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Leesburg, Va. – REHAU announces the availability of the new REHAU PlumbingCAD 2018 takeoff software for the REHAU PEXa plumbing system. The CAD-based software, offered through Avenir Software Inc., is pre-loaded with REHAU plumbing system components allowing contractors to quickly generate takeoffs and quotes for commercial and residential projects. REHAU PlumbingCAD lets users import PDF Read More

Leesburg, Va. – REHAU announces the availability of the new REHAU PlumbingCAD 2018 takeoff software for the REHAU PEXa plumbing system. The CAD-based software, offered through Avenir Software Inc., is pre-loaded with REHAU plumbing system components allowing contractors to quickly generate takeoffs and quotes for commercial and residential projects.

REHAU PlumbingCAD lets users import PDF and AutoCAD® drawings, trace the plumbing system and then generate a REHAU PEXa plumbing system materials list and quotation. Key components in the materials list are RAUPEX® UV shield PEXa pipe and EVERLOC+TM polymer and lead-free brass compression-sleeve fittings in diameters up to 2 inch.

RAUPEX® UV shield pipe and EVERLOC+TM compression-sleeve fitting system in diameters up to 2 inch for residential and commercial plumbing applications ©REHAU

Use of the stand-alone software does not require previous CAD experience. The software generates 3-D views instantly while the user works in 2-D, making it easier to visualize and communicate the plumbing piping layout. Output includes reports and drawings that will provide the contractor with shop drawings and a bill of materials.

The new REHAU PlumbingCAD takeoff software can be obtained at www.na.rehau.com/plumbingcad. A 30-day free trial using the fully functional software and tutorial videos are available online.

Des Plaines, Ill. — Geberit North America recently donated training materials to the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers’ Local Union 130 U.A. for the organization’s plumbing fixtures wet training lab in Joliet, which provides hands-on instruction and practical training for plumbing apprentices. The donation included twelve Geberit in-wall carriers plus consumables for twenty installations, as well as Read More

Des Plaines, Ill. — Geberit North America recently donated training materials to the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers’ Local Union 130 U.A. for the organization’s plumbing fixtures wet training lab in Joliet, which provides hands-on instruction and practical training for plumbing apprentices.

The donation included twelve Geberit in-wall carriers plus consumables for twenty installations, as well as various replacement parts and accessories, including the new Cast Iron Waste Fitting 367.072.18.1 with a 2” heel outlet for venting, designed to reduce material and labor costs during installation. In addition to the donation to the Joliet school, Geberit previously donated six carriers plus consumables for twenty-five installations to Local Union 130’s school in Volo.

“Local Union 130 has an incredible apprenticeship program that turns out highly skilled candidates,” says Ronn Jefferson, Product Manager for Geberit North America. “Quality plumbing is integral to everything that we do, and Geberit is proud to be able to support the education and training of new professionals joining the industry in Chicagoland.”

Local Union 130’s Joint Apprenticeship Committee runs a comprehensive 5-year plumbing apprenticeship program, which includes extensive on-the-job training and classroom training. The program aims to produce highly qualified plumbers who are able to succeed in handling the industry’s increasingly complex challenges.

“The generous donation from Geberit North America has facilitated the task of training with concealed water closet carriers and made it a much more practical, effective and valued hands-on experience,” says John Yock, Instructor for Local Union 130’s training program. “We have been able to transform our hands-on training into a much more substantial and meaningful experience for our program. Our commitment to training the best apprentice plumbers in the country is being realized through the esteemed generosity of Geberit North America.”

Geberit and Local Union 130 U.A. plan to collaborate in plumbing training, with a set of four classes for third-year apprentices from Local Union 130’s Chicago school scheduled for the week of July 16th in Des Plaines, IL.

To learn more about Geberit and its products, please contact your Geberit sales representative, call 800-566-2100 or visit geberit.us.

To learn more about the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers’ Local Union 130 U.A. and the apprenticeship program, please visit: https://www.plumberslu130ua.org/index.aspx.

Fort Worth, Tex.—MORSCO, a leading U.S. distributor of commercial and residential plumbing, waterworks and HVAC products, announced that it has entered into an agreement to purchase the assets of Desert Pipe & Supply’s Las Vegas plumbing location. Desert Pipe & Supply is a plumbing wholesaler located in Palm Desert, California and Las Vegas. The company Read More

Fort Worth, Tex.—MORSCO, a leading U.S. distributor of commercial and residential plumbing, waterworks and HVAC products, announced that it has entered into an agreement to purchase the assets of Desert Pipe & Supply’s Las Vegas plumbing location.

Desert Pipe & Supply is a plumbing wholesaler located in Palm Desert, California and Las Vegas. The company has provided service to residential and commercial plumbing and mechanical contractors for more than 30 years.

As a part of the agreement, five associates and one Desert Pipe & Supply location at 3209 Meade Avenue in Las Vegas will become a part of MORSCO, operating under the Farnsworth Wholesale brand, following a transition period. Desert Pipe & Supply’s location in Palm Desert will continue to be owned and operated by the existing Desert Pipe & Supply ownership.

“The Desert Pipe & Supply team has been providing exceptional customer service to our customers since our inception,” said Kerry Meier, President, Desert Pipe & Supply. “We are excited that MORSCO will continue to invest in our business for a strong and stable future and help us grow with our customers in the Las Vegas area.”

“MORSCO is very enthusiastic to be a part of the booming Las Vegas market,” said Chip Hornsby, MORSCO CEO. “This is certainly an area of the country we’ve had on our radar for some time and this opportunity with Desert Pipe & Supply fits well into our overall strategic growth initiatives for 2018. As the Las Vegas economy continues to recover from the financial crisis in the late 2000s, MORSCO sees plenty of opportunity here, and we look forward to serving current and new plumbing professions in this area as the preferred and most trusted local contractor supply source.”

Milwaukee, Wis. — Milwaukee Tool will begin construction on another major expansion of its Global Headquarters Campus in Brookfield, Wisc. With a total investment of $32MM, the new advanced manufacturing and R&D facility is expected to create 350 new jobs, continuing a strong track record of rapid growth for the company within the United States Read More

Milwaukee, Wis. — Milwaukee Tool will begin construction on another major expansion of its Global Headquarters Campus in Brookfield, Wisc. With a total investment of $32MM, the new advanced manufacturing and R&D facility is expected to create 350 new jobs, continuing a strong track record of rapid growth for the company within the United States.

This newest expansion will house the company’s advanced manufacturing, engineering, and global research and development center, occupying a 3.5-acre site on the company’s Global Headquarters Campus. The 114,500-square foot, multi-story building starts construction in Q3 and is expected to be completed by Q4 of 2019, bringing its global headquarter space from 390,000 square feet to an approximate 504,500 square feet.

“When you look at the growth our company has achieved in the last decade, the catalyst for our success has been, and will always be, our people. The drive, determination, and obsession of our employees has enabled us to continue delivering disruptive innovation for the professional trades and our distribution partners,” said Steve Richman, Milwaukee Tool Group President. “Our newest expansion will help us continue to grow a world-class work environment that will attract, recruit, and retain the best talent in the world.” ​

Milwaukee Tool has sustained organic double-digit growth throughout the last decade. This growth is driven by its exceptional people, the company’s focus on the professional trades and its breakthrough developments in cordless technology, advanced accessory engineering, and innovative hand tool and storage solutions.

Over the last decade Milwaukee Tool has continued to invest heavily in its national growth, making over $190MM in capital investments in the U.S., including $33.4 million in

manufacturing, tripling the workforce at its Global Headquarters Campus in Wisconsin, and growing its base of 3,500 employees nationwide. This newest expansion marks the next step in the company’s impressive growth and is a testament to its dedication to continuing all product development in the area for which it was named.

Jakarta, Indonesia — PT. IAPMO Group Indonesia, in partnership with Indonesian plumbing association APPIN, today held an event to increase awareness of the importance of good sanitation and plumbing systems, especially for buildings with large capacities that are used by the general public such as hotels, malls, airports and restaurants. IAPMO also signed a memorandum Read More

Jakarta, Indonesia — PT. IAPMO Group Indonesia, in partnership with Indonesian
plumbing association APPIN, today held an event to increase awareness of the importance of good
sanitation and plumbing systems, especially for buildings with large capacities that are used by the
general public such as hotels, malls, airports and restaurants.

IAPMO also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Public Works and
Public Housing for the inspection of the health aspects of buildings and residential housing in relation
to the issuance of building occupancy permits. Additionally, IAPMO Man was introduced as IAPMO’s
mascot at the beginning of the event. APPIN, an association with members comprising companies in
the plumbing industry, was inaugurated during the event.

IAPMO Group CEO GP Russ Chaney opened the fifth annual event, which was held at the Grand
Mercure Hotel in Jakarta and included a performance by SDN Cicau 02 students. Through the 2017
Community Plumbing Challenge, SDN Cicau 02 received eight toilets and a handwashing station.
IAPMO also gave the school and surrounding community the gift of a sound system.

The United Nations has 17 Sustainable Development Goals, one of which is clean water and sanitation
for all by 2030. This requires an investment in adequate infrastructure, the creation of safe sanitation
facilities, and the promotion of cleanliness at every level.

During the first session, speakers from the Ministry of Forestry and Environmental, Ministry of Public
Works and Public Housing, and BSN, Indonesia’s national standardization agency, discussed SNI
8153:2015, Plumbing Systems for Buildings , as one of the tools to be used in support of SDG 2030.

The second session began with speakers from the Construction Services Development Board (LPJK),
the DKI Jakarta Provincial Government, and the University of Indonesia addressing the topic of good
plumbing systems in buildings. That was followed by a discussion on the best practices on the
installation and maintenance of plumbing products to support a good plumbing system that included
representatives from plumbing product manufacturers Rucika and Pralon, as well as Bina Nusantara
University.

For the first time in the event’s five-year history, IAPMO and APPIN arranged several activities that
were presented as one-day seminars with exhibitions.

“PT. IAPMO Group Indonesia wants Indonesians to understand more about the importance of a good
plumbing system, for personal consumption as well as the public interest,” said Ken Wijaya, Executive
Vice President of PT. IAPMO Group Indonesia. “Plumbing systems also have an impact on the health
and safety of the community. This is why IAPMO is partnering with governmental, industry and
educational institutions to continuously create awareness on the importance of plumbing
standardization.”

“PT. IAPMO Group Indonesia is very pleased to be able to organize a one-day seminar to
commemorate World Plumbing Day 2018 once again,” said Shirley Dewi, Senior Vice President of PT.
IAPMO Group Indonesia. ”On this occasion, we want the importance of a good plumbing system to be
remembered through the IAPMO Man mascot we launched at this event. In addition, the signing of the
MoU with the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing also proves that we are continuing to rally
the support from the government so that all Indonesian citizens can have a healthy and safe plumbing
system.