Contractors and Vendors in the News

Contractors Dunbar Mechanical, a full-service contractor based in Toledo, Ohio, has added Kevin Armstrong to its staff as a project manager/estimator for test and balance opportunities. He has 29 years' experience in the test and balance industry and was the president of Groskopf Engineering for 19 years. Donald Newell, P.E., C.E.M. LEED AP, has been named president of The Mid-Atlantic Environmental

Contractors

Dunbar Mechanical, a full-service contractor based in Toledo, Ohio, has added Kevin Armstrong to its staff as a project manager/estimator for test and balance opportunities. He has 29 years' experience in the test and balance industry and was the president of Groskopf Engineering for 19 years.

Donald Newell, P.E., C.E.M. LEED AP, has been named president of The Mid-Atlantic Environmental Balancing Association, an organization dedicated to promoting excellence within the mechanical and environmental systems industry. Newell is a senior project engineer with EMCOR Services NY/NJ.

Rita Hall has been promoted to marketing coordinator at Murphy Co. in St. Louis. She has been with the company since 1991.

Francis A. “Fran” Williams, president of F.A. Williams Inc. in Belmont, Mass., has been named chairman of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Educational Foundation Board of Governors. His term began Jan. 1. Williams served as national PHCC president 1998-99, as national secretary 1995-96, on the national board of directors and as Zone 1 director 1991-94. He is a founding member of the PHCC Educational Foundation, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

Jack Sullivan, executive vice president and CEO of the New England Fuel Institute, has announced his retirement, effective March 31. Sullivan assumed his role at the regional oil-heat organization in 1995.

J. F. Ahern Co. recently promoted Mike Schultz to safety director. Schultz joined the company in 1998 as a safety coordinator, and has served as an assistant safety director since 2002.

Vendors

Steamist, a manufacturer of bath and sauna systems, recently appointed Fred Fedewa as its national training manager. Before joining Steamist, Fedewa spent eight years at Grohe.

Claudio Silva has joined ITW Red Head as western regional field engineer. Previously, he served as project engineer for Kanda and Tso Associates Consulting Structural Engineers, a consulting firm based in Southern California.

Bart Hamilton has been named Southeast regional sales manager of Briggs Industries. Hamilton joined Briggs as the national commercial accounts manager in 2006. His previous experience includes five years in the plumbing fixture industry and managerial positions with Kohler and Rothenberger.

Eddie Lunn III, grandson of Boiler Supply Co. founder Eddie Lunn Sr. and son of current president Eddie Lunn Jr., has been named the third president of Boiler Supply. He was most recently operations and finance manager.

After 10 years with Grundfos Pumps Corp., Larry Wimmer, president of Grundfos U.S. and president/CEO of Grundfos North America, will retire at the end of 2007. Leadership will move to Dennis Wierzbicki who assumed the role of president/general manager of Grundfos U.S., effective May 1. For the past three years, Wierzbicki has been involved in the firm’s acceleration.

Uponor North America recently announced that Aaron Smith has been appointed senior manager/commercial sales. Smith has spent the past four years in the custom home-building business in Minnesota. Prior to that, he spent seven years working at Kohler Co. and its Robern and Kallista divisions.

Taco has announced that radiant heating training expert John Barba, formerly of Uponor, has joined the company as its new residential product training and trade program manager. Barba had been with Uponor since 1995 as its training manager.

Watts Water Technologies has promoted Rick Ferguson to the position of national sales manager/backflow products. He began his career with Watts in 2003 in the position of western regional manager/backflow products. Bruce Parrott has been promoted to the position of vice president/sales administration for Watts' wholesale markets. Since joining the company, Parrott has held the positions of regional sales manager, national product manager and most recently national sales manager/fire protection and waterworks markets.

Saniflo has recruited Christopher Peterson to manage its network of independent sales representatives in the 23 states located west of the Mississippi River. Peterson previously worked five years with Sprint PCS as a sales consultant and served as a financial controller for a contracting firm involved in Hurricane Katrina relief.

Ryan W. DeArment has been promoted to the new position of director of national accounts for Channellock. DeArment served most recently as special projects manager for the 121-year-old hand tool manufacturer.

Klein Tools, a leading manufacturer of professional hand tools and occupational equipment, has promoted Mark P. Klein to channel manager/HVAC. Prior to his new position, Klein served as a sales and marketing specialist of mechanic tools for aviation, automotive and marine markets, and was a buyer for the Klein Tools purchasing department.

Thomas C. Wilson Inc., recently promoted Stephen Hanley to president and chief operating officer. Hanley has been with Thomas C. Wilson for more than 28 years. Before becoming vice president/sales, he served as sales manager for the entire company and as regional sales manager for the southern New Jersey, Philadelphia and Maryland territories.