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Small-business branding specialists select award-winning home services public relations agency to deliver PR experience and expertise. Knoxville, Tenn. —  KickCharge Creative, an award-winning branding agency specializing in small business marketing for contractors, has selected Ripley PR, the leading global public relations experts for home services, skilled trades and B2B, as its agency of record. New Jersey-based KickCharge Read more

Small-business branding specialists select award-winning home services public relations agency to deliver PR experience and expertise.

Knoxville, Tenn. —  KickCharge Creative, an award-winning branding agency specializing in small business marketing for contractors, has selected Ripley PR, the leading global public relations experts for home services, skilled trades and B2B, as its agency of record.

New Jersey-based KickCharge Creative has set the standard for small business marketing for more than 25 years. The company offers a full suite of services, including branding, logo development, truck wrap design, website design and development, social media and copywriting, to deliver measureable results for startups and small- and mid-sized businesses.

“Ripley PR and KickCharge share a passion for helping contractors and other entrepreneurs in the skilled trades, so we know this is going to be an incredibly productive relationship,” said Dan Antonelli, president of KickCharge. “When the best of the industry team up like this, they push each other to perform at a new level. The ultimate benefit goes to our clients, who see new opportunities for success as a result of that synergy.”

Ripley PR was founded in 2013 with a focus on home services, skilled trades and B2B technology public relations. Ripley PR offers strategic communications services that help clients build brand awareness, establish positive reputations and drive increased leads and sales. Ripley PR was named to Forbes’ list of America’s Best PR Agencies for 2021 and has been named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s list of the Top Franchise Suppliers four years in a row.

“KickCharge is truly committed to helping small businesses by providing world-class branding services,” said Heather Ripley, CEO and founder of Ripley PR. “They create powerful brands that make a critical difference for entrepreneurs in the industries we serve. We’re eager to cement KickCharge’s position at the top of our industry in 2021.”

RLS® LLC (“RLS”), manufacturer of the first press-to-connect fittings for the HVAC and refrigeration industries, announces the launch of their new RLS Certified Installer online training program at training.rapidlockingsystem.com. The new training portal walks HVAC/R contractors through the step-by-step process of making reliable, permanent copper tube connections using RLS press technology. “We’re very excited to Read more

RLS® LLC (“RLS”), manufacturer of the first press-to-connect fittings for the HVAC and refrigeration industries, announces the launch of their new RLS Certified Installer online training program at training.rapidlockingsystem.com. The new training portal walks HVAC/R contractors through the step-by-step process of making reliable, permanent copper tube connections using RLS press technology.

“We’re very excited to offer this comprehensive new training program for users of RLS press fittings,” said Paul Schubert, President of RLS. “The new portal explains our patented press technology, how and why it works so well, and the steps required for proper installation. Both audio descriptions and video demonstrations are used to reinforce the material and facilitate learning.”

Users must pass a series of quizzes as they work through each section of the training program, as well as a final test after completing the entire course. After passing the final test, a customized certificate of completion can be downloaded.

In conjunction with the new training program launch, RLS has also introduced a new company logo. The new design comes as the company celebrates the sixth anniversary of the introduction of its revolutionary technology to the HVAC/R market. Originally introduced in 2015 under the ZoomLock® brand through a partnership with Parker Hannifin Corporation, RLS fittings are now sold exclusively under the RLS brand.

“Now that RLS press fittings have taken on their own identity in the marketplace, we felt it was time to give our logo a new look that represents our leadership position in the industry,” said Schubert. “The logo emphasizes our patented fitting design, including the unique flared ends which make it instantly recognizable as an HVAC/R fitting, setting it apart from those used for plumbing.”

RLS designs, develops, and proudly manufactures its fittings in America, at its centrally located Missouri factory. The press fittings replace the time-consuming and demanding conventional practice of manually brazing HVAC/R copper joints. RLS fittings allow for faster, more consistent connections that reduce total installed cost while also enhancing safety, since they do not require an open flame.

RLS is a subsidiary of Marmon Holdings, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway company. For more information, visit rapidlockingsystem.com or training.rapidlockingsystem.com for the new online training program.

Indianapolis — Mr. Plumber, a leading provider of plumbing services serving central Indiana, announced the acquisition of Heffner Plumbing, a plumbing service provider that has operated in Avon, Plainfield, Zionsville and Brownsburg for more than twenty years. The acquisition comes as Mr. Plumber continues to work toward growing its customer base in central Indiana. “Heffner Plumbing Read more

Indianapolis — Mr. Plumber, a leading provider of plumbing services serving central Indiana, announced the acquisition of Heffner Plumbing, a plumbing service provider that has operated in Avon, Plainfield, Zionsville and Brownsburg for more than twenty years. The acquisition comes as Mr. Plumber continues to work toward growing its customer base in central Indiana.

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“Heffner Plumbing has had a long history of success, and is led by someone who provides exemplary service,” said Jacob Huck, president of Williams Comfort Air, which operates Mr. Plumber. “Our team is thrilled to welcome Heffner Plumbing owner, David Heffner, to the organization. With a focus on customer satisfaction and thorough work, we share the same ideals about what makes for exceptional service, and we look forward to continuing to offer that service to customers as we expand our footprint in the Indianapolis area.”

David Heffner has more than 30 years of plumbing experience in residential, commercial and new construction buildings, and will be joining the Mr. Plumber team.

“The reputation Mr. Plumber has is one of truly caring about its customers,” said Heffner. “I’ve always cared deeply about providing quality, fair and professional service to customers, and I look forward to continuing that work with Mr. Plumber.”

For more information about Mr. Plumber, visit https://mrplumberindy.com/.

Irvine, Calif. — Navien, Inc., the number one brand in high efficiency condensing tankless water heaters, combi-boilers and wall-hung boilers in North America, has announced two virtual launch events for the beginning of 2021. On February 16, 2021, Navien will host a live virtual launch event for their new line of boiler and combi-boiler products Read more

Irvine, Calif. — Navien, Inc., the number one brand in high efficiency condensing tankless water heaters, combi-boilers and wall-hung boilers in North America, has announced two virtual launch events for the beginning of 2021.

On February 16, 2021, Navien will host a live virtual launch event for their new line of boiler and combi-boiler products. Another live event on March 16, 2021 will introduce Navien’s latest water heater innovations. Each event will offer insight on the newest products from Navien and allow attendees to interact and ask questions live with the Navien team.

Registration for both events is up now at navieninc.com/live.

Ambler, Pa. — Bradford White Corporation, an industry-leading manufacturer of residential, commercial, and industrial heating solutions and storage applications, announced they have concluded their asset purchase of Keltech, Inc. from Bradley Corporation. Keltech is a manufacturer of commercial and industrial tankless electric water heaters. The acquisition expands Bradford White’s portfolio of commercial and industrial electric products Read more

Ambler, Pa. — Bradford White Corporation, an industry-leading manufacturer of residential, commercial, and industrial heating solutions and storage applications, announced they have concluded their asset purchase of Keltech, Inc. from Bradley Corporation. Keltech is a manufacturer of commercial and industrial tankless electric water heaters.

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The acquisition expands Bradford White’s portfolio of commercial and industrial electric products to help satisfy the needs of a broader customer base and better position them for the on-going adoption of electrification initiatives in communities throughout North America.

The Keltech acquisition also begins a new partnership between Bradford White and Bradley Corporation. Bradford White will supply Bradley with the electric commercial tankless water heaters that complement their safety products such as emergency eye wash and emergency safety shower stations.

According to senior director of Marketing Communications, Carl Pinto, Jr., “Initially, Bradford White’s Laars Heating Systems subsidiary will have primary responsibility for the sales and marketing of the Keltech electric tankless water heater line. Bradford White Water Heaters and Niles Steel Tank customers interested in the Keltech products can reach out to their representatives regarding product availability.”

Until further notice, current Keltech customers should continue to use their existing Keltech contacts for sales and service support.