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August 10, 2012

Lake Forest, Calif.-based Pfister is rolling out a product designed to make bathroom fixture upgrades easier for the homeowner.

Pfister has launched the first Universal Tub and Shower product in the faucet category, a tub and shower fixture that is compatible with eight different water valves from three of the leading manufacturers in the plumbing industry -- Pfister, Moen and Delta.

June 29, 2012

Faucet manufacturer Moen Inc. has announced the promotion of Ji Kim to director of global design, effective immediately. In her new role, Kim will be responsible for providing design leadership and vision for the global design team at Moen. She will set and drive strategy for product design in several countries for categories including faucets, showerheads, accessories and bath safety items.

April 26, 2012

Houston-based PF WaterWorks introduced the DrainEASY No Clog Bathtub Drain Replacement Stopper to eliminate trapping of hair and build-up of clogs in the bathtub drains.

April 26, 2012

TOTO, the plumbing manufacturer best known for its high-end toilets, and Villeroy & Boch, a leading European bathroom brand, have announced a sales alliance that will make all Villeroy & Boch USA bathroom products available through the distribution and sales channels of TOTO USA. This will include a complete range of products, such as toilets, decorative lavatories and washbasins, tubs, showers, accessories, vanities and bathroom furniture. 

April 13, 2012

High-performing bathroom faucets American Standard are now available nationwide at The Home Depot in the Marquette, Espana and Alejandra collections.

The products’ water-saving fixtures include washerless ceramic disc valves and the exclusive no-tools Speed Connect system.

March 1, 2012

Toilet repair product manufacturer Fluidmaster, based in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., unveiled a new website that provides self-help information for plumbing repairs. 

February 23, 2012

Jacuzzi Group Worldwide, a manufacturer of bath and spa products, announced that it has expanded its product portfolio to include a new collection of energy-efficient tankless water heaters, which will be available exclusively at select Lowe’s stores and Lowes.com. 

Powered by natural gas or propane, Jacuzzi tankless units heat water as it is needed. They use up to 30% less energy than a traditional tank-style water heater.

February 10, 2012

Like anyone in business, builders are looking for an edge, looking for efficiencies and looking for ways to keep customers happy. The 2012 International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla., set the stage on all three counts. Here is a sampling of some of the ideas displayed.

February 3, 2012

Towson, Md.-based DeWalt has launched the Adjustable Depth Setter and Dust Collector, which when used together serve as the brand's proprietary Depth Control and Dust System.

Designed specifically for use with the SDS Plus drill bits from DeWalt, the system is built for professionals in the mechanical, electrical and plumbing fields. The most frequent application of this system is for installing drop-in anchors, which are used to hold threaded rod for hanging pipes, conduit and heavy loads.

January 26, 2012

Ashland City, Tenn.-based maker of water heaters and boilers launched the A.O. Smith Warranty Check app for contractors and plumbers for use in the field. 

"The iPhone and Android have created a huge demand for on-the-go information from homeowners and professionals," said Matt Southards, senior manager of digital marketing and strategy for A.O. Smith. "As an industry leader, we want to provide our plumbing professionals with easy access to critical information from remote locations."

January 9, 2012

Fountain Valley, Calif.-based Noritz expanded its ecoTough Series of gas-fired residential condensing tankless water heaters with the new NRC83.

The Energy Star-rated unit is designed for smaller homes and multi-family dwellings. Available in both indoor (the two-pipe, direct vent NRC83-DV) and outdoor (NRC83-OD) models, the new wall-mounted units have an energy factor (EF) of 0.92 for natural gas and 0.94 with liquid propane -- approximately 30 points higher than a standard, storage tank-type, gas-fired water heater.

December 2, 2011

Indianapolis-based Delta Faucet Co., a division of Masco Corp., promoted VP sales Richard O'Reagan to the post of company president.

He replaces Keith Allman, who was promoted to group president for Masco.

O'Reagan will be responsible for leading the development of new products and overseeing manufacturing and marketing for the Delta, Brizo and Peerless brands. In a press release, he said he intended to build on the company's strong brands, innovations and service, while also promoting advances in water efficiency.

November 28, 2011

An A. O. Smith manufacturing facility in Johnson City, Tenn., earned the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification. 

The 470,000-sq.-ft. Johnson City facility manufactures residential and light commercial gas and electric water heaters.

November 22, 2011

Masco Corp. has announced the promotion of Keith Allman to group president, responsible for Brasstech, Delta Faucet Co., Hansgrohe, Liberty Hardware, Masco Bath, Masco Canada and Mirolin Industries Corp. Most recently, Allman had been president of Delta Faucet Co., a position he took over in 2007. 

October 11, 2011

Newport News, Va.-based Ferguson Enterprises has purchased the assets of SG Supply Co., a Calumet Park, Ill.supplier of plumbing products, water heaters, hydronic heating, and pipe, valves and fittings for plumbing and mechanical contractors. The purchase price of the transaction, reported by Industrial Distribution, was not disclosed.

September 29, 2011

Channel analysis Year-over-year sales of faucets declined 10.8% in the 12 months from September 2010 through August 2011, according to consumer research from the Port Washington, N.Y.-based NPD Group. The group estimated total sales during that period in excess of $1.2 billion. Unit volume also declined year over year, but only 4.6% — indicating consumers are shopping for bargains, and finding them.

September 28, 2011

Novi, Mich.-based BrassCraft Manufacturing Co. is celebrating its 65th anniversary while promoting its commitment to "Made in the USA."

Since its founding in 1946, the company has led the industry in a number of innovations. It points to the invention of the modern-day flexible riser to the development of the one-piece water stop. Recent BrassCraft products include PushConnect water stops for quick, secure connections, and new solutions for tankless water heater installations.

September 22, 2011

Ashland City, Tenn.-based A. O. Smith launched a new line of XP Boilers and XP Automatic Circulating Water Heaters for large-volume commercial applications. Designed for versatility and energy savings, these units bring together touchscreen simplicity and high-efficiency operation and reliability, according to the manufacturer.

September 16, 2011

Masco Bath, a producer of showers, bathtubs and whirlpools, was given the  “Unsung Hero” award at the Lowe's Fashion Plumbing vendor forum. Masco was honored for the research, design and execution of new merchandising concepts for the bathing aisle and accessible home special order areas. These merchandising concepts have been included in the Lowe's "store of the future" layout, according to the announcement.

August 29, 2011

Ashland City, Tenn.-based A. O. Smith has entered into a contract with the U. S. General Services Administration (GSA). The new contract will allow the water heater manufacturer to easily interact with federal, state and local government agencies in need of commercial water heaters and boilers.

August 24, 2011

Falls Church, Va.-based A. O. Smith announced the winners of two $2,500 scholarships for students pursuing plumbing-heating-cooling related studies.

The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors (PHCC) Educational Foundation administers the scholarship program and is responsible for selecting the award winners. The scholarship program is designed to attract the new talent essential to the future of the plumbing and HVAC industry.

August 22, 2011

The Coalition for Energy Star Water Heaters has joined Facebook, in an effort described as a way to share current information about higher-efficiency water heating.

Contractors, plumbers and homeowners can now access the most up-to-date information about the national awareness and education campaign at facebook.com/ESWaterHeaters. 

August 8, 2011

On the fifth anniversary of the Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense program, organizers say the system has saved 125 billion gallons of water. That’s equal to three days’ flow of water over Niagara Falls.

Over the last five years, WaterSense labeled products have also helped users reduce their water and energy bills by more than $2 billion, avoid greenhouse gas emissions equal to removing 1.2 million cars from the road, and save enough energy to power more than 1.5 million American homes for a year.

July 27, 2011

Shorewood, Ill.-based MJSI, Inc. announced the issuance of patent 7,926,511 by the US Patent Office for the HydroClean toilet fill valve’s Float Lock assembly.

The Float Lock is an easily movable lever on the float arm that turns the water "Off" or "On" from inside the toilet tank. This invention allows minor repairs to be made inside the tank in a dry environment and eliminates the need to shut the water supply off with the external shut-off valve or at the main water shut-off for the entire building.

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