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1st Thursday of Month
North Georgia PHCC- Braselton
LOCATION: Houndstooth Grill

2nd Tuesday of Every Month 11:30AM
ASPE Greenville, SC
Location: Stax Peppermill Rest.
30 Orchard Park Dr. Greenville, SC

2nd Tuesday of Every Month 6:30
ASPE Columbia, SC
Location: Fatz Cafe
5590 Forest Dr. Columbia, SC

2nd Tuesday of Every Month 6:30PM
CPHCCA Monthly Meeting
LOCATION: check website for details
CONTACT: www.cphcca.com

3rd Tuesday of Every Month
North East Tennessee PHCC Meeting
LOCATION: Call for Details
CONTACT: 423-926-2665 (M. Vance)

3rd Monday of Every Month
Nashville Chapter ASPE Meeting
LOCATION: 2995 Sidco Dr., Nashville
CONTACT: 615-889-8900 (VP Membership)

3rd Tuesday of Every Month 12PM
East Tennessee Chapter ASPE Meeting
LOCATION: Rothchilds Catering
CONTACT: www.easttmaspe.org

3rd Tuesday of Every Month 11AM
Middle Tennessee Chapter ASPE Meeting
LOCATION: Hermitage House Smorgasboard
CONTACT: 615-224-1024

3rd Tuesday of Every Month
Raleigh Chapter ASPE Meeting
LOCATION: NCSU University Club
CONTACT: www.aspe-raleigh.org

4th Monday of Every Month
Memphis Chapter ASPE Meeting
LOCATION: 969 Ridgeway Blvd. Memphis
CONTACT: 901-795-0045 (VP Membership)

4th Monday of Every Month 11:45AM
Knoxville PHCC Meeting
LOCATION: Bearden Banquet Hall
CONTACT: Pioneer Heating & Air

4th Tuesday of Every Month
Charlotte Chapter ASPE Meeting
LOCATION: To be determined
CONTACT: Hal Angel at 704-525-3388

4th Tuesday of Every Month
Nashville Area Plumbing & Mechanical Meeting
LOCATION: Piccadilly Cafeteria
874 Murfreesboro, Nashville TN
CONTACT: 615-456-9136

4th Tuesday of Month
Northwest Metro PMA, Marietta
LOCATION: Delkwood Grill
John White 770-565-5884

October 20th,2015
Northwest Metro PMA
Marietta LOCATION: Delkwood Grill
CONTACT: John White 770-565-5884

October 28th-30th
2015 NRWA Water Pro Conference
Location: Oklahoma City
Contact: www.nrwa.org

November 4th, 2015
PMA Leadership Luncheon Series
LOCATION: Maggiano's in Dunwoody, GA
CONTACT: pma@plumbingpros.com

November 9th, 2015
Irrigation Association Education Conference
LOCATION: Long Beach, CA
CONTACT: www.irrigation.org

November 10th, 2015
Northwest Metro PMA, Marietta
LOCATION: Delkwood Grill
CONTACT: John White 770-565-5884

November 19th-21st, 2015
Plumbing Review Course
CONTACT: pma@plumbingpros.com

December 2nd, 2015 11AM-1:30PM
PMA Leadership Luncheon Series
LOCATION: Maggiano's in Dunwoody, GA
CONTACT: pma@plumbingpros.com

January 2nd, 2016 11AM-1:30PM
PMA Leadership Luncheon Series
LOCATION: Maggiano's in Dunwoody, GA
CONTACT: pma@plumbingpros.com

January 19th-21st, 2016
Kitchen & Bath Industry Show
LOCATION: Las Vegas Convention Center
CONTACT: www.kbis.com

March 17th-18th, 2016
CEFGA Career Expo
CONTACT: www.cefga.org

April 15-16th, 2016
3rd Annual Plumbing Heating Cooling Expo Trade Show
LOCATION: Noth Atlanta Trade Center, Norcross, GA
CONTACT: pma@plumbingpros.com

October 28th-November 2nd, 2016
ASPE Technical Symposium
CONTACT: www.aspe.org

October 28th-November 2nd, 2018
ASPE Technical Symposium
CONTACT: www.aspe.org

Jason Buckle Named President of Douglasville Winnelson
Jason Buckle started managing at Locke Supply in 2010, then in 2011 he switched to an Outside Sales position for Queen City Winnelson located in Springfield, Missouri. In 2013 he transferred to Douglasville Winnelson and remained in Outside Sales until October 2015. We now want to congratulate Jason on his promotion to the President of Douglasville Winnelson. As President, Jason will run day to day operations while increasing sales and profitability. Jason says, "Working for WinWholesale gives you the spirit of opportunity in owning your own business and being able to make decisions locally. Having the opportunity to work with great people and also have the backing to make you successful from WinWholesale is what I enjoy most about working for this company." READ MORE

PDI Wins Big at the Atlanta Home Show
The Atlanta Home Show was a huge success for PDI! During the three day event at the Cobb Galleria, over 1,200 guests visited the booth; which showcased products from Brizo, Victoria & Albert, Mr. Steam, and Electric Mirror. On the second day of the show, their booth was awarded the Best in Show for Small Exhibitors. Congratulations to the PDI team for their very successful first outing at the Atlanta Home Show! READ MORE

APEX Supply Hosts the Bold Look of Kohler Tour with ASID
Apex Marietta, ASID Georgia and Kohler partnered together on a designer CEU featuring the Kohler Bold Experience tour on Wednesday, September 16th. The Bold Experience Tour is a Kohler semi-trailer traveling across the country featuring Kohler's newest BOLD products & technologies. Lunch and beverages were served for the 16 designer guests who signed up for Kohler's latest CEU, Luxury for the Kichen & Bath. All CEU guests also received a Kohler gift bag and a chance to win a Moxie showerhead. READ MORE

A.L. Williams Plumbing Co. Celebrates 30th Anniversary
A.L. Williams Plumbing Co., Inc. was founded in August 1985 in Marietta, Georgia. Their goal was and is to provide the best commercial plumbing service to the best customers in the metro Atlanta area. They proudly stand behind their work. A.L. Williams would like their customers to know that they are a proud Union commercial service contractor with union employees providing quality service to the metro Atlanta area for 30 years. Regarding their staff, they have been fortunate to attract some of the best plumbers around. Many have worked for A.L. Williams for years before retiring. The company stays involved in their community by supporting local food banks, local churches, local youth athletic organizations, CHOA and Must Ministries. READ MORE

PMA Fall Memorial Golf Tournament Dedicated to Danny Richardson
At its Fall Memorial Golf Tournament held September 15th Bear's Best, PMA recognized the lifetime contributions of Danny Richardson, Richardson Plumbing. Mr. Richardson passed away in December. Over 120 members and industry colleagues were in attendance at the tribute, and enjoyed a day of sport and fellowship. In 2002, PMA's board, made a motion to dedicate the fall golf tournament to memorialize and recognize a leader and industry supporter. The first tournament was dedicated to Ed Hennessey, who was a tireless supporter of the association and the plumbing industry. Based on that dedication PMA established the "Hennessey Cup". This cup is PMAs equivalent to a plumbing hall of fame. Nominees are considered based on the impact of their contributions to the profession. This year Danny, joins a prestigious group who preceded him which include: Ed Hennessey, Les Wysong, Ronnie Barber, Tommy Stansell, Lee Greene, Ron Hicks, George Raburn, Glad and Sid Mealor and Pete Scogin. READ MORE

WinWholesale Adopts New Name: Winsupply
WinWholesale Inc., one of the largest distributors in the nation, has a new name: Winsupply Inc. The announcement comes from Rick Schwartz, chairman, who said, "Winsupply connects the more than 570 Win local companies to a single, cohesive powerful brand that creates national presence and position, not only in wholesale distribution but in all of the industries we serve." Winsupply, with $2.5 billion in sales in 2014, is the majority owner of all its local companies in a shared ownership business model. READ MORE

Delarge Named President and CEO of American Standard Brands
and LIXIL Water Technology Americas

Steven Delarge has been promoted to chief executive officer and president of American Standard Brands and LIXIL Water Technology Americas, effective October 1, 2015. "Steve, as chief financial officer of American Standard Brands and LIXIL Water Technology Americas, was asked to step into the interim CEO role at the beginning of this year, as we worked through the process of identifying the right leader for the organization," said David Haines, chief executive officer of LIXIL Water Technology. "During his tenure, he has continued to provide sound leadership and business results whilst we developed the leadership teams for sales, marketing, engineering, supply chain, legal and human resources." He joined the Company in July 2012 as senior vice president and chief financial officer. In this role, he was responsible for financial and strategic planning, complex business and tax issues, annual operating budget development and management, accounting, treasury and financial operations, compliance and governance. READ MORE

MCA of Chattanooga Host Annual Golf Tournament
The MCA of Chattanooga held their 23rd Annual Golf Tournament At Bear Trace Golf Course. It was a beautiful day for a tournament. Temperature was perfect. We couldn't have asked for a better day. Tom Sisk and his helpers met me there at 6:15am to set up the tournament. We couldn't make it without all the folks that help us with this event. Volunteers, Sponsors, and Players. President Jim Bailey was on hand to support us. We had 33 teams playing so it was a Full House. 2nd Place 1st Flight- Local 43 –Bill Leatherwood-Joe Coke-Sonnie Lee-Joe Collins 1ST Flight 3rd Place- Service Electric-Below- Todd Hatfield-Josh Post-Cody Wilson Brian Amick AUGUST 26, 2015 WINNER- 2nd Flight- 1st Place Breeding Insulation- Chad Weigart, Lance Hood, Ricky Wilhoit & Troy Vanata READ MORE

If you have been around the contracting business long you know how fickle a business it can be. One minute you feel like you're on top of the world and the next your wondering why you ever thought this was a good career path. Riding the ups and downs of the business is something you get used to but it can be a stressful life. Some have made it to the point that they are secure, at least removed from the everyday worry of the business. But it's a long rough road to get there for most. When a few of us formed NAPMA it was our hope that this association could become a resource and an island of hope for contractors and even vendors. Many of us get into this as techs and struggle with the business side as we grow. NAPMA has become pretty good at our political efforts, charity efforts, and technical training so now maybe it's time we start learning what business resources our members could use that we coltable. READ MORE

PMA Dedicates Fall Memorial Golf Tournament to Danny Richardson
PMA's board, in 2002, dedicated the fall golf tournament to Ed Hennessey, who was a tireless supporter of the association and the plumbing industry and established the "Hennessey Cup". This designation is similar to a plumbing hall of fame. Individuals nominated to be memorialized are so based on the impact of their contributions to the profession. Danny had been serving as PMA's Secretary Treasurer, a position he held since 1993. During his 30 years of service on PMA's state board of directors, Danny held every elected officer position including that of President. During his tenure he also served on various committees. Danny was not only active on a state and national level, locally, he was a founding member and officer for the North Georgia PHCC Chapter in Athens for over 20 years. Danny joins a prestigious group who preceded him including: Ed Hennessey, Les Wysong, Ronnie Barber, Tommy Stansell, Lee Greene, Ron Hicks, George Raburn, Glad and Sid Mealor, and Pete Scogin. READ MORE

MCA of Georgia Host Annual Casino Night
& Fund Raiser at The Georgia Club in Atlanta

On Saturday, August 22 at the The Georgian Club in the Galleria Parkway Building, 100+ people attended the Annual MCA Casino Night. Guests enjoyed a prime rib carving station, a seafood station, and a carb station with mashed potatoes, grits, various pastas, and toppings for all, and, of course, the most important, a dessert table filled with an array of bite-sized deliciousness, all prepared by the chef and staff at the Georgian Club. Cash prizes were given by random drawing of tickets won at gaming tables. Prizes were donated by the Mechanical Industries Council Education and Training Fund of Georgia.The event was held to support the Mechanical Contractors Association of Georgia's Committee for Good Government Political Action Committee, and to bring together local contractors and members of Local Union 72 Plumbers and Pipefitters for an evening of fun and entertainment. The evening's finale required winners of the raffled prizes to dance for their winnings. "Everyone's a winner at Annual Casino Night, renewing old friendships and forming new relationships," said Vicki Young. READ MORE

Chip Greene Installed as PHCC National President
PMA of GA is very proud to have contractor member and past president Chip Greene, Greene & Associates recognized nationally for his leadership abilities and commitment to the plumbing heating cooling industry. On Friday, October 2nd, Chip will be installed as PHCC National President. Based on my research, there has never been a National President from Georgia. We would like to have a large contingent of members on hand to witness this historic event. PMA of GA and Bradford White will be hosting a reception for Chip on Thursday, October 1st from 9 pm - 11 pm. If you haven't already register for the PHCC Connect 2015 in Florida we encourage you do sign up now. READ MORE

Buddy Stoops Retires from Douglasville Winnelson
Buddy has been with WinWholesale for 19 years, including as president of Douglasville Winnelson for the last 15 years. He first joined the Win Group of Companies in 1996 in Florence, Ky. Florence Winnelson. He was a factory rep for Columbia Plastics and Florence Winnelson was a customer. In 96, Columbia Plastics was bought out and he didn't want to work for the new owners and decided to leave. The president of Florence Winnelson at that time offered him a sales position covering the southern territory between Florence and Lexington. In three and a half years they were selling almost $2 million in that territory. WinWholesale then came to Buddy and told him about Douglasville Winnelson. He interviewed with the president, the CEO and others and they convinced him to come to Georgia. He then went to talk with Jack Osenbaugh, Rick Schwartz and others. He spent a week in Douglasville and immediately realized the company was in disarray. READ MORE

Chris Griffin Joins Gainesville Winnelson as Outside Sales Associate
Chris began his new position as an Outside Sales Associate on May 1st, 2015. He has been in sales for three years and in plumbing for eight years. Chris enjoys the family atmosphere with both customers and co workers at Gainesville Winnelson. He is originally from Florida but moved to Braselton in 1999. He is married to Liz Griffin and they have two children, Adelynn 7 and Chase 5. In Chris's free time he enjoys hiking, camping and gardening. His contact information is csgriffin@winnelson.com 678-614-9790. READ MORE

United Craftsmen to Host Two Charity Events for a Children's Shoe Drive
Two charity events will be held this year for the United Craftsmen Children's Shoe Drive, Inc. Their mission is to let the children who live in Children's Homes and Foster Homes know that the Skilled Craftsman of the United States care about them by affording them the opportunity to buy a new pair of shoes, a six pack of socks, and enjoy lunch with friends at Christmas time. The first will be UCCSD, INC. Charity Golf Tournament on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at Bear's Best in Atlanta. This event is an excellent opportunity to network with the charity group, help "put shoes on those babies feet" while having a day of fun and golf with your fellow professionals. The second event is the Fall Festival Bass Tournament. This will be held at Lakeside Marina, Logan Martin Lake on October 31, 2015. READ MORE

2015 Annual Repair Course Hosted by the American Backflow Prevention Association
This course will be held on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 and presented by Mr. Mark Inman of American Backflow Products Company. Mark is the general manager of American Backflow Products Company, a national distributor of backflow assembly repair parts, testing equipment and accessories. It is also an industry leader in backflow repair information and technical assistance. American Backflow Products Is based in Tallahassee, Florida. He received his first testing certificate from the University of Florida TREEO Center in 1988 at the age of 18. He also received a certificate for Backflow Repair and Maintenance from the TREEO Center in 1990. Mark is currently a co-author of the "Repair Guys" article found each month in Backflow Prevention and Plumbing Standards. READ MORE

PHCC-National Association Names New Executive Vice President
The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors—National Association (PHCC) announced that Michael R. Copp has been selected as its new Executive Vice President. Copp will become PHCC's chief staff officer on Oct. 5, 2015. Copp most recently was the Chief Operating Officer of the American Retirement Association. Prior to that position, he was Senior Vice President of Education at the National Association of Home Builders and Managing Director with the Professional Practice division of The American Institute of Architects. "Michael's proven expertise in association management, particularly in guiding strategic growth, is a great fit for our organization," said PHCC President Kevin Tindall. READ MORE

Charlotte Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Contractors Association
(CPHCCA) Monthly Meeting

On July 14, 2015 the CPHCCA held their monthly meeting at Piedmont Natural Gas Technology Center located at 4301 Yancey Rd in Charlotte, NC. Scott Delaney and Rick Radford of Delaney Products were the Keynote Speakers and spoke on New Product Development. During the meeting, attendees enjoyed a delicious meal provided by Lee's Catering. CPHCCA would like to thank everyone that attended and a special "thank you" to Scott Delaney and Rick Radford for speaking. CPHCCA will be holding their next monthly meeting on August 11, 2015 at the Piedmont Natural Gas Technology Center. Keynote Speaker will be James Bartl. Also, CPHCCA will be holding a lunch meeting August 21 at La Paz located at 1100 Metropolitan Avenue in Charlotte from 11:30-1:30pm. READ MORE

Gateway Supply Co. in Greenville, SC Holds Wine
and Cheese Table Top Trade Show Social

Gateway Supply in Greenville, SC held a wine and cheese table top trade show for their customers on Thursday, April 23, 2015. Over 90 people were in attendance including representatives from the industry's premier manufacturers which displayed the latest trends in kitchen & bath design. Attendees of the upstate design and construction community enjoyed a nice evening with heavy horderves catered by Uptown Catering and cold beverages by Samuel Adams. Three lucky winners won a Samsug soundbar, Moxie Showerhead by Kohler and Delta Two-in-One Showerhead. READ MORE

GP Supply Company in Greensboro, NC Holds Counter Day
On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, GP Supply Company (GPS), in Greensboro, NC held a Counter Day for its customers. Over 300 people attended GPS's counter day sponsored by Tyler Pipe and Empire Industries. Attendees were able to learn about new products that were displayed by vendors while enjoying a delicious lunch of Alaskan whitefish, shrimp and chicken from Libby Hill Catering. GPS thanks everyone who attended and hopes to see all their valued customers at their counter day next event. If you'd like to be notified about future Counter Day events, visit gpsupplycompany.com and sign up for our free newsletter. READ MORE

Murray Supply Company Announces New Winston-Salem Branch Manager
Winston-Salem, North Carolina based wholesale plumb- ing distributor Murray Supply Company has recently hired Heath Jones as the Winston-Salem, NC Branch Manager. Jones is from Mount Airy, NC and is currently in the pro- cess of relocating back there. He comes to Murray Supply with 20 years experience in the PVF/Plumbing Industry Jones graduated from Western Carolina University in 1995 with a BS degree in Industrial Sales. In his spare time he enjoys Crossfit and running, and volunteering with Mastiff rescue. READ MORE

Armstrong Fluid Technology Strengthens Its Carolinas Marketplace Coverage
Armstrong Fluid Technology has announced that it has strengthened its Carolinas market coverage with the addition of a new representative partner and a new approach to supporting Wholesale Distribution channel partners. The company revealed that it is now serving wholesale distributors, parts providers and service dealers direct with circulators and all Armstrong parts. Rich Halvorsen, Armstrong National Sales Manager, and Mike Hittle, Eastern Regional Sales Manager, head up the Armstrong team responsible for direct service in North and South Carolina. Companies interested in becoming an Armstrong Stocking Distributor can contact Mike Hittle at directpartners@armstrong fluid technology. Armstrong also announced that Thermal Resource Sales (TRS), with offices in Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh, Greenville and Wilmington, is now the company's Carolinas representative and is serving consulting engineer, owner, design-build and mechanical contractor customers with the full line of Armstrong commercial pumps, valves, expansion, air/dirt separation products and parts. READ MORE

Connect 2015 Begins September 30th - October 2nd. in Hollywood, Florida
Get insights on the latest trends, ideas and technologies that will go straight to your bottom line! If you're still on the fence about attending this year's CONNECT conference in late September, here's some news that may help. PHCC—National Association has expanded the conference agenda to feature additional interesting and inspiring speakers and a variety of focused seminars. Plus, there are more opportunities to relax with friends, colleagues and new connections in sunny South Florida! KEYNOTE SPEAKERS! Carey Lohrenz, the U.S. Navy's firs female F-14 fighter pilot, will translate the lessons she learned in the cockpit, flying at Mach 2 — to give you new ideas for overcoming business challenges. Sponsored by Kohler. In addition, you'll hear the inspiring story of Keynoter Doc Hendley. READ MORE

PHCC Georgia to Offer Plumbing Apprentice Program
Recognized by the U.S. Dept. of Labor, Employment & Training Administration, Office of Apprenticeship, the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association (PHCC) of Georgia, has received approval to run a Plumbing course for apprentices. The PHCC GA Academy Apprenticeship Program offer the individual a chance to "earn while you learn." The program combines classroom training courses with on-the-job training. This method of education allows individuals to combine real life experiences with applied knowledge. Students are employed by contractor sponsors who provide on-the-job experience. The four year Apprenticeship Program gives trainees a thorough knowledge of all aspects of the plumbing trade. PHCC GA Academy students are "federally registered" as apprentices when they are enrolled in the training program. The program requires 160 hours of related classroom instruction per year. Classroom subjects include drafting and blueprint reading, mathematics, safety, state plumbing codes and regulations. The plumbing-heating-cooling industry is currently lacking the necessary skilled labor to supply all facets of work in progress. READ MORE

ASPE to Host Fall Golf Tournament
On Wednesday October 14, 2015, ASPE Atlanta will host their annual golfing outing at Fairways of Canton Golf Course located at 400 Laurel Canyon Parkway, Canton, GA 30114. Shot-gun start will be at 11am. The event it held to help sustain the Atlanta ASPE Chapter. ASPE is a non-profit organization, and events such as the Golf Outing help keep it going. An estimated 100 players are expected to come out to enjoy the golf outing. Most vendors within the plumbing industry will be there. The registration will not go out until the middle of August and at that time ASPE will have a complete list of both the vendors and the sponsors. Boxed lunches will be in the carts to start the tournament, and a chicken dinner will be served during the awards ceremony. Prizes will be given out. Trophies will be given to the first and second place teams, the closest to the pin winner, and the long drive winner. There will also be a drawing for door prizes. Lastly, there will be a hole-in-one contest that will pay $12,500 to the shot maker and $12,500 to the ASPE scholarship fund. Jeff Long stated "The ASPE Golf Outing is put on to get vendors, engineers, contractors, wholesalers, building officials, all the members of our profession together in a relaxed atmosphere. READ MORE

CSA of Georgia Awarded 2014 Rep of the year by Aquatic Bath
For 50 years, Aquatic has maintained a solid reputation for exceptional engineering and design in bath products. What makes an Aquatic bath great? It is their people. Aquatic bath celebrated their 50th anniversary at IBS by giving out awards to their top sales partners. Aquatic Bath was excited to honor Carolina Sales Associates (CSA) for 2014 Aquatic Rep of the Year in North & South Carolina and thank them for making Aquatic great. Walt McConnell, Ken Alexander & Wes Ingram were there to receive the award. Carolina Sales Associates (also known as CSA) has more than 100 years of experience in the Carolina plumbing industry. Distributors and contractors in the Carolinas have trusted CSA for their comprehensive technical knowledge and the first-class solutions they have provided since 1986. READ MORE

Lawrenceville Winsupply Moves to New Expanded Location
Lawrenceville WinSUPPLY is now located at 625 Old Norcross Rd, Suite A, Lawrenceville GA 30046. They closed Friday Jun 19, for the move, re-opened Monday June, 22 for business. Keith Willie is the President of Lawrenceville WinSUPPLY. Some current lines carried are A O Smith, TOTO, American Standard, Navien, Liberty pumps, and Delta faucets. The new facility is 18,000 total square feet with hours of operation M-F 7am-5pm and Saturday 8am-12pm. (678) 985-0535. Their website is www.lawrencevillewinnelson.com. Lawrenceville WinSUPPLY felt that a new expanded facility, with a more convenient location, would help better serve the customer's needs. Look for more information to follow with showroom, and open house updates. READ MORE

Meredith Fingarson Joins PDI as Marketing Manager
Meredith Fingarson is one of the newest members of the PDI family. In mid-July, she became the Marketing Coordinator for inside sales, outside sales, and counter sales. Prior to joining PDI, she was Outreach Coordinator for the Mattie Kelly Environmental Institute in Niceville, FL. She holds a Bachelor's of Science in both Marketing and Environmental Science. She and her husband recently returned to the Atlanta area after an 11 year hiatus. In her free-time, she enjoys adventures with her two dogs, golfing, scuba diving and traveling to new places. Meredith is excited about this journey into the plumbing industry and hopes to become a valuable member of the PDI team! READ MORE

SWA Host 87th Annual Convention on Hilton Head
SWA held its 87th Annual Convention at the beautiful Marriott Resort and Spa on Hilton Head Island, SC June 28-30, 2015. With another strong attendance of 670 people, SWA continues to host the largest regional event in the country. It is important to note that with wholesale companies (43), manufacturer and rep companies (114) and 112 golfers the SWA Convention was a roaring success. The event featured two speakers Dion Wilson who focused on Trends in Showroom Management and our keynote speaker, Steve Koonin the President and GM of the Atlanta Hawks. Mr. Wilson challenged the attendees to look at their own businesses, their showroom structure, their approach to technology in their showrooms and how to prepare for the future of showroom sales. Mr. Koonin shared his story and many people sat in awe of his accomplishments as an executive who defines "thinking outside the box." He had rave reviews and his focus on branding and marketing was a slam dunk. READ MORE

Michael F. Greene, Attorney at Law Moves to New Location
Attorney Michael Greene, who currently practices at Atlanta Law Group located Atlanta, GA, is licensed and has practiced law throughout the state of Georgia since 1993. He specializes in representing clients in Criminal Defense, D.U.I. and Personal Injury cases. In addition to having over 21 years of experience as a trial attorney, Michael has also served as a recorder's court Judge in Decalb County. Mr. Greene is bilingual and speaks fluent Spanish. Michael is a proud father of two children, having both a daughter and a son and his son is currently serving in the Navy. Michael is very involved in the Boy Scouts of America in his area. READ MORE

Engineer Spotlight: Greg Ferguson and Associates PC
Greg Ferguson and Associates PC Greg Ferguson and Associates PC is located at 179 Early Parkway, Smyrna, GA 30082 – hours of operation 8:30-5:00 M-F. The Company started doing business in 1988 but didn't have enough work or revenue to sustain it. Greg worked at a contracting business during the day and moonlighted at night, saving as much as possible in order to go full time. In 1991, Greg went full time and struggled for several years while building a good client base. This was during the 1991-1992 recession. From this experience, he has a business philosophy and advice to would-be entrepreneurs, and that is during a bad economy it's the best time to start a business. Greg states, it's very hard and I learned to pray and to live by faith. He also states, if you can hold your own during bad times, you'll know how to hold costs down and be profitable during the good times. READ MORE

Evan Johnson Joins Covenant Mechanical
Covenant Mechanical is pleased to welcome Evan Johnson who began work in May, 2015 as a Plumber's Helper. Evan lives in Hiram with his wife and daughter. He is a handy-man of sorts who enjoys working with his hands. He also has a passion for woodworking. Evan is a graduate of Temple High. Evan has a very bright future at Covenant Mechanical. Welcome!

PMA Installs 2015-2016 Board and Officers
PMA of GA Installed new officers and directors for 2015-16 at its 123rd Annual Meeting held on St. Simons Island, June 13, 2015. The new president is Timmy Irvin, Delta Plumbing, Stockbridge, Georgia. Other officers installed are: ·1st Vice President: Chris Johnson, C & A Johnson Plumbing, Buford, Georgia ·2nd Vice President: Jim Sabol, Plumb Works, Atlanta, Georgia ·Secretary-Treasurer: David Cunningham, Superior Plumbing, Kennesaw, Georgia ·Past President: Bobby Burns, Lakeside Plumbing, Eatonton, Georgia ·Director at Large: Eric Arnold, Georgia Power, Forest Park. READ MORE

PMA Fall Memorial Golf Tournament September 15th Dedicated to Danny Richardson
PMA dedicates its Fall Memorial Golf Tournament September 15th at Bear's Best to Danny Richardson. Mr. Richardson was PMA's Secretary Treasurer at the time of his death in December 2014. In recognition of his lifetime contributions to the Association, Mr. Richardson joins a prestigious group who preceded him including: Pete Scogin, Glad and Sid Mealor, George Raburn, Ron Hicks, Lee Greene, Tommy Stansell, Ronnie Barber, Les Wyson, and Ed Hennessey. This event is an excellent opportunity to network with an organization that is working to strengthen and protect the plumbing and mechanical industry while having a day of fun and golf with your fellow professionals. You may register one person, two, or any number of golfers. READ MORE

Ferguson to Open New Atlanta Showroom in Buckhead
Atlantans will soon be able to make selections for stunning kitchens, spa-like baths and beautiful lighting in the hub of Buckhead Atlanta. A new Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery is under construction in the city's emerging design district. The new 13,183-square-foot showroom, located at 262 Buckhead Ave., Suite C-200, will feature luxury products from top brands including Thermador, Viking, Sub-Zero, Bosch, Moen and Fine Art Lamps. The showroom is scheduled to open early fourth quarter 2015. Ferguson joins Jonathan Adler, Kathryn Leach Home, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams and other Buckhead retailers that cater to interior designers and architects READ MORE

PMA's 2015 Industry Member of the Year Awarded to
Bob Carpenter, Reliance Worldwide

PMA Awarded Bob Carpenter, Reliance Worldwide Corporation 2015 Industry Member of the Year. Bob holds the position of the SharkTech Academy Manager for the United States. PMA's 2015 Industry Member of the Year is being recognized for tirelessly giving back to his community and advocating on behalf of the plumbing industry. Bob Carpenter joined PMA in 2012 and immediately got involved by attending PMA conventions and local area meetings. Bob Carpenter has become a key advocate at PMA Local Area Meetings by helping to promote the importance the Plumbing Industry plays in protecting our Health and Safety.READ MORE

Covenent Mechanical Hosts Company Fishing Trip
Covenant Mechanical hosted a company fishing trip to West Point Lake on May 30th, 2015. They had several employees in attendance as well as a customer and some representatives from Cowan Supply. There were a total of 214 fish caught, of which, Mike Adams caught the largest. Cowan Supply donated gift cards for the prizes. It was a great day on the lake!

PRIER Introduces Balistreri as Southeast Sales Manager
PRIER Products is proud to announce the appointment of Angelo Balistreri as the Southeast Regional Sales Manager. Angelo will lead and direct all sales efforts for 11 territories covering the southeast region of the country, working with PRIER representatives and wholesalers. "I feel Angelo is a strong addition to the PRIER sales team because of his diversity in his sales experiences and his drive to be successful in his new position," stated Pat Hogan, Western Regional Sales Manager. Angelo graduated from Central Methodist College with a BS in Business Administration back in 2003. Directly out of college Angelo started his work experience in the fundraising industry. He worked for a local company, helping raise funds for school districts and education foundations, for over 11 years. During which time he worked as an account manager, procurement manager and operations manager, helping double their sales over the years. Angelo is a Kansas City native, born and raised in rural areas of the big city. He has been married to his lovely wife Aleana for six years and has two children. READ MORE

PMA's 2015 Contractor of the Year Awarded Chip Greene, Greene & Associates
PMA's 2015 Contractor of the Year is being recognized for planning and implementing a program that will impact the future of skilled trades in Georgia. Chip Greene, Greene & Associates, Macon, Georgia is being recognized for his contributions in establishing the PHCC GA Academy for Apprenticeship Training. Chip has been on a mission for 10 years to make this a reality in Georgia. Over the course of the last 16 months he recruited support and resources from the contractor and industry community. READ MORE

E & E's Designated Kohler Showroom Officially Opens in Columbus
Engineering & Equipment is pleased to announce their official opening of Kohler's Premier Showroom located at 4747 Hamilton Road, Suite B (the counter is located in Suite A) in Columbus, Georgia. This location is the ONLY Kohler Premier Showroom in West Georgia and it's open M-F 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. With a little over 2,000 sq. ft. showroom space they carry Kohler, Delta, Moen, Danze, Rubinet, Rohl, Blanco, MTI, Praxis, Oceana and Thompson Traders. E & E also carries the following cabinet hardware lines: Schaub, Top Knobs, Jeffery Alexander, Alno, Atlas, Rusticware and Nottinghill. Jill A. Estes is the Showroom Manager. Patti Ford is the General Manager and Cheryl Newman is in charge of Showroom Sales. READ MORE

NCPMA Host Best People, Best Practices In Greensboro
On April 16th at the Greensboro Coliseum, Special Events Center, West Wing A, Greensboro, NC, over 50 booths were filled with the latest information, tools, and products to educate those present and enhance their business productivity and profitability. In today's economy, making connections with the Best People. and the Best Practices. is critical for success. Those present understand this, and made the investment of time for this exciting conference to connect with the individuals and companies that can help their business grow. READ MORE

Murray Supply Company Hosts 50th Anniversary Gala
and Annual Recognition Dinner

Winston-Salem, N.C. based plumbing supply company; Murray Supply Company hosted a company wide 50th Anniversary Gala and Recognition Dinner at the Grand Pavilion Ballroom of the Downtown Winston-Salem Embassy Suites on March 7, 2015. The dinner is hosted annually by Murray Supply to recognize the employees and their accomplishments of the previous year. In 2015, the company is celebrating their 50th anniversary, and the annual recognition dinner was the kick off to a year long anniversary celebration. One of the highlights of the evening was a 24-minute documentary that was produced for the occasion. The video told the history of Murray Supply Company, and featured a number of current employees, retirees and four members of the Murray Family; Charlie Murray (CEO), David Murray (President), Craig Murray (Retired), and Walter Murray, who originally founded the company with his late father C. V. Murray. READ MORE

Ferguson Wilson N.C. and Sharkbite/Cash Acme Give Away a Harley Davidson at April Event
In APRIL, our Wilson location of Ferguson had the distinct opportunity to give away a beautiful new Harley Davidson motorcycle in conjunction with Sharkbite Plumbing Solutions. The proud recipient of the Harley Davidson was Jeslyn Wethington of B&J plumbing out of Wilson, NC. We were very proud and excited to have the winner of the national drawing not only be from our market, but also be a very good and loyal customer of Ferguson. On that same day we hosted a very tasty lunch and feed many of our good customers. Thank-you to Sharkbite for their sup-port with this great event. Congratulations Jeslyn and I am sure you will enjoy your new toy! READ MORE

2nd Annual PMA Plumbing Heating Cooling Expo
Held April 23rd at Jim Miller Park

The 2nd Annual PMA Plumbing Heating Cooling Expo held on April 23rd at Jim Miller Park once again hit it out of the park! Attendees from 70 plumbing heating companies were able to visit with exhibitors representing over 100 manufacturers during the course of the seven hour show. The day began with educational seminars on various topics ending with a panel on tankless and tank type water heater changes. Over 145 hours of CE credits were issued to attendees. The afternoon highlight was the Plumbing Iron Man Competition where seven teams battled for the $1,750 prize. The winning team was from Action Electric and Mechanical Brian Brown and Clint Tatum. Any event needs financial support to make it a success and these companies stepped up to the task. PMA recognizes our partners and sponsors: Federated Insurance, Ecco, Georgia Power, Sharkbite, Winnelson, White Wolf, Rinnai, and Mercedes Benz Buckhead. READ MORE

PDI Holds 23rd Annual Bass Tournament
PDI's Annual Bass Tournament was held on Tuesday, May 5th at Sugar Creek Marina on Lake Oconee. A beautiful day brought 66 fishermen out to compete. The customers who placed in the tournament were: 1st Place: Brian Hyde Plumbing - Bobby Hyde and Billy Pitts; 2nd Place: Georgia College - Marty Moore and Jason Major; 3rd Place: Brightwell Inc: Loyd Brightwell and Donny Boone; BIG FISH: Marty Moore - 4.80 lbs PDI would like to thank their sponsors: Pfister, Oatey, Insinkerator, and T&S Brass. READ MORE

PMA Holds Iron Man Competition at
2nd Annual Plumbing Heating Cooling Expo

Seven teams competed for the title of Plumbing Iron Man at the 2nd Annual PMA Plumbing Heating Cooling Expo on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at Jim Miller Park in Marietta. The competition this year heated up as four companies battled for the title. The prize purse of $1,750 was distributed to the winners. Additionally, the 1st place team received individual trophies and their names will be engraved on the Plumbing Iron Man Trophy. Congratulations to Plumbing Iron Man Winners: 1st Place Brian Brown & Clint Tatum, Action Electric & Mechanical, 2nd Place Jonathan Raines & Alex Covelson, Covenant Mechanical, 3rd Place Chris Campbell & Steven Jansen, Rawlins Mechanical. A great showing was made by the following competitors from Rawlins Mechanical Daniel Gooch & Dusty Gooch, Hammond Services Russell Henderson & David Wall and Covenant Mechanical Allen Demoisey & Evan Johnson, Doug Henney & Jacob Heath. Special thanks to Bob Carpenter, Reliance Worldwide for organizing the competition for its second year. READ MORE

Jason Pentland Joins Cowan Supply
Jason Pentland has been hired as Profit Center Manager for Cowan Supply in Atlanta. The decision was made by Cowan's parent company, Hajoca, in February, at which time Jason's training period began. Hajoca is a nationwide wholesale distributor of pipe, valves, fittings, plumbing, heating and industrial supplies, with headquarters in Philadelphia, PA. Jason brings talent and experience to his new job with Cowan. He spent the past 10 years employed by F. M. Webb, most recently as general manager in Newburg, New York. He has a BA in Criminal Justice from University of New Haven (Connecticut), and he also ran production for 5 years in a metal finishing company. The employment with Cowan has brought about a move for this lifetime resident of the Northeast and his family. They are excited about their relocation to the South. His wife, Nicole, and three sons will be moving down in mid-June. The family is very involved in sports – lacrosse, soccer and hockey – so they should have lots of athletic opportunity here. READ MORE

McKee-Nix to Represent Ion Technologies
In April, McKee-Nix & Associates reached a mutual agreement with Metropolitan Industries of Romeoville, Ill., on the representation and distribution of the Ion Technologies Product Line – a positive move for both companies, according to Mike Born, president of McKee-Nix and Dick Harned, national sales manager of Metropolitan Industries (parent company of Ion Technologies). The decision for Ion Technologies to partner with McKee-Nix was a result of Harned and McKee-Nix's past relationship. According to Brad Hall, partner in McKee-Nix, a positive aspect of this decision is McKee-Nix's market presence with Little Giant pumps by Franklin Electric for the sump, effluent and sewage market for Georgia and Tennessee, and the ability to add value to all involved from the manufacturers to the end user insuring insuring quality, dependability and cutting edge technology. READ MORE

Allgood Plumbing Opens 2nd Facility in Snellville, GA
Allgood Plumbing & Electric has opened its second facility, a 10,000 sq. ft. warehouse, in Snellville, GA. A festive ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on May 6, 2015 at the new Allgood warehouse located at 3755 Hewatt Court, Snellville. The event was hosted by Allgood and the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, and it was a fun opportunity to celebrate the company's milestone and show off the new facility. A light lunch was provided for the 50 attendees, and all were impressed with the layout of the warehouse, the offices, and the services that Allgood provides. "We are fortunate and blessed and happy to be here," said Melvin Music, owner and president of Allgood. " READ MORE

CONTRACTOR SPOTLIGHT: Upshaw Plumbing: Buford, Georgia
Upshaw Plumbing Service in Buford, Georgia has been in business since May, 2010. Todd Upshaw, who has been involved in the plumbing industry since 1985, is the CEO of this locally owned and operated business located at 3906 Thompson Lake Dr., Buford, Georgia. His brother, Clay Upshaw, works for the company as an apprentice. A licensed master plumber, Todd's goal is "to provide dependable and superior service at a fair rate." The business, which is accredited by the BBB, offers plumbing repair, installation, maintenance and replacement services, water heater services, and all plumbing needs in the entire Metro Atlanta area. The majority of business comes from Gwinnett, Fulton and Forsyth counties. Upshaw Plumbing also provides installation and services for tankless water heaters, in addition to traditional gas and electric water heaters. READ MORE

Ovi Muresan, CPD, LEED, AP, is a senior project plumbing engineer with HDR, Inc., in Atlanta. He has over 20 years experience in plumbing and fire protection design of building systems which include institutional, research and medical facilities. Upon graduation with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Technical University of Timisoara, Romania, Ovi worked for 2 years as field engineer in Romania with a mechanical contractor, gaining experience in the field of installation of plumbing systems. After he moved to the U.S. in 1995, Ovi began working for JB &B in New York as a Project Design Engineer in the Plumbing field. He relocated with his family to Atlanta in 1997 and worked for TCI and Leo A. Daly. He joined the engineering staff of HDR, Inc. in 2001, as a senior project plumbing engineer. HDR is a global employee-owned firm, headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, providing architecture, engineering, consulting, construction and related services. Muresan has been senior plumbing project engineer in the Atlanta HDR facility since 2001. READ MORE

PMA 123rd Annual Conference St. Simons Island June 11-14
PMA is holding its 123rd Annual Conference at the historic King and Prince Beach Resort on beautiful St. Simons Island June 11-14th. Ranked as Conde Nast Traveler - Top 10 Islands in the U.S., we are guaranteed a 1st class location in which to conduct our business. Anyone working in this industry is hard at work in the field or on the road every day. Finding quality time with your family at the end of an exhausting day is difficult. PMA has changed the registration fees from individual to family pricing. This allows your family members to attend the events free of charge. The King and Prince Beach Resort is ranked by USA Today as one of the "Great American Beaches" ensuring your family will have access to fun while you're working. Plumbing contractors who are interested in attending PMA's 123rd June Conference for the first time can attend at 50% off the registration price. Contact PMA for details. READ MORE

PDI Wins 2 Awards
PDI Wins 2 Awards PDI's Lake Oconee Showroom does it again! Another Best of Show award at The Big Event, and this year they also won the Best Visual Design award! The Big Event is the Lake Oconee Builders Association's largest event of the year. The purpose of the festival is to educate and inform the Lake Oconee area about the products, services, and personnel of the Lake Oconee Area Builders Association (LOABA), and to promote its members, suppliers and associates. Over 2500 attendees visited this year and they had over 130 vendor booths participate. A Kids Zone, complete with Anna and Elsa from the movie Frozen, attracted parents and kids from all over the lake country. READ MORE

Herb Harris of Southern Pipe & Supply Receives
President's Club Award for 6th year in a Row

For the past 30 years, Southern Pipe & Supply has been awarding outstanding employees with the President's Club Award. Every year they send the winners & their families on a first class, all expense paid trip to receive their award. This year they will be having the award ceremony in Biloxi Mississippi at the end of April. For the past 9 years, Herb Harris has been a sales consultant for Southern Pipe & Supply in Ellijay Georgia. Herb has worked in the plumbing industry for 37 years. This is the 6th year in a row that Herb has won The President's Club Award for exceeding his sales quota. Herb lives in Big Canoe with his lovely wife of 42 years. They have a 27 year old son who just had a baby. Herb is very excited about being a Grandfather. Herb loves spending time with his family. Southern Pipe & Supply has been in business for over 77 years. READ MORE

ASPE 2015 Product Show A Huge Success
It's no joke, the 2015 ASPE Atlanta Plumbing Product Showcase held on April 1st, is in the history books and it was a smashing success! Our awesome vendors sold out the show almost a month ahead of time and they did not disappoint. The latest, cutting edge, plumbing products and technology was on display for all to learn, see, and "kick the tires". Our last count showed over 150 attendees populated the showcase. ASPE Atlanta would like to thank all that attended and a BIG thank you to all our vendors for making it possible. READ MORE

Jay Dawson Returns to McKee-Nix & Associates, Inc.
"After many years in the corporate world and National Sales Manager for a couple of companies, I decided my priorities were mixed up and quit a good job to buy a True Value hardware store in a suburb of Dallas Texas. Home Depot moved to Dallas in 1982 and that was a sign to sell, which we did and moved to Marietta". Jay Dawson started in the plumbing industry 33 years ago. In 1986 he started working at McKee-Nix covering Georgia territories both North and South, until 1998 when he was transferred to Nashville to open an office covering West Tennessee for McKee-Nix. In the fall of 2001, Jay was diagnosed with prostate cancer and had an operation to remove the cancer. Jay admits he was very fortunate not to need any further treatment but decided to retire since he was unsure of what the future would hold. READ MORE

Carolina Sales Associates and CSA Georgia to Rep AB&I
For decades, customer service has been a top priority at AB&I that is why they have chosen CSA to rep their line in the Southeast, covering Georgia, North & South Carolina. AB&I had its beginning in the months following the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906. At that time, the foundry's primary products were decorative light poles and iron and brass statuary. When World War II started, AB&I changed its focus and began making submarine net weights and other iron products to assist the war effort. After WWII, AB&I began making iron pipe to meet the demands of the housing boom of the late 1940s and early 1950s. Cast iron pipe and fittings remain the foundry's main product line, and AB&I has grown into a major nationwide manufacturer. READ MORE

PHCC Georgia Academy to Hold Open House
PHCC Georgia Academy to Hold Open House May 14th and Plumbing Apprenticeship Classes Begin August 3rd in Metro Atlanta and Macon PHCC GA Academy invites you to an open house on Thursday, May 14th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. The event will be held at the Metro Atlanta training facility located at Reliance Worldwide 2727 Paces Ferry Road, SE, Suite 1750, 17th Floor of Building 2, Atlanta Georgia, 30339. RSVP to info@phccga.com. PHCC GA Academy invites you to an open house on Thursday, May 21st from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. The event will be held at the Macon training facility located at 2688 Roff Ave, Macon, GA 31204 RSVP to info@phccga.com. The Plumbing & Mechanical Association of Georgia (PMA) created the PHCC GA Academy in 2014 to provide training for a 4-yr apprenticeship program. PHCC GA Academy received approval and certification from the US Department of Labor to operate a 4-year registered Plumbing apprenticeship program. Our apprenticeship program is recognized and certified by the US Department of Labor/Bureau of Apprenticeship Training. Students participating in apprenticeship program must meet two key requirements during each of the four years: (1) 160 classroom hours and (2) 2,000 on-the-job learning hours. READ MORE

ENGINEERING SPOTLIGHT: Amanda C. Askew , EIT Plumbing Engineer
Amanda Askew is a plumbing engineer for Newcomb & Boyd an Engineering Consultant Firm located in Atlanta, GA. She designs plumbing systems for commercial, residential and institutional applications. She is an active member of American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) and currently serves on the Atlanta Chapter Board as Administrative Secretary. Amanda Askew was born and raised in Rome, GA and knew at an early age that she wanted to be an engineer. As a child, to the frustration of both her parents and siblings, she would dissemble her toys to figure out how they worked. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2005. After graduating she worked for 84 Lumber in Lithonia, GA as a truss designer and later as a team leader for the Southeast region at their corporate office in Eighty-Four, PA. READ MORE

SWA to Host the 87th Annual Convention
June 28-30 At Hilton Head Resort & Spa This year's Southern Wholesalers Association convention is being held at the beautiful Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa in Hilton Head, SC, June 28-30. The amenities, family atmosphere, and great location keep SWA returning to this wonderful venue. SWA has a packed program planned with emphasis on Leadership, Technology, and Showrooms. Their key- note speaker this year is Steve Koonin, CEO for the Atlanta Hawks, and former President of Turner Entertainment Networks. Mr. Koonin is a longtime entertainment and marketing veteran, and his program is one you don't want to miss. In addition, they have Dion Wilson, Showroom Specialist and contributor to The Wholesaler, speaking about current trends in showrooms. READ MORE

PMA Host World of Plumbing at 2015 CEFGA Career Expo
PMA hosted the World of Plumbing at the 2015 CEFGA CareerExpo and SkillsUSA State Championships March 26 & 27. Organizing and coordinating the plumbing competition and World of Plumbing booth was Jerome Sabol of Plumb Works. Installations in the booth were provided by Fitzgerald & Sons, Rawlins Mechanical and Superior Plumbing. According to CEFGA's Executive Director Scott Shelar it was the biggest and best, so far! Here are the final numbers for 2015: 7,307 Total Attendees, 5,179 Students, 920 Influencers (Teachers, Counselors, Parents, School Administrators), 1,208 Industry Volunteers, Exhibitors and Guests. READ MORE

Tennessee PHCC to Hold 118th Annual Trade Show & Convention
The 118th Annual Tennessee PHCC Trade Show and Convention will be held on Thursday, May 7th from 11 am to 4 pm at the Knoxville Marriott located at 501 E. Hill Ave., Knoxville. This trade show marks TN PHCC's 118th year serving as the only Plumbing and HVAC industry specific trade event in the state of Tennessee. There will be numerous booths with exhibitors showing the latest in industry products and services. The theme this year is "Totally Tennessee"! The convention will feature such topics as Customer Service Amplified with Vincent Ivan Phipps, Dynamic Ductwork: From Design to Installation and Cyber Liability. The $75pp convention fee includes breakfast and all 3 seminars. READ MORE

McKee-Nix is Pleased to Announce Kevin Edmonds
as New Sales Rep in Tennessee

McKee-Nix & Associates added Kevin Edmonds in November 2014 as their new sales representative to cover Middle to West Tennessee. This includes all areas from Nashville to Memphis. Kevin graduated Middle Tennessee State University in 2010 with a degree in Marketing & Business Administration. Kevin is originally from New York and moved to Franklin Tennessee when he was a child where he currently lives. Kevin is an avid sports fan. He loves the outdoors and his hobbies include golf, snowboarding & kayaking. McKee Nix & Associates, Inc. was formed in 1971 covering Georgia and Tennessee. READ MORE

TN PHCC Day on the Hill 2015
March 24th marked the TN PHCC's Day on the Hill at Capital Hill in Nashville. Our representatives met with over 25 legislators to promote our "Carbon Monoxide Detectors Required in Lodging Establishments" proposed legislation and discuss our issues. We distributed a 12 page synopsis of the background for the proposed legislation along with conveying our message that we are dedicated to "Protecting the Health and Safety of Society." We also supported the Contractors Licensing Board bill that expands the types of activities the state board for licensing contractors may penalize; increases the amount of civil penalties that may be levied against contractors; changes evidentiary requirements for obtaining a court order to enforce the board's penalties. READ MORE

President Travis Elrod Wants to Push
Southern Wholesalers Association to Even Greater Heights

Travis Elrod's early professional career was headed in a slightly different direction than the plumbing supply industry. Back in 1998, the University of Georgia graduate had entered into hospitality management with Marriott and was eager to make an impact. "I had this grandiose idea when I took the job that working in the resort industry would be wonderful," he says. "At that age you have misconceptions about the business world. I got a real quick brush with reality. It's a tough business and I have a lot of respect for the people who work in hospitality." While still working in that field, Elrod was offered an opportunity to join the plumbing distribution company of his future wife's father, Ted DeVore, chairman of Athens, Ga.-based plumbing distributor DeVore & Johnson. READ MORE

MCA of Chattanooga Holds Christmas Party
The MCA of Chattanooga held their MCA Christmas Party at the Chattanooga Golf & Country Club in December. Rick Pollard was our Chairman for this event. What a wonderful event this is every year. A beautiful Venue with entertainment by The Beaters. Everyone always enjoys this immensely. Awards were given : Service Awards to: Katie Crouse, Leigha King and Becky Chase Presidents Awards to: Rob Chase R.B. Poole Service Award- Billy King Harold Nave Service Award- Bart Bledsoe MCA Golf Service Award- Tom Sisk. READ MORE

Lindstrom Sales Company to Rep Vandewater Valves
Lindstrom has just added Vandewater Valves to their lines they represent. Vandewater International Inc. offers a wide range of fittings to fill your fire protection, plumbing and electrical needs. Vandewater International specializes in fire protection fittings used in the fabrication of sprinkler systems. They offer the CERIECO brand forged steel threaded outlets (1/2"-2-1/2" sizes), CERIECO brand steel pipe nipples (black and galvanized), schedule 40 and schedule 10 grooved outlets (1-1/4"-8"). Their latest addition to their fire protection fitting line is the CERIECO brand Fast Drop Reducing Steel Pipe Nipple. The Fast Drop will be available in four models. For over 40 years, Lindstrom & Associates has been a family business representing manufacturers covering the residential, commercial and industrial markets. READ MORE

PMA to Hold 2nd Annual Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Expo
It is time for the 2nd annual PMA expo to be held at the Jim Miller Park on Thursday, April 23 2015, from 11:00am to 6:00pm. The Iron Man Competition will keep the fun going from 11 am -8:00pm. Jim Miller Park is located at 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta, GA 30008. This event is open to all individuals in the heating-plumbing-cooling industry. Manufactures will be there to demonstrate products & answer all your questions. See the latest products lines, tools & services for this industry. There will be a raffle, door prizes & giveaways. You will get to mingle with the best in the plumbing & HVAC industry and have fun doing it. Earn 4 hours of CE credits by attending free seminars held on the hour from 9:00am until 2:00pm. READ MORE

Bradford Sales Company Introduces Andy Zerhusen
as Their New South Georgia Sales Representative

Andy Zerhusen joined Bradford Sales in March 2015. He has over 30 years experience in the wholesale plumbing industry. Brandon Summey, who has covered South Georgia for numerous years, will be working closely with Andy and the customers to make this a positive and seamless transition to maintain customer satisfaction. Andy will be serving the South Georgia region, which covers all areas south of Macon. Andy has been married 30 years to his wife Teresa; they have two children: AJ and Kasey. You may contact Andy Zerhusen at (912) 313-7357 or andyz@bradfordsalesco.com . Customer service, product knowledge, and reliability are at the forefront of Bradford Sales. READ MORE

ASPE Atlanta to Host Plumbing Product Showcase 2015
The 2015 ASPE Atlanta Board is proud to announce their annual product show will be Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 from 1:00pm to 7:30pm at the Holiday Inn - Perimeter 4386 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA 30341. Get ready for the Southeast premier plumbing industry product display, with the best vendors, best products & most cutting edge technology. Admission & parking are free. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be served with a cash bar. There will be great door prizes given away. If you visit each booth with at least 30 signatures on your booth card, you will be eligible for the prize drawings. There will be three cash giveaways. Engineers and designers must be ASPE members. There will be two technical program sessions for CEU credits. READ MORE

PMA FLC Leadership Luncheon Series Off to a Strong Start
PMA Future Leadership Council Leadership Luncheon Series kicked off on February 4th with a featured presentation by PDI President Coley Herrin. Coley recently served as an Advisor on PMA's Executive Committee as well as President of Southern Wholesaler Association. Future Leadership Council (FLC) Mission: recruit business owners and future leaders for the PMA from our member companies. Our goal is to educate on various plumbing topics and business topics. We hope all who attend will be able to incorporate what they learn at these meetings into your everyday business operations and to promote growth for your business and the PMA. We will also discuss how to become leaders of the PMA such as President, Vice President, Board of Directors, etc. and the responsibilities that each of these positions holds and what PMA can do for your business. READ MORE

Bradford Sales Company to Represent Gastite
Bradford Sales Company is your one stop source for all of your plumbing and building products. Located in Atlanta GA, Bradford has been privately owned and operated since 1926. It is there mission to continue to be the premiere manufacturer's agent for commercial plumbing supply, with great customer service and top quality products. Bradford Sales Company is adding Gastite to their lines. Based in Portland, Tennessee, Gastite has been a pioneer in fuel gas piping for more than twenty years and continues to set the standard in the industry with product innovations, superior technical support, and world-class customer service. The Gastite system is a safe, time-saving and efficient method of installing piping for natural gas and liquefied propane gas. It utilizes corrugated, semi-rigid stainless steel tubing (CSST) with polyethylene jacketing and fully integrated, all-metal components. READ MORE

Nick Mosley has close to 30 years of experience in engineering and design, including acting as Director of Engineering and Project Architect for well-respected engineering firms. Nick recently started working for KLG Consulting LLC at 2126 Defoors Ferry road. Atlanta, GA 30318 as a senior plumbing designer before that he worked for Perry Crabb. Nick is responsible for the modeling, coordination, analysis and creation of all aspects of plumbing systems for commercial buildings in the healthcare, education and technology sectors. He has special expertise in Microstation and Revit MEP software. Along with being a licensed Georgia General Contractor, Nick also holds a Georgia Real Estate and Insurance License and is in the process of becoming a registered architect with the state of Georgia. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Society of Professional Engineers (ASPE), where he currently serves as Vice President of Technical for the Atlanta Chapter. Nick earned his B.S. in Architectural Engineering Technology from Southern College of Technology (now Southern Polytechnic State University). On a Personal Note: Nick is a native of Smyrna, Georgia. He and his wife still live in the community, as well as two stepchildren and a granddaughter. Along with a love of art, he enjoys fishing, golfing, hunting, singing and playing guitar. Additionally, he is an avid fan of Atlanta sports teams including the Atlanta Braves, the Atlanta Falcons, Georgia Tech and the Georgia Bulldogs. READ MORE

NCPMA to Host 2015 Connections Conference
NCPMA will host the "Best People, Best Practices 2015 Connections Conference" on Thursday, April 16th at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina. Approximately 50 vendors are expected to participate in this year's conference which will include a variety of activities for cooling, heating and plumbing contractors, students, suppliers and other associated professionals. Highlights include: A Reverse Tradeshow. Contractors and suppliers will come together for brief, individualized appointments to discuss each company's specific needs and products. READ MORE

Ferguson Nets Major Fishing Sponsorships
Ferguson, the largest wholesale distributor of plumbing supplies in the U.S., announces two key partnerships for 2015 - with Major League Fishing and professional angler Scott Ashmore. Ferguson is a 2015 sponsor of Major League Fishing, a popular bass fishing tournament series taking place throughout the country. Major League Fishing, in partnership with Outdoor Channel and 24 professional anglers, features exciting bass fishing events in a unique format that challenges the participants and provides angling insight to the audience. READ MORE

CPHCCA Holds Monthly Meeting
On January 13, 2015 the CPHCCA held their monthly meeting at Piedmont Natural Gas Technology Center located at 4301 Yancey Rd in Charlotte, NC. Garrett Stake of J&J Consultants was the Keynote Speaker and spoke on mold inspections and testing, as well as lead abatement, testing and training and how it can affect your business. During the meeting, attendees enjoyed a delicious meal provided by Lee's Catering. Also during the meeting, CPHCCA welcomed Matthew Morrison, of PC Godfrey, as their new President, John Gallagher & Jim Kotyk of Piedmont Natural Gas as new Board Members and agreed Scott Shelton to be the Mechanical Representative on the Meck County Building Development Commission (BDC). READ MORE

Murray Supply Company Celebrates 50th Anniversary in 2015
Like any year, the year 2015 will be filled with many notable birthdays and anniversaries. Elvis Presley would have celebrated his 80th birthday in 2015, and Bob Marley would have reached his 70th. America has now seen 10 years since Hurricane Katrina, and it has been 55 years since movie goers were first terrified by Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. 2015 will bring along a major milestone for Murray Supply Company also - their 50th anniversary. Since 1965, customers across North Carolina have trusted the experts at Murray Supply Company for all of their plumbing and piping needs. Customers turn to Murray for competitive pricing and reliable, quick turnaround on job quotes. Murray customers can trust they will receive quality service on every job. Their expansive inventory includes, but is not limited to, plumbing fixtures, pipe and tubing, fittings, valves, accessories and speciality products READ MORE

Gateway Supply in Greenville, SC Host Annual Customer Christmas Lunch
Gateway Supply, located at 70 Chrome Dr. in Greenville, SC hosted their annual Christmas lunch on December 18, 2014. Gateway Supply holds this event each year to thank their wonderful customers for their outstanding support throughout the year. Over 300 people attended the event and everyone enjoyed a delicious lunch provided by Charlie's BBQ and dessert was provided by Huntin Camp BBQ. READ MORE

Douglasville Winnelson Host Showroom
Re-Grand Opening on 36th Anniversary

Douglasville Winnelson, located at 6480 Bankhead Hwy., Douglasville GA 30134, held a re-grand opening event on January 15, 2015 to celebrate their 36th Anniversary and introduce their new and improved showroom. Douglasville Winnelson opened their spectacular showroom in 2010 and recently made renovations which included new displays and updated working displays. They have also added many new lines which include lighting, mirrors, cabinetry and vanities. The Showroom is approximately 3400 sq. ft. and highlights several working displays creating a hands-on experience for their customer's added convenience, including Working Shower Display that has 16 functions (showerheads, body sprays, steam unit, and handhelds) 2 working tubs, warming drawer, and heated flooring. READ MORE

PMA 2nd Annual Family Day at Snow Mountain an Avalanche of Fun
Plumbing & Mechanical Association of Georgia continued the tradition of family fun by holding the 2nd Annual Family Day at Snow Mountain on Sunday, January 25th. Once again the event was a huge success! The event was open to the entire plumbing industry and their families. PMA thanks its sponsors Federated Insurance, Georgia Power, ECCO, Cash Acme, Ferguson, PDI, Plumbing News, Sharkbite for their financial support. PMA also thanks Covenant Mechanical, DeVore & Johnson, Integrated Plumbing Services, PDI, Plumb Works and Superior Plumbing for hosting their employees and families at this event. PMA thanks the Future Leadership Council (FLC) Chair Chris Johnson, of C&A Johnson Plumbing Service for taking the lead and working so hard on all the details that made this an event to be remembered. READ MORE

Bianca Lowe Joins Covenant Mechanical
Covenant Mechanical would like to welcome the newest member of the family. Bianca Lowe will be working as the Office Assistant for the estimating department. Bianca is new to the plumbing world; however, she is very excited about learning all she can and hopes to work her way up in the area of estimating. Bianca is married with two kids, a 5 year old girl and a 2 year old boy. Bianca enjoys roller skating, karaoke, scrapbooking, fishing (she hopes to win the biggest fish contest at the next Covenant fishing trip), and spending time with her family. READ MORE

ENGINEER SPOTLIGHT: Steve Mastley of Matheson-Ball & Associates
Steve Mastley began his career in the engineering industry over 35 years ago. He started in 1977 with Britt Alderman Associates (now known as BAA Mechanical Engineers) where he worked for 21 years. During this time, Steve assisted in the design of many high rise office buildings and hotels that define the Atlanta sky line today. In July of 1998, Steve joined the Matheson-Ball & Associates team. In his current role at Matheson-Ball, Steve holds the position of Senior Plumbing Engineer and is responsible for the development of project drawings and specifications during the design process and construction administration for plumbing and fire protection. Steve's motto is "Anything worth doing, is worth doing well to the best of your ability". Steve has been a member of ASPE since 1987 and has served on the Atlanta Chapter Board of Directors for 15 years in various Board positions, most notably, 6 terms as Chapter President. READ MORE

Alex Covalsen Wins Covenant Mechanical Raffle
Alex Covalsen has worked at Covenant Mechanical for over a year as a plumber's assistant. He recently won the company Christmas raffle. Alex's prize was a 32" TV. Reports are that his daughter is enjoying it very much. All of the Covenant family is very happy for Alex. We can't want to see what other great things are in store for him. READ MORE

Jonathan Raines Promoted to Field Supervisor
for Covenant Mechanical Contractors, Inc

Congratulations to Jonathan Raines on his promotion to Field Supervisor for Covenant Mechanical Contractors, Inc. Jonathan has worked for Covenant for 8 years as a plumber. He says that what he enjoys most about his new position is being able to deal with more people on a daily basis. Jonathan lives in Marietta with his wife and two kids. They have a 2 year old son and an 11 month old daughter. Jonathan enjoys all things outdoors; hunting, fishing, etc. He also likes to spend his free time doing woodworking projects. The whole Covenant Mechanical family is excited for Jonathan and what his future holds with the company.READ MORE

KBIS Has Another Banner Year
The 2015 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), the largest North American platform devoted to kitchen and bath industry design, wrapped its 51st annual show at the Las Vegas Convention Center and Visitors Center. More than 500 exhibitors took part in the three-day show on Jan. 20-22, 2015. According to KBIS producers, Emerald Expositions, and show owners, the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), early indicators show the 2015 event saw a five percent growth in verified attendance. "Everything about this year's show lived up to the promise of bigger, better and bolder," said Bill Darcy, NKBA CEO. "We were thrilled, not only by the turnout, but by how many innovations were introduced by exhibitors this year. We couldn't be happier that the industry sees KBIS as the platform to successfully launch new products." READ MORE

IN MEMORIAM: Clyde A. Rodbell
Clyde Armand Rodbell, a life-long resident of Atlanta, Georgia, passed away on January 10, 2015. Mr. Rodbell was born in Atlanta on August 16, 1927, and was the son of the late Joseph Henry Rodbell and the late Fannie Turetsky Rodbell of Atlanta. Mr. Rodbell is survived by his wife of 40 years, the former Robin Graham McKenzie of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, their child, Lindsey Rodbell Palangio and her husband, Jason, his (Clyde's) four children, Marsha R. Cintorino and her husband, Tony, of Atlanta, Jeffrey D. Rodbell and his wife, Margaret, of Atlanta, Keith S. Rodbell of Los Angeles, CA, Kim R. Allison of Atlanta and his grandchildren Trent Allison, Amanda Allison, and Alexandra Rodbell. Mr. Rodbell graduated from Boys High School in 1945 and received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Emory School of Business in 1949. Mr. Rodbell was a dedicated alumnus and served on the Emory University Board of Visitors (Chairman 1997 & 1998). READ MORE

IN MEMORIAM: Russell Allen Hodgson
Beloved husband and father, Russell Allen Hodgson, 53, passed away at his home on January 3, 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer. He is survived by his beloved wife and college sweetheart, Tanya Sue, and their son, Tyler, and daughter, Kelsey. Allen grew up in east Atlanta and graduated from Woodward Academy. He attended and played football at Georgia Tech and transferred to Georgia Southern University where he also played football and graduated. After graduating college, Allen began working in the plumbing industry in 1985 with his first sales job at Hardwick-Morrison. In 1988, he changed jobs and began working for B-Line Systems as a Regional Sales Manager. In 1992, Allen joined Mike Atchison as part owner of Repco Sales of Georgia, which he recently retired from. Allen and his wife, Tanya had been married for almost 30 years and married shortly after graduating college. Allen loved sports and coached youth sports for over 15 years. READ MORE

DeVore & Johnson Opens New Kennesaw Branch
DeVore & Johnson is pleased to announce the recent opening (January 1, 2015) of their new branch located at 2750 McCollum Parkway NW in Kennesaw, GA. DeVore & Johnson is a plumbing supply company based in Athens, GA with branch locations in Forest Park, Suwanee, & now Kennesaw. DeVore & Johnson's Kennesaw branch is approximately 25,000sq. ft and is fully stocked with the following product lines; Bradford White Water Heaters, Kohler, Gerber China, Briggs China, Delta faucets, Moen faucets, Viega Pro Press & Pex, Tyler Pipe, Uponor, IPS full line of products, Oatey, NIBCO products and many more. Key Personnel for the Kennesaw branch include, Bob Clark (Counter/Inside Sales), Amy Alexander (Warehouse/Counter Sales), Russ DeVore (Counter/Inside Sales /Receiving), and David Barlow (Sales Manager). READ MORE

Tommy Banks Hails Santa Clause for Children at Ferguson Atlanta
Ferguson Atlanta hosted their 6th annual "Breakfast with Santa" party on December 13, 2014 for all the associates, their children and grandchildren. The party was held at the Roswell conference room. Various activities and crafts were available for the children as they waited patiently for their turn to sit with Santa. Santa and Mrs. Clause received letters from the children prior to event, so when it was their turn to sit with Santa, he had their letters in hand and was able to read their wish list with them. Ferguson Atlanta is continually grateful to their long time associate, Tommy Banks, who begins to grow his beard in late July to be ready for this annual event. Ferguson Atlanta would like to thank Tommy and his wonderful wife Nancy who played the fantastic part of Santa and Mrs. Clause. READ MORE

Wrightsboro Supply Host 30th Anniversary Celebration
Wrightsboro Supply is excited to announce that on September 25, 2014, they hosted a celebration to honor 30 great years in the plumbing and electrical industry. Over 250 customers and vendors attended the event. Attendees were able to see new products that the Vendors brought in and also enjoyed delicious BBQ provided by Sconyers. Prizes were also handed out and donated by the Vendors. Wrightsboro Supply is a family owned and operated business that was established by the Caughman family on July 1, 1984. They have been located at 1624 Barton Chapel Road in Augusta, Georgia for 24 years and was previously located on Wrightsboro Road. READ MORE

PMA Hosts Joint Legislative Reception at the Commerce Club
PMA in conjunction with a number of other Associations, hosted a legislative reception Wednesday, January 14 at The Commerce Club in Atlanta to kick off the legislative session. The participating associations that hosted this event include: the Georgia Mining Association, the Atlanta Electrical Contractors, China Clay Producers, Georgia Forestry, Georgia Movers, Georgia Optometric, Independent Electrical Contractors, and Mechanical Contractors. There were approximately 14 attendees from the Senate and 66 attendees from the House, including their spouses and guests, that joined us for the 2015 Joint Reception. In addition, we were pleased to have Commissioner Ralph Hudgens and his wife, Attorney General Sam Olens, and Secretary of State Brian Kemp join us. READ MORE

KBIS Opens in Las Vegas
The doors are now open in Las Vegas, here is a list of "must see" events to add to your trade show schedule. Opening Ceremonies Tuesday, January 20, 2015 8:00AM-9:00AM Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino (LVH): Paradise Event Center Kickoff KBIS 2015 by attending the Opening Ceremonies! Headlining the ceremonies is National Football League head coach and current ESPN analyst, Jon Gruden. READ MORE

PMA Leadership Luncheon Series Kicks Off February 4th
PMA will kick off a monthly leadership luncheon series beginning Wednesday, February 4th at Maggiano's in Dunwoody. The purpose of luncheons are to provide development opportunities for the next generation leaders of the industry. PMA Membership Chair Tim Irvin along with Future Leadership Council Chair Chris Johnson are working together on ensuring that the content of each meeting is designed to increase the skill set of supervisors and junior managers. READ MORE

Charlotte Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Contractors Association
(CPHCCA) Monthly Meeting

On November 11, 2014 the CPHCCA held their monthly meeting at Piedmont Natural Gas Technology Center located at 4301 Yancey Rd in Charlotte, NC. Nate Sipp, Senior Marketing Representative and Dustin Hudson, Marketing Representative of Federated Insurance were the Key Note Speakers during the meeting and spoke on Health Insurance and what will be new for 2015. During the event, attendees enjoyed a delicious meal provided by Lee's Catering. CPHCCA would like to thank everyone that attended and a special "thank you" to Nate Sipp and Dustin Hudson for speaking. READ MORE

Drew King began his career in the Engineering industry 12 years ago with Bass, Nixon & Kennedy Consulting Engineers, Inc. In his current role at BNK, Drew holds the position of Plumbing & Fire Protection Designer. Drew is a member of ASPE since 2003, currently VP Membership for ASPE Raleigh Chapter and is also a member of SFPE. He attended college at North Carolina State University, graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering. He is also certified by the City of Raleigh to perform fire hydrant flow tests. Drew grew up on a horse farm in Kinston, NC and has lived in Raleigh since college. He and his wife, Ginny have one fur baby, a Labrador Retriever named Bailey. READ MORE

Nationally Acclaimed Speaker Kirk Alter to Discuss Project
Management at Upcoming NCPMA Seminar

NCPMA is offering an informative seminar to all plumbing and heating contractors with nationally-acclaimed speaker Kirk Alter. Alter will discuss Project Management at the seminar which is scheduled for Thursday, March 12th at James M. Pleasants Company in Greensboro. The seminar is part of PHCC's Educational Foundation Seminar Series, sponsored by Kohler. All project managers and field supervisors are loaded with tasks. Often it seems more like juggling and fire-fighting than it does "management." Jumping from one emergency to the next may get the job done, but it is a struggle and there is always the risk of something slipping by that will come back to haunt you later. So what's the solution? Have a plan and follow its rules! READ MORE

In Memoriam: Bill Waddington
Bill Waddington, 58, of Concord, passed away unexpectedly Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, at his home. Bill was born Jan. 8, 1956, in New Jersey, to the late William Thomas Waddington and the late Lila Sardinha Waddington. He was also preceded in death by sister-in-law, Donna Morgan. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 9, at University Hills Baptist Church, 1500 Suther Rd., Charlotte, NC 28213. The funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. in the church sanctuary and will be officiated by Dr. Coye Still. Survivors include his wife, Kim Waddington, of Concord; son, Robert Waddington, of Concord; daughter, Emily Waddington, of Harrisburg; sister, Linda (Andy) Andrews, of Richmond, Va.; sister, Carol (Murray) Buckner, of Charlottesville, Va.; six nephews; three nieces; his loving in-laws, Sam and Barbara Morris, of Harrisburg; sister-in-law, Susan (Brett) Glovier, of Harrisburg; and brother-in-law, Gary Morgan, of Midland. READ MORE

Murray Supply Co. Offers Common Venting Solutions
When a job site requires multiple water heaters to meet its hot water demands, tankless water heaters with a common venting system may be the appropriate answer. A. O. Smith's selection of tankless water heaters, multiunit applications and common venting system is unmatched for quality and diversity, and Murray Supply Company can help you determine exactly what your needs are. A. O. Smith's tankless water heaters provide a steady fl ow of hot water for as long as your application needs it. It takes only a few seconds for the water to reach the designated set temperature, and heating water only as it's being used means that you will never run out of hot water again. Conventional water heaters will heat and store hot water regardless of whether someone is using it or not. Tankless water heaters only activate when hot water is being used, providing effi cient heating and conserving energy. READ MORE

ASPE Charlotte Monthly Meeting "Implementing Quality Control"
The Charlotte chapter of ASPE held their monthly meeting at the Charlotte Pipe Training Facility. The topic for this month's meeting was "Implementing Quality Control." The program was presented by Danny Revilla. Michelle Webb & Brett McCombs with Charlotte Pipe welcomed the members & guests & enjoyed a fi ne buffet lunch. READ MORE

ASPE Raleigh Nov. Meeting Presented by Crane Pumps
The Raleigh chapter of ASPE held their November meeting at the NC State University Club on Hillsborough St. This month's topic was "Wastewater Pumping Selection & Application". The program was presented by Doug Young with Crane Pumps & Systems. A buffet lunch was provided & enjoyed by the members & guests. READ MORE

Dennis Connelly is a 35 year veteran of the Engineering Industry and began his career with with Newcomb & Boyd Consultants and Engineers in January 1985. In his current role at Newcomb & Boyd, Dennis holds the position of Senior Associate and Design Team Leader. As Team Leader, Dennis is responsible for all designs produced by his team, he oversees development of designs from concept through final construction and works with his teammates to provide technical guidance and experience. As one of the longest serving designers in his field in the company, Dennis serves as a resource for the entire company on plumbing. In a recent interview with Dennis, he stated "Even though I have been in plumbing engineering for over 30 years, I do not tire of the practice. I still enjoy the challenge of learning a new (or old) building and finding solutions for the successful installation of mechanical systems." READ MORE

PMA Recognizes Charles Weatherby, Professional Plumbing
with Lifetime Membership

The Plumbing & Mechanical Association recognized Charles Weatherby of Professional Plumbing Company at a luncheon December 3rd in Dunwoody for 40 years of contributions to the Association and plumbing industry with a lifetime membership certificate. Charles started Professional Plumbing in 1975. After meeting Les Wysong at Stasco, he was encouraged to join PMA because that's where the most successful contractors belonged. Charles joined PMA and got involved by being elected to serve on the board in 1978. While on the board, Charles served on the following committees: State International Plumbing Code Task Force, Contract Committee, Membership Committee, Trade Show Committee, Advisory Committee, Codes and License Committee and he also served as Chairman of the Ethics Committee. READ MORE

PMA Recognizes Ted Zurn, Zurn Plumbing with Service Award
The Plumbing & Mechanical Association recognized Ted Zurn, founder of Zurn Plumbing at a luncheon December 3rd in Dunwoody for 14 years of contributions to the Association and plumbing industry. Ted joined PMA in 1999 and was elected to serve on PMA's board of director's in 2000. As a third generation plumber, his dedication and commitment to the industry earned him Contractor of the Year Awards in 2005 and 2007. Ted served as PMA's President for two terms from 2006-2008. During his first term he oversaw the passing of legislation that changed the requirements for soil & erosion training. His finesse at the Capitol landed him the position of Legislative Committee chair from 2008 – 2014.PMA is proud to recognize Ted for his dedication and outstanding leadership to the Association by serving on PMA's board for the last 14years. READ MORE

PMA Past Presidents Turnout at Holiday Recognition Luncheon
PMA hosted its Holiday Recognition Luncheon on December 3rd at Maggiano's in Dunwoody. The event to honor and recognize former board members Chip Greene, Ted Zurn and Charles Weatherby drew 60 attendees which included nine past PMA presidents. PMA President Bobby Burns welcomed and thanked the Associations Past Presidents for its contributions to the industry. In attendance were: Herb Miller of Miller Mechanical 1978-80, Charles Weatherby of Professional Plumbing 1982-83 and 1996-97, Jack Smith of Sundance Plumbing 1987-88, Eddie Miller of Miller Mechanical 1994-95, Bryan Stansell of Fulton Plumbing 1995-96, Tommy Addis of Quality Plumbing 1997-98, Chip Greene of Greene & Associates 2004-06, Ted Zurn of Zurn Plumbing 2006-08 and Earl Lively of Leco Mechanical 2011-13. READ MORE

PMA to Hold 2nd Annual Expo
The PMA Georgia is hosting its 2nd Annual Industry Trade Show on Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm, at the North Georgia Fairground – Jim Miller Park in Marietta. The show is open to individuals in the plumbing-heating-cooling industry. This will be the only tradeshow specific to the industry in the metro Atlanta area and has free admission. "Last year over 60 vendors representing 100+ manufacturers exhibited at the show" stated James Reeves, Expo Chair. "We're expecting 100 booths to be sold this year. In addition we're putting up prize money towards the Iron Man competition and hope to max out the number of competitor teams. Last year almost 300 attendees registered representing 90 companies. READ MORE

PMA Recognizes Chip Greene, Greene & Associates
The Plumbing & Mechanical Association recognized Chip Greene, President of Greene and Associates at a luncheon December 3rd in Dunwoody for 15 years of contributions to the Association and plumbing industry. Chip is a third generation mechanical contractor, who joined PMA in 1995 when he opened his company. Chip learned early in his career the importance of volunteer leadership from his father Lee Greene, Jr. Mr. Greene served as PMA's president from 56-57. Chip was elected to PMA's board of directors in 99 and served as PMA President for two terms from 2005 to 2007. Since 2009, Chip has served not only on PMA's state board but also as a PHCC National Director and Officer.. READ MORE

Valdosta Winsupply Holds 16th Anniversary and Christmas Party
Valdosta Winsupply held their 16th Anniversary and Christmas party on December 4th 2014. We had a great turnout of customers and sales reps that was around 125-150 people. Customers showed up to enjoy some BBQ and get some info from sales reps. Pete and Lawson Cook of United Sales Agency, Steve Romine of Pulley and Associates, Matthew Grace of Spotswood Cotton and Welsh, Chris Pearson of Harry Warren of Georgia, Jason Justice of Repco Sales and Steve Ross of Benson Vance were all in attendance. We greatly appreciate all of the support from our customers and the working relationships with our sales reps. READ MORE

PMA Holds Open House at Georgia Power
PMA of GA held an Open House on Sunday, December 7 at Georgia Power Customer Resource Center in Dunwoody to benefit Toys For Tots, Atlanta Food Bank and United Craftsmen Childrens Shoe Drive. Everyone in attendance had a great time visiting with Santa, writing letters, making snowmen and frosting cookies. PMA thanks GA Power for hosting the open house at their Customer Resource Center ~ Stephanie O'Melia and Eric Arnold. Jonathan Byrd for contacting Santa Claus. READ MORE

Spotswood, Cotton and Welsh, Inc to Represent Viega
Spotswood, Cotton and Welsh are pleased to announce they are now representing Viega. Spotswood, Cotton and Welsh Inc., a full service Manufacturer's Representative, specializes in residential, commercial, industrial, municipal, fire protection and HVAC applications. Spotswood, Cotton and Welsh, Inc. (SCW) became a Viega Representative for the state of Georgia and East Tennessee effective October 1, 2014. SCW represents Viega PEX Solutions, which includes PEX tubing and Viega's complete line of accessories like PEX crimp and PEX press fittings, as well as the Viega ManaBloc® homerun water distribution manifold. Viega is the global leader in press pipe fitting technology for industrial, commercial and residential projects. A true innovator among imitators, Viega manufactures and distributes the world's best plumbing, heating and pipe joining system solutions. READ MORE

American Pipe & Supply Relocates in Nashville
Expansion represents expanded inventory offerings for Birmingham-based supplier American Pipe and Supply, a Birmingham-based distributor of pipes, valves, fittings and plumbing supplies, fire sprinkler supplies and underground utility products, announces the opening of its new location in the Nashville area. The new larger facility, located at 317 Fesslers Lane, allows for expanded inventory offerings and will provide more of the recognized brands and products that their customers want and expect in piping, plumbing, and fire protection materials. This new location will have increased parking and easier access in addition to a larger product assortment. The facility includes a 5 acre pipe yard and expanded warehouse storage capabilities. American Pipe will continue to provide customers exceptional sales, service and delivery and the top piping, plumbing, and fire protection supplies they need. READ MORE

PHCC and The Trades "Junior/Senior Ride and Decide Program"
As everyone in our industry knows, the construction trades are suffering daily from the lack of skilled workers. At the current attrition rate, when the next two generations of tradesmen/women retire in 40 years there will be virtually no one to train. We already feel the effects of this lack in our business and can only imagine how it will affect the consumer in years to come. What are we going to do about this pressing issue? Last summer, Ty Killen, a 16 year old student from William Blount High School in Maryville worked for 5 weeks for Pioneer Heating and Air in Knoxville. Ty rode along with service, maintenance and installation departments and assisted Pioneer employees with their jobs. The student enjoyed the program so much that he asked a few of his friends if they would like to join him next summer and ride along to decide if the field was right for them. Gordy Noe, President of Pioneer Heating and Air has participated in various work based learning programs in the past but realized he needed to reach potential employees earlier and expose them to the field. Having Ty work for him gave him the idea to create a "Ride and Decide" program for all students in the area to try the trades and see if the fields were a fit for their futures. READ MORE