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Intech Equipment & Supply hires Dennis Alter

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Intech Equipment & Supply, a Phoenix-based roofing and insulation equipment provider, has hired Dennis Alter as southeast technical service manager.

Alter will be based in the company’s Madison, Ga. location and will support its five full service branches in California, Texas, Arizona, Missouri and Arkansas, as well as coverage for some other southeastern states.

"We’re very excited to have Dennis on board," said Jake Jacobson, director of business and market development for Intech Equipment & Supply. "Having been a spray foam applicator, Dennis is a great resource to the spray foam markets in a training or technical support role. With extensive knowledge of Graco, Gusmer and Glascraft spray foam equipment, Dennis’ broad background and expertise will be a valuable addition to our team."

Previously, he served as operations manager for Spray Foam Systems, in which role he as in charge of rig building, technical support and training. 

With over 15 years of experience in insulation and spray foam, Alter is certified as an instructor and field examiner by the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance. He is also a former U.S. Marine Corps member.

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Back in the US: Whirlpool brings manufacturing home

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In a move that’s sure to be seen as a boon for American manufacturing, Whirlpool Corporation has announced its plans to move the production of its commercial front-load washing machines from Monterrey, Mexico to Clyde, Ohio, with production officially beginning in April 2014.

"We continue to invest in advanced manufacturing processes in our Clyde, Ohio plant where we have a highly skilled workforce, making this a smart, long-term business decision for us," said Jeff Durham,VP U.S. manufacturing for Whirlpool Corporation. "We look forward to ramping up production and building this quality product, for the U.S. and abroad, right here in Clyde Ohio."

According to the company, this is part of an overall strategy to build products in the same regions where they are primarily sold. The relocation will create 80-100 new jobs in Clyde over the next three years, as well as increase operational efficiencies.

The Clyde plant, at 2.4 million sq. ft., is the largest washing machine plant in the world, according to the company. All residential washers are currently produced there.

The washing machines in question are primarily sold in the U.S., with only 10% being exported to Europe, Australia, Latin America and Asia. 

Meanwhile, Whirlpool’s Mexico facility will add a new residential washer production line for the Mexico market.

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Johns Manville stocks mineral wool insulation

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Johns Manville added commercial and residential mineral wool insulation to its product mix.

“Mineral wool is a great addition to JM’s already robust line of insulation products,” said Fred Stephan, SVP insulation systems at Johns Manville. “Building occupants benefit from acoustically superior environments, moisture protection and increased fire performance. Contractors also enhance their bottom line because it’s rigid for accurate cutting and fitting, compressed and durable for easy transport and requires zero downtime during installation.”

The wool is made from high-density inorganic fibers and is manufactured using an advanced process, which results in a low amount of shot material and product consistency. According to the company, Johns Manville is the only manufacturer providing compression packaging for mineral wool products.

Mineral wool has a high melting point — over 2000°F — which can help delay the spread of fire, as well as provide better insulation from sound and reduce energy costs.

JM mineral wool lends itself to easy, accurate cuts and is available in various thicknesses and sizes.

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