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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

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

May 18-19th, 2016
PHCC Legislative Conference
LOCATION: Washington, DC
CONTACT: phccweb.org

June 9-11th, 2016 11AM-1:30PM
PHCC GA Strategic Retreat & Conference
LOCATION: Myrtle Beach, SC
CONTACT: pma@plumbingpros.com

September 20th, 2016
PHCC GA Fall Golf Tournament
LOCATION: Bear's best, Suwanee, GA
CONTACT: pma@plumbingpros.com

October 19th-21st, 2016
PHCC Connect 2016
LOCATION: San Antonio, Texas
CONTACT: phccweb.org

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










Apex Lawrenceville Hosts Customer Appreciation Day
Apex Lawrenceville Hosted their Customer Appreciation Day on Thursday, March 10th. Two hundred people attended including the employees and vendors. It was held at Apex Supply at 950 Raco Drive, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. Sixteen different vendors participated in this event including Rheem, Prostock, and Sunbelt to name a few. The Vendors gave out prizes and samples at their stations. Everyone got to enjoy delicious BBQ from KB's Rollin Smoke. The event organizers were Jackie Simpson and Steve Folkers of Apex Supply. READ MORE


Jeremy House Joins McKee-Nix
Jeremy House joined McKee-Nix January 18th, 2016 as an Outside Salesman. He started in the industry in 2009. "The best part of working for Mckee-Nix is the colleagues that I work with as well as being able to help wholesalers take care of their customers," Jeremy says. He was born and raised in Loganville, GA but currently lives in Covington, GA. Jeremy married his best friend and beautiful wife, Jessica. Any free time he has is usually spent in the woods either hunting, fishing, or camping. Jeremy is currently in the office during his training period to learn as much as he can about all the lines McKee-Nix represents. Once he's finished with the education process he will be on the road covering a territory in Georgia. The territory he will be covering has yet to be determined. READ MORE


Brian Wisener Promoted to General Manager of Apex Supply Marietta
Brian Wisener was promoted to General Manager of Apex Supply Marietta on March 1st, 2016. He has been in the industry for twenty one years, starting in 1995. What he enjoys most about Apex Supply is having the support from senior management to be the best in the market at serving customers. He was born and raised in Atlanta, GA and attended Gordon College in Barnesville, GA. He is married to wife, Kimberly, with two children. He enjoys outdoor adventure, sports, and traveling. "I'm very excited to join the Apex Marietta team and reunite with the local plumbing industry where I began," says Brian. It's an exciting time at Apex Marietta. Their team and product mix are growing to enhance their customer service with one goal in mind: Earn their customer's business everyday. READ MORE


PHCC GA to Hold 124th Annual Convention April 15 - 16
PHCC GA is holding its 124th Annual Conference at the North Atlanta Trade Center in Norcross on April 15-16th. Bringing the event to metro Atlanta allows for busy owners and technicians to gain access to top notch education, presentations and networking with industry leaders. Yes, the 124th Annual Meeting and 3rd Annual P-H-C Expo is the PHCC GA Convention! Check out the ad inside this edition of the Plumbing News, this is what traditionally was held at the beach. Are you confused? Don't worry you're not the only one. We've heard "why are you trying to hold a two day trade show", we're not, it's really one big event broken out into two separate days with very different functions. Contractor Members will be meeting on Friday at the "124th Annual Meeting" to nominate and elect the board of directors, enjoy a Keynote Address, hear from PHCC's VP of Government Affairs, and have a special "pre-show" networking session with vendors. READ MORE


ASPE Atlanta Chapter Holds 2016 Product Show
Once again this year's Product show was a success. The venue was at the Crowne Plaza Revinia which proved to be an even better choice than previous years. The service and the food was out of this world. You could hear people claiming the food was the greatest they have ever had at one of the product shows. The Crowne Plaza did a great job catering with the shrimp wrapped in bacon, the two carving stations with ham and turkey as well as the chicken fingers and egg rolls. Toward the end of the show they gave away three cash prizes which mounted up to a total of $1700.00. They also included a putting game this year giving away a $100 gift card. Vice President of Technical, Ovidiu Muresan, scheduled two seminars that were before the show and they had a very good turnout at both. Seminars give the Engineers and Designer needing CEU credits for their recertifications for their PE's and/or CPD's. READ MORE


PHCC GA Host World of Plumbing & Mechanical at Career Expo & SkillsUSA
MPHCC GA's Board of Directors meet during CEFGA Career Expo Thursday, March 17 at the Georgia International Convention Center. The directors were able to see first-hand one of the largest career expo's focused on construction in Georgia. The World of Plumbing and Mechanical was sponsored by PHCC GA. We thank our members Fitzgerald & Sons, Plumb Works, and Rawlins Plumbers & Engineers who outfitted the world of plumbing & mechanical at the two day expo March 17th – 18th. READ MORE



PDI Holds Surprise Birthday Party for Ricky Kerlin
In 1976, Ricky Kerlin began his career as a delivery driver for PDI. Little did anyone know that the teenager would remain to celebrate his 40th Anniversary on March 26th. For 13 years, he worked his way through the warehouse and operations. Ricky finally settled in his current role as part of the outside sales team in 1989. Lyn Wright, Chairman and CEO of PDI, has known Ricky since his first days at the company. According to Lyn, "When Ricky came to work for PDI, we only had a handful of employees. He was always friendly, smiling, and working hard - some things have never changed about him! "Ricky started out as a driver and worked his way up, through the company, in various positions. Actually, I think he worked in just about every position before he went into outside sales! READ MORE


Harry Humphrey Joins M & J Plumbing Contractors
Harry Humphrey started working for M & J Plumbing Contractors on February 24th, 2016. His position is estimator. In that he does material and labor takeoffs of projects that they're to bid and to pre-bid. Construction meetings are required. Harry has been in the PHVAC industry for forty eight years. Having a great vision and being closer to home is what he enjoys most about M & J Plumbing. Harry was born in Oxon Hill, Maryland and has six children. In his free time he enjoys staying busy in his church and shooting at the range. READ MORE



Engineer Spotlight: Micheal Kicher of Matheson-Ball & Associates
Matheson-Ball & Associates (MBA) was founded March 24, 1986 by Jim Matheson and Fred Ball. The company is an engineering consulting firm specializing in mechanical and plumbing engineering. We have done work across the board from healthcare, hospitality, retail, mixed use, K-12 education, higher education, vocational education, municipality work, entertainment industry, industrial, etc. MBA specializes in the educational field where we have worked for many years with various school systems throughout the metro Atlanta region. The company is currently owned by Jim Matheson and Gregg Cox. Jim has been with the company since day one and Gregg came to MBA in April of 1988. Both are graduates from Southern College of Technology and both are practicing Professional Engineers. Jim and Gregg have many years of experience and are involved in all aspects of the projects we do and continue to guide the company. READ MORE


PHCC Holds Work Force Development Workshops
PHCC and the PHCC Educational Foundation have implemented a special task force to assess ways plumbing-heating-cooling businesses can attract, train, and retain the next generation of skilled workers. The projected shortage of workers in the plumbing-heating-cooling-industry is staggering. By 2022, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the industry will need approximately 138,200 new workers or a 21% increase. From a broader perspective, over the next 10 years, 95 million Baby boomers will retire from their jobs across all industry sectors, but only 40 million young workers will be available to replace them. On February 9th, PHCC National President Chip Greene led a workshop at the PHCC GA Apprenticeship Academy in Macon. President Greene gave an overview on materials & tools developed in response to the special task force. READ MORE


SWA to Host 88th Annual Convention
This year's Southern Wholesalers Association Convention is being held at the beautiful Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, Florida, Saturday, June 25, through Tuesday, June 28th. The amenities, family atmosphere, and great location were reasons for SWA choosing this venue. SWA has a packed program planned with emphasis on Leadership, Technology and Financial Benchmarking. There will be a Suppliers Advisory Lunch Meeting that is a focused opportunity for the SWA Executive Committee to say thank you and hear ideas and suggestions from manufacturers and rep agencies, who are member companies and who consistently support SWA. Through these discussions, many changes have been made in the SWA convention format to enhance the value of the event for manufacturers and rep agencies. READ MORE


PHCC GA Announces Ruth King to Deliver Keynote Presentation
PHCC GA 124th Annual Contractor meeting will be held on Friday April 15th, at the North Atlanta Trade Center in Norcross, Georgia as part of a two day event including Metro Atlanta's only trade show 3rd Annual Plumbing Heating Cooling Expo Saturday, April 16th. Ruth King will deliver "10 Cash Flow Mistakes You Never Want to Make" presentation at Keynote Luncheon, from 12 noon to 1:45. Attendees will also receive a copy of King's book "The Courage to be Profitable". All Plumbing, HVAC and mechanical contractors are encouraged to attend this event. Registration is available at www.Phccga.org. Ruth King is Channel Manager for HVACChannel.tv; television on the Internet for contractors. She is also President of Business Ventures Corporation. Ruth has worked in the plumbing, heating and air conditioning industry since 1987. Her work includes consulting in sales and marketing, finance, technical training, and operations challenges. READ MORE


Georgia Experiences Drop in Licensed Plumbers
According to the Secretary of State website, the number of active Licensed Plumbers - as of 2/25/2016 has dropped to 5,606. This is almost a 12% decrease from 2014's active roll. Total License Holders by Type: Master Plumber – Restricted -644, Master Plumber - Non-Restricted 3,696, Journeyman Plumber -1,266. PHCC GA asked the license board for an explanation on why there was such a dramatic drop. According to sources at the Secretary of State's office, "There were a significant number of licenses in Renewal Pending Status from 2012 listed as active on license rolls. Because the license holders failed to complete outstanding steps required for renewal, these licenses were dropped in January from the active roll. We do not know if these former license holders will try to reinstate or if they have gone out of business, retired or passed away. ". READ MORE


TacoGenie Hot Water Recirc, an Ideal Retrofit Solution
In Texas, and throughout the Southeast and Southwest for that matter, concerns about the availability of fresh water are taking on a new sense of urgency. Kim Ireland, a homeowner in Austin Texas, wrote to legislators and water utility managers about the practical impact individuals can have. "I became very concerned when I learned how depleted our aquifers have become, and can see shriveled reservoirs that contain a fraction of the water they did just a few years ago," said Ireland. "To think that my children could grow up in a parched environment – right here in the USA – and without attempting to improve conditions before they get worse, isn't possible. "When I learned first-hand about the effectiveness of hot water recirculation, I began telling others about it," she continued. READ MORE


A. O. Smith Names Schmonsky Vice President–Human Resources
A. O. Smith Corporation has named Shawn C. Schmonsky as vice president-human resources for its water heaters businesses in North America, India and Europe. Schmonsky will be responsible for domestic and international human resources, including strategy development/deployment, talent management, workforce planning, total compensation, employee/labor relations, performance management and organizational development. This business unit, with headquarters in Ashland City, Tenn., has operations in eight locations in the U.S., two in both Canada and Europe, one each in Mexico, Turkey and India. In addition, he will be a member of A. O. Smith Corporation's Human Resources Leadership Team. Schmonsky replaces Jane Sanford, who retired March 1 after spending nearly 13 years with A. O. Smith. She had been vice president-global human resources of the North America, India and Europe operations since 2007. READ MORE


Wilo USA Welcomes Richard Miller as New Director of Sales
for Residential & Commercial Building Services
Wilo USA, a provider of pumps and pump solutions for building services, water management, and groundwater, is proud to announce Richard Miller as the new Director of Sales for Residential & Commercial Building Services. Miller joins Wilo with an in-depth knowledge of energy savings projects, sales, supplier channels and rep firm management. In his new role he is responsible for planning and implementing sales, marketing and product development programs, both short and long term, targeted toward existing and new markets within the Wilo building services product segment. "We are very excited to welcome Richard aboard," says Tim Ruppert, Managing Director of Wilo USA. "His diverse skill set and in-depth knowledge of the regional sales process, especially as it relates to energy saving projects, make him an excellent fit for Director of Sales of Wilo's Building Services Division." Over the course of his career, Miller has worked as an application engineer, regional sales manager, and energy solutions manager in the pump and HVAC industries. READ MORE


Pointer Sales Agency of Georgia Opens in Atlanta
The Pointer Sales Agency agency was created with the sole purpose of maximizing brand recognition and market share position amongst the plumbing and heating products we represent within the state of Georgia. They obtain this by working closely with the contractor and specification community to understand their needs and wants. Pointer then can provide innovative, quality driven solutions through our wholesale distribution customers. In doing this they deliver the best quality representation to their manufacturer partners. Pointer Sales Agency brings all this together with their "3 R's of Business" philosophy: through reputation and relationships come great results.


Tyra Jones Joins Noland Atlanta as Showroom Consultant
Tyra Jones, from Atlanta, GA, attended Clark Atlanta University and started working with Noland in November of 2014. Her position is Showroom Consultant/Manager. She is continuously developing and increasing sales to current customers, along with developing new relations with new customers. She maintains all showroom products making sure to display the latest and trending plumbing fixtures and appliances. Tyra has been in the industry for almost four years and she most enjoys her fellow teammates. "They are all wonderful and energized, I love being around that energy. We work hard but also have fun together. The company and my co-workers are always there if I ever need anything," she says. READ MORE


Georgia State Inspectors' Association to Hold 51st Education Conference
Georgia State Inspectors' Association to Hold 51st Education Conference The Georgia State Inspectors' Association is in its 51st year. Born of the idea for better training and education for the inspectors and tradesmen that make up the 'Plumbing, Gas, and Mechanical' industries, they strive for better understanding of all those involved with the 'Codes' and the products they govern. Their 51st conference is approaching and we hope to convince all those that can attend, to do so. The 'Education Conference' is July 24 - 28 (Sunday – Thursday), 2016 at Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa. The Conference kicks off with a Sunday evening meet and greet discussion at the Hospitality Suite. READ MORE


PHCC GA Sells Out Snow Mountain Family Day
PHCC GA held its 3rd Annual Family Day on Snow Mountain, Sunday, January 31st, promoting fellowship within the p-h-c industry. 200 plus employees and their families from over a dozen companies enjoyed the afternoon. Many PHCC member companies hosted the day as "Employee Appreciation". PHCC GA thanks its premier partners Federated Insurance, ECCO, Georgia Power, Ferguson, The Plumbing News and PDI for supporting the event. The Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors of Georgia (PHCC GA) is the professional trade association for plumbing, heating, cooling and mechanical contractors. READ MORE


ASPE Atlanta Chapter to Host 2016 Product Showcase
The 2016 ASPE Atlanta Plumbing Product Showcase will be held March 22nd this year.Their awesome vendors are getting the show set up and this year looks to be the biggest and best show ever! The latest, cutting edge, plumbing products and technology will be on display for all to learn, see, and "get your hands" on all this product and information! This year's ASPE Show will change venues to the beautiful Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia. The show moved because it keeps growing and can't be contained. Make plans now to attend the technical seminars, walk the show floor, and get registered for great giveaways and door prizes! We will see you at the show! READ MORE


Spotswood, Cotton, and Welsh Sales Represent UltraFlo Systems
Spotswood Cotton and Welsh Sales started representing UltraFlo Systems in October 2015. They are represented in Georgia, South Carolina, and Eastern Tennessee. The product represented is The UltraFlo Commercial Sensor Faucet System. The benefits include an attractive appearance, saving time and material, simplifies maintenance, no batteries to change, and improved safety. "The UltraFlo one-pipe plumbing systems provides one central manifold to operate up to eight faucets. The UltraFlo System eliminates the need for valves, stops, batteries, and power outlets under each faucet. Only one 3/8" line of Pex or Copper and data cable is needed for each faucet," adds Dave Miller, UltraFlo Sysyems, LLC sales manager. READ MORE


Spotswood, Cotton, and Welsh Sales Represent UltraFlo Systems
Spotswood Cotton and Welsh Sales started representing UltraFlo Systems in October 2015. They are represented in Georgia, South Carolina, and Eastern Tennessee. The product represented is The UltraFlo Commercial Sensor Faucet System. The benefits include an attractive appearance, saving time and material, simplifies maintenance, no batteries to change, and improved safety. "The UltraFlo one-pipe plumbing systems provides one central manifold to operate up to eight faucets. The UltraFlo System eliminates the need for valves, stops, batteries, and power outlets under each faucet. Only one 3/8" line of Pex or Copper and data cable is needed for each faucet," adds Dave Miller, UltraFlo Sysyems, LLC sales manager. READ MORE


PHCC of GA to Host Annual Contractor Meeting in Metro Atlanta
PHCC of GA has announced it will hold its 124th Annual Contractor Meeting in Metro Atlanta, Friday, April 15th in conjunction with the successful Plumbing Heating Cooling Expo, Saturday, April 16th at the North Atlanta Trade Center in Norcross, Georgia. The 2 Day Schedule is full of seminars and sessions to educate contractors on being more profitable along with technical skill enhancement and the latest product showcase. Company owners are encouraged and welcome to attend both days. Saturday is designed for the plumbing, heating, cooling technician to earn CE credits and view the latest industry products first hand. Fun activities for the family will be going on during the day. "This is the first time in 20 years we are holding our annual meeting in the Metro-Atlanta Area" states PHCC GA President Timmy Irvin. READ MORE


QSC Chief Operating Officer and Vice President Charlie Wallace
Announces Plans to Retire in March 2016
Charlie Wallace, chief operating officer and vice president of Quality Service Contractors (QSC), has formally announced that he will retire in March 2016. QSC, an Enhanced Service Group of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors—National Association (PHCC), meets the specialized needs of members in the service and repair industry. Wallace will culminate his career with QSC at the annual Power Meeting, March 17-19, 2016, in Daytona Beach, Fla. With extraordinary vision and leadership, Wallace has guided QSC through more than 16 of the organization's 20 years, building an affordable and continually expanding inventory of programs and resources for both contractors and Industry Partners. Most notably, Wallace spearheaded QSC's popular Business Coach Program, hiring the first business success coach. READ MORE


Rinnai Names Tim Wiley Vice President of Sales
Rinnai America Corporation, the number-one selling brand of tankless water heaters in the United States and Canada, has named Tim Wiley Vice President of Sales. Wiley will use his 20 years of experience in the construction and building products industry to expand market penetration in the U.S. and Canada through Rinnais installer, wholesale and retail channels. Wiley most recently served as Moens Vice President of Sales, South Region, where he led the bathroom and kitchen products brands sales organization in the region. His experience also includes numerous sales and management positions within Moen over his 14-year career with the company, as well as sales positions with manufacturer Georgia-Pacific.This position requires a metrics-oriented sales leader with strong experience and expertise in a wholesale building products environment. With his impressive resume at Moen, Tim will be a strong addition to our team, said Frank Windsor, General Manager at Rinnai America Corporation. READ MORE


TNPHCC To Host 119th Annual Tradeshow Convention In Nashville, Tennessee
The Tennessee Assoc. of PHC Contractors is excited to announce that on Thursday April 21, 2016 they will hold their 119th Annual Convention and April 21, 2016 they will hold their 119th Annual Convention and Trade- show in Nashville, TN. The Tradeshow will be held at Nissan Stadium, (formerly LP Field)-Concourse from 11am to 4pm. Admission and parking are free and the event is open to the public.The 2016 Trade Show will feature many exhibitors and vendors with the latest technologies, new products and innovations for the PHC industries. All PHC Contractors will receive a free lunch at the Trade Show until gone. The theme for the trade show this year will be "Ride and Decide with TN PHCC." Knoxville Chapter's highly successful program, Ride and Decide, pairs students with contractors for summer employment to "try out" the trades. READ MORE


Murray Supply, Charlotte Branch, Host Tailgate Party
Murray Supply, Charlotte Branch hosted a tailgate party on September 3, 2015 before the University of NC vs. the University of SC football game. Several hundred friends, employees, customers and Reps attended this event on a beautiful fall day. The game was played at Bank of America Stadium and the tailgate party was held Panther Stadium. They hosted customers for Charlotte, Raleigh, Winston-Salem, Columbia, SC and Sumpter, SC. READ MORE


New PHCC Chapter Organized in South Carolina
The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling-Contractors —National Association (PHCC) is pleased to announce the formation of the first PHCC-affiliated state chapter in South Carolina. Officially chartered in September 2015 as a PHCC-affiliated association in South Carolina, the chap- has elected officers, identified event goals for 2016 and established a recruiting strategy to bring on new members to the organization. The national PHCC office will provide administrative support until full services are established at the state level. The South Carolina chapter will focus on providing these key benefits of membership: education, a voice in the national and state political arena and peer groups/networking. Planning is in progress for education and networking events in 2016, including attendance at PHCC's national Legislative Conference, May 18 and 19 in Washington, D.C. "We are excited to welcome the PHCC of South Carolina into the PHCC family," said PHCC President Chip Greene, Greene & Associates, Macon, Ga. READ MORE


MORSCO Acquires Murray Supply Company
MORSCO, a Fort Worth-based distributor of commercial and residential plumbing, heating and cooling equipment (HVAC), and pipe, valves and fittings (PVF), has acquired substantially all of the assets of Murray Supply Company ("Murray Supply"), a leading plumbing supply company based in North Car- tolina. The new locations will continue to operate as Murray Supply Company, a MORSCO Company. Murray Supply, founded in 1965, provides wholesale distribution of residential and commercial plumbing products, industrial and commercial piping products, and multi-family housing maintenance supplies. Murray Supply operates four plumbing branches (Charlotte, Hickory, Winston-Salem, and Raleigh, NC), three Maintenance/Repair/Operations branches (Charlotte and Raleigh, NC and Richmond, VA) and one industrial PVF branch in Winston-Salem. Chip Hornsby, CEO of MORSCO, said, "Bringing Murray Supply into the MORSCO family is a significant milestone in the growth of our company as it is the first acquisition we have made in the attractive Southeast region. MORSCO has historically focused on building its business in the Southwest, specifically Texas. We are now ready to begin to move East, and we are confident that Murray Supply provides an excellent base to begin our Eastward expansion." READ MORE


NCPMA Becomes PHCC of North Carolina
During a special called meeting in July, the members present, comprising a quorum of the entire membership of the North Carolina Plumbing and Mechanical Association, voted unanimously to change the name of the association to Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors of North Carolina, Inc. Jeff Voss, 2015 President, stated "With our merger four years ago, we became an organization of new ideas, fresh outlooks and a membership dedicated to promoting the professionalism and opportunity offered in the plumbing–heating–cooling trades in North Carolina. This name change gives us a better opportunity to accomplish this. It allows us to take advantage of and promote the national name recognition and affiliation with the Plumbing–Heating–Cooling Contractors National Association (PHCC-NA), and to align our state and local marketing efforts with their national efforts. READ MORE


Zurn Plumbing Services Celebrates 30 Years
In 1985 the Zurns took steps to follow Ted and Wendy's long-term goal of starting their own Atlanta plumbing business. They opened with a single truck and taking calls out of their home office. After nearly 30 years, the business has grown to 21, hard-working employees including the Zurn's children Matt and Lisa. Ted and Wendy Zurn founded Zurn Plumbing Service in 1985, and have enjoyed serving the Metro Atlanta area for nearly 30 years. Ted is a third generation Master Plumber and managed a full service plumbing company for 10 years prior to starting Zurn Plumbing. READ MORE


Valdosta Winsupply Holds 17th Anniversary and Christmas Party
Valdosta Winsupply held their 17th Anniversary and Christmas party on December 2nd 2015. 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, Brandon Summey with Southern Spec Sales, 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


Tom Casa Retires from Peacock Sales
Peacock Sales threw a retirement party for Tom Casagrande who retired December 31, 2015. At the party, everyone enjoyed Tom's awesome Italian meatballs which he makes from scratch every year and ice cream cake. He was the quotations manager during his time at Peacock Sales. He quoted the majority of jobs that came in during his time with the company. He will spend some of his retirement time with hobbies such as photography, tracking down his ancestors and traveling with his wife Sharon. He was a valued employee at Peacock Sales and he will be greatly missed. READ MORE



PHCC GA 3rd Annual Family Day at Snow Mountain Avalanche of Fun
PHCC of GA is continuing the tradition of family fun day by holding the 3rd Annual Family Day at Snow Mountain on Sunday, January 31st. This is a great way to reward your employees and their families. This event is open to the entire plumbing heating cooling industry. Single tickets are available as well as a family 4 pack. Go to www.PHCCofGA.com to purchase online or call 678-947-3473 to order. The PHCC of Georgia is the professional trade association for plumbing, heating, cooling and mechanical contractors. READ MORE


KBIS is Back and Bigger Than Ever in 2016
Registration is now open for the 2016 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS). More than 500 manufacturers and brands have committed to exhibit, and KBIS will be continuing its successful Voices from the Industry (VFTI) conference sessions. Part of Design and Construction Week KBIS takes place January 19-21, 2016, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. During the month of September, members of the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) can take advantage of FREE registration. Registration is $50 for non-members. "September is the best time for all NKBA members to register for KBIS, while the 2016 EXPO pass is available for free, providing access to KBIS, as well as all the Design & Construction Week shows," said Bill Darcy, NKBA CEO. READ MORE


ENGINEER SPOTLIGHT: Phillips Gradick Engineering, P.C.
Phillips Gradick Engineering, P.C. is a mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and telecommunications engineering firm located in Atlanta, GA providing design on a national level. The firm was founded in 2001 and has grown to be a midsize company with designs nationally in over 35 states and outside the continental United States. PGE consistently produces projects that are cost effective, on schedule, and that meet our customers' needs. The objective of the Phillips Gradick Engineering team is to work as an integral part of the design team to produce high quality on-time projects to serve our clients and to make the design and building process a smooth and enjoyable experience. READ MORE


New Manufacturer's Rep Agency, "Southern Spec" Opens Facility in Atlanta!
Southern Spec opened its doors on October 1, 2015. They are located at 2125 Corporate Drive NE, Suite 105-A, Marietta, GA 30067. With offices and 12,000 square foot of warehouse space, their product lines include: Sloan Valve Company, Acorn Engineering, Jay R. Smith, Just Sinks, Chronomite, Elmdor, Whitehall and Murdock. They are open 7:30 to 4:30 Monday through Friday. "With a focus on Commercial Specification, Southern Spec intends to be a valuable resource for Distributors, Mechanical Contractors, Mechanical Engineers, Architects and end users, on all commercial projects," said Joe Somerville. READ MORE


PHCC of GA Recognizes Mike Dupree, Dupree Plumbing with Service Award
The Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors Association recognized Mike Dupree, of Dupree Plumbing at a luncheon November 4th in Dunwoody for 10 years of contributions to the Association and plumbing industry. Mike joined PHCC in 1999 and was elected to serve on PMA's board of director's in 2005. As a second generation plumber, his dedication and commitment to the industry earned him Contractor of the Year Awards in 2006. PMA is proud to recognize Mike for his dedication and outstanding leadership to the Association by serving on PHCC's board for the last 10 years. READ MORE


American Standard Named Ferguson's Showroom Plumbing Vendor of the Year
American Standard Brands recently was named Ferguson's Showroom Plumbing Vendor of the Year. The company also received a Ferguson Featured Counter Product Award for its Colony Soft Centerset bathroom faucet promotion. A Vendor of the Year award was given in three categories — plumbing, lighting and appliances — and was based on multiple criteria, including overall sales performance, channel marketing engagement and execution, and the level of sales representative support provided. The Featured Counter Product recognition was based on successful marketing and sales execution of a promotion for the Colony Soft bath faucet in nearly 600 Ferguson-blended branch counters across the United States. "We are so pleased to receive this prestigious recognition from a valued partner such as Ferguson," said Steven Delarge, CEO and president of LIXIL Water Technology Americas, American Standard, DXV. READ MORE


Credit Loan Approvals Launch New Customer Financing Program
Is your finance company letting you down? Do you currently offer financing, but you find that your lender declines 40% of your applications? You work hard to generate leads and convert leads to sales…only to be turned down by your lender. If you want to turn your dead leads into a huge profit stream, go to Credit loanapprovals.com/contractor-agreements/, take 60 seconds, and register as a vendor. Or call us at 888-830-8438 and we will walk you through the process. Sam and I started this business with one goal in mind, to help contractors expand their business by getting their turn downs financed and turning them into a huge profit stream. We were at the PHCC conference in Hollywood, FL at the beginning of October and had the pleasure of meeting many Plumbing/HVAC contractors. The resounding theme is that they have either no-financing or only one financing option. Considering all you have to do as a Plumbing/HVAC contractor, Ask yourself, What am I spending my time on READ MORE


PHCC Government Affairs Report on Capitol Hill
I'm not a contractor and in fact, I can't fix anything around my apartment (I do own a hammer and a screwdriver – though I don't know where they are). But this nation is all about people who can fix things…who can install and service equipment in homes and buildings that Riso can't. Soooooo….In thirteen words recently, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) sent a message to America…"I get it" (this is not an endorsement of Marco Rubio for President). BTW - the plumbing-heating-cooling industry gets it too Senator…welcome aboard. If you missed it during the recent Presidential debate – Senator Rubio said, "Welders make more money than philosophers. We need more welders and less philosophers" (he could have easily said plumbing and HVACR contractors). Which set-off a chain reaction of fact checking nerds who thought it more important to pick apart the statement, rather than embrace its meaning and adopt its principle and vision. Again, we get it, the nerds don't. In fact, before you sit down at the Thanksgiving table, feed on this from the legislative table – directly following Thanksgiving, Michael Copp, EVP-PHCC and Cindy Sheridan, COO-PHCC Educational Foundation (accompanied by Riso), have a series of meetings with Congressional leaders on career and technical education. READ MORE


PHCC of GA Recognizes Past Presidents at Luncheon
The Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors Association recognized its past presidents at the December 2nd Holiday Luncheon. Honorees included Chuck Caron, Carson Plumbing served two terms 1993-1994 and 2009-2010, Jimmy Whiten, East State Plumbing 2000-2001, Chip Greene, Greene & Associates served two terms 2004-2006, Earl Lively, LECO Mechanical served two terms 2011-2013, and Bobby Burns, Lakeside Plumbing served two terms 2013-2015. Another special guest in attendance was Santa Claus who dropped by to see who was naughty or nice. READ MORE


Ferguson Grows Revenue by 12 Percent
On Sept. 29, Ferguson's parent company Wolseley plc, the world's largest specialty trade distributor of plumbing and heating products to professional contractors and a leading supplier of building materials, announced its financial results for the 2015 fiscal year. Ferguson increased its revenue 12 percent, ending the year with sales of $13 billion, up from $11.6 billion last year. The company was 9.6 percent ahead of last year on a like-for-like basis, which measures growth of Ferguson's existing stores or branches that have been open for at least one year. As well, trading profits were ahead 19.8 percent over last year. Ferguson's trading margin reached a record high of 8.2 percent. "We have concluded another great year and a strong performance," said Ferguson CEO Frank Roach. "The outcome is a direct result of our associate's collective efforts and commitment to providing world-class customer service while driving change and continuous improvement." READ MORE


A.H. Deveney Awarded Agency of the Year by Milwaukee Tools
At its recent annual Manufacturers Representative National Sales Meeting in Milwaukee, Wis., Milwaukee Tool recognized several agencies and individuals for outstanding achievement within the PHVAC channel. Award recipients were measured on a number of criteria including consistent year-over-year sales growth and product knowledge/training, as well as promotional and merchandising executions that maximize and accelerate profitable wholesaler sell through. "We are relentlessly committed to leading in this industry by delivering the most robust new solutions with disruptive innovation and best-in-class performance to enhance end-user productivity," says Gene Wilson Director of Sales and Marketing, Plumbing & Electrical for Milwaukee Tool. "We are proud to partner with Manufacturer Reps that clearly understand and share this vision." A H Deveney & Co received the award for Sales "Agency of the Year". A H Deveney & Co would like to take to acknowledge and thank all of their partner distributors across their region. READ MORE


NAPMA Host Annual Golf Tournament
The Nashville Area Plumbing and Mechanical Association has had a quite eventful few months. A while back Metro Codes started working on updating the building codes for Nashville Davidson County. We were asked to help in that process as both parties reviewed and made suggestions for the new code. Jack Steakley, Lance Hornbuckle, and our lobbyist Rick Williams met with members of NAPMA to review the local amendments and changes and make suggestions. Jack, Lance and Rick met with Wade Hill and Code staff to finalize the code so it could go before Metro Council for adoption. READ MORE



Billy Guinade Recognized for Serving as Chairman
of DCA State Codes Advisory Committee

Billy Guinade Recognized for Serving as Chairman of DCA State Codes Advisory Committee At PHCC GA's luncheon on October 7th, at Maggiano's in Dunwoody, PHCC GA Director Billy Guinade was recognized for his service to the Department of Community Affairs as Chairman of the State Codes Advisory Committee. The SCAC is responsible for the adoption of code amendments for the state of Georgia. Billy has served on the SCAC in various capacities for 20 years. READ MORE


The PMA of Georgia Changing Name to Plumbing Heating Cooling
Contractors of Georgia or PHCC GA

PMA has been affiliated as the state chapter of the PHCC National Association since its inception in 1892. he brand recognition PHCC has generated nationally within the industry and with consumers is growing, it only benefits members in Georgia to be associated with that name. The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors—National Association (PHCC) (www.phccweb.org), have been representing the interests of the industry for over 130 years. PHCC GA is the oldest professional trade association for plumbing and mechanical contractors in Georgia. READ MORE


Allgood Plumbing and Electric Add Heating & Cooling Services
Allgood Plumbing and Electric is pleased to announce that the company will be adding Heating and Cooling services starting in January 2016. Owner, Melvin Music said; "Many of our loyal customers have been asking us for years to add Heating and Cooling services, and we are now going to be able to fulfill that request." Allgood Plumbing, Electric, Heating and Cooling is owned and operated by Melvin and his wife Melissa, who are both veterans and started the company 10 years ago offering plumbing services with a business philosophy of treating people the way they wished to be treated. The company continues to operate the same way today and was able to add electrical services in 2013, and now boasts almost 50 employees serving Gwinnett County and the Metro Atlanta area. READ MORE


2015 Annual Repair Course Hosted by the American Backflow Prevention Association
On Wednesday, September 30, 2015 The American backflow prevention Association held it's annual repair course at Columbia County water utility training facility in Grovetown, Georgia. It was 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


CONNECT 2015 Puts Real Solutions Within Reach
There was a great deal of activity swirling in the atmosphere in Hollywood, Fla., last week, and fortunately it was all in the form of workforce development solutions, leadership tips, new technologies, and results-oriented strategies geared for PHCC members and their businesses. While Hurricane Joaquin only threatened to interfere with some travel plans home, attendees at PHCC's CONNECT 2015 stayed focused on charting a clear course for success for their businesses and the industry, engaging in valuable educational sessions, Product & Technology Showcase demonstrations, and those always-productive conversations with other contractors. READ MORE


Albany Winnelson Co. Hosts 33rd Anniversary
Celebration and Customer Appreciation

Albany Winnelson was proud to host the company's 33rd Anniversary Celebration and Customer Appreciation Day on October 22, 2015. Between 200 and 260 people attended the event. The event is held each year to show appreciation to their customers for partnering with them to supply home owners, businesses and contractors with new up-to-date plumbing products. Venders that attended include Steve Ross of Benson Vance, Brien Anderson and Jeff Sherell of MTI Whirlpools, Mike Born of McKee Nix, Chris Pearson and Andy of Harry Warren. Crystal Keen of Georgia Power, Jason Justice of REPCO Sales, Charlie Pulley of Pulley & Associates. Matthew Grace of Spotswood Cotton & Welsh. James Reeves of Cash Acme/Sharkbite, and Brett Carey of MAAX. READ MORE


PHCC GA President's Letter
There's a lot happening in the plumbing heating cooling industry nationally and in Georgia. First, PMA has voted to change its name back to Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors of Georgia or PHCC GA. We've been affiliated with PHCC National for 124 years and felt it was time to leverage the brand recognition PHCC has generated with that name. Our website will be under construction over the next two months migrating over to www.phccga.com.Second, it was my honor to see PHCC GA member Chip Greene installed as our PHCC National President. Over two dozen members travelled down to Hollywood, Florida to be there to support and recognize Chips accomplishment. I'm happy to announce PHCC GA is bringing in Business Coach Les Hanks to conduct training in November. READ MORE


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


NAPMA NEWS
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


ENGINEER SPOTLIGHT: Ovi Muresan of HDR, Inc.
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