A. O. Smith announced the beginning of its plans for integrating its most recent acquisition into its North American Water Treatment division. NAWT includes A. O. Smith-branded water filtration and softening products, Aquasana based in Austin, Texas, Hague Quality Water based in Columbus, Ohio, and Water-Right based in Appleton, Wisconsin, and acquired by A. O. Smith in April 2019.
Sam Karge, a senior vice president at A. O. Smith and president of NAWT, outlined his excitement for the collaboration within the division. “These are truly bright, new ideas that have come out of our discussions as a team,” he said. “Every company that has been brought together to form NAWT has a reputation for innovation, and combining our teams is just one more innovative way that we can better serve our customers.”
Luke Java, director of sales and marketing for Water-Right, will assume the role of managing the Hague Quality Water regional sales personnel in addition to the Water-Right regional sales personnel. Jared Camacho, former sales manager for Hague, will be shifting his efforts to become the national manager of water softener retail sales accounts, reporting to the vice president of sales and general manager of indirect sales for A. O. Smith.
Erik Koglin, formally the field manager of the Clear Choice Water Group at Water-Right, will now assist in managing the dealer networks for both Water-Right and Hague as a national channel manager. Kevin Osborn, northeast regional sales manager for Water-Right, will be taking on the role of account manager for Hague dealers in the New England territory.