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

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

October 16th 11am
ASPE Atlanta Golf Tournament
LOCATION: Fairways of Canton
CONTACT: www.aspe-atlanta.com

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

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

PDI Hosts 26th Annual Golf Tournament
The 2016 PDI Golf Classic was held on Tuesday, September 27th at The Legacy on Lanier Golf Club in Buford, GA. Over 88 customers came out to enjoy a great day of golfing in beautiful weather. Lake Lanier provides a beautiful backdrop for the Legacy golf course! Here are the final results of the tournament: 1st Place: Mark Huffstetler, Brandon Price of Northwest Plumbing & Chris Harris, Ryan Conley of Lennar Homesl; 2nd Place: Scott and Jerry Fowler if Jerry Fowler Plumbing & Dale Millwood, Blake Tyson of Dale Millwood Plumbing.READ MORE

Noland Holds Website Launch Party
Noland Atlanta held its Website Launch Party on September 21, 2016. The event was held at their showroom at 4084 Presidential Parkway Atlanta, GA 30340 from 1-7pm. Around one hundred and fifty people attended to celebrate the launch of their new website. There were a number of vendors that attended the celebration, including, MTI, Moen, Delta, Viking, AGA, The Distribution Point, Everpure, Hansgrohe, Elkay, American Standard, DXV, Grohe, Hydrosystem, and Madeli. The food was amazing! The Loaded Burger Truck was there from 1-3pm.Chef Mark Rhodes from Viking Appliances served flank steak, onions and peppers, kielbasa, and sweet potato on AGA and pulled pork sliders. Noland provided pasta salad, veggie trays, cheese platters, salsa and spinach artichoke dips with tortilla chips. READ MORE

PHCC GA Fall Golf Tournament Held
September 20th at Bear's Best

PHCC GA held its Fall Golf Tournament on September 20th at the beautiful Bear's Best Golf Club in Suwanee, Georgia. It was a hot sunny day with over 25 teams enjoying a day of fun and fellowship. PHCC GA recognized and thanked premier sponsors: Dupree Plumbing, James Pleasants and Underground Detective. Along with Partners: Federated Insurance, Equipment Controls, Georgia Power, Bradford White, Ferguson Enterprises, Reliance Worldwide, Plumbing News, Preferred Sales, Mercedes Benz of Buckhead and PDI. Closest to Pin was sponsored by: Fulton Services; Longest Drive sponsored by: Randall Lowe Plumbing; Hole Sponsors: Barnet Pro, Bill-John Plumbing, C&A Johnson Plumbing, Delta Plumbing, DeVore & Johnson, Georgia Power, HR Partners, Hill Mechanical, Lakeside Plumbing, Plumb Works, Rawlins Plumber Engineers, Roberts Plumbing, SharkTech Academy, Sundial Plumbing, Superior, Vermeer Southeast and W.R. Bristow.READ MORE

Southern Spec Celebrates 1st Anniversary
Southern Spec celebrated their First Anniversary on September 28th, 2016. Located at 2125 Corporate Drive SE, Suite 105-A in Marietta, GA, Southern Specification Representatives (SSR) is a complete service manufacturers' specification representative, dedicated to providing the best support and service to the commercial plumbing market. By representing manufacturers with a focus in commercial plumbing, SSR plans to be Georgia's leading spec rep. Philosophies that will drive their team to this goal are strong product expertise, tenacious work ethic, and integrity known throughout the market. Serving the State of GA, Southern Spec has 12,000 square foot of warehouse space, their product lines include: Sloan Valve Company, Acorn, Jay R. Smith, Just MFG, Chronomite, Elmdor, Walraven, Acorn Controls and Safety.READ MORE

Sid's Guys Shave Off The Competition
Septembeard is an organization that directly funds prostate cancer research at seven top-tier research institutions. These research initiatives will lead to better treatments, outcomes, and ultimately a cure for prostate cancer. This is PDI's fifth year supporting this organization, and PDI is proud to be a top contributor for 2016.
Taking FIRST in the nation and in the Southeastern Division is PDI's team, Sid's Guys! During the month of Septembeard, PDI employees, vendors, friends and family grew beards for prostate cancer research donations. This year PDI raised over $4,200! READ MORE

ENGINEER SPOTLIGHT: Harry Schnirring, Director of Plumbing
and Fire Protection Engineering

Harry Schnirring is a licensed professional engineer in several states and countries including several specifically as a Civil Engineer. He also holds a CIPE (Certified in Plumbing Engineering) from the original testing in 1983 and now holds the newer CPD designation. He has been a member of ASPE, NFPA and ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) for over 30 years and is currently a member of IAPMO. He is also past President of the Atlanta Chapter of ASPE. Harry was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and raised with seven younger brothers and sisters. He received an Associate Degree in Architectural Technology, from the Ohio College of Applied Science and a Bachelor Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He worked for Hixson Architects and Engineers in Cincinnati for 14 years before moving to Atlanta in 1984. At Hixson he worked in plumbing, fire protection and civil engineering on many varied projects throughout the states. Much of the work centered on food processing projects, primarily for the Kroger Co. Projects included dairies, ice cream plants, meat packing plants, bakeries, warehousing and major distribution centers. READ MORE

Hill Mechanical is a Commercial, Residential and Industrial Plumbing and HVAC service and installation organization. Located in Metro Atlanta, Hill Mechanical opened their doors in 2007 by owner, Daniel Hill and his wife, Karen. Daniel started in the plumbing business almost twenty-seven years ago. He received his Master's License in 1997 and worked for Valencia Mechanical doing commercial installs. After that, he joined Stasco Mechanical where he was the Lead Service Plumber for almost ten years. On April 2, 2007, Hill Mechanical was born. Their services include Commercial, Residential, and Industrial markets, specializing in multi-family and retail establishments, working with property management organization. They troubleshoot and diagnose hard to solve plumbing issues and design plumbing solutions for existing structures that require updated systems. After being in business for almost ten years, Hill Mechanical has twenty-five employees, thirteen trucks and two heating and air trucks! READ MORE

Interview with PHCC President Chip Greene

I recently had the opportunity to sit down for lunch and interview my old friend, Chip Greene, just less than a month away from the PHCC National Convention in San Antonio. For those of you who may not know Chip, he is the third generation in his family to work in the industry. With his grandfather being a plumber and steamfitter and his dad starting his own business in 1948 and operating a successful mechanical contracting company for 35 years in the middle Georgia area until 1982. He worked part time for his dad in high school and college and went to work for a large mechanical contractor in 1984, working there until 1990 as an estimator and project manager. Greene and Associates has been around for 25 years performing plumbing & HVAC work in Central and South Georgia primarily in the educational, medical, and institutional markets. They also have a service division, Emerald Services, that performs commercial and residential service. READ MORE

MCAG Holds Annual Casino Night
MCAG held its annual casino night on Friday, August 26th, 2016. The event was held at the Georgian Club in Atlanta and there was a record of more than 105 attendees. Casino night has been held for many years to bring together contractors and members of Local Union 72 for an evening of fun and fellowship. There were a number of food stations available for attendees to splurge on, including a carving station with prime rib, along with a chef's salad bar. A "carb" station featuring pasta with Alfredo and Bolognese sauces and mashed potatoes with cheese, sour cream, bacon bits, and grits with cheese and bacon. A mixed seafood station was also on the menu.

TN PHCC Elects Kay Keefe President
How did you get started in your business?
I started working for my dad when I was 15 years old at our parts counter on weekends and after school. After my freshman year of college, my dad let me work on the trucks as a plumbers helper. I unstopped sewers, laid pipe in ditches and changed out pipes under houses. My dad’s motive was to get me to see how hard plumbing was and learn the value of a dollar. After that first summer, I quit college and decided that I really wanted to be a plumber. At the end of the day, you truly feel a sense of accomplishment that you helped someone and that kind of gratitude only comes when you are a trained tradesperson.
What do you enjoy most about your business?
I really enjoy interacting with my customers and my employees. There is tremendous pride in owning a company that is 66 years old and carrying on the family legacy of professionalism and quality service and installation. READ MORE

Support SeptemBEARD!
As you may know, we lost a dear friend, Sid Mealor, to prostate cancer. Sid was an advocate early screening for everyone. If you or a family member is in the age range 40 and up, please discuss wiht your doctor about being tested. During the month of Septembeard, join the group of PDI guys that will be growing beards/mustaches to promote Prostate Cancer Awareness. Here's how it works, have a team, Sid's Guys, and we are looking for sponsors for our beards and moustaches. Your donations will go to septembeard.org READ MORE

Eastern Now Distributing Niron
Eastern Industrial Supplies, Inc. is pleased to announce its partnership with NIRON and Widos Welding Tools, providing its customers with reliable and cost-effective polypropylene piping solutions for commercial, institutional and industrial applications. The NIRON product is manufactured with Ad vanced Beta Crystalline Polypropylene Random Copolymer (PP-RCT) which allows for higher pressure ratings and improved resistance to chemicals than standard PPR. Eastern's NIRON system can be used in place of copper, steel, steel, stainless and other materials at a lower installation cost. Produced since 1982 by Nupigeco, over 200,000 miles of pipe and fittings have been installed in five continents with complete customer satisfaction.¹ Eastern is happy to introduce this solution as the exclusive NIRON distributor in the Southeast with inventory 1/2″ through 24″ to support its customers' projects. To accommodate assembly of the NIRON product, Eastern is stocking and renting Widos Welding Tools. READ MORE

Contractor Spotlight: ACAPX, LLC
ACAPX derives its name from "A" for Asset and "CAPX" for Capital Expenditures. They seek large scale projects that require repetitive installations where they can achieve significant economies of scale through mobile manufacturing and installation. Drawing on their experience with high volume installations, they segment projects into component steps and then delegate the tasks, so individuals on their team become highly efficient at a single part of the project. The strategy allows that to do high volume, accurate work, while also allowing us to pass significant labor savings to our customers. ACPAX has the experience, financial capability, and proper insurance to successfully complete large scale projects for businesses, contractors, owners/asset managers, and government entities. READ MORE

NAPMA to Host Annual Trade Show
NAPMA is hosting its annual Table Top Trade Show on September 27th, 2016. The event will feature Barbeque and Fixins'. It will be held at The American Legion Post 88 located at 2864 Elm Hill Pike Nashville, TN 37214 from 11:00am- 1:00pm. Lunch is FREE and is Sponsored by the Nashville Area Plumbing Mechanical Association. Vendors and Suppliers, there are around 35 tables, so sign up early! If you have a small amount to show, you may want to bring a card table. The outside vendors should be there around 9:30am to set up and will have plenty of space. Also, there will be plenty of parking on both sides of the building and if necessary on the grass.READ MORE

Tifton Winsupply Opens New Branch
Tifton Winsupply is pleased to announce the opening of their new branch at 602 West 2nd Street in Tifton, Georgia. For contractors who wantb a partner that understands their needs and shares the same "get it done right" attitude, Tifton Winsupply is the only wholesaler that offers the benefits of local accountability along with the advantages of being a large, nationwide supplier In short, their "Pros Like You" committed to providing the best service delivery - however you define it – including, dependable expertise, breadth and depth of available products, and the accountability that comes from always dealing with the decision maker. READ MORE

SWA Host 88th Annual Convention
SWA held its 88th Annual Convention at the beautiful Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, Florida, June 26th -28th. With a record breaking almost 800 in attendance, SWA Convention was a roaring success. The event featured key note speaker, Todd Buchholz, who addressed the attendees on the price of prosperity, why rich nations fall and how to renew them. His lively and informative speaking engagements have earned him a place in Successful Meetings Magazine's "21 Top Speakers for the 21st Century. The four- hour business meetings were a great time of focus between wholesalers, manufacturers and rep companies and once again created a great opportunity for a very intentional business to business connection. READ MORE

Bill Rittenger Named Territory Manager of W.R. Bristow Manufacturers' Agents, Inc.
W. R. Bristow is pleased to announce Bill Rittenger as Territory Manager effective July 1st, 2016. Mr. Rittenger is originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan and attended Grand Valley State University. He now lives in Grayson, Georgia with his lovely wife of fifteen years, Gina and they have two beautiful daughters, Molly and Ella and their dog, Cooper Brown. Bill has been in the indusry since 1992 and in his free time he loves playing golf, spending time with family and rooting for the Michigan Wolverines! In a recent interview with Mr. Rittenger, when asked what he enjoys most about working at W. R Bristow, he stated, "Great co-workers, the family atmosphere, and the challenge of learning new lines." READ MORE

Georgia State Inspectors Association Holds
2016 Education Conference

The Georgia State Inspectors Association held its Education Conference at Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa in Young Harris, GA on July 24th-28th. The Georgia State Inspector's Association was founded in 1964 as the Plumbing, Gas, and Mechanical inspectors of Georgia. The general objective of the organization is to promote Plumbing, Gas, and Mechanical Codes that are essential to the health and safety of the citizens of Georgia and to lend every possible aid to the advancement and protection of all plumbing, gas, and mechanical installations throughout the state. They continue to work with state and local jurisdictions and strive for a better understanding of the Codes through certifications, education, training, and the adoption of safer and more user friendly laws. Their members provide input into the direction and adaptation of the codes through everyday situations and issues that occur in the field. READ MORE

Earl Cox to Retire from Sandpiper Supply, Inc.
Sandpiper Supply, Inc. would like to announce the retirement of Mr. Earl Cox, July 29th, 2016. Mr. Cox joined Sandpiper Supply, Inc. in 1981 working the counter and now does Outside Sales, Commercial Sales and much more in the sales field. Earl began his career in 1970 with Chat Howard (owner of Sandpiper Supply) at a small wholesale company called Eagle Wholesale. With the exception of two years of duty with the US NAVY from 1971-1973, Mr. Cox has always worked in the plumbing industry in one way or another. Either on the wholesale side or as a Journeyman plumber. Of those forty-four years, thirty-two have been with Chat Howard. Mr. Cox has been married for forty-four years to his beautiful wife, Brenda. They have two wonderful daughters and five fabulous grandchildren. Daughter, Michele and husband Alex Thompson and their children, Tyler, Bradley, and Maddie. Also, daughter, Lisa and husband Danial Grassi and their children Allie and Daniel. READ MORE

Fletch-Barney Plumbing & Drain Cleaning

Fletch-Barney Plumbing & Drain Cleaning is a family owned and operated business serving the Atlanta metro area. Located at 552 West Atlanta Street in Marietta, GA, Fletch-Barney was established in 2009 by Alan Fletcher. Alan is a graduate of Jacksonville State University with a degree in Finance. He is married to Jeffney Fletcher. They have two daughters, Maci and Allie. Alan has been in the Plumbing Industry for approximately 30 years starting as a Plumber's Helper, advancing to a service plumber and has owned his own Plumbing Businesses for over 20 years. Fletch- Barney is dedicated to providing exceptional customer service at fair and affordable prices. READ MORE

MCA's Annual Fishing Tournament a Huge Success
MCA held its annual fishing tournament on Saturday, May 28th, 2016. Chairman, John Raulston and Co-chairmen, Brandon O'neal and Katie Burell did a great job putting the tournament together. There were 58 fishermen this year and everyone that attended enjoyed great Bar-B-Q from Moe Moe's in Dayton. The winners from this year's tournament were, For Bass, First place, Brandon O'neal and Greg O'Neal; 9lb.10oz, Second place, Jim varner and Stan Smith; 5lb.95oz, Third place, Jay Bradley, and Landon Bradley; 5lb.5oz, Fourth place Riley Cathey and Tucker Cathey; 4lb.55oz, and Fifth place was Greg Slater and Josh Barber; 3lb.8oz. Winner's for Bluegill were, First place, Brayden Marshall and Ben Marshall; 7lb.90oz, Second place, Robby Tyson and Chandler Tyson; 7lb.05oz, READ MORE

MTPHCC to Hold 2nd Annual Clay Shoot
2nd Annual Clay Shoot Scheduled: Save the date- Friday, September 9th, the Middle TN Chapter will hold their 2nd Annual Sporting Clay Shoot at the Nashville Gun Club on 1100 County Hospital Road. Registration will begin at 9am with a Long Bird Contest at 9:30 and shooting beginning at 10am. Lunch and Shirt are provided. 100% of the profits will support the Local Legislative Fund and support new membership for contractors with under 20 employees. Sponsorship opportunities are available, including Title, Lunch, Long Bird and Stations. Please contact fharris@merryman-farr.com. Fil Harris, President of the chap-ter had this comment on last year's event- "Some of our members had attended one of these events and thought it would be a great event for our chapter. READ MORE

The Nashville Area Plumbing and Mechanical Association
Hosts Annual Golf Tournament

Mr. Terry Kestner and Dwight Ethridge of the Nashville Area Plumbing and Mechanical Association's Golf Chairman was proud to hand over a check to The Nashville Rescue Mission for over $30, 000.According to the golf course there were over 250 people at this year's event. Jack Ward & Sons Plumbing were the First Place First Flight winners. Their players included Bartley Burnette, Tyler Greer, Jim Moore and Mark Frye. First Place Second Flight winners were Mike Polito, Mike Mitchell, Sam VinsonJr. And Joe Salyer of J. E. Davis & Associates. Jim Steinhouse, T.J. Coffee, Heath Hatcher and Randy Gentry of Steinhouse Supply were the First Place Third Flight Winners. READ MORE

TPHCC Host 6th Annual Presidents Event & Celebration
On April 22nd the 6th Annual Presidents Event was held at the Hermitage Golf Club's Ballroom. The event featured a live auction benefitting the Legislative Fund and entertainment with renowned comedic talent and Barney Fife impersonator- Rik Roberts. T he event honors the Association's past and current Presidents on a Chapter and State level. Many thanks to Travis Scott for his professional auctioneer services, Teresa Mayes for her expert coordination of the auction and to all of the generous people who donated items for the auct ion. READ MORE

Amanda Grimshaw Named Showroom Manager at Noland Atlanta
Noland Atlanta is pleased to announce Amanda Grimshaw as showroom manager, effective June 6, 2016. Amanda Grimshaw started her career as a showroom consultant at Lake Erie Winnelson in Cleveland, Ohio in 2006. While at Noland, Amanda keeps the showroom current with new products and materials from vendors, schedules training for customer and showroom staff members and assists clients with material selection for their home based on style, brand and price. She also attends local chapter meetings of NKBA, ASID and NARI. In a recent interview, Amanda stated "Everyone is working towards making Noland the best place to purchase plumbing and appliances." READ MORE

PDI Opens New State of the Art Lighting Gallery Showroom in Lawrenceville
PDI is pleased to announce the recent opening (May 2016) of their new lighting gallery located at 1025 Old Norcross Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. PDI is a family-owned plumbing and lighting distributor that services the needs of residential and commercial plumbing contractors, builders, remodelers and designers. They also welcome homeowners who are building or remodeling their homes. PDI was founded by Glad Mealor and 2 other business partners in 1973. They have branch locations in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Lake Oconee, Lawrenceville, McDonough and Woodstock. They also have Kitchen & Bath Showrooms at all of our locations except for Alpharetta. Their Lake Oconee, McDonough and Woodstock Showrooms also have Lighting Showrooms. PDI's Lawrenceville location is approximately 2300sq. ft. READ MORE

White Wolf Group Now Representing Lasco Fittings
LASCO Fittings, Inc is pleased to announce that White Wolf Group, Inc. has been hired to represent LASCO in Georgia. White Wolf brings years of experience and superior cutomer service in the Irrigation, Industrial, Plumbing and Waterworks markets. You can contact White Wolf Group, Inc. at 800-401-4870 or by e-mail at info@whitewolfgroupinc.com They are located at 1349 Old 41 Highway Suite 120 Marietta, GA 30060 (White Wolf Group, Inc. is located in the Kennesaw Mountain Business Park in Marietta Georgia just south of the Town Center Regional Mall. Our stocked warehouse is conveniently located two minutes from I-75 and only nine minutes via I-75 to I-285.) READ MORE

PHCC GA Contractor of the Year, Plumb Works
Plumb Works is being recognized for their contributions to the PHCC GA, PHCC National and promotion of the industry overall. This company has demonstrated commitment and given resources to support the PHCC GA Academy Apprenticeship program and PHCC GA's workforce development efforts by enrolling students Chris Jones and Spencer Sarjeant into the program. As Contractor of the Year, not only has Plumb Works committed students to the GA Academy, they also spearhead PHCC Ga's activity in the largest construction Career Expo in the state. Plumb Works lead by Josh Czerniak this year, took over the planning and development of the World of Plumbing and Mechanical at the state's largest Career Expo for middle school and high school kids. READ MORE

PHCC GA Holds Shark Tank During Mid-Year Board Retreat and Corporate Partner Strategic Planning Session
PHCC GA held its Mid-Year board retreat June 9-11 in Myrtle Beach, during which the 2016-2017 board and corporate partners participated in a half day strategic planning session. The 2016-2017 strategic plan focuses on promotion of the Associations mission to individuals working in the p-h-c industry and residents of Georgia. Every plan needs funding to successfully implement its goals. What better way to solicit backing for these ideas than to pitch them directly to the corporate partners who financially support the association? This called for… Shark Tank! The corporate partners who became "sharks" on Saturday night were: Federated Insurance, Reliance Worldwide, Bradford White, Preferred Sales, Mercedes Benz of Buckhead, Hajoca and Apex Disaster Management. Facilitating the tank was Eric Arnold from Georgia Power. Saturday night during the Farewell Dinner, the "sharks" heard presentations from three strategic committees formed during the morning. READ MORE

Richard L. Reeves to Retire from W.R. Bristow Manufacturers' Agents, Inc.
W.R. Bristow Manufacturers' Agents, Inc. would like to announce the retirement of Richard Reeves as of July 1, 2016. Richard joined W.R. Bristow Manufacturers' Agents on July 1, 2014 as Vice President of Sales & Marketing. He has had a long career in the industry accomplishing numerous goals in the field of sales and marketing. Richard began his career as an independent manufacturers' representative in 1977 when he moved to Atlanta from South Carolina. Over the past 39 years, Mr. Reeves continued to gain more knowledge in the wholesale supply industry. In January, 1997 he started his own rep agency, R&R Sales & Marketing, Inc. He has earned various awards including being selected Associate of the Year for 1992-1993 by the Georgia Association of Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors. Richard received his CPMR Professional Designation from Arizona State University in 2003 and was named a Member of the National Register's Who's Who in Executives and Professionals in the 2004 edition. READ MORE

PHCC GA Industry Member of the Year SharkTech Academy
SharkTech Academy is being recognized for their contributions to the PHCC GA, PHCC National and promotion of the industry overall. This company has demonstrated commitment and given resources to support the PHCC GA training efforts and PHCC GA's workforce development efforts. Reliance Worldwide, has dedicated its SharkTech Academy, for our use as training site for Metro –Atlanta training programs. Reliance Worldwide in addition to donating its SharkTech Academy training space to the association, it also allows both Patrick Peterson and Bob Carpenter the scheduling flexibility to make sure they are able to conduct various training programs throughout the year. This includes the PHCC GA's Plumbing Review Prep Course for the Plumbing exam. READ MORE

Barnett Introduces New StockWise™ Inventory Management Solutions
From free organization tools to full-service inventory management programs, our solutions allow you to better manage inventory, improve productivity, and reduce costs. And because we know every business is unique, these programs can also be customized to fit your specific needs. Our StockWise Inventory Management Solutions include: *A free mobile app – Barnett's most recent addition to our Stockwise program. This app has all of the convenient features of our mobile website plus it lets you to quickly order items by scanning bin labels or product UPCs without specialized equipment. You can also use the app to search for products, easily find commonly ordered products with our Favorites List tool, and much more. Dave Smail, owner of Champion Plumbing and Drain Cleaning, says, "Barnett's mobile app saves me time when ordering materials, and time is valuable. I scan from my phone and it's in my shop the next day!" *Truck Stock Replenishment (TSR) - Our just-in-time, truck level-specific inventory management programs ensure that you maintain the right product mix and the required inventory levels on your service and repair trucks. Receive accurate records of product usage and standardize products across your fleet. Hundreds of Barnett customers nationwide use our truck stock program to streamline their inventory processes. READ MORE

PHCC GA Women's Auxiliary meet to discuss plans for 125th Anniversary in 2017
A year of events will take place to communicate our mission statement to residents of Georgia. Mission statement: The Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors of Georgia is dedicated to protecting the health and comfort of the public by promoting industry education and improving consumer relations with professionalism and integrity. READ MORE

2016 ASPE Atlanta Chapter Golf Outing

On Wednesday October 12, 2016, 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. The idea is this opportunity will pay dividends later when they all work together in a more formal business environment. It's all about networking." READ MORE

The Real Navy Seal, Kevin Lacz
Kevin was born and raised in central Connecticut before enrolling in James Madison University in 2000. When the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 claimed the life of a good friend's father, he decided to leave school in favor of military service. While visiting a Navy recruiter's office, a SEALs poster caught Kevin's eye and he decided to enlist in the Navy with the intention of going to BUD/S and becoming a SEAL. He started BUD/S in early 2003 with Class 245. A back injury meant he would graduate with Class 246 at the end of the year. Because he was a Hospital Corpsman, Kevin also attended 18D Special Operations Combat Medic School at Fort Bragg before checking into SEAL Team THREE in Coronado, California. READ MORE

Engineer Spotlight: Spurlock & Associates
Spurlock & Associates, Inc. was established in 1969 by Barry L. Spurlock after becoming a registered engineer. Their twelve- member team is a diverse firm lead by six principals. Spurlock & Associates has a valued reputation for designing workable and buildable HVAC, plumbing, fire protection and electrical systems for commercial, institutional, and light industrial buildings. They have built this reputation in the Southeast over a period of over 40 years. Their experience has taught them that committing their personal attention to each client enables them to provide quality solutions and service that completely satisfy the client's needs. Quality personnel, a strong commitment, experience and technologically sound solutions are what makes them who they are. Their company has utilized Computer Aided Design (AutoCAD) since 1984 and Building Information Modeling (Revit) since 2010. READ MORE

Contract Spotlight: Southern Services
Southern Services is a family owned and operated company. Located in Albany, GA, Southern Services was established in 2013 by father, Basil Catrett and his sons, Cody Catrett and Grey Catrett. Southern Services provides residential and commercial plumbing repairs and installations, drain cleaning, camera inspection, personal utility location and backflow testing and repairs. Basil has over 30 years in the sewer and drain business, if he can't clear your drain line, it needs to be replaced! That's where Cody and Grey step in. Cody is an Unrestricted Master Plumber with a gas license and Grey is working toward the same. Southern Services is open from 7:00am-5:00pm Monday- Friday and offers emergency service. They service Dougherty, Lee, Mitchell, Worth and Terrell Counties. Call the office to schedule service at 229-438-1947. READ MORE

PHCC GA Kicks Off Strategic Board Retreat with Federated Insurance Risk Management Academy
PHCC GA kicked off the four day strategic board retreat by hosting a Federated Seminar known as the Risk Management Academy. During the two day session, attendees learned the importance of a risk management culture and how that mitigates risk and exposure if the company is hit with a lawsuit. Managing workers compensation, employment practices, family and business succession planning. Additionally, in-depth discussions were held on hiring, screening and retaining employees. The impact of distracted driving and statistics on accident rates. READ MORE

MORSCO Enters Atlanta Market through Acquisition of DeVore & Johnson
MORSCO, a Fort Worth-­-based distributor of commercial and residential plumbing products, heating and cooling equipment (HVAC), and pipe, valves and fittings (PVF), has acquired substantially all of the assets of DeVore & Johnson, a plumbing wholesaler with four locations in Georgia (three in Atlanta Metro and one in Athens). The locations will continue to operate as DeVore & Johnson, a MORSCO Company. DeVore & Johnson, founded in 1950, provides plumbing fixtures and supplies to contractors, builders, remodelers, homeowners, architects and interior designers. With over 65 years of providing exceptional customer service, DeVore & Johnson is amongst the market leaders in both the Atlanta metro area (branches in Forest Park, Suwanee and Kennesaw) as well the leading supplier in Athens, GA, where the company's corporate headquarters are based. Chip Hornsby, CEO of MORSCO, said, "Welcoming DeVore & Johnson into the MORSCO family fits perfectly with our goal of expanding our footprint in the Southeast. This acquisition demonstrates our dedication to being the preferred distributor of commercial and residential plumbing, HVAC and PVF, in our markets from coast to coast. We're tremendously excited about aligning with DeVore & Johnson and entering the Georgia market". READ MORE

PHCCGA Announces Fall Memorial Golf Tournament
PHCC GA announces date for Fall Memorial Golf Tournament Tuesday, September 20th at Bear's Best. 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. If you don't have a foursome, consider inviting a fellow contractor from your area. The registration fee per player is $125.00 this includes greens fee, cart, range balls, box lunch, refreshments after the round, and prizes. All registrations & payments must be received in the PHCC office by Friday, September 16th. READ MORE

Southern Spec Now Representing Walraven Products
Southern Spec is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of Walraven products in the state of Georgia. The Walraven Group, with its headquarters in Mijdrecht, the Netherlands, is an internationally active enterprise with its own production facilities and sales offices in various countries. Walraven products are used by tens of thousands of installation companies in Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. Their products and know-how have guaranteed the highest quality for more than 70 years. Decades of experience and the performance of their expert tradesmen are priceless building blocks. Developing and implementing innovative technical ideas enjoys a high priority at Walraven. READ MORE

PHCC Members Take Workforce Challenges to Capitol Hill
During 2016 Legislative Conference

Nearly 130 PHCC members took their message about the industry's "workforce time bomb" to Capitol Hill during the May 18-19 PHCC Legislative Conference. Filled with positive energy, the business owners and chapter executives spent two days educating Congress on ways to address the industry's skilled worker shortage and the onslaught of regulations created by federal agencies. The event occurred just three weeks after a special PHCC Workforce Development Roundtable on Capitol Hill, where a panel of PHCC members shared proactive recruiting and hiring solutions they have implemented to create awareness of career opportunities and fill the many jobs available in the industry. READ MORE

Jessica Hicks Joins Apex Supply
Apex Supply is excited to announce Jessica Hicks as Showroom Consultant. Jessica Hicks joined Apex Supply on May 17, 2016. Jessica has been in the industry for 10 years and recently stated to the Plumbing News that what she enjoys most about working for Apex Supply is "everyone works as a team". Jessica grew up in Georgia and attended the University of Florida. She and her husband Brett have two boys and they spend most of their time watching them play ball. When they aren't on the ball fields, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family, watching movies, outdoors and being on the lake. READ MORE

CONTRACTOR SPOTLIGHT: Heads Plumbing Sales and Service - Atlanta, Georgia
Heads Plumbing Sales and Service, Inc.Head's Plumbing Sales and Service, Inc. is a family owned and operated business that was established in 1981 by Phenus Head, Jr. and Shelia B. Head. The company is located at 4381 Campbellton Rd in Southwest Atlanta, Georgia From the beginning the husband and wife duo aimed to offer professional plumbing services at reasonable rates. In 2006, Odari M. Head, son of Phenus and Shelia, was appointed CEO of the family's business. Under his leadership and continued guidance from his parents, Head's Plumbing has grown exponentially and is recognized as one of Georgia's leading plumbing providers. Phenus Head, Co-Owner, stated "It is truly an honor to be one of Atlanta's oldest minority owned plumbing companies. Our family is proud of the Two generations of Master Plumbers serving Metro Atlanta and the surrounding communities since 1981." READ MORE

Fil Harris of Merrymann-Farr Named TAPHCC Contractor of The Year
The TAPCC is pleased to announce This year's winner as Contractor of the year is Fil Harris was born and raised in Nashville and served 4 years in United States Air Force. Fil has served as the following: Chairman of ABC Training Program, ABC Safety Committee, ABC Management Training Committee, ABC Executive Task Force for Education, Y-Build Program – Member of Board Directors, Men of Valor, Tennessee Christian Chamber of Commerce Member, SHRM Member, Middle TN Chapter President and TN PHCC Board of Directors and his newest title on the TN Department of Labor Advisory Council for Construction Program with high school students. Fil Harris has been married 43 years to his lovely wife Brenda and they have raised four wonderful sons; Philip, Brian, Andrew and Adam. Fil has served as a Deacon at his church and is a 32' degree Mason. With Boy Scouts Troop 55 at Christ Presbyterian Church, Fil, received Boy Scout of American Awards: Silver Beaver, Long Rifle and Pathfinder at the district level. READ MORE

TNPHCC Host 119th Annual Tradeshow Convention In Nashville, Tennessee
On Thursday April 21, 2016 the TNPHCC hosted 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. The 2016 Trade Show featured many exhibitors and vendors with the latest technologies, new products and innovations for the PHC industries. All PHC Contractor received a free lunch at the Trade Show. The theme for the trade show this year was "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

Jeff Lunn Promoted to Branch Manager of American Pipe and Supply Nashville
American Pipe and Supply is pleased to announce the recent Promotion of Jeff Lunn to Branch Manager of their Nashville Branch located at 317 Fesslers Lane, Nashville TN 37210. Jeff came to American Pipe & Supply in 2012 after 15 years at Consolidated Pipe in Nashville. American Pipe & Supply's commitment to customer service interested Jeff primarily and is demonstrated from the CEO and continued through every associate level. Per Jeff Lunn of American Pipe and Supply Nashville Jeff, success for our customers is key to our success at American Pipe & Supply. Jeff mentioned to Plumbing News, "I am very excited about my new position here at American Pipe & Supply and look forward to meeting many of our customers and providing excellent service in our Market area. READ MORE

Federated Insurance Celebrates 30 Year Partnership With PHCC of GA
In 2016, Federated Insurance celebrates its thirtieth year of partnership with Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association of Georgia. Since the beginning, this relationship has focused on providing the PHCC of GA members with quality insurance and risk management solutions. Through the alliance with Federated, the PHCC of GA members receive access to industry-specific insurance programs, and a wide variety of risk management resources designed to help members mitigate the day-to-day risks unique to their business. To support members' risk management efforts, the PHCC of GA is inviting attendees of the Mid-Year Strategic Board Retreat and Meeting in June to make plans to attend the Federated Insurance Risk Management AcademySM seminar. READ MORE

PHCC GA Elects 2016-2017 Board of Directors
PHCC of GA elects new officers and directors for 2016-2017 at its 124TH Annual Meeting held at the North Atlanta Trade Center in Norcross, April 15, 2016. Elected to serve a second term as president is Timmy Irvin, Delta Plumbing, Stockbridge, Georgia. The newly elected board will be installed on Saturday, June 11th in Myrtle Beach at the Mid-Year Strategic Retreat & Meeting, June 9-12th. READ MORE

Saniflo Names New Sales Agent in Georgia
SFA Saniflo U.S.A has appointed Odum Sales (Americus, Ga.) as its new sales representative in the state of Georgia. Family-owned and -operated, Odum Sales will represent the full line of Saniflo macerators, grinders and drain-pump products for residential and commercial applications. "We look forward to working with Odum Sales and their wholesaler and contractor customers, showing how Saniflo can help home and building owners create bathrooms in spaces where conventional, below-floor plumbing is not cost-effective," says Regis Saragosti, CEO of SFA Saniflo U.S.A. SFA saniflo U.S.A. — whose parent company originated macerating plumbing technology — offers a complete line of waste and drainage pumping systems for residential and commercial applications. READ MORE

Plumbing Iron Man Competition Held at 3nd Annual PHCC GA Expo
Five teams competed for the title of Plumbing Iron Man at the 3rd Annual PHCC Plumbing Heating Cooling Expo on Saturday, April 16 at the North Atlanta Trade Center in Norcross. The competition this year heated up as five teams battled for the title. The prize purse of $1,000 was distributed to the 1st place team as well as having their names engraved on the Plumbing Iron Man Trophy. Congratulations to the 1st Place Team from Rawlins Plumbers and Engineers James Beddington and Luis Pardo. 2nd Place went to Action Electrical & Mechanical Clint Tatum and Matthew Shadix. 3rd Place from Local 72 Mike Wehunt and Michael Boutte. READ MORE

PHCC GA Annual Meeting & Expo Held in Norcross, Georgia
PHCC of GA held its first annual meeting in metro-Atlanta in 20 years. The 2 Day Event kicked off on Friday, April 15th at the North Atlanta Trade Center in Norcross with the Annual Contractor Business Meeting. PHCC National President and Georgia contractor member Chip Greene was present and introduced PHCC's Government Affairs VP Mark Riso. Riso provided a broad overview of the impact regulatory agencies have on policy making and showed us the "delegate count by state" in the primaries. READ MORE

Ricky Kerlin Celebrates 40 Years at PDI
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. READ MORE

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