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Taco plans Cranston plant expansion

CRANSTON — Taco Inc, which manufactures heating, ventilation and air-conditioning components, is planning a major renovation and expansion at its headquarters at 1160 Cranston St.President and CEO John Hazen White Jr. said the project will allow the company to remain in its present facility, originally a trolley depot and maintenance center that dates to around 1900.White said he does not anticipate any significant new hiring in the immediate future. The company has about 470 employees, 400 of them based in Cranston. (more) Read More


MORTON GROVE, Illinois, August 5, 2010 – Bell & Gossett, a leader in education for the hydronic heating and plumbing industries, has announced its training course schedule for the fourth quarter of 2010.  The free training seminars are offered at the Bell & Gossett Little Red Schoolhouse Education Center in Morton Grove, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago and are open to engineers, contractors and facility maintenance professionals. The seminars are tailored to various industry occupations and cover a wide range of important topics. The lead seminar instructor is LEED certified for all programs.  Upon completion of the three-day seminars, CEU credits are awarded to graduates. The 4th quarter Schoolhouse seminars include: ·      Modern Hydronics Basic Seminar                        October 4-6 ·      Steam System Operation & Maintenance            October 11-13 ·      Design & Application Seminar                              November 1-3 ·      Large Chilled Water Design Seminar                   November 15-17 ·      Steam System Design & ... Read More

Mitsubishi recall heat pumps following Chard, U.K. explosion

A HEATING systems company has been forced to recall a number of its heat pumps following an explosion in a Chard street.  Mitsubishi Electric has asked for a return of its Japanese-made Ecodan pumps after a failure on a unit in Alun Rees Way on July 9.  Jo Farley and Christopher Wey were getting their four young children ready for school when the external heat pump blew up in their back garden at 8.30am.  An investigation has found that the accumulator part on the W85 unit failed under pressure due to a manufacturing fault. The part is designed to control the level of liquid refrigerant, the chemical used in the heating process, in the system. (more) Read More

Danfoss Inc. and Investment Group Sign Agreement of Sale for ZCP Business

Danfoss Inc. represented by Senior Director, Steve Manson and a private investment group represented by Robert Bean R.E.T., are pleased to announce that they have reached an agreement whereas the investment group will acquire the assets and intellectual property rights to continue production of Zone Control Panels, known as ZCP’s manufactured in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.Zone Control Panels are prefabricated boiler/furnace room piping and control packages used in residential and commercial hydronic radiant floor heating, snow ice melting and all other forms of hot or chilled water systems. These compact appliances reduce the assembly and installation times of pipe, valves and controls by 60%, control wiring by 40%, and start up by 20%. There are approximately 8000 ZCP’s installed in Canada and United States.According to Steve Manson, “Danfoss is pleased to have this organization continue producing these panels. We have had a number of calls from customers saying that they simply ... Read More

Danish company Grundfos to make India its R&D base

CHENNAI - Danish pump manufacturer Grundfos is planning to make India its global research and development (R&D) base, a top company official said Friday. The $4.5 billion-turnover company is also setting up a new facility at Sriperumbudur near here to cater to neighbouring country markets. “We have 16 acres of land at Sriperumbudur where we plan to build a bigger facility and move in there by 2012. However, details about the capital expenditure, the products to be made and the markets to be served are being discussed,” Grundfos India Managing Director N.K. Ranganath told reporters here. The 12-year-old, Rs.208-crore Grundfos India is responsible for markets in Bangladesh, Bhutan and the Maldives. Launching a new range of water pumps targeting the domestic residential segment under the DAB brand belonging to group company DWT, Italy, he said Grundfos is planning to convert Grundfos India’s Thoraipakkam facility here into a R&D centre to ... Read More

Uponor Predicts Reinstatement of Crosslinked Polyethylene (PEX) in California Plumbing Code

Minneapolis-based manufacturer believes the “proven performance in plumbing systems worldwide,” including in the other 49 U.S. states, over the past four decades will soon result in the restoration of PEX to the state code by the California Building Standards Commission. (more) Read More

German Firm Pumps $2.7 Million Into Thomasville Plant

German pump manufacturer Wilo SE will spend $2.7 million on tools and testing instruments to equip its main North American plant in Thomasville for growth across the Americas. Wilo USA LLC opened a 60,000-square-foot facility in the South Georgia city in 2007. The new investment will create a "substantial number" of jobs over the next few years, according to a release from Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue's office. Mr. Perdue announced the investment July 23 after meeting with Thomas Halstrick, Wilo's CEO for North America, at the company's global headquarters in Dortmund, Germany. Wilo makes water and sewage pumps and water-circulation systems for buildings. Its Georgia operation has revenues of $30 million and employs 60 people. The Wilo Group has 6,000 employees worldwide and reported revenues of $1.2 billion in 2009, according to the release. Mr. Perdue returns July 24 from a business mission that included stops in the U.K., Sweden ... Read More

HEATING TRADE SHOW! TSC Distribution Group, Inc., Thursday, August 19, 2010 at the Aqua Turf Club Plantsville, CT

HEATING TRADE SHOWTSC Distribution Group, Inc.Thursday, August 19, 2010Aqua Turf Club556 Mulberry Street, Plantsville, CT 06479, 860 621 9335New Products / Product SeminarsProduct Trailers, Prizes, FoodGuest Speaker, Dan HolohanAcme/Standex, Allanson, Amtrol, AO Smith, Argo, Beacon Morris, Beckett Burner, Bell & Gossett, Bock, Bryant, Buderus, Burnham, Carlin, Century, Covertec, Crown Boiler, Dahl, Delavan, Diversitech, Dura-Vent, E.J. Davis, Eternal Water Heating, Everhot, Fasnseal, Field Controls, Firomatic, Flanders, Francer, Granby, Grundfos, H20 Coil, Heat-Timer, Heatfab, Honeywell, Hydrolevel Company, Lenox, Lochinvar, Modine, Munchkin, Myson, Nibco, Noble Company, Noritz, Oventrop, Phase III, Prestige, Quietflex, Raven, Regal Furnace, Ridgid, Robertshaw, Runtal Radiators, Selkirk, Spirovent, Sterling, Superstor, Taco, Tekmar, Turbomax, Turbonics Inc., UEI, Vaughn, Viega, Watts, Webstone Co. Inc., Weil-McLain, White Rodgers, ZurnOver 65 VendorsProduct Seminars (*RSVP)all seminars will be between 10:30am to 12:30pm• AO Smith, 10:30 to 11:30am—New Products by Matt Conant, AO Smith• Buderus, 10:30am to 12:30pm—Logomatic R2107 control by Peter Butler, AKR Associates• Noritz, ... Read More

Taco 'Bumblebee' Pump Gets a Name, Florida Contestant Wins the Smart Car

Taco President and CEO John Hazen White, Jr. and his team carefully reviewed over 2,000 entries to find the winning name. And the winner is The Bumblebee The winning entry was submitted by: Mario-Luc Ranger Control Technician University of Central Florida Rosen College of Hospitality Management Orlando, Florida Some 50 contestants submitted the Bumblebee name. To select the winner we conducted a random drawing among all those entries. Connie McGreavy, executive director of the Rhode Island Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, drew the winning entry and David Gilden, managing partner of the law firm of Partridge Snow & Hahn, attested to the results. See a video of the drawing on YouTube. Mario's name was drawn and he'll be getting his Smart car from Taco soon. Congratulations, Mario. The Bumblbee is just one of the growing family of Taco products we've engineered to save energy, save water and save ... Read More

Grundfos wins 5th Green Hero award

The Green Organisation presented the award during a special ceremony held at the Tower of London. This is the 5th year in succession that Grundfos have collected this accolade which has been specifically designed to recognise organisations whose green credentials act as an example to others in the business community.The Green Organisation is an independent, non-political, non-activist, not-for-profit environment group dedicated to recognising rewarding and promoting environmental best practise around the world. (source) Read More
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