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Biennially, ASPE presents the prestigious Industry Award to companies that have provided outstanding service to the advancement of plumbing engineering technology. This year, ASPE is pleased to present Industry Awards to McWane Inc. and QuantumFlo. “The support that both companies have given in time, education, and resources to this Society in recent years has been exceptional,” Read more

Biennially, ASPE presents the prestigious Industry Award to companies that have provided outstanding service to the advancement of plumbing engineering technology. This year, ASPE is pleased to present Industry Awards to McWane Inc. and QuantumFlo.

“The support that both companies have given in time, education, and resources to this Society in recent years has been exceptional,” says Thomas P. Sharp, ASPE’s Vice President, Affiliate. “Although it is always tough for ASPE to narrow down the award selection process to only two companies, both are very deserving of this honor in every criteria.”

The McWane Plumbing Group is part of the McWane, Inc. group of companies. The Plumbing Group manufactures cast iron soil pipe and fittings, no-hub couplings, and drains. Headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, McWane is a global manufacturer of ductile iron products and is one of the world’s most important suppliers of waterworks and monitoring products.

“We are honored to receive the Industry Award from ASPE, and we look forward to future opportunities where we can serve the engineering community,” says Francesca Dunbar, Vice President of Marketing for the McWane Plumbing Group. “We are always looking for opportunities where we can support ASPE’s efforts, from sponsorships to the development of continuing education content.”

Founded in 2007, QuantumFlo is a world leader in pumping and pump control system technologies and an innovator of sizing and selection applications and rules for variable-speed pumping. The company’s packaged plumbing booster systems are custom-built to customer specifications and include integrated control technology to ensure efficiency.

“QuantumFlo is delighted and honored to be selected as a 2020 recipient of the ASPE Industry Award,” says David Carrier, Founder & CEO of QuantumFlo. “On behalf of our QuantumFlo representatives, specifiers, and employees, we would like to thank ASPE for this special recognition and ongoing support of our efforts to propel the plumbing industry through technology innovation. We are pleased to serve ASPE member engineers and work hand-in-hand with them to collectively address and solve challenges with highly intelligent solutions.”

Both McWane and QuantumFlo are ASPE Affiliate Sponsors and ASPE CEU Providers in addition to being long-time supporters of ASPE conferences and local ASPE Chapter events.

“I am very pleased and proud that two excellent Affiliate Sponsors of ASPE received the ASPE 2020 Industry Award,” Sharp continued. “McWane and QuantumFlo have both invested so much in the advancement of the plumbing engineering profession in addition to being excellent stewards of ASPE as valuable and engaged Affiliates. On behalf of all of ASPE’s valuable Affiliate partners, I extend warm congratulations and deepest thanks to both McWane and QuantumFlo.”

Ontario, Calif. — The IAPMO Board of Directors announced that IAPMO Chief Operating Officer/Executive Vice President Dave Viola has been appointed to chief executive officer effective Jan. 1, 2021, taking over for GP Russ Chaney, who is retiring after a quarter-century at the helm of the 95-year-old association. IAPMO will continue to benefit from Chaney’s leadership Read more

Ontario, Calif. — The IAPMO Board of Directors announced that IAPMO Chief Operating Officer/Executive Vice President Dave Viola has been appointed to chief executive officer effective Jan. 1, 2021, taking over for GP Russ Chaney, who is retiring after a quarter-century at the helm of the 95-year-old association. IAPMO will continue to benefit from Chaney’s leadership skills and experience as an executive adviser to the CEO.

Viola has more than 25 years of senior management experience within the plumbing and mechanical industry. He joined IAPMO in 2007 and has served as IAPMO’s chief operating officer for the past seven years, with strategic and operational responsibility for the comprehensive array of IAPMO Group programs and services.

 

“I am humbled and energized by the opportunity to assume leadership of a great institution that has played a vital role in protecting health and safety in the built environment for generations,” Viola said. “I intend to build on the legacy of Russ Chaney, who leaves behind a thriving business already positioned for growth with a talented management team.”

Chaney came to IAPMO in 1995, during a time of significant changes in the development and maintenance of model construction codes. Today, IAPMO continues to be an essential contributor to the development of plumbing product and installation standards.

“Dave Viola possesses a unique ability to strategize, to create a vision and implement the steps necessary to achieve that vision,” Chaney said. “I will enjoy watching Dave continue to build upon the success that he has exhibited throughout his entire tenure at The IAPMO Group.”

“The IAPMO board believes Dave has proven leadership skills, a deep understanding of our products and services, and an ardent commitment to IAPMO’s mission,” IAPMO President Dave Straub said. “We are confident that we identified the best leader to take IAPMO forward. On behalf of the board, I also want to take the opportunity to thank Russ Chaney for his many years of exemplary leadership, steady business growth, and devotion to IAPMO’s charge of protecting public health and safety.”

Prior to joining IAPMO, Viola served as technical director for the Plumbing Manufacturers Institute (PMI) for nine years, where he oversaw education, code, product compliance, and regulatory activities. Before PMI, he worked for BOCA International and the International Code Council as a staff engineer managing the development of their plumbing code and associated training and support publications.

Viola serves or has served on the following notable industry committees:

  • Current deputy chairman and Executive Board member, World Plumbing Council
  • Chairman, American Society of Mechanical Engineers A112 Committee on Plumbing
  • Board of Directors, American Society of Mechanical Engineers Standardization and Testing
  • Founding director, Alliance for Water Efficiency
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Reinvent the Toilet Technical Advisory Committee
  • World Health Organization (WHO) Advisory Committee on Water Quality
  • American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Accredited Certification Committee
  • U.S. Green Building Council Water Efficiency Technical Advisory Group
  • Green Building Initiative Commercial Green Building Committee and Water Subcommittee
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) 191 Committee for the Efficient Use of Water in Building, Site and Mechanical Systems
  • ASHRAE 189 Committee for High-Performance Green Buildings
  • American Society of Plumbing Engineers Main Design Standards Committee
  • American Society of Sanitary Engineers Plumbing Product Standards Committee
  • Canadian Standards Association Plumbing Technical Committees

Viola holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Northern Illinois University. In 2005, he received the American Society of Sanitary Engineers Fellow Award.

Designed to recognize and thank essential workers, the program will shine a spotlight on those who show up on the front lines, every day Bosch Power Tools, the world market leader for power tools and power tool accessories, today announced it will recognize and acknowledge trade workers for their tireless efforts and give them the Read more

Designed to recognize and thank essential workers, the program will shine a spotlight on those who show up on the front lines, every day

Bosch Power Tools, the world market leader for power tools and power tool accessories, today announced it will recognize and acknowledge trade workers for their tireless efforts and give them the thanks they deserve. With “Always Essential,” Bosch plans to meet these essential workers where they are, giving back through giveaways and worksite activations.

Recognizing that individuals in the trades couldn’t stay home while facing a global pandemic, Bosch sees workers from HVAC to construction and beyond continuing to perform their essential duties. As many facets of everyday life were shut down, new hospitals and healthcare centers needed to be built, heating and air conditioning systems needed to be repaired, power lines, roads and bridges needed to be maintained. The very framework of our society continues to be managed by frontline workers who stay largely behind the scenes. Until now.

“While ‘essential worker’ has become a buzzworthy phrase in 2020, we understand and celebrate that these trade professionals are, and always have been, essential to our way of life,” said Roger Amrol, president of Bosch Power Tools North America. “Without the commitment, hard work and dedication from each and every one of these individuals, society as we know it could not exist. And for that, we’re forever grateful.”

Over the coming months, teams from Bosch will meet trade workers on their turf at worksites around the country with giveaways and other gear to say “thank you” to the indispensable individuals who are the backbone of the trade industries and the country itself.

Amrol added, “The trades have always been essential and worthy of our gratitude and recognition. Now, it’s time for us as a society to give it to them.”

For more information on Bosch Power Tools and “Always Essential,” please visit www.stories.boschtools.com/always-essential or connect on Facebook and Instagram.

Rinnai webinar discusses hydronic air handler features, benefits, installation, and more The Propane Education & Research Council is offering a new webinar for construction professionals as part of its “Propane Presents Technology Series”. The webinar, created in partnership with Rinnai, will take place at 2 p.m. EDT on Sept.10. During the webinar, Rinnai will discuss the Read more

Rinnai webinar discusses hydronic air handler features, benefits, installation, and more

The Propane Education & Research Council is offering a new webinar for construction professionals as part of its “Propane Presents Technology Series”. The webinar, created in partnership with Rinnai, will take place at 2 p.m. EDT on Sept.10.

During the webinar, Rinnai will discuss the features and advantages of hydronic air handlers, discuss installation and service fundamentals for construction professionals, and provide best practices for approaching the ideal customer. Hydronic heating systems, which can be part of new and retrofit projects, offer a smaller carbon footprint and increased efficiency than comparable products. They also provide increased comfort, backup and emergency heat with a heat pump, and improved efficiency when paired with Rinnai tankless condensing products.

“We are excited to be partnering with Rinnai for this webinar, which is jam-packed with educational, engaging content for contractors and construction professionals,” said Bryan Cordill, director of residential and commercial business development at PERC. “We hope attendees walk away with a new understanding of how propane equipment can benefit their customers — and, ultimately, their business.”

PERC’s “Propane Presents Technology Series” focuses on new and emerging propane technologies, education, and best practices to approach the ideal customer. Hosted and facilitated by PERC, in partnership with various OEMs, the series aims to showcase various propane products across multiple markets, answer questions directly from the industry and end users, and provide relevant resources and training information.

To learn more about the benefits of propane systems, visit Propane.com. Click here to register for the webinar with Rinnai.

SA Youth’s office and Boys & Girls Clubs member gifted new HVAC systems from Shafer Serves— the New Philanthropic Program from Shafer Services Plus SA Youth and a family from Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio are receiving critically needed HVAC systems as Shafer Services Plus launches Shafer Serves, a new philanthropic program founded Read more

SA Youth’s office and Boys & Girls Clubs member gifted new HVAC systems from Shafer Serves— the New Philanthropic Program from Shafer Services Plus

SA Youth and a family from Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio are receiving critically needed HVAC systems as Shafer Services Plus launches Shafer Serves, a new philanthropic program founded to assist San Antonio non-profits by providing complimentary HVAC and plumbing products and services.

“Safe temperatures and reliable running water are critical for healthy environments—especially for children,” said Chase Anderson, President and CEO of Shafer Services Plus. “By providing these services to local non-profits, Shafer Serves is honored to help our community by serving our San Antonio family.”

Shafer Serves is being launched by Shafer Services Plus to thank San Antonio for supporting the plumbing and HVAC company for the past 136 years. Established in 1884, Shafer Services Plus has built much of San Antonio’s commercial and residential infrastructure, even installing the nation’s first commercial air conditioning system in a high-rise at San Antonio’s own Milam Building.

At the SA Youth facility, six out of 10 HVAC units were broken, leaving the team to work in temps climbing over 90 degrees. The Shafer Team repaired all malfunctioning units and replaced a broken unit, providing over $15,000 in parts and services.

 

“By donating HVAC repairs and installation, Shafer Serves is helping SA Youth focus on providing much-needed supplies and educational opportunities to students who are a part of our program,” said Asia Ciaravino, President and CEO of SA Youth. “It’s been an impactful gift not only for our organization but for the youth of San Antonio.”

Boys and Girls Clubs of San Antonio has been working to ensure club members continue receiving support at home while clubs operate at limited capacity due to Covid-19. Through partnership with Shafer Serves, they were able to provide Eastside Club member Yolanda Davis and her family with a new HVAC system for their home as she is currently without central AC.

“This HVAC donation from Shafer Serves has changed the quality of life for the Davis family and strengthens the bond that our clubs, members, and community partners share,” said Angie Mock, CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of San Antonio. “It’s when we come together to care for one another that we experience what community can really mean.”

Shafer believes in building community and operates under five core values: treat people like family; do the right thing, even when no one is watching; be easy to do business with; exceed expectations; and provide mutual respect for all.

“At Shafer, we’re here to take care of our San Antonio family for generations,” said Chase Anderson, President and CEO of Shafer Services Plus. “SA Youth and Boys and Girls Clubs of San Antonio are paving great futures for San Antonio’s children. Being able to provide them with HVAC services so they can continue providing meals and educational resources is a great honor for us.”