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Matco-Norca offers its new 759PLF Lead Free Press Ball Valves in time for the Federal Safe Drinking Water mandate, effective January 4, 2014.  Press ball valves are quick and easy to install and help reduce installation time.  Full port 759PLF press ball valves from Matco-Norca are available in sizes ranging from 1/4” up to 2”.  They are rated 600 psi WOG and 150 psi SWP.  Made in our ISO-9002 certified factory, they are comprised of Lead Free brass bonnets, stems and bodies with either lead free brass (1/2” up to 1” sizes) or stainless steel balls (1-1/4" up to 2” sizes).  Their seat, packing gland and seal are made of PTFE, with an EPDM O-Ring.  Matco-Norca’s 759PLF press ball valves are UPC and NSF-61 as well as AB 195 and NSF-372 compliant.  Matco-Norca supplies a full range of ball valves for plumbing applications. The company also has an extensive ... Read More

Webstone Introduces Pro-Connect Press Ball Drain

The best has gotten even better.  Webstone’s Pro-Pall Ball Drain is now outfitted with Press Connections – making it the FASTEST way to install, drain and fill any piped system.  Press Ball Drains are the latest additions to the rapidly expanding line of Pro-Connect Press products.  Forged from Lead Free brass for compliance with all federal and state requirements, in sizes 1/2” through 2”.  The Pro-Connect Press Ball Drain is compatible with all popular press tools and guaranteed for life.  Learn more at  Founded in 1954, Webstone is recognized as an industry leader for innovative design of residential and commercial valves used in plumbing, hydronic, radiant, solar and geothermal applications. These designs focus on time and space saving concepts that simplify future maintenance and upkeep of all piping systems. Some of Webstone's trademarked and patented items include; Hydro-Core™, The Isolator®, Isolator EXP™, Pro-Connect™, and Pro-Pal® step saving valves. ... Read More

Wohler’s SM 500 Featured at Wood Stove Challenge

Wohler’s SM 500 Suspended Particulate Analyzer helped judges during the Wood Stove Design Challenge, organized by the Alliance for Green Heat, from November 15-19 in Washington, DC. Wohler’s SM 500 is the world’s first multi-functional analyzer for wood-fired appliances and played an integral role in the competition.   Wohler’s SM 500 uses brand new technology that makes emissions testing for small, solid-fuel appliances more efficient. The traditional dilution tunnel test procedure is time consuming and costly. Wohler’s SM 500, however, provided judges with the perfect solution, giving them quick and accurate readings as they tested 12 wood stoves throughout the competition.   Rebecca Trojanowski of the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory stated that without Wohler’s SM 500, “the emission measurement component of this challenge would have been nearly impossible. This new technology, born from many years of development, provided us with exciting new tools for this competition.”   ... Read More

InSinkErator® Donates $25,000 to PHCC Educational Foundation

Committed to the idea that continuing education is key to sustaining a trained workforce and building the plumbing profession, InSinkErator® made a significant donation in October to the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors (PHCC) Educational Foundation.   InSinkErator presented the Foundation with $25,000 in matching funds at the PHCC CONNECT 2013 National Convention in Las Vegas to boost its “Invest in Your Future” fundraising campaign. The campaign supports the Foundation’s mission of delivering educational programs for contractors and helps to fund scholarships for future industry professionals through the PHCC National Auxiliary. “The Educational Foundation receives far more from InSinkErator than the $25,000 contribution,” said Roger Peugeot, PHCC Educational Foundation chairperson. “Beyond this gift, InSinkErator’s contributions make them a key partner in the recruitment and training of the next generation of industry professionals.”   For 25 years, InSinkErator has partnered with the PHCC Educational Foundation and the PHCC National Auxiliary on the “Invest ... Read More

OESP’s Professional Service Manager’s Academy Returns

OESP, the National Association of Oil and Energy Service Professionals, will introduce new Professional Service Manager’s Academy courses during their Road Show at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut from May 12-13, 2014 and at the Wyndham Hotel in Gettysburg, PA from September 21-23, 2014. The Road Show’s well-rounded education program will include both professional development and technical sessions. If you’re looking to advance your career, you’ll find great value in this event. The Road Show will include four mini-sessions in the Professional Service Manager’s Academy curriculum. These sessions will delve into the inner workings of a business and tackle once-intimidating topics, including financial analysis, management, and human resources. How do you improve financial performance? How do you evaluate business processes and implement change? How do you build a winning team and keep them motivated? The sessions will answer these questions and more. You’ll gain the knowledge and confidence you need to ... Read More

WaterFurnace’s 7 Series recognized with 2014 AHR Expo Innovation Award

WaterFurnace International, Inc., the leading manufacturer of geothermal and water source heat pumps, announces its 7 Series 700A11 geothermal heat pump has been honored with a prestigious 2014 AHR Expo Innovation Award in the “heating” category. Encompassing a broad cross-section of the HVACR marketplace, the winning entries were selected in 10 categories and represent the most innovative new products among thousands that will be displayed at the 2014 AHR Expo. A panel of judges made up of ASHRAE members evaluated products submitted based on innovation, application, value to the user and market impact. The winning products will be honored at a special ceremony Jan. 22 during the 2014 AHR Expo. “We're incredibly proud the 7 Series won one of the most celebrated awards in our industry,” said WaterFurnace President and CEO Tom Huntington. "It reflects WaterFurnace’s dedication to innovation and is especially humbling since the 7 Series was chosen ... Read More

Crown Boiler Recalls Home Heating Boilers Due to Carbon Monoxide Hazard

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Uponor Launches Newly Designed Websites for North America

Uponor North America recently launched two newly designed websites for its U.S. and Canadian audiences. The and sites feature a cleaner look with updated content and additional resources for those interested in crosslinked polyethylene (PEX) plumbing, fire sprinkler, radiant heating/cooling, hydronic distribution and pre-insulated pipe systems.The sites, which enjoyed a solid, six-year run before being revamped, are part of a global initiative to incorporate a common web platform across all Uponor companies worldwide. Parent company Uponor Corporation led the way on Nov. 7 with the launch of its new site at “This initiative marks the first time in history that all Uponor markets worldwide are using a common web platform,” says Don Costello, web product manager at Uponor. “The new sites all have a clean, modern design, offer clearer navigation and are fully optimized for search and mobile.”      Several new features for the North ... Read More

New Laars MagnaTherm Boiler with Advanced VARI-PRIME™ Controls

The new MagnaTherm from Laars is a 95% thermal efficiency modulating-condensing boiler or volume water heater available in 2, 3 and 4 million BTU/Hr sizes.  MagnaTherm offers a 5:1 turndown, small footprint, slim vertical design with removable top section, a stainless steel heat exchanger and multiple voltage options to easily match building service.  Designed and made in the USA, the MagnaTherm meets all ASME requirements and is AHRI certified. The boiler features an advanced VARI-PRIME™ pump control that seamlessly matches boiler firing rate to pump flow, reducing boiler pumping costs by up to 70 percent.  No other boiler offers on-board control functionality that balances combustion, air flow and water flow to optimize boiler efficiency.A large, easy-to-navigate color touch screen display results in quick setup and diagnostics. Up to 8 MagnaTherms can be controlled in a cascading boiler bank. The system has a unique, sealed condensate trap that does not ... Read More

InSinkErator® Announces ‘Pitch Black’ Grand Prize Winners

InSinkErator has awarded Grand Prize dream trips to two plumbing industry professionals who participated in “Pitch Black,” the company’s summer-long training program developed to introduce the new PRO Series® line of food waste disposers. Trip winners Avery Bledsoe and Jessica Krekeler were selected from participants in the 2013 InSinkErator program, which featured online product training and tips on presenting the new PRO Series disposers to customers. The “Pitch Black” prize winners were given their choice of an expense-paid trip to Hawaii or tickets for two to their favorite pro or college team’s game. Bledsoe, of A&B Plumbing Service, Indianapolis, selected the game tickets package, while Krekeler, of Ferguson Enterprises, Chesterfield, Mo., chose the Hawaii trip. Nearly 3,000 plumbing professionals participated in the online “Pitch Black” event, which ran through summer 2013. InSinkErator, the world’s leading manufacturer of food waste disposers and instant hot water dispensers, made “Pitch Black” available ... Read More
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