Dealer of the Month: The Science of Success

Water treatment may not be rocket science, but a water treatment company can certainly benefit from having a rocket scientist at the helm. Just ask Mike Gelberg, president of Air & Water Quality Inc. in Maine.

Gelberg studied aeronautics and astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and fluid, thermal and aerospace sciences at Case Western Reserve University; worked on the Apollo and Skylab space programs; and helped found a pioneering computer company before entering the water treatment industry. 

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Two science experts apply technical knowledge at Maine dealership

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April 29, 2016
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Dealer of the Month: Keeping It in the Family

In and around the northern Pennsylvania borough of Troy, water quality is complicated by several environmental factors. Thankfully, residents of the area have three generations of treatment experience from Havens Well Drilling to assist them with their water needs.

Generations of Service

Don and Marge Havens founded Havens Well Drilling in 1955 after Don received an offer he could not refuse.

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Pennsylvania company has been helping rural customers with water quality issues for more than 60 years

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March 28, 2016
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Dealer of the Month: Rolling With the Punches

Guthrie & Frey Water Conditioning LLC began with an ultimatum. When owner Rob Frey was in college, his father, who owned a well pump business, “issued a succession plan that said, ‘I’m going to start slowing down right now, so if you want to get involved, now’s your time—or this may be a much smaller business by the time you make that decision,’” Frey said. He decided to jump onboard.

In 2000, his water conditioning business spun off entirely from the well pump division. Today, it has two locations in Wales and Hartland, both in Wisconsin’s Waukesha County.

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Wisconsin dealership conquers challenges old & new

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March 2, 2016
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Dealer of the Month: Growing Smarter

For more than 16 years, Signature Plumbing Inc. and Benjamin Franklin Plumbing have been providing an expanding number of services to the residents of Wilmington, N.C. Today, the company’s range of offerings includes water treatment, and its business partners, employees and customers benefit from its service-oriented approach and commitment to quality.

Evolution of a Company

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North Carolina dealership provides a variety of services with expertise & respect

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January 28, 2016
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Dealer of the Month: Southern Comfort

While many areas of the country are plagued with serious water issues, from drought to contamination, others are having better luck. Such is the case for Freeman Water Treatment, located in Jackson, Miss. In that part of the country, where water quality is relatively good and there are no shortages to speak of, the family-owned business maintains a steady stream of commercial/industrial and medical clients. 

Evolving & Changing

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Mississippi dealership serves commercial/industrial & medical customers across five states

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December 2, 2015
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Dealer of the Month: Education for All

When the phone rings in the middle of the night, it can be a jarring experience. Is there an emergency? Is a family member in trouble? Is it just a wrong number?

For business partners James Bennett and Jeff Colasante, being ready for that middle-of-the-night phone call is simply part of running a water treatment dealership. 

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Connecticut dealership values learning for customers & employees alike

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October 1, 2015
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Flying Solo

As an American female owner of a water treatment equipment dealership in Baja California Sur, Mexico, Barbara Manfrediz considers herself to be “a bit of a novelty.” 

Manfrediz moved to Mexico from Arizona in 2010 with no experience in the water treatment industry. Shortly after purchasing a water treatment system for her home, she was hired as a representative for the company that sold her the system. In March 2014, she opened her own business: Water Ways Baja. The dealership serves homes and businesses in the southern portion of the Baja California Peninsula.

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Arizona woman launches successful water treatment dealership in Mexico

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September 2, 2015
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A Friendly Face

When Daniel Scott got his start in the water industry a decade ago, a job with a plumbing company was simply that—a job. “To be completely honest, I needed a job at the time and I found a plumber who was hiring,” he said. “I found out that I loved it and was super good at it.” That job quickly blossomed into a career, and Scott gained experience working with both residential and commercial plumbing applications.

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Utah company finds success with balance of water treatment & plumbing

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July 1, 2015
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Making an Impression

Jim and Martha Rabb founded Rabb Water Systems in 1951 in Plymouth, Ind. Ten years later, they relocated to Warsaw, Ind., and the dealership has been a fixture in north-central Indiana for nearly 45 years.

Rabb Water has since expanded to five other locations, with a service area covering 27 counties. The Rabb family sold the business to Don and George Clemens in 1988. George was the Rabb’s son-in-law, so the dealership remains family owned. 

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Indiana dealership gives back to employees & community

Publication Date: 
June 3, 2015
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