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Viega is providing solutions for breweries all over the U.S., including Revolver Brewery, pictured here with Co-owner, Rhett Keisler.

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  • TAPPED INBREWERIES FIND NEW SOLUTIONS

    KEEPING MEGAYACHTS AFLOAT

    GAS PIPING SOLUTION FOR TIGHT SPACES

    OLD BUILDING GETS NEW LIFE

    JOURNAL OF PLUMBING, HEATING AND PIPE JOINING SYSTEMS FROM VIEGA LLC

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  • Contents 3 Letter from the CEO5 Letter from the COO 6 Old building gets new life on campus8 Tapped In: Solutions for the craft beer craze12 Breaking ground in the U.S. manufacturing industry14 Keeping a legacy alive16 Lively beach-front resort brings Vegas luxury to east coast18 Keeping megayachts afloat a full-time job 20 Behind the scenes22 Making industry education and training accessible24 Tall tale turns into a gem for Tennessee 26 Fit for school28 A gas piping solution for very tight spaces30 Do more with training from Viega 31 TechTalk

    WHATS INSIDE

    Keeping megayachts afloat

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    Tapped in

    8

    Gas piping solution for tight spaces

    18

    Featured on the coverViega is providing solutions

    for breweries all over the U.S., including Revolver

    Brewery, pictured here with Co-owner, Rhett Keisler.

    6Old building gets new life

    In MemoriamThis issue of the Viega Voice is dedicated to the memory of Doug R. Martin, founding partner with Bruce Hornberger of M&H Sales. Doug passed away on October 2, 2015. M&H Sales is a long time independent rep agency and has been an integral part of Viegas growth for the past 20 years in the Philadelphia area. Doug was a respected business partner, a true professional and a great friend to many. Doug touched lives in so many positive ways. His customer relationships and work ethic will be fondly remembered by all who knew him. Our sincere condolences to Dougs business associates, family and friends.

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  • LETTER FROM THE CEO

    Dave Garlow

    As another year passes, we look and plan ahead. At Viega, we have enjoyed

    many successes over the years that form the foundation of our future; we have

    always built on these successes.

    More Viega product was installed in 2015 than any other year in Viega

    history. This translates into simplifying and improving the work of our

    customers, and provides quality safe piping systems for their clients.

    We had record attendance at the educational facility in Nashua, NH this

    year and we are planning further improvements to our program, including a

    new training facility in Denver, CO. You will hear more about this in future issues

    of the Viega Voice. The core of the Viega training experience wont change,

    though. It has always been about how engineers, contractors, code officials and

    distributors leverage that newfound intelligence in the field to improve quality.

    By modernizing our

    behind-the-scenes processes,

    it builds a stronger staff, even

    better customer service and

    the ability to get our products

    to market faster.

    We have continued

    with heavy investments in

    the supply chain, in both

    manufacturing and logistics. We broke ground at the end of last year in

    McPherson, KS on a facility that will provide additional manufacturing space

    for our metal systems including Viega MegaPress the only carbon steel press

    fittings for gas and hydronic applications.

    The successes of 2015 are the rock on which 2016 is built. All good

    businesses reflect on the past and use it as a road map guiding them to their

    next great milestone.

    We hope 2016 represents your next great milestone, and may your reflection

    at the years end inspire your successes for the New Year. Well be here if you

    need us so dont hesitate to call.

    From our Viega family to yours, we wish you a happy Holiday Season.

    Merry Christmas. All the best for 2016.

    THE SUCCESSES OF 2015 ARE THE ROCK ON WHICH

    2016 IS BUILT.

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  • Viega MegaPress Systems

    For hydronic and gas applications

    Viega MegaPress is the only clean, secure and effi cient choice for joining black iron pipe. It is suitable for renovations, repairs or installation of new steel pipe systems. Differentiated by sealing elements, Viega MegaPress for hydronic applications has a black EPDM sealing element and a green dot on the exterior.

    In addition to the factory-installed EPDM sealing element, Viega MegaPress fi ttings are provided with a 304 stainless steel separator ring and a 420 stainless steel grip ring approved for use in hydronic heating, compressed air, fi re protection and cooling water applications.

    All Viega MegaPress fi ttings are constructed with the patented Smart Connect feature, providing installers added confi dence in their ability to ensure the integrity of connections.

    For more information, call 800-976-9819 or visit www.viega.us

    T H E G L O B A L L E A D E R I N P L U M B I N G , H E A T I N G A N D P I P E J O I N I N G S Y S T E M S

  • LETTER FROM THE COO

    Robert Boots

    As I look out my office window I am reminded of just how great the last year

    has been for the Viega Supply Chain. Earlier this year we broke ground on our

    new Viega MegaPress manufacturing facility in McPherson, KS. With the facility

    soon to be completed, I am reflecting on the past year and all of the actions we

    have taken to get to this point and why.

    For us, service drives everything we do. From the raw materials we source

    to the finished goods we deliver, everything is about providing industry-leading

    service and quality to our valued partners. Its

    why we come to work every day. Its also why

    it is so much fun. As Viega LLC President Dave

    Garlow likes to say, We spend most of our

    waking hours at work so we ought to be able

    to enjoy it. I couldnt agree with him more.

    We live to provide quality, innovative solutions.

    Utilizing our skilled, dedicated employees,

    lean tools, state-of-the-art equipment and

    strategically located distribution centers, we

    take great pride and enjoyment in providing

    you with the products and services

    you deserve.

    Im confident that next year will bring more

    of the same. Our Viega MegaPress facility will

    be completed in early 2016, and production

    will begin soon after. We are already working

    on new and enhanced system solutions and are excited to show you more of

    what Viega LLC has to offer you.

    From all of us at Viega LLC, we wish you and your families a Merry

    Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

    WE TAKE GREAT PRIDE AND

    ENJOYMENT IN PROVIDING YOU

    WITH THE PRODUCTS AND

    SERVICES YOU DESERVE.

    Viega MegaPress Systems

    For hydronic and gas applications

    Viega MegaPress is the only clean, secure and effi cient choice for joining black iron pipe. It is suitable for renovations, repairs or installation of new steel pipe systems. Differentiated by sealing elements, Viega MegaPress for hydronic applications has a black EPDM sealing element and a green dot on the exterior.

    In addition to the factory-installed EPDM sealing element, Viega MegaPress fi ttings are provided with a 304 stainless steel separator ring and a 420 stainless steel grip ring approved for use in hydronic heating, compressed air, fi re protection and cooling water applications.

    All Viega MegaPress fi ttings are constructed with the patented Smart Connect feature, providing installers added confi dence in their ability to ensure the integrity of connections.

    For more information, call 800-976-9819 or visit www.viega.us

    T H E G L O B A L L E A D E R I N P L U M B I N G , H E A T I N G A N D P I P E J O I N I N G S Y S T E M Sv i e g a v o i c e w w w . v i e g a . u s 5

  • OLD BUILDING GETS NEW LIFE ON CAMPUST he industrial-style Tobey Building on the New Hampshire Hospital campus in Concord, NH, was part of a larger campus renovation. Originally built in

    1930 as a home for male patients, today the building is

    home to the State Depart of Employment Security and

    is considered to have one of the most state-of-the-art

    HVAC systems in the U.S.

    SAM Mechanical Services, LLC, a commercial

    plumbing and HVAC company in New Hampshire,

    helped the facility and Lavalle Brensinger Architects

    design and install the new HVAC system.

    This unique, green cooling system significantly

    reduces cooling costs. Power plants that serve New

    Hampshire must keep their output stable in order to

    provide needed electricity during peak daytime hours,

    but during off-peak hours overnight, the unused

    electricity goes to waste. As a result, local power plants

    provide special pricing during off-peak hours, which is

    metered separately. The off-peak ice storage

    production cooling system uses this reduced-rate

    electricity to greatest advantage.

    The system uses chillers to make and store ice in

    underground tanks overnight. During the day, when

    other buildings of comparable size have chiller systems

    running full bore, the Tobey Building is saving money by

    cooling with a recirculating water loop integrated into the

    underground ice tanks.

    ...IT WAS IMPORTANT TO CHOOSE A PRODUCT THAT WOULDNT LEAK, GIVING ME PEACE OF MIND THAT I WAS HELPING KEEP THIS HISTORICAL BUILDING SAFE AND SECURE...

    - Steve April, Owner, SAM Mechanical

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  • SAM Mechanical installed Viega MegaPress fittings

    for the chilled water applications, an additional savings

    factor for the building.

    We had several miles of pipe on each floor, said

    Steve April, owner of SAM Mechanical. It was a green

    design concept where everyone elses bid went

    with geothermal.

    An efficient system all around, the time required

    to transition the Tobey Building to this unique system

    was critical, given the number of components that had

    to come together to make it happen and perform to

    required specifications.

    From our perspective we were able to pipe it up in

    less time and overall less cost using Viega MegaPress

    fittings, April said. It cuts labor in so many ways and

    removes the sometimes-frequent problem of threading

    and cutting equipment thats not working properly.

    The Tobey job, which had thousands of fittings, saved

    at least 50% of piping installation time.

    Viega has the only press system for black iron pipe

    installations that covers hydronic applications with

    MegaPress and Viega MegaPressG

    for gas systems.

    With system-matched tools and

    jaws, connections are made in less

    than seven seconds, making Viega

    MegaPress suitable for virtually

    any type of project. For the Tobey

    Building, where time and quality

    counted, SAM Mechanical trusted

    Viega to get the job done right the

    first time.

    I would encourage anyone

    considering using Viega MegaPress

    to do it, April said. At the end of the day a big job can

    have a substantial savings especially in labor. As far

    as the Tobey Building, with that many fittings, it was

    important to choose a product that wouldnt leak, giving

    me peace of mind that I was helping keep this historical

    building safe and secure for decades to come.

    SAM Mechanical used Viega MegaPress for chilled water in a state-of-the-art HVAC system.

    The Tobey Building has a unique form of cooling that uses chillers to make ice that is stored underground.

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  • SOLUTIONS FOR THE CRAFT BEER CRAZE

    I n todays growing craft beer market, there are many things that make a good beer, but for most breweries, its the ingredients that make a great beer.

    Any good chef will tell you that it takes more than

    just a list of ingredients to produce a great dish its

    the people who prepare it that make it unforgettable.

    That idea proves true in this industry where grain,

    hops, yeast and water combine to make beer but

    the passion, personality and do-it-yourself brewers are

    creating nothing short of art.

    In 2014 there were 3,464 U.S. breweries registered

    with the Brewers Association, brewing a combined

    22.2 million barrels twice what was produced in

    2011. While the craft beer market has taken off over the

    last decade, the surge in number breweries hasnt yet

    matched the 4,131 recorded to be in operation during

    Prohibition though current production volume is far

    above 1873s nine million barrels.

    Today breweries across the globe are using Viega

    products to ramp up production even more in this

    fast-growing market. From keeping beer cold, to

    using compressed air lines to run equipment, Viega is

    helping breweries stay on the top of their game. On

    the following pages we feature three such breweries

    that exemplify the success that can come with an

    entrepreneurial spirit and willingness to pour years of

    blood, sweat and tears into a dream.

    SOMETIMES IN LIFE WHEN THINGS DONT GO QUITE THE WAY YOU EXPECT THEM TO, IT PUSHES YOU DOWN ANOTHER PATH.

    - Rhett Keisler, Co-Owner, Revolver Brewery

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  • R evolver Brewery, a family-owned brewery located on 16 acres in Grandbury, TX, produces well-balanced, full-flavored beers. Co-owners, Rhett

    Keisler and his father Ron say its the combination of

    experience and a unique water source that have made

    the business successful enough to expand.

    I had the thought of starting a brewery, but it was

    kind of a pipe dream. Sometimes in life when things

    dont go quite the way you expect them to, it pushes

    you down another path, Keisler said. If I'd had a

    steady job with a nice paycheck, it might have been

    difficult to take that leap of faith, but it was one of those

    situations where I said; I dont have anything to lose

    here; and I just went for it.

    From the beginning, Keislers team did all the work

    themselves. Every resource

    they had was put to good use,

    including the water. Revolver

    Brewery uses fresh water

    from its own well, fed by the

    Trinity Aquifer, to make

    the beer.

    There are ingredients,

    and theres art, Keisler said.

    What sets us apart right

    off the bat is that our water

    comes from an aquifer

    680 feet underground,

    and that is a very stable

    water source. It is what it

    is. Our water profile has a

    fingerprint of its own.

    Because beer is made mostly of water and as

    Keisler says, our water tastes fantastic, it proves that

    water is a defining factor in what makes Revolvers beer

    unique. But what good is having great water if you cant

    keep the beer cold? Thats where Viega comes in.

    Revolver Brewery used Viega ProPress in 3" copper

    to run the water and glycol mix that keeps the beer

    cold. It required something in a larger diameter that

    they could install themselves and would withstand the

    cold temperatures.

    Its critical for us to keep our beer cold. The

    quickest way to go out of business is to let your beer go

    out of temperature, so Viega is a very important solution

    for us, Keisler said. Viega gave us a solution that was

    quick, easy and affordable, and being able to do it right

    and by ourselves is great.

    The crew at Revolver installed nine new 240-barrel

    fermenting tanks as part of an expansion. Revolver

    produced 14,903 barrels in 2014, and after the

    expansion expect to produce more than 20,000 barrels

    in 2015. To maintain its current production amounts,

    the brewery had to install the tan...