VACAVILLE, Calif. - Stephen P. Eberhard, president and CEO of Simpson Dura-Vent, announced details of the company’s recent reorganization of its sales and distribution departments. According to him, these changes spring from the acquisition of ProTech Systems (PTS) in Albany, N.Y., and the cessation of manufacturing operations at the company’s Vicksburg, Miss., facility.

“The acquisition of PTS enables the company to offer a complete line of chimney and venting systems to the HVAC, plumbing, and specialty hearth markets,” said Eberhard. “The addition of PTS’s FasNSeal® (Special Gas Vent) for Category II, III, and IV appliances rounds out the company’s offering to the plumbing-heating-cooling market.”

The cessation of manufacturing operations in Vicksburg enabled the company to consolidate manufacturing in Vacaville and Albany. According to Eberhard, this resulted in a leaner, more responsive manufacturing organization. The Vicksburg facility now serves as the company’s Midwest distribution center. Other distribution facilities are located in California, New York, and Minnesota.

Vacaville and Albany now serve as headquarters for the company’s Eastern and Western Divisions. Each division manages its own manufacturing, engineering, and sales efforts. Martin Wawrla, the former owner of PTS, is the vice president and general manager of the Eastern Division. James Molloy is Eastern division director of sales. The Eastern division is responsible for sales and distribution in New England, the Mid-Atlantic states, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. This division is also responsible for the company’s commercial product sales.

In addition to being the president and CEO, Eberhard manages the Western division. Michael Bruce is the vice president of manufacturing and Todd Lampey is the national sales manager.

“New sales and distribution organization puts sales management closer to the customer. The company’s distribution centers put inventory closer to the markets,” said Eberhard. “Each division has its own customer service and order entry department. These changes will result in unexcelled customer service.”

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Publication date:10/26/2009