• Mechanicsburg, Pa.-based design-build firm Mowery tabbed Jared Rorhbaugh to be a project leader for the company’s special projects group. He will be in charge of the oversight of select job personnel and tradesmen, the implementation of all company safety practices and policies, and performing and inspecting completed work are at the highest levels of quality while adhering to budget parameters.

In addition, Mowery hired Tim Johnson as a project manager. Johnson will work closely with engineers, architects and building owners to ensure projects are completed on schedule and in compliance with contract documents.

  • Navien announced that its New Jersey Training Academy and Tech Call Center will double in size with its move to a conveniently-located space in Moorestown, N.J., in March. The tankless water heater manufacturer will continue to offer both one-day and two-day training classes.

“We had outgrown our previous facility in Cherry Hill. With this new location we will be able to seat 40 visitors and train them in a separate hands-on room with even greater capabilities displaying our complete product line and accessories in live-fire applications,” said Ian Monaghan, the lead trainer at the academy. “Additionally, this new facility allows us to expand our tech call center staff and gives us space to store and ship parts for all of the East Coast to insure rapid delivery and local pick up if needed.”

  • LIXIL Americas — which includes LIXIL, GROHE, American Standard Brands, DXV, INAX and Permasteelisa — named Chris Brown as its chief sales officer. Brown will be in charge of further expanding the growing footprint of the global building and construction products manufacturer. Brown has more than 20 years of broad distribution experience, selling both through retail and wholesale channels, and has a proven record of handling go-to-market evolutions, brand integrations and system changes.
  • The American Public Works Association announced Evan N. Pratt, P.E., and the Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner (Ann Arbor, Mich.) were selected for a 2017 Jennings Randolph International Fellow. Pratt will conduct a public works study tour with travel through Australia and will focus on trading asset management knowledge.

Another fellowship honoree is Joanne Zhang, P.E., a council liaison in the executive division of the bureau of engineering in the City of Los Angeles. Zhang also will travel Australia to study the way the country is fostering a culture of innovation in public works. She also will learn about its effect on attracting and retaining talent and capital project delivery.