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RIDGID awards four PHCC scholarships

ELYRIA, OHIO – RIDGID has awarded four scholarships through the Educational Foundation of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors – National Association to students enrolled in plumbing-heating-cooling apprentice programs. PHCC administers the scholarship program, which is designed to attract new talent essential to the future of the plumbing and HVAC/R industry, and is also responsible for selecting the award winners. Scholarship recipients will receive up to $1,000 in tuition assistance and $1,500 in RIDGID tools.

“Development of tomorrow’s workforce is a priority for us,” said Craig Sumner, director, RIDGID brand management. “Even with a weak economy, there are not enough qualified field technicians to handle the expected work levels in the coming years. These scholarships help to encourage more people to take advantage of those opportunities we know are coming.”

The 2011 scholarship recipients are:

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· Edward Beresford of Cincinnati is working full-time at PHCC member company Beresford Plumbing-Heating-Cooling and is enrolled in the Cincinnati Master Plumbers Association Plumbing Apprenticeship Program.

· Ray Newton of San Diego, Calif., is working full-time at PHCC member company Bill Howe Inc., and is enrolled in the San Diego PHCC Plumbing Apprentice Program.

· Levi Spoto of Streetsboro, Ohio, is working full-time at PHCC member company The Plumbing Source, and is enrolled in the Associated Builders and Contractors Construction Trades Apprenticeship Training Program.

· Mark Veneziano of San Diego, Calif., is working full-time at PHCC member company My Plumber and is enrolled in the San Diego PHCC Plumbing Apprentice Program.

PHCC Educational Foundation, a partnership of contractors, manufacturers and wholesalers, was founded in 1987. Its purpose is to serve the plumbing-heating-cooling industry by providing educational tools and preparing contractors and their employees to meet the challenges of a
constantly changing marketplace. For more information contact a member of the Foundation staff at (800) 533-7694 or visit

RIDGID is a manufacturer of innovative tools and equipment for the professional trades and markets its products in more than 140 countries. The company’s broad offering of more than 300 types of tools, most recently RIDGIDConnect, an online business tool, serves the rental, plumbing, HVAC/R, utility, industrial, electrical, petroleum, institutional, commercial and hardware markets. RIDGID is part of Emerson Professional Tools, a business of Emerson, which brings technology and engineering together to design and produce some of the highest-quality tools and equipment in the world. From wet/dry vacs to the industry’s best-selling pipe diagnostic system, key brands include RIDGID, KNAACK, PROTEAM and WEATHER GUARD.