler Co., who will provide a tour of its headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Kohler, Wis., and GE, who will provide a tour of its Monogram Experience Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

“The NKBA U Professional of the Year contest embodies the Association’s spirit for professional development across the entire industry, setting a new industry standard for excellence,” said National Kitchen & Bath Association CEO Bill Darcy. “Our finalists have experienced the benefits of NKBA U firsthand—it’s not only a resource for kitchen and bath designers, but an online professional development platform for builders and remodelers, architects, dealers, manufacturers and representatives, as well as retailers.”

Helping to balance the excellent learning opportunities available from the NKBA at KBIS 2015 will be the association’s many networking opportunities. The NKBA has a reputation for hosting some of the most successful events in the kitchen and bath industry, providing invaluable opportunities for professionals to connect in a fun and engaging setting. The NKBA kicks off KBIS in celebratory style with The Party on  January 19, 2015, from 8:00pm to 10:00pm at Tryst Nightclub in the Wynn Hotel (immediately following the presentation of the Design Competition Awards). Traditionally a sell-out event, The Bash is a time when the kitchen and bath industry comes together to celebrate friendships new and old, successes, and all that the future has to offer. The Bash takes place on January 21 from 8:30pm to 1:30am at XS Nightclub, located at the Encore Hotel.


Watts releases IntelliFlow

November 14th, 2014

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Watts announced it has released its next generation IntelliFlow A2CM1 automatic washing machine shutoff valve designed to meet the requirements of today’s washing machine technology. The latest model provides enhanced performance and a simplified product set-up procedure.

When the washing machine starts a cycle, the IntelliFlow senses the electric current flowing to the machine and opens the supply of water. Upon completion of the full wash cycle, the machine shuts off and returns to the original current level. IntelliFlow senses the low current and closes both the hot and cold water supplies, relieving pressure on the hoses.

By reducing the likelihood of flood problems, the IntelliFlow addresses one of the leading reasons for insurance claims in North America: water damage caused by burst washing machine hoses. A burst washing machine hose can discharge up to 500 gallons of water in only one hour.


Industry leaders call for abstracts for International Emerging Technology Symposium

November 13th, 2014

ONTARIO, Calif. – Preparations are already underway for the 2016 International Emerging Technology Symposium (IETS), to be held in May 2016 in the Chicago area. The IETS is widely considered by attendees and participants to be one of the most comprehensive and informative events to discuss timely issues in the water efficiency, water quality, plumbing and mechanical industries.

The IETS is proud to announce that the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE) has signed on as co-convener. This brings the number of co-convening organizations to nine. They are: the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE), AWE, the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH), the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA), the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors National Association (PHCC-NA), the Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI), the United Association (UA), and the World Plumbing Council (WPC).

A Call for Abstracts has been issued and can be downloaded at

“Participation by an increasing number diverse and widely respected organizations in the planning and presentation of this fifth IETS speaks to the growing significance of this International event,” said Russ Chaney, CEO of The IAPMO Group. “IAPMO is honored be part of what will no doubt be another informative and timely symposium.”

The IETS will gather plumbers, contractors, engineers, manufacturers, and water efficiency experts to introduce new technologies for the plumbing and mechanical industries, and to discuss emerging trends, challenges and opportunities important to anyone who cares about how water is used in the built environment.

In addition, the IETS is designed to provide a portal for the host organizations’ partners in the manufacturing, engineering and trade industries to display and demonstrate their innovative solutions to emerging problems and to discuss legislative and regulatory developments that often alter industry landscapes.

Prior presentations and a series of videos from the previous IETS events are available for viewing online at


SSPMA to lead session at Water,Wastewater Equipment, Treatment, Transport Show

November 12th, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Sump and Sewage Pump Manufactures Association (SSPMA) has been selected to provide a three-track educational session at the Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport (WWETT)

Show on February 23, 2015. Three sessions will be presented by SSPMA members focusing on various aspects of pump installation and maintenance.

The sessions are:

  1. Sizing Guidelines for New or Replacement Sewage Pumps, presented by Deron Oberkorn, Corporate Product Development Manager at Zoeller Company
  2. Backup Battery and Combination Pump Systems Evaluation and Installation, presented by Alan Schulman, founder and CEO of Glentronics, Inc.
  3. Specifying Pumps, “Why Do Pumps Fail?” presented by Jeff Hawks, President of Champion Pump Company, Inc.

The association recently published a White Paper titled “Why Homeowners Need a Backup Sump Pump System” which will be the basis for a portion of session led by Alan Schulman. The paper answers the common questions homeowners with basements have regarding the prevention based options available to them. This White Paper is available online.

SSPMA is a North American trade organization of sump, effluent, and sewage pump manufacturers and their suppliers. The association works to inform consumers, train wastewater and plumbing professionals, as well as create product performance and safety standards. Pumps bearing the “SSPMA-Certified” seal have been tested by the member manufacturer in accordance with SSPMA Industry Standards. The Standards are designed to provide accurate performance data for sump, effluent and sewage pumping equipment, to assist in their proper application and selection.

SSPMA members collaborate with each other and government regulators to educate consumers and professionals on the latest products, their application, proper sizing techniques,
safe installation and use, and good maintenance practices.



ASPE and CSA Group working together to enhance the global plumbing industry

November 11th, 2014

CHICAGO —  The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) and the Canadian Standards Association, operating as CSA Group, recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to facilitate the exchange of information regarding technical, legislative, and regulatory matters that affect plumbing products industries in North America and globally.

The MOU combines the expertise of the only international organization dedicated to advancing the science of plumbing engineering with the leading standards development organization in Canada. Both ASPE and CSA Group recognize that the globalization of the plumbing industry has generated a need for collaboration among the members of both organizations, and this MOU will provide methods for the sharing of information, particularly utilizing CSA Group’s Communities of Interest (COI) site.

“ASPE is at the forefront of driving current and future needs in plumbing engineering, code development, and standards in both North America and globally,” said Todd Lumpkin, CSA Group Global Business Unit Director, Appliances and Gas. “We are excited to be working with ASPE toward advancements in the plumbing industry through information exchange, the development of technical articles, and collaboration sites.”

Utilizing the technical knowledge of ASPE’s 6,000 members and CSA Group’s global network, the two organizations will work together to improve the quality of plumbing system designs and to help ensure that plumbing products are safer, more efficient, and more affordable to benefit consumers internationally. The collaboration will also help ensure that plumbing product and system designs are uniformly implemented around the world through the development of consistent consensus standards.

“ASPE is committed to serving its membership in Canada and to further expanding our presence and influence in North America,” stated ASPE Executive Director/CEO Jim Kendzel, MPH, CAE. “Our friends at CSA Group are supporting our efforts to charter an ASPE chapter in Toronto, and we look forward to even more significant opportunities regarding standards development and creating an ASPE space in CSA’s Communities of Interest site.”


Ferguson solidifies move into Metro New York

November 10th, 2014

NEW YORK– It has taken several measured steps to happen, but Ferguson now has claim on a giant foothold in the Metro New York market. The Newport News, Virginia-based company now is a contender to be reckoned with on both the residential and commercial building front in this highly competitive market.

The cornerstone of its Metro New York growth was the acquisition in late 2012 of Davis & Warshow (D&W), for decades one of the area’s leading kitchen and bath products suppliers. In particular, this union helped put the Ferguson name on the radar of influential architects and interior designers, a community of professionals that is highly concentrated in Metro New York and that represents a significant chunk of D&W’s clientele.

“Davis & Warshow is now completely integrated into Ferguson, and in July it started operating under our name,” said Jim Golini, district manager for Ferguson New York Metro. “We want all the varied customers we work with – architects, interior designers, plumbing and building trade contractors, as well as homeowners – to know that even though the sign on the building is different, the high level of service that D&W’s loyal customers have received over the past 87 years will remain the same. Be assured Ferguson is committed to upholding all the principles that contributed to D&W’s success – providing quality products along with the highest levels of service and customer satisfaction.”

The D&W acquisition included eight wholesale and five showroom locations dotting Manhattan, Westchester County and Long Island, supplementing Ferguson’s own count of 17 wholesale and 12 showrooms in parts of New Jersey that are included in its Metro New York territory.

Not long after Davis & Warshow joined the Ferguson fold, so did Karl’s Appliance, an appliance retailer with six showrooms in northern New Jersey.

“Ferguson, which was founded in 1953, has long been known as a leading source for top brands that consumers look for in plumbing, lighting and appliances, plus HVAC, waterworks and more,” Golini said. “So, the Karl’s acquisition allows us to expand their product offering to include plumbing and lighting, with an ultimate goal of transforming their showrooms into one-stop-shops for all kitchen and bath needs.”

Also contributing to the powerhouse status of Ferguson New York Metro was the 2007 acquisition of The Davidson Group. This Brooklyn-based distributor, which included The Gilmour Group Supply Company, Tubeco and T&A Valve, brings 90 years of experience in the pipe, valve and fitting industry. Its capabilities and sophistication in large fabrication projects add yet another resource for Ferguson’s diverse customer base. Moreover, Ferguson has a Fire & Fabrication business unit specializing in the highest quality fire protection products, with one of the most comprehensive assortments in the country.

“We have acquired some great companies with great people,” Golini said. “It’s a beneficial relationship for both Ferguson and our acquisitions – we are continually learning new things from them, while they benefit from our established business services (IT, HR, etc.) and logistics network.”

While its range of products answers nearly every need — whether for residential or commercial projects — Ferguson also provides a level of superior service and expertise.

Its commitment to ensuring that this caliber of service is upheld post-sale is underscored by two other critical moves that are in the works. Construction is underway for a new distribution center in Coxsackie, New York (Greene County), along with a new regional shipping hub in Secaucus, New Jersey, a location that will give it the advantage of same day and next day delivery for all of New York Metro.

Golini explained that the 460,000-square-foot Coxsackie facility is being built from the ground up, and will bring 95 new jobs to the region. It’s due to be operational by late summer of 2015. The Secaucus shipping hub occupies 450,000 square feet and will include a sales area to service professional contractors. This warehouse, now under renovation, is slated to be open the first quarter of 2015.

Counting up all of these additions, along with what had already existed in its New Jersey portfolio, the Ferguson name is now emblazoned on 42 locations. Additional locations, including expansion into the Long Island area, are part of a short-term plan, as well. It’s an explosive growth reflecting a significant investment the company has made in the nation’s number one market for construction.

Golini said, “The construction market is quickly rebounding in New York – our customers tell us they are booking new business and many have healthy back-logs. Ferguson is growing in order to better serve these customers and to ensure we are well-positioned to meet our customer’s needs as activity picks up.”


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