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Plumbing company boosts sales team

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The Keeney Manufacturing Company and Plumb Pak, a plumbing industry supplier, welcomed John Watkins to its sales management team.

Watkins is responsible for key account sales and will be based out of Chicago. 

He is a graduate of Purdue University and brings 15 years of experience working with leading retail and wholesale accounts in the plumbing and hardware industry, the company said. 

"I look forward to helping Plumb Pak and Keeney further its position as an industry leading manufacturer and supplier, and enhancing our strong U.S. and international brands," Watkins said.

"We are extremely excited to have John as a part of the Keeney Manufacturing team, as he has an expansive comprehension of the retail plumbing industry," said Stuart Holden, CEO. "He is focused on positioning us as a creative, aggressive American manufacturer, while leveraging our international assets. Both our Canadian brand, Belanger Faucet Company, and our KMC Jiangmen manufacturing operations benefit from John’s leadership."

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The Canadian Standards Association names a chairman

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Dr. BJ Yeh has been named chairman of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) 1369 Technical Committee on Wood-Based Panels.

The Committee puts out four national consensus standards on plywood and oriented strand board in Canada: CSA O121 Candian Douglas Fir Plywood, CSA O151 Canadian Softwood Plywood, CSA O153 Poplar Plywood and CSA O325 Construction Sheathing.

Yeh is also director of technical services for APA-The Engineered Wood Association, which sponsors CSA standards on wood structural panels and structural glued laminated timber.

Yeh is a voting member on CSA O86 Engineering Design in Wood, Chair of ASTM D07.02 Committee on Lumber and Engineered Wood Products, Secretariat of seven American National Standards under American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and Convener of ISO Technical Committee TC165 Working Group 2 on Structural Glued Laminated Elements.

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