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Renee to lead R&D team towards development of innovative technologies, driving market growth  Rinnai America Corporation, manufacturer of the number-one selling brand of tankless gas water heaters in North America, announced Renee Eddy joined the organization as its Vice President of Innovation. With Renee’s zeal and extensive knowledge in developing new and innovative technologies, Rinnai Read more

Renee to lead R&D team towards development of innovative technologies, driving market growth 

Rinnai America Corporation, manufacturer of the number-one selling brand of tankless gas water heaters in North America, announced Renee Eddy joined the organization as its Vice President of Innovation. With Renee’s zeal and extensive knowledge in developing new and innovative technologies, Rinnai will continue to expand its portfolio and drive growth in new markets.

“My passion is transforming data and technologies into cool, new products and that passion is sure to come through while at Rinnai,” said Renee. “I look forward to driving development for innovative technology, leading the team towards new idea creation and outside of the box thinking.”

Renee’s passion for creating new technologies began over 35 years ago. Most recently, she was Director of Innovation, Methods and Operations at Eaton, leading up to 200 employees. During her time at Eaton, she created the Innovation, Methods and Operations team from the ground up, developing a strong, collaborative culture within R&D across 26 divisions. Prior to her time at Eaton, Renee developed products across a number of industries for Fortune 100 companies and customers, including residential and commercial HVAC, transport refrigeration, telecommunications and aerospace.

“Renee’s diverse product knowledge in a variety of industries is invaluable for Rinnai,” said Frank Windsor, President, Rinnai America Corporation. “Her vision and expertise will spearhead the development of technologies in new markets, aiding in Rinnai’s growth strategy, as well as producing products that support our commitment to Creating a healthier way of living.

Rinnai’s expansion goals not only encompass physical growth in North America but market growth, as well. With the addition of Renee to the executive leadership team, Rinnai will continue to drive R&D and push innovation to new heights.

To learn more about Rinnai, visit www.rinnai.us.

Caleffi North America, a leader in the manufacture of innovative plumbing and hydronic products, proudly announces The Socha Company as its representative for the State of New Mexico and El Paso County, Texas.  The new rep will sell and support Caleffi’s line of engineered components.  With their 67 years of experience in the hydronics and Read more

Caleffi North America, a leader in the manufacture of innovative plumbing and hydronic products, proudly announces The Socha Company as its representative for the State of New Mexico and El Paso County, Texas.  The new rep will sell and support Caleffi’s line of engineered components.  With their 67 years of experience in the hydronics and plumbing industries, they bring a wealth of technical knowledge and services to their customers—including the engineering community, distribution partners and contractors—at every stage of a project.

“Caleffi’s values, marketing and sales strategies align with The Socha Company’s vision of service and support to our customers,” said The Socha Company’s President, Gary Socha.  “With Caleffi’s passion around training and their innovative approach with the Coffee with Caleffi webinar series, we are excited to get in front of our engineers, distribution partners and contractors to show them why Caleffi is the product line they need to have successful projects.”

Matthew Baranuk has joined Watts as Product Specialist for Backflow Preventers and Risers. He supports strategy execution for Watts, Ames, and FEBCO brand Backflow Preventer and Riser products. He also provides training, technical support, and oversight of new product development and launches. About Watts Founded in 1874, Watts designs, manufactures, and sells an extensive line Read more

Matthew Baranuk has joined Watts as Product Specialist for Backflow Preventers and Risers.

He supports strategy execution for Watts, Ames, and FEBCO brand Backflow Preventer and Riser products. He also provides training, technical support, and oversight of new product development and launches.

About Watts

Founded in 1874, Watts designs, manufactures, and sells an extensive line of flow control, water safety, water filtration & treatment, and drainage products for the commercial, residential, and institutional markets. For more information, visit www.watts.com .

Kiley will head operations and continue to drive excellence and manufacturing expansion in North America  Rinnai America Corporation, manufacturer of the number-one selling brand of tankless gas water heaters in North America, announced Shelley Kiley has joined the organization as its Vice President of Operations. Kiley’s extensive knowledge, will help Rinnai continue to grow and Read more

Kiley will head operations and continue to drive excellence and manufacturing expansion in North America 

Rinnai America Corporation, manufacturer of the number-one selling brand of tankless gas water heaters in North America, announced Shelley Kiley has joined the organization as its Vice President of Operations. Kiley’s extensive knowledge, will help Rinnai continue to grow and expand manufacturing capabilities in North America, including overseeing the completion of its new manufacturing plant in Griffin, Ga. In addition, Kiley has assumed responsibility over all functional areas in manufacturing, supply chain, distribution and logistics.

“I am very excited to join Rinnai America and look forward to leading the operations team as we continue to drive operational excellence and expand our manufacturing capability in North America,” said Kiley. “I look forward to supporting Rinnai, delivering on our promise of Creating a Healthier Way of Living, as well as spearheading the operational initiatives that will continue to drive growth.”

Kiley has cultivated deep experience throughout a 30-year career, having most recently spent three years leading a team of 650 within the supply chain and global operation strategy teams at Larson-Juhl. Prior to that, Kiley had a distinguished 11-year tenure with Moen, Inc. where she rapidly progressed from Plant Manager to holding several executive leadership roles, including Vice President of Global Supply Chain and Manufacturing, where she led 2,000 employees. The knowledge and skills that come from Kiley’s previous roles in leadership and operations, will only be an asset to Rinnai as the company continues its trajectory towards North American expansion.

“We are very excited to welcome Shelley, as she will be instrumental in the continued growth of our manufacturing footprint in the U.S.,” said Frank Windsor, President, Rinnai America Corporation. “She will be focusing on preemptive enhancements to meet needs of our customers and fostering a high-performance team, which will lead Rinnai towards achieving our expansion goals.”

With the addition of Kiley, Rinnai is continuing to demonstrate its concerted investment in its North American facilities, operations and team. Since 2017, Rinnai has introduced its new corporate headquarters in Atlanta, the opening of a state-of-the-art innovation center and is in the midst of building its first North American manufacturing facility in Griffin, Ga.

To learn more about Rinnai, visit www.rinnai.us.

NIBCO INC. has announced the promotion of Joe Choflet to vice president, sales reporting to Ashley Martin, executive vice president. In this role, Joe will lead the company’s sales efforts for Wholesale, Retail, Specialty, and International. Since joining NIBCO in 2017, Choflet has held sales leadership positions including most recently vice president – retail sales Read more

NIBCO INC. has announced the promotion of Joe Choflet to vice president, sales reporting to Ashley Martin, executive vice president. In this role, Joe will lead the company’s sales efforts for Wholesale, Retail, Specialty, and International.

Since joining NIBCO in 2017, Choflet has held sales leadership positions including most recently vice president – retail sales, and director – wholesale sales west.

Choflet holds a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Penn., and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Ind.