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Des Plaines, Ill. — Geberit North America has released an updated version of its Bathe in Style brochure showcasing its full line of cable-operated Bath Waste and Overflows (BWOs), including PushControl™, TurnControl™, and the integrated Cascading Tub Filler and Drain. The brochure features new product images and a condensed format that streamlines product information. The Read More

Des Plaines, Ill. — Geberit North America has released an updated version of its Bathe in Style brochure showcasing its full line of cable-operated Bath Waste and Overflows (BWOs), including PushControl™, TurnControl™, and the integrated Cascading Tub Filler and Drain. The brochure features new product images and a condensed format that streamlines product information.

The brochure details the benefits of Geberit BWOs, which are easy to operate and feature sleek designs that enhance the beauty and functionality of any bathtub. The PushControl™ BWO is self-adjusting and operates with a simple push. PushControl™ features a thin, elegant design and adapts easily to any bath thickness. PushControl™ has set the standard for bathtub draining by receiving the prestigious IF Award from the International Design Forum.

The TurnControl™ BWO offers unparalleled simplicity and sleekness, and is easy to operate with a drain that opens and closes with a one-eighth turn of the contoured handle.

The metal Cascading Tub Filler and Drain is an integrated system that includes a BWO, combining the functionality of filling and draining in one component. It fills the tub quickly – 18 gallons per minute – with virtually no splash, and provides years of effective and trouble-free service.

The Bathe in Style brochure displays the full line of contemporary color and finish choices for Geberit BWOs, including the exclusive and guaranteed ForeverShine™ finish available for select models.

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

Download Bathe in Style at https://www.geberitnorthamerica.com/media/local_media/_imported/brochures/GNA7005.pdf

Reno, Nev. —Nevada’s oldest contractor, Savage and Son Inc., a provider of full-service Plumbing, HVAC and Piping, is excited to announce that 2018 marks the 125th anniversary of being in business. Established in 1893, Savage and Son has the oldest active contractor’s license in Nevada, number 10. The family business ties its roots back to Read More

Reno, Nev. —Nevada’s oldest contractor, Savage and Son Inc., a provider of full-service Plumbing, HVAC and Piping, is excited to announce that 2018 marks the 125th anniversary of being in business. Established in 1893, Savage and Son has the oldest active contractor’s license in Nevada, number 10. The family business ties its roots back to the early mining days in Virginia City and has been passed down through five generations of leaders. This year Savage and Son will celebrate this impressive milestone by reliving some of their family’s rich history in Nevada and highlighting some of the iconic structures they’ve worked on in northern Nevada and the Sierra and have helped shape the city and region to what it is today.

In 1859, Leonard Coates Savage helped discover the Savage Mine in Virginia City and the Savage mansion and mine office was later built in 1861. Leonard was unable to afford the development of the mine and found himself dealing claims in a gambling hall and transitioning his focus to a new venture. In 1880, Leonard Coates Savage’s son, Frank Charles Savage, co-established Genesy & Savage Plumbers and Tinners in Virginia City. In 1893, Frank moved to Reno to create his own plumbing business, Savage and Son, where they repaired everything from steam boilers to walk-in refrigerators on ranches. Savage and Son was the original plumbing and heating contractor for many historical buildings in northern Nevada including, Stewart Indian School, University of Nevada, Reno’s Lincoln Hall in 1896 (and is doing the renovation today), St. Mary’s Hospital, Central (Reno) High School and Washoe County Hospital. In 1905, Savage and Son installed a heating plant at the Washoe County Hospital (now Renown) for $100 and has continued to service and perform projects throughout the century, including the Renown Tahoe Tower in 2007.

The family business grew rapidly along with the growth of the Biggest Little City and Frank Charles’ son, Leonard Charles, moved the company to a new location on South Virginia Street and California Avenue, now Michael’s Deli, in 1941. His son L.J. Savage joined the company in 1955 and they continued to help develop the skyline of Reno by serving as the sub-contractor on many projects including, Arlington Towers, Lake Mansion, Eldorado Resorts, Peppermill Hotel Casino, Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, John Ascuaga’s Nugget, Lawlor Events Center, the Governor’s Mansion, Hyatt Lake Tahoe, Village at Mammoth, many buildings at University of Nevada, Reno. Most recently, Savage and Son helped with the development of the Switch Citadel Campus and the National Bowling Stadium HVAC Piping replacement, where they received a Pinnacle Award for “Meeting the Challenge of a Difficult Job – Over $500,000” by the Associated General Contractors of Northern Nevada.

The Savage family attributes their success as a family business to its dedicated employees and their strong family guiding principles of valuing hard work, ingenuity, loyalty and character. Savage and Son approaches all business and projects with integrity, selflessness and resourcefulness. They have been philanthropically involved with countless charities, non-profit organizations and causes that benefit the community in northern Nevada and the Sierra.

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.”