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Viessmann showcases products at Open House

October 1st, 2014

WARWICK, R.I. — Viessmann held an open house at its U.S. headquarters in Warwick, R.I. on September 10. The event was attended by over 250 contractors, engineers and wholesalers from all over the Northeast.

The open house kicked off the heating season in style. The program included a facility and warehouse tour, an extensive training schedule, live-fire demonstration of Viessmann products, and a catered BBQ lunch.

New products, such as the Vitocrossal 300 gas fired condensing boiler and the Vitocell 100 DHW solar tank, were introduced to partners in attendance. Attendees were also shown the Vitomobile, Viessman’s new mobile lab with hands-on live-fire demonstration of the Vitodens 100, Vitodens 200 and Vitodens 222-F boilers.

Guests had an opportunity to meet and chat with Viessmann staff including Dr. Michael Luz, president and CEO of Veissmann U.S., and Steve David, director of Sales at Viessmann.

“We want to provide a quality experience for our partners that’s in keeping with our superior products” Dr. Luz said. “With Viessmann, heating season means an open season of leading heating products and solutions, best practice professional training and education, high quality customer service and innovative marketing support.”

David said, “The open house is an opportunity for Viessmann to showcase and reinforce professionalism. We think of this event as a class re-union for our A-Team mechanical contractors and Viessmann partners.”

The open house gave contractors and heating professionals a chance to mingle and discuss Viessmann products.

Brian Golden, lead technician at Foley Mechanical, said, “One of the most valuable aspects of the open house was comparing notes with other heating professionals and learning how other contractors are installing Viessmann boilers.”



HammerHead announces new facility

September 30th, 2014

OCONOMOWOC, Wis. – HammerHead Trenchless Equipment has purchased a Lake Mills, Wisconsin property not far from its present location in Oconomowoc. The 136,500-square-foot, $5.1 million Lake Mills property will allow for anticipated continuing growth. Currently celebrating its 25th year in business, the company has doubled in size in just the past five years.

Company Spokesperson Jason Haas said management waited to announce the move until the sale was final. Unfortunately, some reports of the company’s intention to relocate have inaccurately implied that it was looking at out-of-state venues. Haas said that moving the company any great distance was actually never a consideration, and “certainly not out of state.”

Haas said, “Where else would we find the people who make the HammerHead organization the vibrant, thriving culture that it is? Our homes are here. From the get-go, we’ve always limited our search to a 20 to 25 mile radius.”

Haas said the Lake Mills location spares both management and employees the burden of long commutes or difficult decisions regarding relocation.

“We’re as much a community today as we were 25 years ago,” Haas said. “HammerHead pride is how we got where we are, and it will get us where we’re going.”

HammerHead CEO Brian Metcalf said the move was only a matter of practicality, pointing out that the HammerHead research and development facility was previously located offsite.

“Within the past five years we have had to rent two additional manufacturing and warehouse spaces apart from our current campus. In other words, we have been operating out of four locations,” Metcalf said.

Metcalf believed the increased efficiency of unifying HammerHead processes on one campus would help the company serve its growing customer base. The company market share domestically and worldwide is steadily growing.

“We’re excited to have a new facility located on 19 acres that provides long term growth and opportunities for our employees,” Metcalf said. “And, we look forward to becoming involved with the Lake Mills community. We plan to hold an open house in the spring, along with a customer event, and we will hold our global sales meetings at the new facility.”

Before the company can make the move, the Lake Mills facility will undergo some renovation work, Metcalf said. The refurbished property will house a new CIPP (cured-in-place-pipe) customer hands-on training facility, a state-of-the-art training auditorium and expanded manufacturing capabilities.

Anticipated completion of the move is by year’s end.

HammerHead, a trademark of the Oklahoma company The Charles Machine Works, Inc. since 2010, is also known as the Earth Tool Company, LLC. The more widely recognized HammerHead trademark comes from the success of its earth-piercing tool, the “HammerHead Mole,” which launched the company on May 9, 1989.

Today the HammerHead organization offers a wide range of product lines that include a complete array of machines, tools and consumables for pipe installation, rehabilitation and replacement. The range of techniques supported by HammerHead equipment and education currently include earth piercing, pipe ramming, pneumatic and static pipe bursting for underground water, sewer and gas infrastructure, including hydraulic winches, CIPP systems and consumables, pneumatic percussion rock drills and tooling, and horizontal directional drill tooling.


Q2 Baird-Wholesaler Distribution Survey results to come

September 29th, 2014

NORTHBROOK, Ill. — The second-quarter Baird-Wholesaler Distribution Survey helps provide in-depth and current data for readers of The Wholesaler.

Participation is free, and all participants receive a free copy of the full survey results. This year, Baird will also distribute a $50 American Express gift card to one randomly selected participant as a token of appreciation.

Results will be broken out for the HVAC, plumbing and PVF markets, including details on:

  • Revenue
  • Pricing
  • Inventory levels
  • Outlook

The Wholesaler is partnering with Robert W. Baird & Co. to provide this quarterly report on the state of the distribution industry.


GROHE garners fifth ‘Red Dot Best of Best’ award

September 26th, 2014

NEW YORK – The 2014 edition of the “Red Dot Award: Product design 2014” once again included GROHE as leading manufacturer of premium kitchen, bath and shower fixtures.

Apart from picking up awards for its Thermostat Grohtherm 2000, its GROHE Rainshower Flower Collection and its Eurodisc Joystick line of faucets, GROHE also won the Red Dot Best of the Best award for its Minta Touch kitchen faucet. This marked the fifth time in seven years that GROHE was able to secure what is one of the design community’s highest accolades.

Paul Flowers, senior vice president of Design at Grohe AG, said, “When we set out to create GROHE Minta Touch, we started by exploring the boundaries of modern technology in cooperation with our colleagues in R&D. This is why we take pride not only in the faucet’s technical and visual features but also in the cooperative spirit that made it possible in the first place. Winning the Red Dot: Best of the Best is clearly the result of a team effort and we appreciate this award as a very special accolade.”


Hydraulic Institute announces personnel changes

September 25th, 2014

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — The Hydraulic Institute, the nation’s largest pump manufacturing trade associated, today announced two significant personnel changes.

Gregg Romanyshyn, HI Technical Director, who has led the Institute’s extensive standards and guideline writing organization since December 1999 has announced his retirement, effective April 30, 2015. During the past 15 years, Romanyshyn and the engineering staff team, have supported nearly 40 HI technical standards and guideline writing committees whose membership includes engineers from leading pump manufacturers, suppliers to the pump industry, and engineering consulting firms who are members of the Hydraulic Institute. The scope of HI’s standards-writing activities has expanded under his leadership to include 33 HI standards and currently five technical guidelines have been published, with plans to release a new guideline annually for the next four years.

During Romanyshyn’s tenure, over the last three and a half years, he’s offered technical guidance and insights into the U.S. Department of Energy pump efficiency rulemaking where HI has taken a leadership role on behalf of the U.S. pump industry. Working closely with hundreds of industry volunteers, and pump and systems experts, in HI’s technical organization he has also made numerous contributions to the growth of Pump Systems Matter, HI’s educational non-profit subsidiary, in creating new courses and webinars that help pump end-users understand pump and pumping systems technology and optimization opportunities. After retirement from the Institute, Romanyshyn will remain available to HI in a consulting capacity.

HI announced the appointment of Peter F. Gaydon as Standards Engineering Director, effective September 8. In this capacity, Gaydon will be responsible for supporting the Director, Technical Affairs, in providing staff leadership for the accomplishment of HI’s Mission, Vision, Goals, and Objectives, focusing on the Institute’s Strategic Plan.
Most recently, Gaydon served as a Pump Improvement Engineer with Flowserve, Flow Solutions Group in Bethlehem, PA. Previously, he was a Design Engineer with Chempump, a Division of Teikoku USA in Warminster, PA. He holds a B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y.

In his new role, Gaydon will assist in the development and support all aspects of the Institute’s technical programs, including the development of standards, guidelines, and technical documents, and will provide support for webinars and educational and certification and labeling programs, as required to maintain the accuracy, high integrity, and objectivity of HI products. He will also ensure that HI standards conform to ANSI Essential Requirements and HI Policy and Procedures.

According to Robert Asdal, HI Executive Director, “On May 1, 2015 Peter will become HI’s third Technical Director succeeding the distinguished technical contributions of Gregg Romanyshyn during his fifteen-year tenure with the Hydraulic Institute.”

Asdal continued, “HI has been fortunate to have Gregg’s technical leadership during a time when HI established Pump Systems Matter and expanded education and training programs based on standards and guidelines. During his tenure HI’s geographic footprint has expanded globally, as have HI’s influence with impending government regulations. Gregg has played key roles in the success of the outcomes of these strategic initiatives. We are grateful for the important roles that he has played in the growth of the Hydraulic Institute…and look forward to working with him as HI sets up the staff leadership transition to Peter Gaydon.”

The mission of the Hydraulic Institute is to be a value-adding resource to member companies, engineering consulting firms, and pump users worldwide by developing and delivering comprehensive industry standards, expanding knowledge by providing education and tools for the effective application, testing, installation, operation, maintenance, and performance optimization of pumps and pumping systems, and by serving as a forum for the exchange of industry information.


ICC names new Professional Development Council

September 24th, 2014

WASHINGTON — The International Code Council’s (ICC) new Professional Development Council (PDC) was recently established to better coordinate career path resources for ICC Members and other stakeholders by utilizing shared knowledge between ICC Education and Certification programs.

The ICC Board of Directors approved the new Council Policy #45 in April to create the PDC and by which it will be governed. This critical new council, replaces both BIPS and the Education Committee. A major purpose of the PDC is to align the ICC Education and Certification Programs to ensure quality training is available to meet the needs of ICC Members, all ICC educational customers and ICC Certification holders while maintaining the credibility and validity of the ICC Certification Program. The council is as follows.

Chair: Cindy L. Davis, Director, State Building Code Office, Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development

Board Liaison(s):
Alexander “Cash” Olszowy, III, Building Inspection Supervisor, Lexington Fayette Urban County Government

Gilbert Gonzales, CBO, Chief Building Official, Murray, Utah, Public Services Building

Staff Liaison:
Mark Johnson, Executive Vice President & Director of Business Development
Assistant: Casey Thomas

Certification Committee:
Cindy L. Davis, Director, State Building Code Office, Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development

Anthony DeVoe, Operations Manager, Construction Testing & Engineering

Autumn Hartsoe, Plans Examiner, City of Goodyear

Jeremy Searfoss, Lieutenant- Office of the Fire Marshal, Department of Fire & Rescue Services, Reading PA

Jeff Whitney, Building Official

Rick Witt, Director of Building Inspection, Chesterfield County, Virginia

Staff Liaison:
Michelle Porter, Director Certification and Testing

Education Committee:
Jeff Camp, Chief Building Official, City of Elizabethtown

John Delesandro, Supervisor of Licensing & Education, New Jersey Department of Community Affairs

Dave Horras, Chief Building Official, City of Westminster, Colorado

Tom Johnson, Code Official, Zoning Administrator, Health Officer, Town of Durham

Sean Reid, Program Manager, Johnson County Planning Department, Contractor & Licensing Program

Nancy Springer, Building Division Manager, CBO, Butte County—Building Division

Staff Liaison:
Doug Thornburg, Vice President, Education & Certification


Refrigerant R&D Plan announced for HVACR Industry

September 23rd, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va. – At a White House event , Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) President and CEO Stephen Yurek announced that the nation’s heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) industry will invest $5 billion in research and development funds over the next decade to develop the next generation of refrigerants and the air conditioning and refrigeration equipment in which they will be used.

The event, sponsored by the White House Council on Environmental Quality, highlighted the positive work by the private sector in developing alternatives to high global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants. Yurek told those in attendance, which included Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, and State Department Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern, that the HVACR industry has been proactive in developing refrigerants with lower GWP.

“Close to $2 billion has been spent by the industry since 2009 researching energy-efficient equipment and the utilization of low-GWP refrigerants,” Yurek stated, “and over the next 10 years, the HVACR industry will invest an additional $5 billion for R&D and capital expenditures to develop and commercialize low-GWP technologies.”

Yurek touted the positive, proactive efforts by the HVACR and water heating industry in energy conservation and environmental stewardship. He said that in the late 1980s, the industry supported international efforts to protect the ozone layer by developing non-chlorine-containing refrigerants, and agreeing to an aggressive timetable to phase-out ozone depleting chemicals while steadily improving the energy efficiency of its equipment.

“During the past decade, the industry has worked diligently to reduce the potential impact on the Earth’s climate of refrigerants used in our equipment,” Yurek said.

Yurek noted that, with no encouragement from government, AHRI and its member companies launched the Low-GWP Alternative Refrigerants Evaluation Program in 2011, the first phase of which was completed at the end of 2013. The second phase of the program is currently underway. The intent of the program is to evaluate different refrigerants in several applications.

“The industry is committed to working with the international community in transitioning away from high-GWP refrigerants in a managed and orderly process, and this research is a tangible part of that commitment,” Yurek said.


Bradford White donates to PHCC-NA

September 22nd, 2014

AMBLER, Pa.  – Bradford White Corporation has provided $15,000 to support 2014 student scholarships through the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors (PHCC) Educational Foundation and PHCC National Auxiliary. The scholarships are designed to attract and support new talent that is essential to the future of the plumbing and HVACR industry.

The PHCC Educational Foundation’s Scholarship Committee met in August and selected winners for the three $2,500 awards sponsored by Bradford White. This year’s scholarship award recipients were:

- Adam Menken of Stormville, New York. Adam is pursuing a two-year degree in Plumbing, Heating & Refrigeration at SUNY (State University of New York) – College of Technology.

- Constantino Morales of Oceanside, California. He is working full-time at Brinks Investigation Restoration Services in San Diego and is enrolled in the PHCC Apprentice Academy of San Diego.

- Steve Winsett of San Diego, California. Steve is working full-time at Bill Howe Plumbing, Inc. and is enrolled in the PHCC Apprentice Academy of San Diego.

The remaining $7,500 in Bradford White’s scholarship support is awarded through the PHCC National Auxiliary, with winners to be announced during the PHCC—National Association convention; CONNECT 2014 in New Orleans, October 8-11. The PHCC National Auxiliary was founded in 1987 and is comprised of state and local chapters located throughout the country.

“The professional contractors who install Bradford White Water Heaters every day make our support of these awards possible,” said Carl Pinto, director of Marketing at Bradford White. “We are glad to have this opportunity to build the next generation of professionals for our industry.”

Bradford White has sponsored the scholarships since 2003, and awarded $180,000 in scholarships in that time. Bradford White Corporation is a full line manufacturer of residential, commercial and industrial products for water heating, space heating, combination heating and storage applications.


ASHRAE/IES propose verification requirements for Energy Standard

September 19th, 2014

ATLANTA – Multiple compliance options to ensure verification of delivered building envelope performance are being proposed for the ASHRAE/IES energy standard.

Addendum l is one of 14 proposed addenda to ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2013, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, currently open for public comment.

Building enclosure professionals are encouraged to carefully review the proposed changes and to offer their comments to assist ASHRAE in strengthening the code compliance provisions.

Other addenda open for public review until October 5, are:

  • relaxes the existing threshold for lighting control alterations while capturing a lot of energy efficiency by requiring more of the control requirements
  • clarifies an exception to the automatic daylight responsive controls requirements for daylight areas under skylights
  • removes an exception to the variable air volume system ventilation optimization when energy recovery ventilation is installed
  • requires envelope assemblies to comply with Appendix A when complying with the Energy Cost Budget Method in Appendix G
  • updates the text in Section 10.4.1 on electric motors to provide information about the required efficiency of small electric motors shown in Tables 10.8-4 and 10.8-5. In addition, small electric motors were not included in the scope of the Energy Independence ad Security Act of 2007, but now have performance requirements and are being added to the standard
  • updates the IEER values for air-cooled variable refrigerant flow air conditioners and heat pumps above 65,000 Btu/h. Depending on the cooling capacity and product classes, the new IEERs are between 15 and 20% better than the values they are replacing. The new IEERs become effective on Jan. 1, 2017
  • clarifies wording regarding duct seal class to avoid misinterpretation that compliance with the text that is struck out could substitute for the seal class requirement
  • updates Cooling Technology Institute Standard 201 in Table 6.8.1-7
  • limits systems that can take advantage of the fan power pressure allowance for fully ducted return and/or exhaust air systems
  • revises Section G3.1.1 Baseline HVAC System Type and Description to confirm the hierarchy for selecting baseline HVAC systems, clarify what floors to count and specify what building type to use when no one use is predominant
  • adds Exception 2 to to address single duct variable air volume reheat systems with direct digital control
  • adds new requirements for transfer air in exhaust systems

Also open for public comment until October 20 is addendum bm, which makes the requirements from 90.1-2004 the baseline for modeling when using Appendix G. In addition, it allows Appendix G to be used as a compliance path.

ASHRAE 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.


RectorSeal acquires Evolve Composites Pty Ltd

September 18th, 2014

DALLAS — The RectorSeal Corporation, a leading Houston, Texas-based manufacturer of chemical and specialty products for professional tradesmen, has acquired the Polyslab(TM), Evo-Crete(TM) and related HVAC brands from Evolve Composites Pty Ltd (Evolve), based in Queensland, Australia. Evolve manufactures a range of equipment base products for heating and air conditioning systems. RectorSeal has been a portfolio company of Capital Southwest Corporation (Nasdaq:CSWC) since 1967.

“The Evolve transaction is another example of RectorSeal’s demonstrated ability to identify and execute accretive, strategic acquisitions,” said Joseph B. Armes, chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Capital Southwest.

The acquisition of Evolve’s assets represents the 26th acquisition by RectorSeal since 1991.

“We view this transaction as an opportunity to expand the breadth of RectorSeal’s HVAC/R offerings and establish a local presence to more effectively address the Australian market with RectorSeal’s complete product line,” said David Smith, president of RectorSeal.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.


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