In Brief

Bradford White continued its industry support by donating $15,000 to the Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Contractors National Association. The company gave $7,500 to PHCCNA's apprenticeship program and another $7,500 to the National Auxiliary College Scholarship Fund. Ted Sikorski, vice president/marketing, made the donations in late September 2006 during a PHCC-NA breakfast meeting, which Bradford White

  • Bradford White continued its

    industry support by donating $15,000 to the Plumbing,

    Heating, Cooling Contractors National Association. The

    company gave $7,500 to PHCCNA's apprenticeship program and

    another $7,500 to the National

    Auxiliary College Scholarship

    Fund. Ted Sikorski, vice

    president/marketing, made the

    donations in late September 2006

    during a PHCC-NA breakfast

    meeting, which Bradford White

    sponsored, at the group's

    convention in Chicago.

  • Grainger recently awarded

    three remaining 2006 scholarships

    to technical education students in

    Illinois, Ohio and Maryland,

    completing the first year of the

    company's Tools for Tomorrow

    scholarship program. The

    program provides funding for

    students at select community

    colleges to finish their second year

    in a technical career program. The

    final 2006 scholarships were

    awarded to: Fernando Gomez of

    Waukegan, Ill., in automotive

    technology; Brandon Bogle of

    Milford, Ohio, in electrical

    engineering; and Troy Hastings of Baltimore in construction

    management.

  • The International Code

    Council will move its world

    headquarters to the heart of

    Washington and into a Leadership

    in Energy and Environmental

    Design-certified building. Two

    blocks away from the Capitol, the

    new location is intended to

    enhance relationships with the

    federal government and national

    and international organizations

    that have a presence in

    Washington, including the

    National Association of Realtors,

    the building owner.

  • As a result of major changes the A. O. Smith Water Products Co. plant in McBee, S.C., made to its

    safety program over the last four

    years, the facility recently

    achieved a safety milestone,

    working 1 million hours without a

    lost-time incident, the company

    said. The 500 McBee employees

    were recognized in a special

    ceremony at the plant held on

    Dec. 19, 2006. McBee is the sixth A. O. Smith facility recognized for

    its excellence in safety

    performance during 2006.

  • Taco is raising prices on various

    commercial products and parts,

    effective Jan.19. The price

    increases range from 3% to 7%.

    Taco commercial products and

    parts include base-mounted inline

    pumps, vertical multi-stage

    pumps, suction diffusers,

    commercial circulators, doublewalled heat exchangers, pump

    kits and tank units.