One of the industry’s leading independent agencies, the 73-year-old Dellon Sales now represents the full Saniflo offering throughout its territory, targeting both residential and commercial segments, while placing strong emphasis on contractor product education. SFA Saniflo USA recently partnered with Dellon Sales Company to serve as its exclusive sales agent throughout the state of New Read more
One of the industry’s leading independent agencies, the 73-year-old Dellon Sales now represents the full Saniflo offering throughout its territory, targeting both residential and commercial segments, while placing strong emphasis on contractor product education.
SFA Saniflo USA recently partnered with Dellon Sales Company to serve as its exclusive sales agent throughout the state of New Jersey and the five boroughs of New York City. In this capacity, effective July 1 of this year, Dellon Sales is representing the entire Saniflo offering of above-the-floor macerating and grinding toilet systems and drain pumps, serving wholesaler-distributors, as well as project managers, engineers, contractors, and architects.
A multi-channel agency, Dellon Sales covers all segments of the construction market, residential and commercial. Its team of more than 40 outside and inside sales personnel work to specify materials and quote a wide range of commercial projects, including retail, multi-use, offices, schools, hospitals and multifamily.
Key to its work with Saniflo will be Dellon Sales’ long-standing commitment to contractor education. Able to offer a full range of AIA and CEU-accredited courses, Dellon will leverage its expertise to conduct field demonstrations and formal trainings for Saniflo. The goal: To help familiarize plumbing contractors as well as various buying influencers with the special features and benefits of the Saniflo product line and the cost- and time-saving solutions it brings to residential and commercial projects.
Now in its fourth generation, Scott Dellon leads Dellon Sales with over 40 years of industry experience. Scott’s son David, a 2005 graduate of Penn State University, majoring in marketing and supply-chain logistics, joined the company in 2005 and now serves as company president, leading Dellon Sales with his father. Based in Albertson, N.Y., Dellon Sales currently employs over 40 personnel and operates a 46,000-square-foot warehouse stocked many of the more prominent brands in plumbing, hydronic heating, HVAC and fire protection today.
“Dellon Sales is excited to form this new partnership with Saniflo, a recognized brand leader and the inventor of above-floor maceration that has built a strong and growing market for the technology over the past two decades,” says David Dellon. “Our agency has an exceptional inside and outside sales team, filled with industry veterans and up-and-coming industry leaders who are eager to boost brand awareness and project specifications in the New York and New Jersey markets for Saniflo.”
“New Jersey is our home state in this country,” notes SFA Saniflo CEO Regis Saragosti. “Along with New York City, it is also one of Saniflo’s largest and most vibrant markets, one that offers a huge and growing potential. Working with Dellon Sales, one of our industry’s leading independent reps, we expect to fully capitalize in the years ahead on all that opportunity that New York and New Jersey have to offer.”
For more information on Saniflo’s partnership with Dellon Sales, visit: https://saniflo.greenhousedigitalpr.com/dellon-sales
Home is where the heart is — and that’s exactly the motto many older Americans are beginning to live by. According to AgingInPlace.org, 77 percent of adults 50 and older want to remain in their homes for the long term, but one third of adults 50 years and older say they need to modify their Read more
Home is where the heart is — and that’s exactly the motto many older Americans are beginning to live by. According to AgingInPlace.org, 77 percent of adults 50 and older want to remain in their homes for the long term, but one third of adults 50 years and older say they need to modify their current homes for themselves or a loved one to do so.
The Pew Research Center reports the number of Americans living to be 85-and-over is on the rise, reaching an estimated 19 million by 2050. Because nearly one-third of elders residing in their own homes live alone, it only makes sense that houses are upgraded to assist individuals with aging in place.
With the increase in aging-in-place, universal design bathroom remodeling projects, you’ll want to position your firm to be the first plumbing professional a homeowner would call. One way to stay atop consumer referral lists is to stay on top of industry trends. That way, you will know which special features and products to suggest to a homeowner, depending upon their aging-in-place needs.
The remainder of this article will explore three projects ideal to create safe and worry-free environments for older Americans.
Slip-resistant or non-slip flooring provides safer surroundings, even when wet. This type of flooring is a safe option for bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms — anywhere that water can be spilled or is not clearly visible.
Depending on your customer’s style preference and the degree of safety desired, slip-resistant flooring options range from vinyl to linoleum to rubber, and many more in between.
It doesn’t have to cost your customer an arm and a leg to add a new bathroom in a convenient place. By using affordable above-floor drain pumps and macerators, you can install a new bathroom and its drainage literally anywhere — in the garage or a reconstructed closet, even under a staircase — wherever your toilet and shower will be more easily accessible.
Products like the Saniaccess 3, a macerating pump system for installing a complete bathroom, can handle wastewater from multiple plumbing fixtures simultaneously; e.g., a toilet, sink, shower, and/or a bathtub.
Another innovative product to consider for half bathroom installations is the Sanicompact, a combination of a vitreous china toilet bowl and macerating flush system built into a single, compact fixture that will fit into even the tightest of spaces. Because it is a lower-profile toilet, this stylishly shaped product is specially designed to address the inconvenience brought on by disabilities or aging. The Sanicompacr is also ADA certified as a comfort height toilet.
When upgrading an existing bathroom, be sure to take measures to minimize the risk of falling. We have already mentioned slip-resistant floors. Another example is a walk-in shower that eliminates the need to take a step up into the space — and possibly tripping.
If you are looking to add a new bathroom in an easily accessible location, consider a drain pump such as the Sanishower. An above-floor drain pump will allow you to add a shower without any major construction. This recent basement shower installation featured the Sanishower.
“It would take longer to drill the concrete floor and take the conventional route of replumbing the basement to support a shower,” said the contractor on the project, explaining the decision to install the Sanishower pump. “We needed the most efficient, least expensive way to build the shower in this half bathroom, which had only an existing toilet and a vanity sink.”
Convenience Within Reach
- Shower Accessories: More great aging-in-place conveniences in the shower stall or tub area include: (1) shower benches for resting, relaxing and even storage; as well as (2) strategically positioned grab bars. These accessories offer a practical, yet aesthetically pleasing addition to create a relaxed atmosphere. But attractively designed shower bars can also provide invaluable peace of mind when grabbing onto something solid suddenly becomes necessary.
- Height Adjustments: Kitchens can also be modified to support the aging-in-place Lowering countertops and cabinets to a more convenient height can make mealtimes a breeze. No need to search for a stepping stool to reach items stored faraway: Everything can be right at the homeowner’s fingertips.
- Lever Taps: Replacing conventional cross-handle faucets with taps equipped with lever handles is yet another stylish, but practical upgrade for the home. Ideal for homeowners with joint or muscle stiffness, a simple flip of the lever will turn the water on or off, while another nudge to the right or left will adjust the temperature. You might even consider touchless faucets, a more hygienic alternative that offers even easier activation.
As more Americans embrace more active and longer lives, their homes and the amenities within them must keep pace as well. Taking proper steps to modify a customer’s surroundings, as they gracefully age in the comfort of their home, does not have to have an expensive process.
About the author: Teresa Cardona is the Marketing Manager for plumbing manufacturer Saniflo SFA in Edison, NJ. She studied at the University of Hartford until 2019, holding a bachelor’s degree in Illustration and Design, and a minor in Communications and Marketing.
VTI received $3,000 in tuition donations, as well as product donations to be utilized in its plumbing program, providing students with first-hand experience installing above-floor, macerator and grinder product systems Saniflo USA announced yearly tuition and product donations to Virginia Technical Institute (VTI). Pledging to donate $3,000 per year in tuition fees, Saniflo said its Read more
VTI received $3,000 in tuition donations, as well as product donations to be utilized in its plumbing program, providing students with first-hand experience installing above-floor, macerator and grinder product systems
Saniflo USA announced yearly tuition and product donations to Virginia Technical Institute (VTI). Pledging to donate $3,000 per year in tuition fees, Saniflo said its contributions will cover a semester for two students or two semesters for one student each year.
“Now more than ever, industry manufacturers need to invest in building the skilled-trades workforce — and supporting institutions like Virginia Technical is the key to making that happen,” says Regis Saragosti, CEO of SFA Saniflo North America.
VTI is a non-profit organization located in Altavista, Virginia that provides hands-on training in various fields, including electrical, plumbing, heating and air, welding, pipe-fitting, carpentry, masonry, multi-craft industrial maintenance, and project management. Unique to VTI is the leadership training that further enhances the students’ opportunities in the marketplace.
“Students ranging from high school to adults have the opportunity to fulfill classroom hours in their attempt to gain a journeyman’s license in the fields that require it,” says Brett Hall, Dean of Instruction at VTI. “We use curriculum from the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), a standardized training process affiliated with the University of Florida,” he adds. The Institute is also certified by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).
“When it comes to the plumbing realm, Saniflo has been extremely generous to our organization and the relationship is only getting stronger,” says Hall. The two organizations have built a mutually beneficial relationship through the school’s plumbing instructor, Bob Hefner. Hefner visits supply houses across the country to advocate for the school and ultimately crossed paths with Saniflo. Since establishing the connection, Saniflo has conducted numerous macerator and grinder product installation training sessions at VTI’s plumbing school, including training on the installation of HVAC and electrical components.
Product donations will be used in VTI’s plumbing shop and as part of its plumbing program. In 2022, VTI plans to use Saniflo’s Sanibest Pro Grinders and Sanicom 1 drain pumps in a model home created as a practical learning environment for students.
“We converted an old loading dock into a tiny home, and underneath the home, we replicated a crawlspace, allowing us to run piping below the floor,” explains Hall. “This way, students can run piping, check for leaks, etc., making it a “real-world” experience.”
According to Hall, other students in related trades can utilize the tiny home for HVAC, electrical, carpentry, etc. Hall says the plan is to install the donated Saniflo equipment into the tiny home so all trade students can learn how to install it and see how it works.
For more information on Saniflo’s partnership with VTI, visit: https://saniflo.greenhousedigitalpr.com/vti-donations.
For more information on VTI, contact Brett Hall at 434-608-2209. Or visit the website at govti.org.
Recent monetary donations to Feeding America and Meals on Wheels will help provide children, seniors and other Americans with reliable access to nutritious meals. Rooted in the company’s heightened desire to do more, Saniflo USA, a division of Group SFA, has donated to Feeding America to provide 6000 meals to families in need. One dollar Read more
Recent monetary donations to Feeding America and Meals on Wheels will help provide children, seniors and other Americans with reliable access to nutritious meals.
Rooted in the company’s heightened desire to do more, Saniflo USA, a division of Group SFA, has donated to Feeding America to provide 6000 meals to families in need. One dollar helps provide at least 10 meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of local member food banks. The company also donated to Meals on Wheels providing 100 meals to those in need.
“We believe in the power of food to nourish communities across the United States,” says Regis Saragosti, CEO of SFA Saniflo North America. “With millions of Americans without access to nutritious meals, we must help however we can.”
Meals on Wheels America, a leadership organization supporting more than 5,000 community-based programs across the United States, is dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger. Their network serves virtually every community in the country. Along with more than two million staff and volunteers, it delivers nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity.
Membership in organization that certifies green businesses will drive sustainability initiatives impacting product development, supply chain practices, and employee work methods. Saniflo USA, a division of Group SFA, the world leader in above-the-floor macerating and grinding toilets and drain pumps, has joined the Green Business Bureau, a national membership organization that uses an online assessment Read more
Membership in organization that certifies green businesses will drive sustainability initiatives impacting product development, supply chain practices, and employee work methods.
Saniflo USA, a division of Group SFA, the world leader in above-the-floor macerating and grinding toilets and drain pumps, has joined the Green Business Bureau, a national membership organization that uses an online assessment to certify green businesses. By committing to going green, Saniflo continues to explore methods and practices that contribute to the goal of being environmentally and ethically responsible.
“Joining the Green Business Bureau signifies an initial step toward achieving our sustainable development goals,” says Regis Saragosti, CEO of SFA Saniflo North America. “To demonstrate our commitment to protecting the environment, we’re proud to be a member and look forward to being a recognized Green Leader in the plumbing manufacturing industry.”
As a company, Saniflo’s primary purpose is to design and manufacture innovative and effective home and professional plumbing solutions. The goal is to pursue social responsibility and a commitment to sustainability and community welfare as the company grows.
To that end, Saniflo has implemented the following green initiatives:
- Examine the entire supply chain, including overseas suppliers, to assess the sustainability reporting and track record of all suppliers.
- Provide employees with alternative work methods to reduce carbon emissions.
- Implement energy-efficient practices throughout their offices.
- Reduce waste by completing an assessment to help identify and quantify items in the business’ waste stream.
View Saniflo’s GBB Eco Profile here.