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INDUSTRY NEWS Radiant Council moving forward


WASHINGTON — The ACCA Radiant & Hydronics Council (RHC), a newly-forming group of hydronics- focused contractors who are members of the Air Conditioning


website shortly after the Thanksgiving holiday. Among the new initiatives that


will be undertaken by the RHC is the formation of MIX groups


Webstone becomes OMNI vendor


WORCESTER, MASS.— Webstone was accepted as a vendor in the OMNI buying group, effective November 1, 2011. 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. Some of Webstone’s trademarked


and patented items include Hydro- Core™, The Isolator®


, Isolator


EXP™ Pro-Connect™ and Pro-Pal® step saving valves.


Rheem announces sponsorship plans


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RHC in action: Dan Foley, back to camera. Clockwise: John Siegenthaler, John Abularrage, Greg Jannone, Paul Stalknecht, Donald Prather (technical services specialist), Glenn Hourahan (VP research and technology) Brian Stack and Dave Yates. Also present Hilary Atkins (Sr. VP & general counsel), Kevin Holland (Sr. VP Business operations & communication division). Picture by Bob Rohr.


Contractors of America (ACCA), is moving ahead with an aggressive agenda to provide targeted support for this important segment of the indoor environment industry. On November 9, the council’s


advisory committee, a group of volunteer contractor leaders who are guiding the new group, met at ACCA national headquarters near Washington, D.C. Chaired by Dan Foley, of Foley Mechanical in Virginia, the advisory committee laid out a strategic vision for the group’s launch. The group began accepting new members online at ACCA’s


EAST PETERSBURG, PA.— OESP, the National Association of Oil and Energy Service Professionals, (formerly NAOHSM) invites industry professionals to join the growing group with a free six-month membership. While their name has changed, their mission of education remains the same, and they encourage newcomers to sample the benefits of OESP membership. When the Association was


founded in 1954, nearly every full- service oil company had a service manager who handled the day-to- day service. The organization grew out of a need for these managers to connect with one another to share their knowledge. Today, members continue to focus on the service side,


specifically for hydronics and radiant contractors. MIX groups are one of ACCA’s most popular programs, being small groups of non-competing contractors who act as informal


“boards of directors” for each other, providing in-depth peer review and guidance on business operations. The committee also determined


that there is a need in the contractor marketplace for advanced training in hydronics topics and began the move to develop a series of online training modules focused on a wide variety of topics that contractors want to know more about.


OESP offers free six-month membership


but they do it for oil, gas, propane, all new energies, alarm systems and more. There are fewer service managers and more sales professionals, supervisors and lead technicians manage the service departments. OESP membership spans many trades, including plumbers, mechanics, home inspectors, chimney sweeps, oil burner specialists, HVAC/R professionals, wholesalers and more. 35% of members are small business owners. Both new and longtime members


will see that, although the Association’s name has changed, its mission is still industry education. For more information, visit OESP online at www.thinkoesp.org.


ATLANTA— Rheem Manufacturing Company has completed a multi- year agreement with Richard Childress Racing (RCR) to be the primary sponsor of the No. 29 Chevrolet driven by Kevin Harvick for 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series®


points races as well as being


the co-primary sponsor with Budweiser for NASCAR’s annual mid-season All-Star race over the term of the agreement. Rheem will also be a major associate sponsor of the No. 29 Chevrolet for the remaining 26 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in which Budweiser or Jimmy John’s are the primary sponsor. Rheem will continue its co- of


sponsorship with Menards®


RCR’s No. 33 Chevrolet, driven by Paul Menard and others in the NASCAR Nationwide Series® 12 races in the 2012 season.


for


HeatLink welcomes Centon Sales


CALGARY, ONTARIO— HeatLink Group Inc. welcomed Centon Sales Corporation to their team; a decision that marks a new direction for the company in Ontario. Centon will represent HeatLink


throughout Ontario, excluding the Ottawa/Kingston and Thunder Bay regions.


Owens Corning invests in piping innovation


TOLEDO, OHIO— Owens Corning announced improvements to its FIBERGLAS™ pipe insulation as a result of investments in its Newark, Ohio, facility. The enhancements touch the entire FIBERGLAS product line through an investment in new capital equipment, as well as process improvements on existing equipment.


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