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Commerce, Calif. and Exeter, N.H. — Anvil International (“Anvil”), a global designer, manufacturer and provider of high-quality products that connect and support piping systems, and Smith-Cooper International (“SCI”), a global designer and provider of branded, high-quality pipes, valves, and fittings, today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement to merge. The combined company will Read More

Commerce, Calif. and Exeter, N.H. — Anvil International (“Anvil”), a global designer, manufacturer and provider of high-quality products that connect and support piping systems, and Smith-Cooper International (“SCI”), a global designer and provider of branded, high-quality pipes, valves, and fittings, today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement to merge. The combined company will be majority owned by Tailwind Capital. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The combined company will be a leading designer, manufacturer and provider of products that connect and support piping systems, with a portfolio of high-quality, global brands including AFCON, Anvil, Anvil EPS, Anvil- Strut, Basic-PSA, Beck, Catawissa, Cooplok, Cooplet, FlexHead, FPPI, Gruvlok, J.B. Smith, North Alabama Pipe, Megawatt, SCI, Sharpe, SPF/Anvil and SprinkFLEX. Together Anvil and Smith-Cooper will offer a more comprehensive product portfolio to national, regional and local distributors across North America serving the industrial, commercial, fire protection, energy and mining end markets.

Upon closing, Jason Hild, Chief Executive Officer of SCI, will serve as Chief Executive Officer of the combined company, and Tom Fish, President and CEO of Anvil, will serve as Chairman. All additional members of Anvil’s and Smith-Cooper’s senior management teams will remain with the combined company. No changes to either company’s facilities footprint are anticipated at this time as a result of the combination.

“Bringing together Anvil and Smith-Cooper is a unique opportunity to significantly expand the strong and complementary capabilities of both organizations,” said Jason Hild. “Anvil’s commitment to domestic manufacturing and deep relationships with their distributor partners make them an excellent complement to Smith-Cooper, with our expertise in global sourcing and our ability to strongly service our customers. We are excited to work collaboratively with the talented Anvil team to create a bright future for our combined business.”

“We are excited to be joining forces with Smith-Cooper and have great respect for their team, sourcing capabilities and high-quality products,” said Tom Fish. “Together, we will be positioned to offer a wider breadth of products and best-in-class service that our combined customer base wants, needs and deserves. We have many terrific opportunities ahead and I look forward to partnering with Jason and our teams to drive the long- term growth of our business.”

“This transaction combines two phenomenal businesses and management teams to create a world-class platform that can comprehensively serve the pipe, valves and fittings market,” said Jeff Calhoun, Partner at Tailwind. “We look forward to supporting Jason, Tom and the entire leadership team as they continue to pursue strategic growth opportunities.”

The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2019, and is subject to customary closing conditions.

JP Morgan and BlackArch Partners served as financial advisor and Dechert served as legal advisor to Anvil. Barclays served as financial advisor and Davis Polk & Wardwell served as legal advisor to Smith-Cooper.

The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) is seeking volunteers with a technical background in designing plumbing systems, specifically domestic water heating systems, to participate on Working Group 15 to develop a new American National Standard on system design methods used to regulate the temperature of water exiting a fixture or appliance in domestic water Read More

The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) is seeking volunteers with a technical background in designing plumbing systems, specifically domestic water heating systems, to participate on Working Group 15 to develop a new American National Standard on system design methods used to regulate the temperature of water exiting a fixture or appliance in domestic water distribution systems. Ideal candidates would be plumbing system designers/engineers, piping system experts, code authorities, and others knowledgeable in plumbing system design techniques.

ASPE 15 is intended to reduce the potential for hot water scalds and related injuries, as well as reduce the risk of thermal shock due to pressure disturbances within the domestic water distribution system. It will fill a void that exists in current product standards by addressing the total system design from the point of entry, through the distribution system, and to the point of use.

The deadline to apply is May 10, 2019. Interested individuals are encouraged to fill out the application here: ASPE Standards Committee Application. For more information, please contact WG 15 Chair, Chris Haldiman, at Chris.Haldiman@wattswater.com or ASPE Sr. Director of Technical & Regulatory Affairs, Ramiro Mata, at rmata@aspe.org.

Talent management will continue to drive company’s growth in providing advanced mechanical solutions for institutional and government customers in the Washington, D.C. metro area Rockville, Md. — Shapiro & Duncan, the “Provider of Choice” for complex commercial, government and institutional design-build projects that require first-rate performance, work quality and customer service, today announced that a sharpened Read More

Talent management will continue to drive company’s growth in providing advanced mechanical solutions for institutional and government customers in the Washington, D.C. metro area

Rockville, Md. — Shapiro & Duncan, the “Provider of Choice” for complex commercial, government and institutional design-build projects that require first-rate performance, work quality and customer service, today announced that a sharpened focus on talent management will continue to drive its strategic direction in 2019.

“The dominant trend in today’s construction industry is workforce – whoever has the best talent wins,” said Jerry Shapiro, President of Shapiro & Duncan. “That’s why our number one strategic priority this year is continuing to be smart and selective in hiring, training, educating and retaining people who are proud to live by our core values.”

For Shapiro & Duncan, the success formula has been and always will be about people and their performance. In traditional markets and growth markets, on projects that require high-tech or low-tech tools, and through good economic times and tough times, the company’s watchwords remain constant: “Our People Perform.”

“Heading into 2019, we have the largest backlog of work in our history and the margins are coming back,” said Mark Drury, Vice President of business development. “Our strong track records in healthcare, university work and data centers give us a strong footing in the marketplace. We have been able to hire many good people in recent years who have strengthened project management, our service department and special projects.”

As a result, said Drury, “Across the board, we are poised for continued purposeful growth. Our goal in 2019 is to continue a planned sustainable growth.”

According to Drury, Shapiro & Duncan’s main strategic objective in 2019 will continue to be talent management. The 2019 initiatives center around:

  • Strategic hiring, ongoing training and education, and designing a more frequent and continuous employee evaluation process.
  • Continued focus on the front end of projects to maximize opportunities for project success.
  • Continued investing in intelligence enhanced by putting the best minds together in the project planning stages.
  • Making the most of key front-end tools including the company’s leading-edge tools and technologies; 51,000-square-foot fabrication shop located in Landover, Md.; and best practices such as lean construction techniques.

Metrics are a key element of any strategic business plan. Shapiro & Duncan’s measurement focus in 2019, Drury said, “will be on evaluation of social media and marketing campaigns to verify that new employees coming through the door identify these as main attractors.”

Apple Valley, Minn. — Uponor North America was recently honored with the Minnesota Real Estate Journal award in the Industrial/Manufacturing/Science category for the design and build-out of the company’s new PEX (crosslinked polyethylene) pipe manufacturing plant in Hutchinson, Minn. More than 225 projects were nominated from across the state with honorees selected by a panel Read More

Uponor wins Minnesota Real Estate Journal award for recently renovated Hutchinson facilityApple Valley, Minn. — Uponor North America was recently honored with the Minnesota Real Estate Journal award in the Industrial/Manufacturing/Science category for the design and build-out of the company’s new PEX (crosslinked polyethylene) pipe manufacturing plant in Hutchinson, Minn. More than 225 projects were nominated from across the state with honorees selected by a panel of judges.
Uponor opened the 237,000-square-foot facility in May 2018, six months ahead of schedule, and has already added more than 50 jobs in the community.
Uponor wins Minnesota Real Estate Journal award for recently renovated Hutchinson facility
“The Uponor team is world-class,” says Jeremy Baer, Principle of TEKTON Engineers, which worked on design of the Hutchinson project.
“Their process of creating a vision, developing the project, organizing the team, and executing the project all but ensures that their projects are worthy of emulation and adulation by the industrial community. We at TEKTON Engineers are proud to be trusted partners of the Uponor design process and pleased to see that Uponor is being recognized for its work.”
Uponor wins Minnesota Real Estate Journal award for recently renovated Hutchinson facility

Registrations are strong for the 4th Annual Women in Energy Conference from Sunday, May 19 to Monday, May 20 at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA. This event will coincide with the Eastern Energy Expo and feature an empowering two-day program filled with education and networking. This year’s Conference theme is “Connecting, Empowering, and Succeeding.” Read More

Registrations are strong for the 4th Annual Women in Energy Conference from Sunday, May 19 to Monday, May 20 at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA. This event will coincide with the Eastern Energy Expo and feature an empowering two-day program filled with education and networking.
This year’s Conference theme is “Connecting, Empowering, and Succeeding.” Attendees will make valuable industry connections and gain strategies to take their careers to the next level.
The program will begin on Sunday with a panel discussion with industry leaders about empowering the next generation. Later that evening, attendees with gather for networking, dinner, and a keynote presentation by Tracey Jones, President of Tremendous Leadership. A service Academy graduate and decorated military veteran with twelve years in the Air Force, another ten in corporate boardrooms-plus an MBA in Global Management-and 12 years as a small business owner, Tracey has built an impressive career and a background that can relate to any audience. A believer in the value of lifelong learning, Tracey is in the research phase of her PhD in leadership. Her research focuses on the intersection of crisis management, followership, and self-motivation. Her keynote will focus on SPARK: Igniting the Greatness Within. Special thank you to Pennsylvania Petroleum for sponsoring our keynote speaker!
On Monday morning, communications expert Ann Ward will give a seminar called Tough Conversations Made Easy. And in the afternoon, there will be a roundtable session about time-saving technology tools, a discussion about savvy investment strategies, and a session on best practices for running your business.
Check out our full conference schedule by clicking on the conference page. You will find a variety of registration options including just the dinner and keynote presentation.