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Independent Testing on Live MRSA and Live Influenza to Follow Marmon Plumbing & Refrigeration today announced the successful completion of live, aerosolized COVID-19 testing on Marmon’s new CerroZone™ continuous indoor air purification system at the University of Missouri Laboratory for Infectious Disease Research (LIDR). Early indications show the device has recorded over 99% reduction of Read more

Independent Testing on Live MRSA and Live Influenza to Follow

Marmon Plumbing & Refrigeration today announced the successful completion of live, aerosolized COVID-19 testing on Marmon’s new CerroZone™ continuous indoor air purification system at the University of Missouri Laboratory for Infectious Disease Research (LIDR).

Early indications show the device has recorded over 99% reduction of live COVID-19 in a single pass in under 30 seconds. Confirmation of the efficacy data by the University of Missouri’s LIDR team, led by Dr. Jeffrey Adamovicz, is expected within days.

CerroZone™ recorded a 99.999957% (6.57 LoG) particulate reduction on the FDA proxy virus for SARS-CoV-2 (RNA virus MS2) at ARE Labs in Olathe, Kan.

The patent-pending system was developed in conjunction with Micron Pure™, a Hecto Group™ company.

“We are excited and proud to introduce the CerroZone™ suite of products in the battle against COVID-19,” said Michael Duggan, VP Innovation for Marmon Plumbing & Refrigeration. “While other air purification products have entered the market since the start of the pandemic, CerroZone™ offers proven performance in an accredited laboratory using live, airborne COVID-19. This sets us apart and provides the market a compelling opportunity in every respect.”

Duggan said CerroZone™ also will be tested on other pathogens such as MRSA and influenza.

He added: “As CerroZone™ is selected and installed, buildings will be able to display information about the benefits of our technology, thus providing the public with an important measure of confidence about air quality as they seek to safely return to workplaces, schools, medical centers, restaurants, entertainment venues, hotels, and other sites.”

Earlier this year, 239 scientists published a letter urging the World Health Organization and other public health groups to acknowledge that people can catch COVID-19 from airborne droplets. On October 5, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said tiny particles that linger in the air can spread the coronavirus.

Marmon plans to display CerroZone™ at the AHR Expo in Chicago in 2021. The event spotlights the latest in HVAC/R and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) technology. Marmon will apply under Section 510(k) of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, which requires device manufacturers to notify the FDA of their intent to market a medical device at least 90 days before launching the product.

CerroZone™ units will be available for advance orders beginning in late 2020. Details and updates will be shared on www.CerroZone.com.

Top water heating and storage manufacturer and trade organizations share concerns about aging blue-collar workforce. Ambler, Pa. — As global economic disruption accelerates during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, leaders in manufacturing, distribution and residential and commercial services are calling attention to overlooked career opportunities in the traditional skilled trades and urging an industry-wide focus on workforce Read more

Top water heating and storage manufacturer and trade organizations share concerns about aging blue-collar workforce.

Ambler, Pa. — As global economic disruption accelerates during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, leaders in manufacturing, distribution and residential and commercial services are calling attention to overlooked career opportunities in the traditional skilled trades and urging an industry-wide focus on workforce development to close the skilled trades labor gap and recruit a new generation of young workers.

“For young people who are seeking a rewarding career but don’t feel like four years of college is the best choice for them, there are some tremendous advantages to seeking a career in the traditional skilled trades, from good starting salaries and job security to a variety of opportunities for advancement,” said Carl Pinto Jr., senior director of marketing communications, Bradford White Corporation.

“Unfortunately, many high school students and recent graduates who would thrive in our industry never consider a career in the trades. This is due in part to the overwhelming message that is being delivered through a variety of channels — college is the only path to success. But recent circumstances have highlighted the fact that manufacturing and residential and commercial service jobs are a critical part of the national economy. Lockdowns and social distancing have created challenges for the industry, but HVAC service and clean hot water have proven to be necessities during a pandemic. An overwhelming number of manufacturers and contractors were quickly identified as essential services and have been operating continuously since the COVID-19 outbreak began.”

Pinto and other experts share a concern about the demographics for manufacturing, distribution and skilled trades jobs.

“Everyone has a sweet spot in life and a unique path toward finding the career that best suits them,” said Rep. Tim Walberg of Michigan. “For some people this might mean pursuing a four-year degree, while for others an apprenticeship might be the answer. Whatever that path may be, it is critical that we look for innovative ways to provide educational opportunities for America’s workers and ensure our workforce is prepared for the good-paying jobs of the 21st century.”

According to the American Supply Association, approximately half of the people in those industries are at or nearing retirement age, but only 4% are under the age of 26.

“That’s our greatest concern, that there just aren’t enough people,” said ASA CEO Mike Adelizzi. “At the same time, we have to recognize that it’s an opportunity, too. With so many people aging out of the industry, a young worker can fast track his or her career.”

The ASA and other organizations are involved in ongoing efforts to combat stereotypes about blue-collar jobs. One of ASA’s key initiatives is the ASA Education Foundation, which provides innovative tools and strategies to support the preparation of the next generation of leaders and continued support for the next generation of the industry’s workforce.

“Our industry offers so much for young workers, but unfortunately there are some persistent stereotypes about manufacturing and trades jobs,” said PHCC Executive Vice President Michael R. Copp. “We feel a major responsibility to help our members reach and recruit the best talent. Connecting with the next generation of skilled trades workers not only helps individual businesses succeed, it elevates the industry as a whole.”

The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors—National Association (PHCC) has made workforce development a strategic priority and is developing a tool kit for its members and their suppliers. PHCC’s Workforce Development Center currently provides potential employees, manufacturers, contractors and suppliers with a library of online information and training material, with additional assets in the works.  In response to needs that arose during the pandemic, the PHCC Educational Foundation is leveraging its online learning platform to provide alternative methods to help contractors attract and train new employees.

To learn more about Bradford White, please visit https://www.bradfordwhitecorporation.com/

A broad range of allied trade professionals are invited to join a leading panel of experts – beginning Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 10 am ET – during six weekly panel discussions as they address healthcare design and water safety. Online attendees will be able to connect with their peers in a highly-interactive environment that encourages Read more

Third Annual Watts Healthcare Symposium, Watts Healthcare LIVE, plumbing, waterborne pathogens, legionella, legionnaire's diseaseA broad range of allied trade professionals are invited to join a leading panel of experts – beginning Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 10 am ET – during six weekly panel discussions as they address healthcare design and water safety.

Online attendees will be able to connect with their peers in a highly-interactive environment that encourages facility managers, engineers, contractors, and infection control professionals to discuss challenges and opportunities in healthcare design.

Each week, Watts will host a 1.5-hour event starting with a brief presentation, followed by an interactive panel discussion.

Events and topics include:

  • Nov 3 – What is WICRA and Why You Need One? Janet Stout, Special Pathogens Laboratory, President
  • Nov 10 – Preventing Waterborne Infections During COVID-19 Kristen VanderElzen, University of Michigan, Infection Prevention and Epidemiology Project Manager
  • Nov 17 – Lessons Learned in Ice Storage Richie Stever CLSS-HC, CHFM, University of Maryland Medical Center, Director of Operations and Maintenance
  • Dec 1 – Next Gen Facilities in a Post-COVID Health Environment Michael Roughan, AIA, ACHA – HDR, Health Principal
  • Dec 8 – Healthcare Design from a Facility Manager’s Perspective John N. Ellis, MBA, CHFM – Intermountain Healthcare, System Director of Facilities Management
  • Dec 15 – Consequences of Poor Design Christoph Lohr, Healthcare Design Expert

Weekly giveaways to registrants include an Apple Watch Series 5, Air Pods Pro, a virtual reality headset.

Interested professionals can register at: https://www.watts.com/WHS

Agency examines COVID-19 effects on professional tradesmen, manufacturers, trade media and influencers Sonnhalter, a communications firm marketing to the professional tradesman in the construction, industrial and MRO markets, created a comprehensive resource guide full of information regarding COVID-19 and its effects on the Business-to-Tradesmen (B2T) niche that Sonnhalter serves. Sonnhalter’s COVID-19 Tip Sheet is available Read more

Agency examines COVID-19 effects on professional tradesmen, manufacturers, trade media and influencers

Sonnhalter, a communications firm marketing to the professional tradesman in the construction, industrial and MRO markets, created a comprehensive resource guide full of information regarding COVID-19 and its effects on the Business-to-Tradesmen (B2T) niche that Sonnhalter serves. Sonnhalter’s COVID-19 Tip Sheet is available for download at www.sonnhalter.com/covid-19-tip-sheet.

Through extensive research and interviews with a number of key industry stakeholders, Sonnhalter created content at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and continued throughout the ensuing months to examine the effects and compare them to effects that were initially predicted for the future of the industry. The coverage of the topic includes a five-part series with several editors, publishers and key personnel from the trade media industry, a three-part series of interviews with industry influencers, advice for COVID-19 internal and external communications and content and interviews from the distributor’s perspective.

“As an agency dedicated to the business-to-tradesmen (B2T) industry, Sonnhalter quickly realized the tremendous impact COVID-19 would have on all facets of our business, so we wanted to not only provide communications resources to help businesses during the pandemic, but also educate ourselves by hearing from all types of industry voices on the effects of the pandemic,” said Matt Sonnhalter, vision architect at Sonnhalter. “Discovering how manufacturers, media, distributors and influencers adjusted to the challenges of this new normal has been a fascinating learning experience and we have been wholly impressed with their ingenuity and resilience during this pandemic.”

To review Sonnhalter’s COVID-19 posts, visit our blog or download the COVID-19 Tip Sheet: Sonnhalter.com/covid-19-tip-sheet.

Viega hosts online training seminars in October Attendees can earn credits and certifications. BROOMFIELD, Colo. (Oct. 1, 2020) – Viega LLC has a full slate of online seminars in October for contractors who want to increase their knowledge and add skills. During the restrictions imposed by COVID-19, the company is making the valuable training easily Read more

Viega hosts online training seminars in October

Attendees can earn credits and certifications.

BROOMFIELD, Colo. (Oct. 1, 2020) – Viega LLC has a full slate of online seminars in October for contractors who want to increase their knowledge and add skills.

During the restrictions imposed by COVID-19, the company is making the valuable training easily accessible to contractors, distributors and others. Viega’s Colorado and New Hampshire seminar centers are closed for now.

Viega, the leading manufacturer of pipe fitting installation technology, is offering 22 classes in such subjects as ProPress, MegaPress and PureFlow PEX, as well as radiant, fire sprinkler and flushing systems training. The classes are taught by Viega’s expert instructors. Some courses offer Continuing Education Units while others include the opportunity to earn industry credentials from Viega.

In addition to the classes below, Viega can schedule requested online sessions for small groups. To inquire about such a session, DM us on social media at @viegallc.

Online seminars are free, but registration is required (all times EDT).

Pressure Testing Press Systems Training – 11 a.m., Oct. 1 PureFlow PEX Credential Training – 2 p.m., Oct. 2 MegaPress Credential Training – 3 p.m., Oct. 5
Industrial Solutions Training – 1 p.m., Oct. 6

Viega Toolbox App Training – 11 a.m., Oct. 7 Flushing Systems Training – 2 p.m., Oct. 8

Climate Panel Installation Training – 10 a.m., Oct. 9 ProPress Credential Training – 4 p.m., Oct. 12 Radiant Training – 11 a.m., Oct. 13

CuNi Credential Training – 2 p.m., Oct. 14

Radiant Manifold and Connections Training – 1 p.m., Oct. 15
Water Management Solutions Training – Noon, Oct. 16
Residential Fire Sprinkler Credential Training – 10 a.m., Oct. 19
MegaPress Press-in Branch Connector Credential Training – 11 a.m., Oct. 20 PEX Piping Systems and Applications Training – 3 p.m., Oct. 21

MegaPress Piping Installation Training – Noon, Oct. 22
PureFlow PEX Credential Training – 10 a.m., Oct. 23
MegaPress Credential Training – 2 p.m., Oct. 26
Hydronic Mixing Block Installation and Programming Training – 4 p.m., Oct. 27 Residential Fire Sprinkler Installation Training – 1 p.m., Oct. 28

MegaPress Stainless Credential Training – 3 p.m., Oct. 29 ProPress Stainless Credential Training – 10 a.m., Oct. 30

To register and learn more, click here.

In addition to the online training, Viega continues its “TechTalk LIVE!” program. Master plumbers and Viega training managers Troy Locke and Bo DeAngelo discuss technical topics and answer questions from viewers in real time. Previous sessions are available on Viega’s YouTube channel.