Oct 24, 2019

Industry News Week 10/14/19

AHR Expo announces 2020 education program; Goettl Air Conditioning & Plumbing (Goettl) acquires Dutton Plumbing. 

Industry News Week 10/14/19 in the residential and commercial water treatment industries

Plumbing Manufacturers International Deems Proposed Lead and Copper Rule Revisions "An Important Step Forward"

Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) today called the U.S. EPA’s long-awaited proposed revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule “an important step forward.” The revisions were announced since by EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler during an event in Green Bay, Wis.

The proposed rule represents the first major overhaul of federal protections for lead in drinking water in 2 decades. The rule would require community water systems to take new actions regarding lead service line replacement, corrosion control, sampling and testing for lead in schools and day care centers.

PMI CEO/Executive Director Kerry Stackpole attended the invitation-only event, representing the plumbing manufacturing industry, where he had the opportunity to speak with key EPA officials.

“The long-term Lead and Copper Rule proposal represents an important step forward in addressing lead risks and our aging water infrastructure,” said Stackpole following the announcement. 

Stackpole also stated in an EPA news release that “Plumbing Manufacturers International supports the efforts of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to revise the Lead and Copper Rule to deal with aging water infrastructure and strong protections to reduce lead contamination, including replacement of lead service lines. Plumbing manufacturers continue to be committed to efforts to reduce lead and look forward to reviewing the proposed rule.”

AHR Expo Announces 2020 Education Program

The 2020 AHR Expo announced its full schedule of sessions for the 2020 Education Program, including more than 200 free seminars, new product and technology presentations, professional certifications and continuing education courses. Each year, the Education Program discusses some of HVACR’s biggest opportunities and challenges through a series of comprehensive, informative and industry-focused sessions hosted by leaders from every sector of the industry. This year, the AHR Expo will add a series of HVACR trend discussions led by members of the AHR Expo Expert Council.

The 2020 AHR Expo will be held Feb. 3 to 5 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. To register, please visit the AHR Expo registration website.

“The Education Program adds a unique element of learning to the AHR Expo with the opportunity to hear directly from leaders within the HVACR industry about the latest trends, applications and practices,” said Mark Stevens, AHR Expo Show manager. “The development of our session schedule is ongoing, and we take careful consideration of discussions happening across the industry to identify pain points, opportunities, trends, etc. where we might offer support and solutions through dedicated sessions. There is tremendous planning involved, internally with AHR Expo as well as from the speakers and sponsoring organizations, to deliver useful advice, perspectives and tools to advance as professionals in the industry.”

Goettl Air Conditioning & Plumbing Acquires Dutton Plumbing

Goettl Air Conditioning & Plumbing (Goettl), one of the largest providers of residential HVAC and plumbing services in the Southwest United States, announced today the acquisition of Dutton Plumbing, a provider of plumbing and drain services in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Located in Simi Valley, Calif., Dutton Plumbing (Dutton) provides dependable plumbing and drain services to approximately 10,000 homeowners annually. Dutton's focus on workmanship and customer satisfaction is reflected in its motto, "The Plumber You'd Send to Your Mom's House." 

The acquisition of Dutton expands Goettl's footprint in the Southern California market. Goettl intends to continue providing plumbing and drain services under the Dutton Plumbing brand, while also introducing its award-winning HVAC service offerings to Dutton's customer base as well as other homeowners in the surrounding area.

"In an effort to continuously perfect our service offerings, we pursued a partnership with a highly regarded industry leader in plumbing," said Goettl CEO, Ken Goodrich. "The industry holds a lot of respect for Eric Dutton, founder of Dutton Plumbing, his general manager, Eric Falconer, and the dynamic team of home service professionals these gentlemen have assembled. I am excited to be part of the next leap forward for Goettl, side by side with team Dutton."