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McLean, Va. — Plumbing Manufacturers International today welcomed the news of the bipartisan agreement between the Trump administration and Congress that sets a path forward on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement with the support of Mexico and Canada. “PMI members were pleased to learn about this important step toward a ratified United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement,” said PMI CEO/Executive Director Kerry Stackpole. “The Read more

McLean, Va. — Plumbing Manufacturers International today welcomed the news of the bipartisan agreement between the Trump administration and Congress that sets a path forward on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement with the support of Mexico and Canada.

“PMI members were pleased to learn about this important step toward a ratified United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement,” said PMI CEO/Executive Director Kerry Stackpole. “The plumbing manufacturing industry prospers upon free trade between these three great North American nations, and reaching this milestone brings confidence to our members as we enter 2020.”

PMI will continue to monitor the process and supports the approval of the USMCA in the weeks ahead. “We especially thank United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, members of the Trump administration, and a number of members of Congress who listened to the concerns of manufacturers and contributed to this important agreement,” Stackpole added.

U.S. manufacturers are the largest exporter of plumbing products into Canada’s and Mexico’s marketplaces. The U.S. plumbing products comprised 41 percent of Canada’s import market, and 54 percent of the Mexican import market, according to the latest U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration’s Building Products and Sustainable Construction Top Markets Report.

Classes to be held in Colorado and New Hampshire Broomfield, Colo. — Viega, LLC has announced its Winter 2019-20 lineup of courses at its seminar centers in Broomfield, Colo., and Nashua, N.H. The offerings include topics from commercial piping solution to radiant design and LoopCAD. With two fully equipped state- of-the-art seminar centers, Viega is Read more

Classes to be held in Colorado and New Hampshire

Broomfield, Colo. — Viega, LLC has announced its Winter 2019-20 lineup of courses at its seminar centers in Broomfield, Colo., and Nashua, N.H.

The offerings include topics from commercial piping solution to radiant design and LoopCAD. With two fully equipped state- of-the-art seminar centers, Viega is an industry leader in supporting the trades and helping contractors become more versatile, skilled and efficient. To date, more than 40,000 people, from self-employed contractors to employees of large firms, have taken courses at the centers.

The classes are taught by experts with years of experience in the field and offer ample hands-on experience. Attendees leave with skills and knowledge that will show immediate benefits on the job.

Training seminars are listed below:

Radiant Design, Piping and Controls

Jan. 27-29, Nashua, N.H.; March 3-5, Broomfield, Colo.
Covers design theory and practice, piping arrangements and control strategies. Includes hybrid systems, multiple temperature piping arrangements and system component placement.

LoopCAD

Feb. 11-12, Nashua; Jan. 22-23, Broomfield
How to use LoopCAD software for radiant design and layouts. Covers heat loss, drawing layout, material selection and snow melt.

Commercial Piping Solutions

Dec. 3-4 and March 18-19, Nashua; March 3-4, Broomfield

Covers Viega systems and products and their appropriate uses. Includes PureFlow, ProPress and MegaPress; hybrid systems; installation techniques; project savings; hands-on installation and competitive information.

Hydronics 101 & Radiant Systems

March 3-4, Nashua; Jan. 16-17, Broomfield
Provides a basic understanding of how hydronic systems work. Topics include methods of heat transfer, piping materials and components, control strategies and installation methods.

Carbon Steel Press Technology

Jan. 13, Nashua
Covers the use of carbon steel press systems for residential, commercial and industrial piping applications.

Stainless Steel Press Technology

Feb. 20, Nashua
Covers the use of stainless steel press systems for commercial and industrial plumbing, heating and piping applications. Properties and chemical compatibility of 304 and 316 stainless steel will be covered.

Press Technology for Fuel Gas Piping

Feb. 3, Broomfield
Covers the use of carbon steel press systems for fuel gas piping in residential, commercial and industrial applications. Fuel types such as natural gas, LP gas, diesel, fuel oil and kerosene and their implications in NFPA 54 will be covered.

NFPA 13D Fire Sprinkler

Covers NFPA 13D requirements, system design, installation concerns and energy code compliance.

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GROHE has been able to increase its energy efficiency by 24% and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40%, far exceeding its sustainability targets In July 2019, the global brand converted all of its production plants to run on green electricity In the future, GROHE will offset unavoidable CO2 emissions with compensation projects Piscataway, N.J. — Read more

  • GROHE has been able to increase its energy efficiency by 24% and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40%, far exceeding its sustainability targets
  • In July 2019, the global brand converted all of its production plants to run on green electricity
  • In the future, GROHE will offset unavoidable CO2 emissions with compensation projects

Piscataway, N.J. — Sustainability has been an essential element of GROHE’s corporate strategy for almost 20 years now. As early as 2000, the global brand for complete bathroom solutions and kitchen fittings committed itself in its “principles and guidelines for sustainability” to continuously improving all products, processes and services in terms of protecting the environment and conserving resources. Since then, GROHE has set new industry standards, applying its 360-degree sustainability approach that incorporates employees, suppliers, customers, processes, products and the company’s social contribution alike. With the aim of becoming the first leading manufacturer of the sanitary industry to achieve carbon-neutral production by 2020, GROHE has once again stepped up its pledge. In July, as part of the “GROHE goes ZERO” initiative, all five production plants worldwide as well as the logistics centers in Germany were converted to run on green electricity. With the start of the new fiscal year in April 2020, the sanitary manufacturer will offset unavoidable CO2 emissions through two compensation projects.

GROHE Aims for Carbon-Neutral Production by 2020,GROHE goes ZERO" initiative, plumbing, fixtures, sustainability, kitchen and bath

“More than ever, manufacturers like GROHE are in demand to take on responsibility and strive towards more sustainability,” says Thomas Fuhr, CEO Grohe AG. “For years now, we have been investing not only in research and development in order to produce intelligent, sustainable solutions, but also to a large degree in a resource-saving value chain. With GROHE goes ZERO, we are now setting an example for the entire industry: We are actively addressing the CO2 challenge by increasingly avoiding emissions and, if this is not possible, compensating for them.”

The sustainability initiative is seamlessly linked to numerous measures that are taking place at the GROHE plants, promoting the long-term reduction of the carbon footprint and conserving resources: The brand has invested in block heat and power plants, was awarded the silver certificate by the German Sustainable Building Council for the plant extension in Klaeng, Thailand, and built a state-of-the-art test laboratory in Hemer, Germany. GROHE also uses advanced technologies that increase sustainability, such as the material-saving 3D metal-printing process which has been launched this year.

As a result, GROHE has been able to increase its energy efficiency by 24% and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by around 40% since the introduction of its sustainability program in 2014. This means that the global brand has already far exceeded its 2021 targets of 20% respectively.

GROHE Supports Two Water Projects in India and Malawi

Supporting two offsetting projects is another logical step for GROHE to compensate for so far unavoidable CO2 emissions: In the north of India, the operation of a hydroelectric power plant replaces electricity that mainly comes from coal-fired power plants. In the African non-coastal state of Malawi, a project repairs and maintains boreholes that are used to produce drinking water. With the help of selected offset projects, GROHE will support activities based on extremely stringent criteria, such as the Gold Standard, developed under the aegis of the WWF. In addition to avoiding CO2, the measures also contribute to a more sustainable, ecological and social development within the projects’ environments.

“With GROHE goes ZERO, we are further expanding our leading position as one of the most sustainable brands in the sanitary industry,” says Thomas Fuhr. “But at the same time, we have by no means reached all of our sustainability goals; we can and must get even better.”

GROHE has received numerous awards for its commitment. Currently, the brand is one of three major companies that have been nominated for the German Sustainability Award. GROHE CEO Thomas Fuhr was recently awarded for his commitment to sustainability by the corporate network B.A.U.M., the German Environmental Management Association.

GROHE’s parent company, LIXIL, is committed to improving the quality of people’s lives by delivering safe and comfortable products and services through responsible, sustainable innovations. LIXIL focuses on three strategic sustainability pillars: Global Sanitation & Hygiene, Water Conservation & Environmental Sustainability, and Diversity & Inclusion. In addition to providing solutions to enable access to safe and hygienic sanitation practices, LIXIL’s efforts also aim to conserve water, energy and other natural resources utilized in its products and services, from procurement through production, distribution, end use and product disposal.

The importance of proper domestic hot water (DHW) temperature control in providing comfort, safety and convenience cannot be overstated. Delivering it remains one of the most important responsibilities of plumbing system designers. Kevin Freidt, Caleffi director of product management and technical support, will discuss temperature control at the hot water source, at the point-of-use, in the Read more

The importance of proper domestic hot water (DHW) temperature control in providing comfort, safety and convenience cannot be overstated. Delivering it remains one of the most important responsibilities of plumbing system designers. Kevin Freidt, Caleffi director of product management and technical support, will discuss temperature control at the hot water source, at the point-of-use, in the balanced secondary circuits and in the system as a whole.

You’ll learn:
→ What methods are used to control temperature at the DHW source?
→ What is different about controlling hot water temperature at the source vs. at the point-of-use?
→ Mixing valve standards ASSE 1017, ASSE 1070 and other related ASSE standards.
→ Can an instantaneous heater take the place of a mixing valve?
→ Are electronic mixing valves more accurate than thermostatic mixing valves?
→ How do I properly size and install a mixing valve to assure accuracy?
→ What are some causes of the loss of accuracy in a mixing valve?
→ What about temperature control and balancing of secondary piping circuits when I have recirculation?
→ What does accurate temperature control have to do with preventing Legionella bacteria issues?

Freidt is the intellect behind sizing up the best product offerings in a moving target market and manages an exceptional technical support team. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology, 35+ years’ of experience in the commercial HVAC industry and is a LEED AP. Our audience will thoroughly appreciate his academic passion and concise content delivery.

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Cedarburg, Wis. — WILO USA LLC, a subsidiary of WILO SE, through its newly-established subsidiary, American-Marsh Pumps LLC., has acquired the assets of US manufacturer J-Line Pump Co. d/b/a American-Marsh Pumps. Headquartered in Collierville, Tennessee, American-Marsh Pumps currently employs 55 people. “The acquisition of American-Marsh Pumps strengthens our strategic market position in the US, and Read more

Cedarburg, Wis. — WILO USA LLC, a subsidiary of WILO SE, through its newly-established subsidiary, American-Marsh Pumps LLC., has acquired the assets of US manufacturer J-Line Pump Co. d/b/a American-Marsh Pumps. Headquartered in Collierville, Tennessee, American-Marsh Pumps currently employs 55 people.

Wilo acquires U.S. pump manufacturer American-Marsh Pumps

“The acquisition of American-Marsh Pumps strengthens our strategic market position in the US, and expands the product portfolio for our customers in the Water Management, Industry and Building Services segments,” explains Oliver Hermes, President and CEO of the Wilo Group. “This acquisition marks another important milestone in the execution of our growth strategy, following the successful acquisition and integration of the Cedarburg pump manufacturers Weil Pump & Scot Pump in 2017.”

American-Marsh Pumps has a history dating back to 1873, and is a leading manufacturer of centrifugal pumps, vertical turbines, and fire protection equipment. The acquired production facilities in Tennessee will not only enable Wilo and American-Marsh to meet customer requirements in the US market quickly and efficiently, but also to offer a wider range of high quality products serving the Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, AG, and Fire Protection markets, that are made in the USA.

“We are excited to have American-Marsh Pumps join the Wilo USA family. Their experience and expertise aligns extremely well with our organization, and accelerates our strategy for long-term growth in the US,” says Jeff Plaster, CEO of WILO USA. Mathias Weyers, Chief Financial Officer, and Executive Board Member at WILO SE, adds, “We are very pleased to have succeeded in completing this acquisition, and very much look forward to our collaboration with the acquired company and its integration into the Wilo Group.”