Free replacement of dip tube on some water heaters The...

INDUSTRY WATCH

March 05, 2000

Free replacement of dip tube on some water heaters

The Maryland attorney general's office said a major class-action settlement will provide free replacement of a water heater component.

The component, called a dip tube, has been known to deteriorate on certain water heaters, causing a loss of pressure and temperature and the appearance of small white or gray particles in the hot water supply that can damage other appliances that use hot water. Consumers who have had problems with their hot water are also entitled to have their plumbing systems flushed and be reimbursed for any related repairs for which they have already paid.

The settlement covers water heaters manufactured by American Water Heater Co., A. O. Smith Corp., Bradford White Corp., Lochinvar Corp., Rheem Manufacturing Co. and State Industries Inc. Call 800-329-0561 or visit: www.diptubesettlement.com to get a list of the eligible serial numbers and information on how to file a claim.

News in Brief

TruGreen LandCare said it has acquired landscape company Scapes, which has locations in Atlanta and Ashburn, Va.

O'Conor, Piper & Flynn ERA said the following agents were the top sellers in their offices in January: Georgie Berkinshaw, Annapolis Church Circle; Tina Marine, Annapolis Plaza; Cecil Hill Jr., Bel Air/Abingdon; Diana Hirschhorn, Bel Air/Forest Hill; Tom Carney, Bethany Beach; Susan Thomas, BWI; Evelyn Lewis, Camp Springs; Kendall Skirven, Catonsville; Harlan C. Williams, Cecil County; Jan Sampson, Charlotte Hall; Rogers Smith, Chestertown; Sue Wett- stein-Brazzel, Columbia; Dawn Baxter, Crofton; Joan Wilson, Dundalk; Chivy Wieland, Easton; Sandy Mosberg, Eldersburg; Diane Kenworthy, Ellicott City; Heather Comstock, Federal Hill; Sandra Cohen, Fells Point; Ralph Brown, Frederick; Donna Sweet, Glen Burnie; Whit Harvey, Greenspring; Suzanne Glocker and Florence Taylor-Block, Hagerstown; Tracey Oates, Hampstead; Glen Lacher, Hunt Valley; Sean O'Conor, Jacksonville; Ken Dyson, LaPlata; Sam Wentworth, Lexington Park; Debbie DeFelippo, Mount Airy; Anne Menaquale, Newark; Ed Galyon, Ocean City, 104th Street; Marianne Leizure, Ocean Pines; Tom Eichelberger, Odenton; Roy Dowe, Owings Mills; Debbie Iverson and Ournell Mack, Pasadena; Angela Evans and Steve Daniller, Reisterstown; Linda Bova, Rehobeth Beach; Angel Stevens, Roland Park/Stone Mill; Peter Dischinger, Roland Park/Wyndhurst; Lore Peterson and Wil Tolbert, Severn; Kathy Langsner, Severna Park; Jim Blum, Timonium; Karen Ege, Towson/Lutherville; Ashley Richardson, Towson/South; Melinda Roark, Waldorf; Paul and Betty Meyer, Westminster; Karen Jones, White Marsh.

Coldwell Banker Grempler Realty Inc. said Michael Nocolaides, Gerry Johnson and Michel Smith have joined the company as full-time sales associates.

The Loading Dock, a nonprofit organization which recycles surplus building materials by donating them to low-income communities, said the following companies donated surplus materials in January: Ardo Contracting Inc., Belair Road Supply Co., Carpentry & Hardware Services; Carters Carpet & Flooring, Central Wholesales Inc., Corridor Flooring Associates, Crown Stairs and Rails, Dutton Avenue Marketing Inc., International Paper/Nevamar, J. J. Haines & Co., Maisel Bros. Inc., Meyer Sons Builders, Monarch Manufacturing Inc., Moulding & Millwork Co. , Mosaic Tile Co., Owens Corning, Preferred Painting, Prodec Finishes, Roesel-Heck Co., Sinclair Supply Co., Thomas Howe Improvement Co., and Washington Roofing Products Co. The Loading Dock is located in the Northwest Business Center, 2523 Gwynns Falls Parkway in Baltimore. Call 410-728-DOCK or visit [W6: www.loadingdock.org] for more information.

American SkyCorp Inc. of Timonium announced the expansion of its wholesale lending division into Georgia. The division continues to operate in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia and Florida.

Century 21 Diana Realty Inc. said it has received the Gold Medallion Award and the Quality Service Office Award from Century 21 Real Estate Corp. The Gold Medallion Award recognizes Century 21 offices that earn $850,000 in adjusted gross commissions or 275 award units within a calendar year.

The Maryland Chapter of the Council of Residential Specialists said Shirley Matlock, an associate with RE/Max Advantage Realty, has been elected its president.

Richstone Custom Homes announced its recent formation. The company, in Owings Mills, will coordinate all phases of home construction for customers, from site planning and architectrural design to building, interior design and landscaping.

Century 21 Results Inc. said it has received the Quality Service Pinnacle Award from Century 21 Real Estate Corp. for the third consecutive year. The award is given to Century 21 offices with 95 percent or greater overall customer satisfaction.

Builder's 1st Choice said Patricia Marshalek received the Regional and Silver Award from the National Sales and Marketing Awards Council for excellence in new-home sales as well as achievements and contributions to the builder, community and industry.

O'Conor, Piper & Flynn ERA said Steve Meszaros, manager of the company's Mount Airy office, has been elected president of the Carroll County Million Dollar Association.

The Real Estate Brokers of Baltimore Inc., a minority real estate trade organization, said the following people were elected as officers: Veronica Tobin, president; April Jackson, vice president; Joyce Smith, financial secretary; Edna Myers, corresponding secretary; Jackie Nelson, recording secretary; Deborah Curry, treasurer; Lois Bollin, parliamentarian; John McPhaul, Sergeant-at-Arms and Donnell Spivey, chairman of the board.

On the Move

Sterling/CHC Realty said Ed Buell and Julie Leppo have joined the company.

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