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Merit Brass Opens Houston Distribution Center

Merit Brass Co. opened its newest distribution center in Houston, Texas. This state-of-the-art facility is strategically located to provide faster and more efficient delivery to southern Texas and Louisiana customers.

Merit’s new distribution center, which spans more than 35,000 square feet, is equipped with advanced technology

and automation to streamline operations and increase efficiency. With a team of experienced professionals and a commitment to exceptional customer service, Merit is well positioned to meet the growing demand for its products and services in the southern Texas and Louisiana markets. Merit’s Houston distribution center will be located at 4680 S Sam Houston Parkway W, Suite 120, Houston, TX 77053. Hours of operation will be Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST.

The opening of the Houston Distribution Center is part of Merit Brass’ ongoing expansion strategy and commitment to providing exceptional service to customers across the United States. With a focus on innovation, technology and customer satisfaction, Merit Brass is poised for continued growth and success in the years ahead.

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NIBCO Offers Improved Build-A-Submittal Resource

NIBCO Offers Improved Build-A-Submittal Resource

NIBCO is offering an improved Build-A-Submittal online resource that allows users to easily create, access, select, edit and package submittal documents to expedite the approval process.

Ideal for contractors and wholesalers, users can quickly and easily create professionally formatted submittals to present to engineers. The NIBCO Build-A-Submittal tool is intuitive, searchable and flexible, and users can build an archive of submittals that can be organized and stored and then revised for future projects.

Users must create an account via the NIBCO website to use the Build-A-Submittal resource. Once a user is logged in to their account, they can add any NIBCO part that has a specification sheet. A personalized cover sheet can also be created as part of the process. Upon completion, the submittal, along with a cover sheet, a table of contents and a specification sheet for each item will be available as a downloadable PDF.

“Our Build-A-Submittal capability is a great resource that we encourage contractors to take advantage of,” said Dave Lazear, director, commercial sales, NIBCO. “We are here to help our customers work better, faster and more efficiently.”

The Build-A-Submittal function was improved as part of NIBCO’s new website launch earlier this year. The new website included a new design, better search functionality and easier and faster navigation, along with expanded features, one of which was the Build-A-Submittal feature.

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Chief Commercial Officer Appointed

Jacob Speight has been added as chief commercial officer (CCO), Aalberts integrated piping systems Americas. With his appointment, the company further strengthens its commercial organization in the Americas to drive the Aalberts integrated piping systems strategy with its well known and recognized brand “Apollo.”

Speight comes from a background in the construction manufacturing industry at Moen Inc. for more than 10 years and the past seven years at Holcim Building Envelope, leading the Americas sales team as vice president sales Americas since 2019.

In his role as CCO, he is responsible for all sales activities in the Americas, including both the field sales teams and all sales operations. Directly reporting to him will be:

  • Scott Weisman – vice president of commercial sales
  • Jeff Butt – vice president of industrial sales
  • Cindy Goodwin – vice president of sales EPC
  • Tara Scanzillo – director of national accounts
  • Jerry Kaizen – director of customer service
  • Jaimie Kenney – director of marketing
  • Kyle Spangler – global director of product management valves

Speight will be part of the global executive team of Aalberts integrated piping systems ensuring the voice of sales for the Americas is heard and he will be based in the Charlotte office. He will work closely and align with production operations leadership to ensure sales strategy and overall customer experience are supported by production and service to the company’s partners.

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Sioux Chief Introduces Two New Item Series

The new Sioux Chief TankBracket™ expansion tank support system is designed to be the strongest, safest support bracket on the market. This new support system can be used with both 2.5- and 5- gallon expansion tanks, and is available for wall mount or for mounting directly to the water heater. Installation is quick, easy, clean, and well-suited for confined spaces.

To complement the installation of expansion tanks and facilitate a number of other water heater installation variations, Sioux Chief introduces the 687 Series cross adapters and 648 Series ball valves. These crosses, valves and kits make it faster and easier to install expansion tanks, thermal expansion devices, recirculation systems, whole house thermostatic mixing valves, tankless water heater isolation kits for descaling and many others.

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Gerber Introduces New and Improved Avalanche and Viper Toilets

Building on the earned trust of the existing Avalanche and Viper lines, these new toilets provide the same, easy

installation and reliable performance with a more modern look and enhanced features, all backed by an industry-leading 15-year warranty on parts and a lifetime limited warranty on vitreous china.

Offering striking design details with confidence-instilling performance, Viper is the easy-to-install, plumber-preferred trusty workhorse. Featuring a beautiful profile that fits any bathroom, Viper’s outstanding engineering delivers an effective flush every time.

  • Beveled, flared tank with tight-fit cover and smooth bowl-to-pedestal transition for a more decorative look
  • 3” rigid flapper that offers a tight seal for reliable, lasting performance
  • Continues to include time-saving tall bolt caps
  • 1,000 MaP score and 50 feet of drain line carry

In a class by itself, the Avalanche offers a high-end design, a great, reliable flush, and top-of-the-line features that allow this toilet to stand out. Backed by the legacy of Gerber ingenuity, the Avalanche is the pinnacle of premium performance.

  • Sculpted tank with flush-fit cover and squared pedestal bowl with edge details
  • Gerber’s QuietClean® dual rim jets offer a softer-sounding flush that circulates water faster and longer for a just-scrubbed clean with every use
  • New KeepClean™ permanent glaze creates a super slick finish that prevents residue from sticking and stains from forming, keeping the bowl cleaner longer
  • Largest footprint in Gerber’s lineup, making it a great replacement option
  • 1,000 MaP score and 60 feet of drain line carry

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New Labor-Saving Solutions Now Available

Webstone, a brand of NIBCO, announces new enhancements to its Pro-Pal T-Valve line, including 17 new lead-free dezincification-resistant brass models. FIP x press models are now available in sizes up to 1¼”. New G-thread option is compatible with a host of fittings and accessories. New 3/8” and ¼” OD compression branch models are perfect for humidifiers and ice makers. Available in PEX, push or press system runs, these models are compatible with a variety of compression fittings to customize installation.

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