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ICP publishes guide to Establishing Internship Program

June 25th, 2014

CHICAGO, Ill.— The Industrial Careers Pathway (ICP) has published a new How-to-Guide: Establishing Your Company’s Internship Program that assists industrial distributors and manufacturers in setting up internship programs. The guide is filled with useful information and is presented in an easy-to-read format.

The guide includes information on the benefits of starting an internship program and specifies the elements that make these programs successful. Offering hiring tips and suggestions on where to find potential candidates, the guide also includes the latest information from the U.S. Department of Labor on intern salary issues.

This new guide is available at no charge and can be found on the ICP website at:

ICP is a multifaceted North American workforce initiative supported by an alliance of ASA, ISA Education Foundation, NAHAD and the PTDA Foundation. Addressing the need for a skilled industrial distribution, manufacturing sales and customer service workforce for today and tomorrow, ICP links students and job seekers through partnerships with local educators and employers.


Johnstone Supply selects DDI System to manage majority of stores

June 24th, 2014

SANDY HOOK, Conn. – Earlier this year, Johnstone Supply Corporate, a leader in the HVAC supply industry, chose DDI System, LLC, an innovative ERP Software company specializing in the distribution industry, to acquire their DSPro Software division. This acquisition solidified DDI System as a choice provider to transition their HVAC supply house members to DDI System’s inform ERP software solution.

DDI System announces the following Johnstone Supply distributors as the latest to select DDI’s Inform ERP Software:

  • Johnstone of New Orleans, La. and San Antonio, Texas
  • Johnstone Supply of Bridgeton, Mo.
  • Johnstone Supply of Paducah, Ky.
  • Johnstone Supply of Omaha, Neb.
  • Johnstone Supply of Sioux Fall, S.D.
  • Johnstone Supply of Raleigh, N.C.
  • Johnstone Supply of Billings, Mont.
  • Johnstone Supply of White Plains, N.Y.
  • Johnstone Supply of Ventura, Calif.
  • Johnstone Supply of Waterloo, Iowa
  • Johnstone Supply of Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Johnstone Supply of Rochester, N.Y.
  • Johnstone Supply of Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Johnstone Supply of Golden Valley, Minn.
  • Johnstone Supply of Pensacola, Fla.
  • Johnstone Supply of Evansville, Ind.
  • Johnstone Supply of Crestwood, Ill.
  • Johnstone Supply of Troy, N.Y.

Johnstone of New Orleans and San Antonio includes 10 locations and over 100 users throughout Louisiana and Texas.

“DDI’s Inform Software is truly built for a multi-location business. This software will dramatically improve our inventory tracking and process efficiency and provide the complex financial reporting needed for a business our size,” remarked Harold Petit Jr., president and CEO of Johnstone New Orleans and San Antonio.

At Johnstone Supply of Bridgeton, DDI System will support over 50 users in 5 different locations.

“DDI’s data collection, conversion and transition was spot on, and the entire transition was fully completed in 90 days,” said Larry Wines, owner of the Bridgeton Store Group. “DDI’s software will take us into the next generation with hundreds of key features to benefit our customers.”

As one of the largest distributors of HVAC Supplies in the North Carolina area Johnstone Supply of Raleigh also has 10 locations throughout this progressive and growing area of the country.

Barbara Jagoe, chief operating officer at DDI System, said, “DDI System provides hundreds of tools to streamline the business operations of distributors, including integrated CRM functionality, exceptional pricing capabilities, advanced purchasing and forecasting tools and robust accounting. Industry specific workflows, and HVAC expertise ensure Johnstone Supply members nationwide will continue to succeed and thrive.”


Hydraulic Institute introduces dual gas seals webinar

June 20th, 2014

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – The Hydraulic Institute (HI), in collaboration with Henri Azibert, Technical Director of the Fluid Sealing Association and associated HI committee members, has developed a new webinar session focused on how dual gas seals improve pump system reliability and performance.

Henri Azibert, FSA Technical Director and Pump Industry Consultant, said, “HI’s new webinar session on Dual Gas Seals is the most complete course available in the pumping industry. Engineers from a diverse array of industries will learn about the in-depth influences. The Fluid Sealing Association has collaborated extensively with HI to develop this new session and will jointly promote its benefits to the pump user community.”

The June 24 webinar will begin at 1:00pm (EDT) and will be led by Jason Ferris, Manager of Product Development, Flowserve Corporation. Cost is just $99, with HI members receiving an additional 25 percent discount, along with attending earning one (1) Professional Development Hour (PDH) credit after the session. HI also offers corporate group webinar site licensing for the lowest prices in training larger groups.

As this live webinar session is only offered periodically through this year, the sign up deadline is noon on June 24.

Registration is open now at


PMI names new Association Manager

June 19th, 2014

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. — Jodi Stuhrberg has been named Association Manager of Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) headquartered in Rolling Meadows, Ill. The promotion and announcement were made by Barbara C. Higgens, PMI’s CEO/Executive Director.

“Jodi is a tremendous asset to our organization. During her short tenure at PMI, she has already added significant value and we are delighted to have her as part of our team,” Higgens noted.

Ms. Stuhrberg joined PMI in December 2013 as Association Coordinator. Her responsibilities include project management, meeting/event planning and overseeing day-to-day operations.

“Working with PMI has been very rewarding. While my skills have been embraced, they have also been enhanced working with the talented members of this team. I wear many hats and the team has been extremely helpful and encouraging as I continue to grow professionally at PMI and join them in making a difference in the industry. Thanks to everyone for the warm reception I’ve received the last six months. I’m excited to see what the future holds,” Stuhrberg commented.

Stuhrberg resides in Palatine, Ill. She enjoys cooking, entertaining, cultural events, keeping fit and kayaking. She has volunteered her time and talents to a number of charitable organizations including Ronald McDonald House Charities and Journeys from PADS to Hope.

Stuhrberg is currently hard at work helping to plan the PMI Fall Conference to be held October 27-30, in Rosemont, Ill. PMI conferences are open to members and non-members, as well as registered members of the press. Discovery rates for first-time attendees and prospective members are available. Registration for the event will open in July.

This year’s Fall Conference will also feature Expanded Sponsorship Opportunities. PMI’s conferences attract up to 75 representatives and attendees from leading industry players. These are the top executives and technical experts in the U.S. plumbing industry. By choosing to participate in the expanded sponsorship program you will open doors to one-on-one conversations with leading manufacturers, and key decision makers, from across the plumbing industry.

Anyone interested in sponsoring an event should contact Stuhrberg, at or (847)481-5500 ext. 107.


ICC issues Call for Awards

June 18th, 2014

WASHINGTON — Nominations are encouraged and now being accepted for several 2014 International Code Council Awards to recognize individuals, organizations and ICC Chapters. Nominations close on July 1.

Nominations are now being accepted for the following ICC Awards. These awards will be presented at various events, including but not limited to the 2014 ICC Annual Conference, scheduled for September 28-October 1 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

ICC Awards will be presented in several categories to honor individuals and organizations for their accomplishments and service to ICC and the building safety industry. The deadline to submit nominations for this year’s ICC Awards is July 1. Awards must be received by close of business of the deadline date. Completed forms may be mailed or faxed, or the information may be submitted by email. Any enclosures included with the form must be sent in multiples of seven (7) in order to best accommodate committee review.

The Chapter of the Year Award is bestowed upon the chapter that demonstrates exemplary performance in promoting the goals and mission of the International Code Council. The winning Chapter will be distinguished by its professionalism, participation in ICC, public support for building and fire codes, building safety, and the fields of construction and code administration.

The Regions Spotlight Award is bestowed as needed upon the Regional Chapter that best demonstrates strong cooperation among the chapters that make up the region, advancement of professionalism among its Members, strong community service, and growth of membership within the region on its contributing chapters.

The Chapter Merit Awards are also possible for chapters that demonstrate the goals and objectives of ICC.


IAPMO supports legislation to help plumbing manufacturing

June 17th, 2014

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives took action on a bill that has important ramifications for small and medium-sized business — including manufacturers. The “America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2014” (HR 4457) would make permanent Section 179 of the IRS Tax Code and provide important tax relief to small U.S. companies.

Section 179 has been part of the tax code since 1958 when it was first enacted and only recently was allowed to expire this past December. For decades, this provision has provided businesses with the ability to deduct or expense the cost of certain qualifying property, rather than trying to recover such costs through depreciation deductions. It also dramatically raises the maximum amount a taxpayer may deduct for such property.

Extending the tax relief provided in Section 179 provides needed certainty to U.S. businesses on the tax treatment of critical investments, helping companies to plan for the future and make investment significantly easier. This type of investment and planning is the catalyst for economic growth, job creation and competitiveness. This legislation would allow small businesses to expense up to $500,000 in the year the expense was incurred.

“We hope to see this legislation enacted into law quickly,” IAPMO Vice President of Government Relations Dain Hansen stated. “Unfortunately, if our current tax law is not changed, small businesses will only be allowed to expense up to $25,000. Obviously, this bill, and change to current law, would greatly benefit many small businesses, and IAPMO members across the nation.”

The House Committee on Rules voted on the bill clearing the way for the House to vote on it. IAPMO urges individuals to reach out to their representatives and express support for this legislation.


HARDI to present online marketing for distributors webinar

June 16th, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio — HARDI announced its second webinar in the Emerging Leaders Webinar Series will take place on June 18 at 2:00pm (EST). Guest speaker and online marketing strategist Bob DeStefano will lead a webinar that will enlighten members on the most efficient ways to use online marketing to maintain a competitive advantage.

Has your company updated its marketing and sales strategies to compete with online titans like AmazonSupply? If not, then it is crucial you take time for this in-depth webinar, which will discuss how those in the distribution industry can use online marketing to retain their existing customer base while attracting new customers with a strategy that is modern, measurable, and effective. Members can expect to gain awareness in topics such as:

· Why now is the time to transform marketing

· How to increase sales with marketing knowledge

· How to really do business online

· How to succeed online without alienating “Baby Boomer” customers

· How to transform marketing into a measurable investment

Online and mobile technologies continue to evolve at a rapid pace. Those who don’t adapt their marketing and sales strategy to accommodate this trend will find themselves left behind, which could ultimately result in loss of customers and revenue.


Duravit USA hosts second annual bathroom design competition

June 13th, 2014

NEW YORK – Following a successful launch in 2013, Duravit USA, Inc. has announced its second annual “Designer Dream Bath Competition.” The program invites architects and designers to imagine their ideal bath space using a selection of Duravit collections, which include Vero, DuraStyle, and Happy D.2.

Participants are asked to use their own bathroom as a basis for their designs and must submit a rendering or sketch illustrating the potential transformation with the implementation of Duravit products. The winner will be awarded the Duravit items used in his or her project up to a value of $15,000.

Duravit USA President Tim Schroeder said, “We were blown away by the success of our first competition, so we are excited to bring it back for 2014. Not only does the competition help a designer’s dream become a reality, but it also brings the Duravit brand closer to home as [the designer] gets to know our aesthetic and understand the scope of application with our products.”

Designers should submit two views minimum (rendering or sketch and floor plan) and a “before” image, as well as a brief submission form including challenges, objectives, and project details.

2014 submissions may pull from the following collections:

  • Vero: A long-time favorite ceramics line, Duravit has enhanced its Vero program with the addition of furniture. Vero represents a pure design and sleek rectangular shape with an edge of modernity. Special features include LED lighting, Bluetooth integration, front-facing towel racks, and six sleek finish options.
  • DuraStyle: The Matteo Thun-designed DuraStyle series embraces a visual lightness and clean aesthetic, all while allowing for innumerable custom combinations through its comprehensive range of washbasins, mirrors, bidets, furniture, bathtubs, and innovative new rimless toilets. DuraStyle’s tremendous versatility can adapt to any taste and any space.
  • Happy D.2: Created by Sieger Design, Happy D.2 showcases the signature Duravit “D” shape in its soft-lined ceramics and bathtubs. A new linen furniture finish and gentle LED illuminated mirror cabinets with integrated Sound System round out the collection, which offers 13 bathtubs, 12 washbasins, and fresh styles for toilets, bidets, and cabinets. Happy D.2 introduces a modern, elegant update to its original counterpart.

The 2014 Designer Dream Bath Competition closes for entries on September 5. The winner will be announced during Duravit Design Week, October 6-8, at Duravit’s New York City showroom.


LUXE Linear Drains partners with Ferguson

June 12th, 2014

ATLANTA – LUXE Linear Drains announced a new distribution partnership with Ferguson, one of the largest North American wholesalers of plumbing supplies, PVF materials and HVAC/R equipment, for both residential and commercial projects. LUXE Linear Drains award-winning collection of linear and square tile insert drains are now available through Ferguson’s expansive North American network.

Ferguson boasts 1,350 locations in all 50 U.S. states, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. In addition, Ferguson has launched a global online showroom for browsing and purchasing plumbing supplies and allied materials.

LUXE Linear Drains are manufactured with architectural-grade, 100 percent stainless steel in decorative, tile insert and pattern grid styles for modern design custom showers. LUXE Linear Drains are stylish, durable shower drains suitable for any residential or commercial project. This versatility makes the LUXE Linear Drains matrix a perfect fit as

Ferguson has always supplied materials to both markets. LUXE Linear Drains are prized by architects and interior designers in all project-types for the ability to create curbless, barrier-free ADA-compliant custom showers with style. For modern senior living design, the largest new health care facility or hospitality destination, LUXE Linear Drains are the perfect fit.


MRC Global renews contracts with ConocoPhillips

June 11th, 2014

HOUSTON – MRC Global Inc. announced that its McJunkin Red Man Corporation subsidiary signed a five-year contract naming it as supplier of maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) pipe, valve and fitting (PVF) products and services to ConocoPhillips Company’s operations in the lower 48 U.S. states. In addition, MRC Canada ULC has entered into a multi-year agreement naming it as supplier of MRO PVF products and services to ConocoPhillips Canada Resources Corp. for its operations in Canada.

“These contracts are the result of a strong relationship between our two companies that spans more than 20 years,” said Andrew Lane, Global Chairman, President and CEO of MRC Global. “Our extensive network of locations, depth and breadth of product and the close relationships between our support staff in the field and ConocoPhillips’ operations personnel set us apart from our competitors. I am proud that ConocoPhillips continues to place their trust in MRC Global. ConocoPhillips was MRC Global’s fourth largest customer in 2013. With our recent acquisitions outside North America, we are proud to also support ConocoPhillips in Norway and Australia.”

MRC Global currently services ConocoPhillips at more than 50 U.S. locations and more than 20 Canadian locations.


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