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AB&I Foundry, an Oakland-based company that manufactures cast iron pipe and fittings for the plumbing industry, announced that they have joined the Rev Net™ Business Sustainability Group which is part of the flagship Sustainability Circle® program. The REV Net Sustainability Circle® program will help AB&I in the adoption of the best possible sustainability practices that Read More

AB&I Foundry, an Oakland-based company that manufactures cast iron pipe and fittings for the plumbing industry, announced that they have joined the Rev Net™ Business Sustainability Group which is part of the flagship Sustainability Circle® program.

The REV Net Sustainability Circle® program will help AB&I in the adoption of the best possible sustainability practices that include behavioral changes in a proven peer-learning model that is intended to accelerate business impact. The Rev Net™ program will help to enhance existing initiatives the company has already embarked upon while identifying new ways to reduce and recycle by-products in their manufacturing processes.

“The take away from being part of this group will be for us to create a 5-year sustainability action plan where key initiatives are identified ultimately driving efficiencies all while fostering a Green culture within the company,” said Mike Olvera, Environmental and Sustainability Manager of AB&I Foundry. Olvera continued, “AB&I is environmentally conscience and is a giant recycler – our products are made from 100-percent post-consumer scrap metal and they’re recyclable at the end of their service life.”

There are multiple benefits from being part of this program including; immediate and long-term efficiencies, new insights and ideas on how to be innovative, improved team member engagement, and the adoption of a comprehensive sustainability plan.

“The manufacturing atmosphere is changing and there are many progressive forward thinking companies like AB&I Foundry that strongly believe that the gold standard is to embrace thoughtful sustainability manufacturing practices. AB&I fits perfectly into our sustainability business model and we are excited that they have chosen to be part of our program,” explains Jenny Sant’Anna, REV VP of Operations. “Their participation in the program and development of a robust sustainability action plan confirms their strong commitment toward building an environmentally conscientious, resilient, and flourishing future for their business and their community.”

Quick Facts

Location: Oakland, California
Team Members: 206 total, Oakland residents = 70, or 34%
Founded: 1906 — Proud member of the Oakland community for 110 years
Acquired: 2006 — McWane, Inc.
Capital Improvements: $1.25 million in 2014 and $2.33 million in 2015
Major recent EHS successes: Over twenty (20) energy efficiency projects in the past 5 years that equate to 6.6 million Kilowatt hours of savings
Environmental sustainability: 100 million pounds of scrap iron and steel is recycled annually into finished product, reducing energy use and air emissions. 100–percent process and cooling water is recycled, equating to over 1 million gallons per day usage reduction.

Contact:   Francesca Dunbar

Director of Group Marketing

(925) 216-1828 or email: Francesca.dunbar@mcwaneplbgrp.com

The Colt Series backflow prevention assemblies from Ames Fire & Waterworks are a complete line of 2 ½”- through 10″-diameter double check, double check detector, reduced pressure zone, and reduced pressure zone detector assemblies. The Colt Series valve body and closure sleeve are manufactured from corrosion-resistant 300 Series stainless steel, providing reliability and long service Read More

The Colt Series backflow prevention assemblies from Ames Fire & Waterworks are a complete line of 2 ½”- through 10″-diameter double check, double check detector, reduced pressure zone, and reduced pressure zone detector assemblies. The Colt Series valve body and closure sleeve are manufactured from corrosion-resistant 300 Series stainless steel, providing reliability and long service life.

Both compact and lightweight, these backflow assemblies provide reliable flow control and are easily installed, maintained, and serviced. Third-party agency listings and approvals are available for horizontal, vertical, and “N” or “Z” pattern installations.

In addition, these BAA-compliant devices are provided with flanged or grooved-end NRS, OSY, or PIV gate valves or UL Listed/FM-approved slow-close butterfly valves.

Applications include fire protection and potable water distribution systems.

For more information, visit AmesFireWater.com.

John Guest® introduces the new Reducer in 1/2” Stem x 3/8” CTS size for use in the Domestic Plumbing Market. This fitting is suitable for both Hot and Cold water plumbing/remodeling and Hydronic Heating applications. Without the need for any tools, users can easily connect or disconnect the reducer and can use it with copper Read More

John Guest® introduces the new Reducer in 1/2” Stem x 3/8” CTS size for use in the Domestic Plumbing Market.

This fitting is suitable for both Hot and Cold water plumbing/remodeling and Hydronic Heating applications. Without the need for any tools, users can easily connect or disconnect the reducer and can use it with copper, CPVC, or PEX pipe. It is manufactured from high quality engineered plastic with an EPDM O-Ring. Lead-free and corrosion-free, the reducer also incorporates the JG Twist and Lock® technology assuring users with additional security.

Also offered in two sizes of 3/4” Stem x 1/2” CTS and 1” Stem x 3/4” CTS, the new reducer is both NSF and IAPMO approved for domestic plumbing in the U.S. and Canada and is now available for sale.

The Waldinger Corporation has used Viega systems with great success for many years, so when given the choice to use them for one of the most prominent construction projects for the city of Wichita, they were happy to oblige. The Waldinger Corporation was subcontracted by the general contractors, Key Construction and Walbridge, the mechanical work Read More

The Waldinger Corporation has used Viega systems with great success for many years, so when given the choice to use them for one of the most prominent construction projects for the city of Wichita, they were happy to oblige.

The Waldinger Corporation was subcontracted by the general contractors, Key Construction and Walbridge, the mechanical work at the new Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport.

Formed in 1906, Waldinger has offices throughout the midwest including Wichita, KS. The Viega name and its products were nothing new to Waldinger. They knew that Viega’s press technology has the ability to save time and money by eliminating the need to solder every joint, and the Smart Connect® feature offers a secure pipe connection every time by allowing installers to easily identify unpressed connections during pressure testing.

“I started using Viega ProPress when it first came to the United States,” Matt Hildreth, Construction Division Manager for The Waldinger Corporation said. “We were excited to learn we could use it on this project.”

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Wichita’s new Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport is the city’s latest addition to aviation and the first and last impression visitors will see upon arrival to the city. In June, Wichita said goodbye to its 61-year-old airport terminal and opened doors to a new 275,000 square foot home.

Known as the Air Capital of the World, Wichita’s airport is aviation themed inside and out. The building makes you feel as if you are entering an aircraft, with those details carrying over indoors. A swooping roof line outside, decorative stainless steel walls, public art and aviation history pieces inside, the airport is one-of-a-kind. A terrazzo floor designed with inspiration from the contrails of aircraft flying will guide the two million passengers through the airport each year.

The airport is equipped with the latest technology, food services, parking garage, baggage claim and loading gates. The Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport was made of quality products, including Viega systems, designed to make traveling in and out of Wichita quick, efficient and easy. It features 23,000 square feet of radiant floors, 8 ½ miles of gas and hydronic lines and 267 plumbing fixtures.

The Waldinger Corporation installed Viega’s ProPress® copper in ½” to 4″ in the domestic potable water applications. They also used ViegaPEX Barrier and Viega FostaPEX® tubing for a Snow Melting system and a Viega ProRadiant heating system in the behind the scenes area of baggage claim, in parts of the tarmac, the main entry and the loading dock. While most of their work and Viega’s systems are hidden, Waldinger knows the important stuff is behind the walls.

“The guys all like going ‘look at this mechanical room.’ All the boilers are perfect, all the piping is perfect that’s how we do our work,” Hildreth said. “It’s what’s hidden in the walls. It’s what’s in that mechanical room and behind that wall that makes this work.”

Press innovations allow mechanical contractors like Waldinger to not only save time, but also money. A highly engineered system, it’s the time savings and quality that contractors are using to sell their customers.

“Our opinion is that we are going to do it at least 20% better,” Hildreth said. “It’s what we use as a standard of bidding. We’ve smoked that estimate on occasion.”

Its functionality and reliability are part of the driving force, but the value added is with the customer service clients receive from the sales representatives. Viega will drop what they’re doing, pick up the phone or turn their car around and head to the job site to consult on a project. On a project the size of the airport, that kind of commitment was invaluable for The Waldinger Corporation.

“Lucky here for us, with you guys being here and having a sales person that was so active with us, if you have somebody here taking care of you and really working to help you, you’re going to be more apt to use their product,” Hildreth said. “Customer support was fantastic. You’re one of the few manufacturers that do that.”

 

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ViegaPEX™ tubing line expanded to include purple PEX for reclaimed water applications. Viega LLC diversified its ViegaPEX tubing line, introducing ViegaPEX for reclaimed water. ViegaPEX tubing for reclaimed water has the highest rating for chlorine and is available in ½”, ¾” and 1″ sizes. With the same 25-year warranty as ViegaPEX tubing, new ViegaPEX for Read More

ViegaPEX™ tubing line expanded to include purple PEX for reclaimed water applications.

Viega LLC diversified its ViegaPEX tubing line, introducing ViegaPEX for reclaimed water.

ViegaPEX tubing for reclaimed water has the highest rating for chlorine and is available in ½”, ¾” and 1″ sizes. With the same 25-year warranty as ViegaPEX tubing, new ViegaPEX for reclaimed water comes to the market with the trust that professionals have already established with Viega. All Viega tubing is quality controlled, with the resin being manufactured by Viega.

“This product addition meets industry demands and diversifies Viega’s portfolio,” said Jeff Courtney, product director, plastics systems at Viega. “There is a growing demand for smart plumbing options and Viega has always been on the forefront of innovation, so adding ViegaPEX tubing for reclaimed water is a natural evolution for us.”

ViegaPEX tubing for reclaimed water can aid a home in receiving LEED® or National Green Building Standard™ points. Installation of the new tubing alongside other Viega PureFlow® solutions is seamless with system-matched tools and jaws.

The process of water reclamation varies, however, often after collection water is run through an in-home filtration system, and then is then reused in other areas of the home such as laundry, toilets and irrigation systems. Purple is the standard color of tubing for these reclaimed water lines. According to 2012 EPA Guidelines for Water Reuse, the use of recycled water in lieu of imported water for replenishing the groundwater has saved tens of millions of dollars a year in water purchases.

For more information, call 800-976-9819 or visit viega.us.