05.25.10 Client News

Four new Curious Collection Metallics contain 100% recovered fiber content
Green Power now a standard feature for Metallics

Appleton Coated introduces 100% post-consumer recovered fiber (PCW) content for four of the most-popular Curious Metallics colors that feature glittering, alloy effect and a shimmering, luminescent sheen. Curious Metallics recently updated its palette with 11, new, fashion-forward colors and all colors are now manufactured with electricity in the form of Green Power (wind, hydro and biogas).

Curious Metallics

Curious Metallics

“One of the first of in its category to offer 100% PCW content and Green Power, Curious Metallics increases the environmental and creative choices for designing and printing outstanding communication projects,” says Phil Cavalier, vice president of marketing at Appleton Coated.

From the new total of 23 colors featured in Curious Metallics, four are offered with 100% PCW content:
* Ice Gold Recycled
* Ice Silver Recycled
* White Gold Recycled
* Gold Leaf Recycled

The Curious Metallics full product offering is FSC certified and manufactured in ISO 14001 registered facilities. Third-party auditors regularly evaluate these manufacturing centers to ensure responsible practices and that all fiber used in Curious Collection products is secured from properly managed forests.

Curious Metallics sheets are available in 80-pound text and 111-pound cover. Both weights now are offered in convenient, smaller sheet count packages. Text weights are guaranteed for pre-printing and subsequent printing with desktop laser and inkjet equipment. Compatible with digital presses and suitable for offset lithography, Curious Metallics presents an interesting interplay of ink and metal-like surface that may be enhanced with letterpress, embossing, debossing, die-cutting and foil stamping techniques.

To learn more about printing and designing with Curious Metallics 100% PCW paper options, please visit www.curiouspapers.com. Click on the Curious Penguin to find and contact a local representative.

The Curious Collection of fine papers are manufactured by Arjowiggins, headquartered in Paris, France, and distributed exclusively in North America by Appleton Coated.  Appleton Coated is headquartered in Kimberly, Wisconsin.
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05.24.10 Client News

Graham Construction Services begins Central Corridor Light Rail Transit Advanced Traffic Improvements Project

One of several transit projects for the company

Graham Construction Services, Inc. is working on several transit projects that will transform Minnesota’s commuter landscape. These include Graham’s activities on the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit (CCLRT) Advanced Traffic Improvements project and on the 4th Street Advanced Utility Construction project. In addition, the company has completed the Hiawatha Light Rail Transit line extension to Target Field.

Central Corridor Light Rail Transit Advanced Traffic Improvements Project, Minneapolis
This month, Graham began work on the recently-awarded CCLRT Advanced Traffic Improvements project. This early-stage portion of the Metropolitan Council project is valued at $4 million and encompasses the East Bank area of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus.

Graham will prepare the roadways that will carry additional traffic during the CCLRT construction. The company’s involvement also will include underground utilities, traffic control equipment and interconnections, bituminous roadway pavement, curb and gutter work, demolition and rebuilding of retaining walls, earthwork and landscaping.

This phase of the project is expected to be completed in August 2010. Service on the 11-mile Central Corridor is anticipated to begin in 2014. When it opens, the CCLRT project will link downtown St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis along Washington and University Avenues via the state Capitol and University of Minnesota. The line will connect with the Hiawatha LRT line at the Metrodome station in Minneapolis and the Northstar commuter rail line at the new Target Field Station.

The Metropolitan Council is charged with building the line in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The Central Corridor Management Committee, which includes the mayors of St. Paul and Minneapolis, commissioners from Ramsey and Hennepin counties and the University of Minnesota, provides advice and oversight. The project’s leaders estimated 800 direct construction and management jobs will be provided annually during the CCLRT construction. For details, please see www.centralcorridor.org.

4th Street Advanced Utility Construction Project, St. Paul
Graham is providing construction services for another of the Metropolitan Council’s CCLRT projects. As part of the 4th Street Advanced Utility Construction project team, Graham is helping relocate underground utilities — such as sanitary and storm sewer, hot and chilled water lines, and water main — from beneath the footprint of a new CCLRT track in downtown St. Paul. Graham also is preparing the project’s foundation for the rail’s overhead catenary system.

Work on the project began in September 2009 and is scheduled for completion in November 2010. Bolander Construction is the general contractor for the project and is responsible for the full, finished project and for managing a total, estimated budget of $12.5 million.

Hiawatha Light Rail Transit Line Extension Project, Minneapolis
Among Graham’s transit project experience, the company recently completed the Hiawatha Light Rail Transit (LRT) extension. With a contract value of $29 million, this project connects the LRT with the new Northstar Corridor commuter rail line.

Graham’s efforts included the construction of the new Downtown Intermodal Commuter Rail Station, construction of six steel and glass station buildings located along the rail line, and a 6,300-linear-foot track system. One of the platform stations now serves the new Minnesota Twins Ballpark, Target Field.

As general contractor on the project, Graham’s work also included reconstructing two bridges to support the LRT: The 5th Street bridges over I-394 and the BNSF railroad bridge, which were completed without vehicular or rail traffic interruption. The demolition and reconstruction work was accomplished while maintaining traffic on I-394 and without interruption to BNSF rail traffic.
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For more photos, please see the Metropolitan Council’s “Central Corridor LRT’s photostream” on Flickr.

05.21.10 Association News

PMI Welcomes New Technical Committee Co-Chair

Plumbing Manufacturers Institute (PMI) President Lee Mercer of Moen Incorporated has made his selection for a new co-chair to help lead PMI’s Technical Committee. Mark Malatesta, fittings engineer for American Standard Brands, will serve alongside existing Co-chair Casey Hayes, director of engineered solutions for Haws Corporation. Klaus Fromme recently retired from Bradley Corporation, leaving this opening for a co-chair.

While effective immediately, the three-year term for this position officially begins with the 2010 PMI Fall Meeting, being held in Washington, D.C., Oct. 3-6, at the Liaison Capitol Hill. Malatesta is an experienced committee chair, having previously served as co-chair of the Member Services Committee.

Mark Malatesta

Mercer’s decision to appoint Malatesta was based upon PMI meeting attendance, leadership, expertise and an overall commitment to PMI.

Please see the full news release and portrait available at PMI’s online press room.

05.20.10 Client News

Fashion forecaster guides new colors for Curious Collection’s Translucents and Metallics
100% PCW content available for Metallics’ four, most-popular sheets
Green Power now a standard feature for Metallics & Translucents

New Curious Collection Metallics and Translucents colors were developed in consultation with Li Edelkoort of Studio Edelkoort in New York and Paris. Eleven new, fashion-forward colors were added to Curious Metallics and seven colors were added to Curious Translucents. Beyond these expanded color choices, four of the most-popular Metallics sheets now are available in 100 percent post-consumer recovered fiber (PCW) content. Also newly announced is Green Power as a standard feature for the Metallics and Translucents lines (renewable energy in the form of wind, hydro, and biogas).

Curious Metallics‘ new, fashion-inspired colors include:

Curious Metallics

Curious Metallics

* Super Gold – a shimmery, saturated gold
* Mandarin – a beautifully subtle orange
* Cognac – a warm, medium brown
* Olive and Lime – two shades of green for a fresh, environmental flavor
* Red Lacquer – the current “lipstick red”
* Chocolate and Shadow – the new “blacks”
* Ink and Blueprint – two hues of nautical and classic blues
* Violette – a current take on plum and purple

From the new total of 23 colors featured in Curious Metallics, four are offered with 100 percent PCW:
* Ice Gold Recycled
* Ice Silver Recycled
* Gold Leaf Recycled
These products are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified and available in both 80-pound text and 111-pound cover weights.

Curious Translucents‘ eye-catching additions include:

Curious Translucents

* Spring – a sure-to-be-popular, bright green shade
* Flame – the warm side of red
* Red Lacquer – the cool side of red
* Steel – a “renaissance-rich” blue
* Blueprint – a saturated, violet-blue
* Chocolate & Shadow – for perfect pairing with the new Metallics
These seven, new colors join the nine, existing colors to bring the total offering to 16.

The new items in Curious Collection are FSC-certified and available in convenient, smaller sheet count packages. To learn more, please visit the recently launched www.curiouspapers.com.

The Curious Collection of fine papers are manufactured by Arjowiggins, headquartered in Paris, France, and distributed exclusively in North America by Appleton Coated. Appleton Coated is headquartered in Kimberly, Wisconsin.

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04.12.10 Association News

Plumbing Manufacturers Institute Hosts Spring Meeting

The Plumbing Manufacturers Institute (PMI) hosted its Spring Meeting, March 14-17, 2010, at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, CA.

The theme for the Spring Meeting, “Expanding the Value,” is an appropriate one, according to Barbara C. Higgens, PMI’s executive director. “As times change and the plumbing industry changes, PMI is working to expand membership, influence, offerings, service and global reach.”

PMI again assembled a top-notch list of guest speakers and topics that both informed and entertained.

The first, full day of the meeting, Mon., March 15, opened with a keynote presentation by Brett Farmiloe and Zach Hubbell entitled “Pursue the Passion: What Our Generation Wants,” which spotlighted Generation Y and what they are looking for in their careers. Their presentation was followed by John Besmer of Planet Propaganda who spoke on branding PMI and its initiatives. The rest of the day consisted of PMI’s Issue, Standing and Product committees’ meetings that included a presentation by Ken Kosman of Habitat for Humanity, who accepted a donation from PMI in the amount of $500. The financial support followed PMI’s “physical” support as members volunteered at a local Habitat for Humanity jobsite just prior to the PMI conference.

The membership voted to accept the 2009 audit at the General Membership meeting. “PMI continues its solid financial track record,” noted Higgens.

The sessions on Tues., March 16, started with a presentation by Amir Tabakh of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, who spoke on the subjects of water and energy conservation. Dr. Bruce La Belle of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control examined California’s AB 1953 lead in plumbing reduction and green chemistry initiative.

The Industrial Environmental Association‘s executive director, Patti Krebs made a presentation on California’s Environmental Initiatives. Bryan Shirley of the Manufacturers’ Agents National Association spoke on the importance of manufacturers’ representatives in the business world.

In a special presentation, Jack Sim of the World Toilet Organization explained the dire state of sanitation in third world countries and what plumbing manufacturing organizations can do to help. Jeffrey Yoders of Building Construction and Design proved why he is referred to as “BIM Boy” by presenting the latest information on Building Information Modeling mandates. Dr. Donato Lozano of IAPMO R&T examined plumbing product certification in Mexico.

A plumbing industry profile also took place on Tues., March 16, to identify mutual goals and solidify partnerships. Representatives of various plumbing organizations engaged in a lively roundtable event addressing the issues that “keep them up at night” concerning the plumbing industry. The panel included Mike Adelizzi, American Supply Association; Peter Censky, Water Quality Association; Mary Ann Dickinson, Alliance for Water Efficiency; Gerry Kennedy, Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors; John Koeller, Koeller & Associates; Steve Lehtonen, GreenPlumbers® USA; and Ralph Suppa, Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating.

College football coaching legend, Terry Bowden, was the Tuesday night dinner keynote speaker. He spoke about what it takes to create a winning team on the playing field and in the business world.

On Wed., March 17, PMI’s director of strategy and technology, David Hagopian, and PMI’s technical specialist, Charles Hernandez, presented “Focus: Future!” During this presentation, PMI members were challenged to think about what the future holds for PMI and the plumbing industry.

For more information about the PMI Spring Meeting, visit www.pmihome.org or call 847-481-5500. Please note that the 2010 Fall Meeting will take place October 3-6, 2010, at the Liaison Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Please see the full news release and high-resolution photos available at PMI’s online press room.

04.08.10 Association News

Plumbing Manufacturers Institute Announces Changes to Board of Directors

The Plumbing Manufacturers Institute (PMI) announces that Jack Krecek,

Jack Krecek

Jack Krecek

vice president and general manager of the Commercial Business Unit for Elkay Manufacturing Company, has moved into the role of First Vice President and will serve as PMI’s President in 2011.

The move was prompted by the departure of Bill Ball, vice president of engineering for WCM Industries, from the Executive Committee due to increasing demands on his time, which prevents him from fulfilling his PMI role. Ball remains on the Board of Directors as a Director at Large. Stewart Yang, vice president of engineering for Kohler Co., will move into the role of Second Vice President. Yang will become PMI President in 2012.

Jeff Baldwin, engineering manager for T&S Brass and Bronzeworks, was named to the PMI Executive Committee as Treasurer for the balance of 2010, completing Yang’s term.

Please see the full news release and high-resolution photos available at PMI’s online press room.

02.24.10 Association News

Plumbing Manufacturers Institute announces hiring of Technical Specialist

PMI announces that Charles Hernandez has joined the organization as technical specialist, reporting to PMI‘s executive director, Barbara C. Higgens.

Charles Hernandez

Charles Hernandez

Hernandez will be responsible for fielding and researching members’ technical questions, analyzing and reporting on proposed code and standard changes and attending and monitoring code and standard hearings and meetings.

“We are delighted to have Charles join our organization,” said Higgens. “As his title implies, Charles will support PMI’s technical initiatives primarily in the area of codes and standards. He brings with him a wealth of practical knowledge, having been a licensed plumber, a project manager and an advocate. Charles will work with PMI’s director of strategy and technology, David Hagopian, who joined PMI earlier this month.”

Hernandez most recently worked as an independent consultant, providing guidance on project management, efficiency improvements and maintenance management. He also has worked with the Illinois Labor Relations Board as a board member, administering the Illinois Labor Relations Act and policymaking actions in regards to state law.

Hernandez resides in Batavia, IL, with his wife and daughter.

Please see the full news release available at PMI’s online press room.