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Carrier and CEIVA partner on energy efficient solution

July 1st, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS – Carrier, a world leader in high-technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions, has teamed with CEIVA Energy, a utility-controlled home energy management system (HEMS) provider. The two companies will work to develop a new way for homeowners to improve energy efficiency. Carrier is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp.

The partnership combines CEIVA’s HEMS with the Carrier smart ComfortChoice Touch thermostat to provide enhanced intelligence and control for both utility companies and homeowners. Using the integrated platform, utility companies have the capability to adjust thermostat settings based on outside temperatures, communicate energy-efficiency and demand-response programs to residential customers, share real-time demand information and encourage customer engagement around energy use.

At the same time, residential customers can increase energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption in the home by eliminating wasteful heating and cooling. Customers can monitor and control their home energy usage through the user-friendly thermostat and convenient mobile and Web platforms.

“This innovative solution uses best-in-class technology to help homeowners and utilities realize great efficiencies,” said Raymond Archacki, senior product manager at Carrier. “The more homeowners can easily monitor and control their home energy use via smart, secure and easy-to-use thermostats and a broader HEMS platform, the more they’ll reduce energy and engage with their utility.”

National Grid, a utility based in Worcester, Massachusetts, will be the first utility company to adopt Carrier and CEIVA’s integrated offering and roll it out to residential customers. Carrier’s 200,000 installed smart thermostats throughout the U.S. will be equipped for the CEIVA platform, enabling a seamless transition as other utilities offer the technology.

“Utilities face increasing mandates to reduce home energy use and engage their customers,” said Dean Schiller, chief executive officer at CEIVA Energy. “Heating and cooling are significant drivers of home energy use — in some regions, they can account for more than 50 percent of the home’s total energy. The combination of CEIVA’s commitment to customer engagement and Carrier’s proven track record for connectivity and usability means we now offer utilities and their customers the best solution on the market.”


Neuco Inc. announces retirement of CEO

June 30th, 2014

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. — Today, Neuco Inc. announced that the retirement of it’s longstanding CEO Bill Neustadt will become effective July 1. Bill Neustadt  is retiring after a career spanning more than 40 years with Neuco.

In 1963, Neustadt Fuel and Supply was founded as a distributor of automatic controls. The company had one product line, General Controls, and about five employees. Today, Neuco Inc. stocks an abundance of HVAC controls manufacturers. When it was founded, Neuco was located in Chicago, Ill. In 1979, Howard Neustadt decided to relocate the company to Downers Grove, Ill. The company has remained in the area, and underwent a facility expansion in 2012.

Bill Neustadt will be leaving the company in the hands of many family members including his cousin Paul Neustadt the President; brother Jon Neustadt the Vice President; brother Ric Neustadt in Returns; daughter Maggy Neustadt in Expediting and Customer Service; nephew Brian Neustadt in National Accounts; and nephew Billy Neustadt in Inside Sales.


Josam hosts Books for Youth program

June 27th, 2014

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. – Josam recently hosted an event to distribute backpacks filled with books to foster children. The program, called Books for Youth, is an initiative of freight company Cargo Services, the Indianapolis Colts and the Indiana Department of Education. The program began in 2006 and has distributed 6,000 backpacks and 800,000 books since then.

At the event, children were given backpacks filled with 25 age-appropriate books. Adding to the festivities were two Indianapolis Colts cheerleaders and “Blue,” the Colts’ mascot. Blue took the time to play with the kids at the event, and many had the opportunity to catch a football thrown by the mascot.

Josam, a leading plumbing drainage manufacturing company celebrating its 100-year anniversary in 2014, was excited to be able to partner with the Colts and the Books for Youth program. The initiative seeks to get books in the hands of all foster children in the state, and Josam leapt at the opportunity to be involved.


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.


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