Charlotte Pipe and Foundry has formed a new Technical Services Department to provide education and technical support to engineers and contractors on the application and installation of all Charlotte Pipe products. The following individuals comprise the department: Bill Morris is technical services manager; Dewey Manus is a master plumber and technical advisor; Vic Hines joined Charlotte Pipe's new Technical Services Department in April 2005; Art Lynn joined Charlotte Pipe in October 2005; Kirk Thompson joined Charlotte Pipe with the acquisition of Thompson Plastics, Inc. and joined the Technical Services Department to assist in the development of new products for both the plastics and cast iron divisions.
The Plumbing Manufacturers Institute elected the following new officers and directors for 2006: Claude Theisen (T & S Brass), president; Ken Martin (Delta Faucet), first vice president; Rod Ward (Speakman Co.), vice president; Bill Axline (Fluidmaster), treasurer; John Lauer (Sloan Valve Co.), immediate past president; Walt Strader (Price Pfister), director; Ray Fisher (Fisher Manufacturing), director; William Ball (WCM), director; Pete DeMarco (American Standard), returning director; Tom White (Haws), returning director; and Herb Barnhart (Tempress), returning director.
Messe Frankfurt, Inc. has promoted Jennifer Salvadori to trade fair manager for the ISH North America show. She had been serving as sales manager for the event since October 2002.
Ajita Rajendra has been appointed president of A. O. Smith Water Products Co. Rajendra had been general manager of the company previously.
Brett Guarrero has been named engineering manager of HeatLink USA, LLC.
In-Sink-Erator announced that Rob Grim is shifting to vice president of wholesale sales after serving as vice president of retail sales. He is replaced in that post by Robert Tsuchiyama, who served as vice president for Emerson Store Support.
Ann Swartzbaugh has been promoted to regional sales manager for New York Boiler for the Central and Western U.S. territories and Canada. She has been with Burnham since 2004.
Karl F. Borgstrom, Ph.D., announced that as of March 13, he would be stepping down as executive director of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) to pursue other opportunities.
Anvil International has restructured its Mechanical/Industrial Division sales organization. The new Mechanical/Industrial Division Sales management team includes: Phil Schechinger, Eastern region; Harold Arrowsmith, Northern region; Randy Sawyer, Southern region; Ernie Chuter, Western region; John McFerran, manager of special projects & markets; and Bill Gilliam, oil and gas sales manager.
DECOLAV®, a leader in high-quality bathroom fixtures and furnishings, announced the appointment of Becky Stringer as national sales manager-wholesale.
Kling, a leading architecture, engineering, interiors, and planning firm, announced that Richard J. Farley, AIA, P.E. , is the new leader for Kling's Corporate/Commercial Sector.
Mueller Associates, a leading mechanical/electrical engineering firm based in Baltimore, MD, has promoted Robert A. Marino, P.E., president. Marino previously served as senior vice president and director of operations.
Hansgrohe Brand Manager Richard Grohe has been elected to the board of directors at Hansgrohe AG, the parent company of Hansgrohe-North America, which is based in Alpharetta, GA. The 40-year-old grandson of company founder Hans Grohe will be responsible for key account management as well as the Hansgrohe brand on the board.
Symmons has named Timothy O'Keeffe as its new director of marketing. In his new role, O'Keeffe will be responsible for creating a message platform for Symmons' newest business groups: the Signature Design Studio and the Elements showroom offering.
The Chicago Faucet Co. announced that William Christensen has assumed the responsibility of president and CEO of the company. Christensen joined The Geberit Group Nov. 1, 2004, and was most recently head of strategic marketing in Jona, Switzerland. Prior to joining Geberit, Christensen spent a year and a half as an associate in the mergers and acquisitions group at J.P. Morgan Securities Inc.
Vincent Newton has been appointed the Eastern regional sales manager for Waterless Co., manufacturer of No-Flush™ urinals.
April 10, 2006