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Elkhart, Ind. — NIBCO INC. has announced the purchase of a 173,000-square-foot building in Buena Vista, Va. The facility, which is approximately 30 miles from the NIBCO INC. Stuarts Draft, Va., wrot copper manufacturing facility, will become the company’s main distribution center in Virginia. NIBCO will relocate its current distribution center from Stuarts Draft to Read More

Elkhart, Ind. — NIBCO INC. has announced the purchase of a 173,000-square-foot building in Buena Vista, Va. The facility, which is approximately 30 miles from the NIBCO INC. Stuarts Draft, Va., wrot copper manufacturing facility, will become the company’s main distribution center in Virginia. NIBCO will relocate its current distribution center from Stuarts Draft to the new building.

“We are investing in future growth and expansion,” said NIBCO President and CEO Steven Malm. “This facility allows us to increase our capacity for new products while it enables us to maintain the consistently high service levels that our customers expect for all products.”

This warehouse and distribution facility will be responsible for shipments of all NIBCO metal fittings. The company expects the facility to be fully operational during the first quarter of 2019.

Lennox Industries, a leading provider of innovative home comfort solutions, today launched Feel The Love in partnership with its dealers, a North American community outreach initiative focused on providing home comfort to families in need. The Lennox Feel The Love program invites individuals and local organizations in participating areas to nominate families or individuals in Read More

Lennox Industries, a leading provider of innovative home comfort solutions, today launched Feel The Love in partnership with its dealers, a North American community outreach initiative focused on providing home comfort to families in need.

The Lennox Feel The Love program invites individuals and local organizations in participating areas to nominate families or individuals in their communities to receive heating equipment at no cost, including installation. Recipients are chosen based on a variety of criteria, including physical, mental, or social disabilities; financial challenges; job loss; military service; and community service. Nominations are accepted through the Feel The Love website now through September 5.

On Saturday, October 6, all participating Lennox dealers will install new, high-efficiency Lennox gas furnaces for the selected candidates at no cost, and the dealers and their employees donate their labor and installation materials.

“Feel The Love is all about creating connections with the communities in which Lennox and its dealers live and work, to lend a helping hand by bringing comfort to deserving families,” said

Stephanie Bond, retail marketing director at Lennox Industries. “We’re proud of the incredible partnerships between Lennox and its dealers, as well as community organizations throughout North America, and we’re excited to continue to grow the program to serve even more individuals and families in need in the years to come.”

Feel The Love began as the Heat U.P. program, launched in 2009 as a pilot community initiative in four markets across the U.S., including Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois. In 2018, the program will expand to communities across twenty states and five provinces in Canada, with the goal to continue to expand efforts to even more communities throughout North America.

For more information about the Feel The Love program, visit www.FeelTheLove.com/history.

Nine of the most passionate RIDGID® fans recently experienced the trip of a lifetime to the RIDGID world headquarters as part of the 2nd Annual RIDGID Experience Contest. The all-expenses-paid VIP trip included a tour of the headquarters and the opportunity to build their very own iconic RIDGID custom pipe wrench, take part in a Read More

Nine of the most passionate RIDGID® fans recently experienced the trip of a lifetime to the RIDGID world headquarters as part of the 2nd Annual RIDGID Experience Contest. The all-expenses-paid VIP trip included a tour of the headquarters and the opportunity to build their very own iconic RIDGID custom pipe wrench, take part in a photoshoot for an upcoming brand campaign, go walleye fishing on Lake Erie and more.

As part of the headquarters visit, winners had the chance to tour the plant, get a sneak peek of the latest innovations that have yet to hit the market, meet some of the men and women who make the tools they use daily on the jobsite and provide insight for future product developments.

“I’ve been using these tools for 15 years and being here and seeing the machines and people who make the tools, it’s emotional,” said Bobby Scirica, contest winner and plumbing – service technician from Arizona. He describes the SeeSnake® Camera as one of his favorite RIDGID tools to use on the jobsite.

“Spending a few days with some of our biggest fans and celebrating their work in the trades is a thrill for all of us here at RIDGID,” said Becky Brotherton, manager, marketing communications, RIDGID. “Every tool we create is purpose-built with the contractor in mind, so to get to hear first-hand what they need in a tool only adds to the innovation we’re able to bring to each of our products.”

Details of the next RIDGID Experience Contest will be announced in early 2019. Stay tuned to the RIDGID Facebook page for details.

Watertown, Mass. – Bosch Thermotechnology Corp. sponsored three students enrolled in the University of Rhode Island’s (URI) Electrical and Computer (ELECOMP) Capstone Design Program for the 2017-2018 school year, a course that promotes collaboration between senior-level engineering students and industry sponsors to design, build, program and test solutions to real-world problems. The Bosch ELECOMP project’s Read More

Watertown, Mass. – Bosch Thermotechnology Corp. sponsored three students enrolled in the University of Rhode Island’s (URI) Electrical and Computer (ELECOMP) Capstone Design Program for the 2017-2018 school year, a course that promotes collaboration between senior-level engineering students and industry sponsors to design, build, program and test solutions to real-world problems.

The Bosch ELECOMP project’s purpose was to investigate ways to extend and improve the lifespan of HVAC products. The students analyzed and reviewed the components of Bosch’s Inverter Ducted Split (IDS) Air Source Heat Pump and Packaged Water Source Heat Pump, with the goal of improving future HVAC system design through their insights. The assignment included hardware and electrical tasks, as well as firmware, software and computer tasks.

The Bosch technical directors supporting the project included Jerry Huson, controls engineering group manager and Mike Caneja, IoT product manager. The consulting technical director was Mike D. Smith, founder and principal designer at Bold Circuit LLC.

“As a URI alumnus who participated in the ELECOMP Capstone Design program, I speak from experience when I say these projects are valuable for both parties,” Caneja said. “The next generation of engineers gain hands-on experience, and the fresh ideas from these up-and-coming technicians give us new perspectives to help drive innovation.”

The project culminated in April 2018, when the students presented a working prototype at the University of Rhode Island’s ELECOMP Capstone Summit 2018. The presentation also included other key accomplishments from the project such as the development of their hardware and software specifications, as well as the implementation of those specifications into their working prototype.

“This successful partnership with the University of Rhode Island spurred collaboration between students and Bosch technical directors on a meaningful project for the HVAC industry,” said Goncalo Costa, director of air conditioning at Bosch Thermotechnology. “Bosch’s new Watertown headquarters is located in a major hub for higher education, and we’re looking forward to partnering with more universities in Boston and the central New England area.”

Milwaukee, Wis. — Milwaukee Tool will begin construction on another major expansion of its Global Headquarters Campus in Brookfield, Wisc. With a total investment of $32MM, the new advanced manufacturing and R&D facility is expected to create 350 new jobs, continuing a strong track record of rapid growth for the company within the United States Read More

Milwaukee, Wis. — Milwaukee Tool will begin construction on another major expansion of its Global Headquarters Campus in Brookfield, Wisc. With a total investment of $32MM, the new advanced manufacturing and R&D facility is expected to create 350 new jobs, continuing a strong track record of rapid growth for the company within the United States.

This newest expansion will house the company’s advanced manufacturing, engineering, and global research and development center, occupying a 3.5-acre site on the company’s Global Headquarters Campus. The 114,500-square foot, multi-story building starts construction in Q3 and is expected to be completed by Q4 of 2019, bringing its global headquarter space from 390,000 square feet to an approximate 504,500 square feet.

“When you look at the growth our company has achieved in the last decade, the catalyst for our success has been, and will always be, our people. The drive, determination, and obsession of our employees has enabled us to continue delivering disruptive innovation for the professional trades and our distribution partners,” said Steve Richman, Milwaukee Tool Group President. “Our newest expansion will help us continue to grow a world-class work environment that will attract, recruit, and retain the best talent in the world.” ​

Milwaukee Tool has sustained organic double-digit growth throughout the last decade. This growth is driven by its exceptional people, the company’s focus on the professional trades and its breakthrough developments in cordless technology, advanced accessory engineering, and innovative hand tool and storage solutions.

Over the last decade Milwaukee Tool has continued to invest heavily in its national growth, making over $190MM in capital investments in the U.S., including $33.4 million in

manufacturing, tripling the workforce at its Global Headquarters Campus in Wisconsin, and growing its base of 3,500 employees nationwide. This newest expansion marks the next step in the company’s impressive growth and is a testament to its dedication to continuing all product development in the area for which it was named.