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

2nd Tuesday of Every Other Month
South Metro PMA
LOCATION: McDounough
Tim Irvin 404-361-1928

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

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
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
Troy Callahan 678-410-1629

January 20-22nd, 2015
KBIS 2015
LOCATION: Las Vegas
CONTACT: www.kbis.com/

January 23 2015
2015 ASPE Table Top
Location: SSR 2995 Sidco Drive
Nashville Tn. 37204
(Food will be served.)

January 25th, 2015
PMA FLV Family Snow Day
LOCATION: Stone Mountain, GA CONTACT: pma@plumbingpros.com

January 27th, 2015 6PM
ASPE Atlanta Chapter Meeting
4000 Summit Blvd, Atlanta, GA
Contact: jeff.long@ferguson.com

February 24th, 2015 6PM
ASPE Atlanta Chapter Meeting
4000 Summit Blvd, Atlanta, GA
Contact: jeff.long@ferguson.com

March 24th, 2015 6PM
ASPE Atlanta Chapter Meeting.
4000 Summit Blvd, Atlanta, GA
Contact: jeff.long@ferguson.com





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


ENGINEER SPOTLIGHT: Drew King
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



ENGINEER SPOTLIGHT: Dennis Connelly
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


TAPHCC Host 22nd Annual Golf Classic
For ten straight days it rained in Kingsport, TN and miraculously the sun came out on October 17th for the TN PHCC 22nd Annual Golf Classic. The weather was beautiful and the golf event better. The scenic autumn colored backdrop of the mountains at Cattails Golf Course, part of the Meadowview Marriott, proved challenging and fun for all levels of play. The annual Golf Classic proceeds go directly to fund the TAPHCC Scholarship Program and in 2014 seven $1000 scholarships were awarded to worthy students across the state. A big thank you to all of the volunteers who helped coordinate, obtain sponsors, deliver lunches and assist in the operations especially the members of the Northeast Tennessee Chapter and the TN PHCC Board of Directors. READ MORE


Tennessee PHCC Holds Fall Family Festival
The evening of October 17th marked a perfect end to a beautiful day of golf and fellowship with the Fall Family Festival at the Meadowview Marriott in Kingsport, TN. Members, associates, their families and guests had a wonderful meal on the outdoor veranda with contests, table tops and festival fun. This premiere event featured teams and families participating in a corn hole toss, guess the candy corn and golf ball toss contests all staged with a beautiful back drop of autumn foliage and the mountains. Guests enjoyed the fire pit while sampling the fantastic fall themed meal prepared expertly by the Meadowview Marriott staff. Over 75 pounds of food and cash were delivered to the Second Harvest Food Bank from the generous donations of the guests and golfers. The Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee covers 7,743 square miles and 13.4 million meals are served each year to the hungry in the area. READ MORE


Hughes Supply Albany Moves to New Location
Hughes Supply Leesburg, previously located at 1706 Ledo Rd., is pleased to announce they recently moved locations to 1138 US Hwy 19 South in Leesburg, GA effective November 10, 2014. This new location is 15,000 sq ft. and features a large counter area totaling 2,400 sq ft. At Hughes Supply Leesburg Plumbing /HVAC and PVF location, they are the supplier of complete lines of residential and light commercial HVAC equipment and supplies along with residential, commercial plumbing and PVF products. These varied product lines allow them to service the HVAC market along with the residential and commercial plumbing market, the industrial PVF market. Their wide range of products, combined with a skilled and experienced staff, allows them to service a vast range of markets, both locally and across the country. READ MORE


Valdosta WinSupply Expands Location and Opens New Showroom
Valdosta WinSupply is excited to announce they recently expanded their facility, which is conveniently located at 2517 Bemiss Road Suite H, in Valdosta, GA. The new expansion includes more office space, remodeled and larger counter area, and a new showroom which totals about 5,000sq ft. The showroom is managed by Krystal Herpin, who has been in the industry for 9 years. The showroom features many working displays which include Kitchen sinks and faucets, whirlpools, airbath and a shower complete with rainheads, body sprays, hand shower and steam unit. Valdosta WinSupply is a full-service distributor that is owned and operated by Stewart Young. Stewart has been in the plumbing industry for 30 years and has been President of Valdosta WinSupply since the doors opened in 1998. READ MORE


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