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/ b r i e f s A quatherm North America, the U.S. and Canadian subsidiary of polypropyl- ene-random pipe system manu- facturer Aquatherm Worldwide, held a grand opening ceremony and open house recently to celebrate its new 82,000-square- foot headquarters and fabrication facility in Lindon, Utah. The symbolism of the World- wide-North America partnership was represented by a ceremonial heat-fusion connection, which joined two pieces of 6-inch Aqua- therm Blue Pipe together, one labeled with a German flag and the other with U.S. and Cana- dian flags. Just as the company's heat-fused joints are as strong as the pipe itself, this partnership is built to last. Attendees toured the new fa- cility, which features ample space for operations, including office space for corporate staff, engi- neering quality assurance labora- tories, extensive warehouse space and a state-of-the-art design and fabrication facility. The ware- house now represents one of the largest concentrations of PP-R piping in North America and will provide customers access to a full inventory line of Aquatherm pip- ing systems ranging from 1/2 inch to 24 inches. During the open house, the company's Design and Fabrication Services Team also performed multiple demonstrations show- casing large-diameter fusion, custom spool and manifold design and creation and the new Hot Tap Tool, which was designed in partnership with McElroy. MASTER PLUMBER ROGER WAKEFIELD WINS 'PLUMBER KNOW HOW' CONTEST Roger Wakefield , master plumber and owner of Texas Green Plumbing in Dallas, has won the American Standard Plumber Know How contest and has been named their Plumbing Expert. This contest was held to identify a consummate plumbing trade professional who sets the standard for plumbers nationwide. Wakefield's enthusiasm for plumbing began more than 35 years ago, when he started out as an open shop apprentice and went on to become a journeyman plumber. His role will be to engage with the company's community through amiable content, such as plumbing tips and tricks, webisodes and live videos, which will be shared on the company's website and social media communities. HYDRAULIC INSTITUTE CREATES NEW RATING LABEL TO HELP CONSUMERS SAVE ENERGY & MONEY Recognizing that over 25 percent of the electricity used in the U.S. is used to power pumps, the Hydraulic Institute developed the HI Energy Rating Label program to help manufacturers differentiate their higher-efficiency products and provide ways for commercial and industrial customers to save energy. The rating label identifies energy-efficient pumps and provides a tool for the developers of energy- efficiency programs, electric utilities, distributors and customers to identify energy-saving products. The pumps with the higher ER rating will provide greater energy savings than similar pumps with lower ratings. To learn more, visit pumps.org. STUDY ESTIMATES UP TO 170 BILLION GALLON WATER SAVINGS PER YEAR THROUGH WATER-EFFICIENT TOILETS Water-efficient toilets could potentially save up to 170 billion potable gallons of water per year across five states facing water scarcity, according to new research released by the Alliance for Water Efficiency and Plumbing Manufacturers International. The "Saturation Study of Non-Efficient Water Closets in Key States" focused on Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia and Texas — all states that have experienced serious water shortages. The savings projected by the study (170 billion gallons of potable water yearly or 465 million gallons saved per day) could be achieved if non-efficient toilets in residential properties are replaced with water-efficient ones. This five-state savings can be extrapolated to an estimate of up to 360 billion potable gallons of water per year saved nationally. Learn more at safeplumb- ing.org. industry /plumbing Roger Wakefield Aquatherm North America Celebrates Opening of New Headquarters Instead of a traditional ribbon cutting, the grand opening featured a heat-fusion ceremony to illustrate the connection and unbreakable bond between Aquatherm Worldwide and Aquatherm North America. > Regional Sales Manager Matt Denny demonstrates McElroy's new Hot Tap Tool, developed exclusively for use with Aquatherm polypropylene-random pipe and fi ttings. /briefs ASSE INTERNATIONAL CALLS FOR SCALD AWARENESS TASK GROUP MEMBERS The ASSE International Scald Awareness Task Group, reforming to develop a white paper concerning recommended procedures for replacing residential water heaters to reduce the danger of scalding, is accepting applications. Visit asse-plumbing.org. This white paper will follow the Task Group's four previous publications, "Guidelines for Temperature Control Devices in Domestic Hot Water Systems," "Adjustment of Automatic Compensating Valves to Prevent Potential Scald Hazards" "Understanding Potential Water Heater Scald Hazards" and "Scald Hazards Associated with Low-Flow Showerheads." DON KENNEY APPOINTED NEW LEADER OF NORTH AMERICA WATER SYSTEMS Franklin Electric has appointed Donald P. Kenney as president, North America Water Systems. In this role, Kenney will be responsible for all aspects of the North America Water Systems business that supports the sale of Franklin Electric products to customers in Canada, the United States, Mexico and Central Amer- ica. Kenney was hired as FE Petro employee number five in 1991. Over the years, he has assumed increas- ing levels of responsibility, becoming president of FE Petro in 2001, and then president of Franklin Fueling Systems in 2005. In 2013, Kenney was appointed a vice president of Franklin Electric Co., Inc. and pro- moted to president, Energy Systems. HVACPproducts.com HVAC & Plumbing Product News \ Summer 2017 6

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