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NIBCO Announces BenchPress® Product Line Expansion

NIBCO Inc. expands its line of carbon steel fittings to bring more press options for plumbing and mechanical carbon steel pipe applications, as well as fuel and gas carbon steel pipe applications.

The BenchPress and BenchPressG fittings are designed for efficiency, with easy, clean and fast installation, for a wider range of applications. The line features a patented fitting design that creates consistent joints, is flame free and environmentally friendly.

“This expansion increases our SKU count, allowing our customers to have more options when it comes to plumbing, mechanical, fuel and gas applications,” said Marilyn Morgan, senior product manager-metal fittings, NIBCO. “These heavy-duty fittings feature stainless steel grip rings and separator rings to ensure premium performance.”

Available in 1/2” to 2” sizes, the BenchPress and BenchPressG fittings can be installed within seconds and require no threading equipment and lubricants, while maintaining joint integrity and professional appearance.

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T&S Launches Aesthetic Faucet Line LakeCrest

T&S Brass and Bronze Works is debuting its aesthetic faucet line, LakeCrest.

The LakeCrest line features five refined designs, including single-lever faucets, a concealed widespread faucet design, metering faucet and a new semi-pro kitchen faucet.

Offering traditional T&S durability in an elegant modern package, LakeCrest’s tapered shape meets the design needs of contemporary office buildings and public facilities without sacrificing the commercial-duty construction that supports long-term reliability.

“The LakeCrest line brings a new look to the T&S family—one that features a finer form and greater attention to style without sacrificing the durability and reliability that T&S is known for,” said Liz Hofius, T&S product marketing manager. “LakeCrest is the perfect choice for facilities that want to pair commercial-grade strength with modern aesthetics.”

Constructed of stainless steel, the semi-pro kitchen faucet is a light-duty commercial faucet designed for customer-facing applications, such as front of house needs in restaurants, an office break room or an open kitchen. Using a toggle switch on the spray handle, the semi-pro can clean with a powerful rinsing spray or supply water using aerated flow.

The single-handle faucets—with models for single hole and 4” center applications—are available in both chrome and brushed nickel finishes.

Meet specialized needs with the two-handle concealed widespread faucet with EasyInstall design and available with black or red and blue indexes.

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Sioux Chief Replaces 9x9 Square Buckets with New, Round Buckets

The new round bucket is thicker, stronger and will contain more TubeTalons™ SiouxStraps™, TwinTalons™ and PickUp™ Talons in each bucket. They will be the same height as the old buckets and have the same color scheme (natural with red print)—the only difference is the shape.

Since the new buckets hold more product, their list prices will be higher. All new “BKT” item numbers are active and ready for order. Please be sure to update item numbers and your systems with accurate product information and pricing.

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Liberty Pumps Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month

As you know, October is breast cancer awareness month. Pink can be seen everywhere, and Liberty Pumps once again proudly participated in this cause by donating a portion of its proceeds on select popular sump pump sales.

For each 230-Series, 240-Series, 250-Series and 450-Series pump shipped in the month of October, Liberty made a donation in support of research for breast cancer. There was a pink ribbon on the outside of the carton signifying a contribution was made.

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Patrick Aquino receives AIM/R Golden Eagle Award

Oatey Co. is proud to announce that Patrick Aquino, senior vice President of Wholesale has been honored with the prestigious AIM/R Golden Eagle Award for his exceptional partnership and unwavering commitment to the manufacturers’ representative channel.

The award, presented by the Association of Independent Manufacturers’ Representatives Inc. (AIM/R), celebrates senior-level management individuals who have demonstrated a proven track record of utilizing manufacturers’ reps as the most efficient and cost-effective method of going to market. Presented annually at the group’s conference, this highly regarded accolade not only celebrates the accomplishments of exceptional leaders but also highlights manufacturers’ representatives’ crucial role in the industry.

AIM/R is dedicated to enhancing the quality and value of professional manufacturers’ representatives in the plumbing, heating and cooling industry. The association delivers premier educational programs and opportunities to advance industry knowledge, standing and professionalism while advocating for manufacturers’ representatives.

To be nominated for the AIM/R Golden Eagle Award, candidates must work cooperatively with manufacturers’ representatives and maintain a positive working relationship. They must also promote and positively influence the industry by providing quality products and ensuring customer satisfaction. Efficient communication, prompt order filling, and payment of commissions are also essential qualities sought in nominees.

“Patrick’s commitment to partnership and maintaining positive relationships with manufacturers’ representatives has solidified Oatey Co.’s position as a leader in the plumbing industry. We are proud to honor him with the AIM/R Golden Eagle Award,” said Brian Morgan, chair of the board for AIM/R.

“Thank you AIM/R community. I am truly grateful for this remarkable recognition. The rep community has played an invaluable role in Oatey’s success, and I am honored to be a part of it,” said Aquino.

With nearly two decades of experience in sales and business development, Aquino has established himself as a seasoned executive with profound knowledge of the plumbing industry. He joined Oatey Co. almost eight years ago as northeast regional sales manager and has since risen through the ranks, assuming positions such as national sales manager, director of rough plumbing and commercial sales, and most recently, vice president, wholesale.

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