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    • Joe Choflet Named NIBCO Vice President Sales

      6/29/2021 12:00:00 AM

      Joe Choflet Named NIBCO Vice President Sales 2021-06-29 ELKHART, Ind. (June 29, 2021) – NIBCO INC. has announced the promotion of Joe Choflet to vice president, sales reporting to Ashley Martin, executive vice president. In this role, Joe will lead the company’s sales efforts for Wholesale, Retail, Special

    • Ashley Martin Named NIBCO Executive Vice President

      3/4/2021 12:00:00 AM

      Ashley Martin Named NIBCO Executive Vice President 2021-03-04 ELKHART, Ind. (March 4, 2021) – NIBCO INC. announced that its Board of Directors appointed Ashley Martin as executive vice president effective immediately. Reporting to Steve Malm, president and CEO, Martin continues in her role as corporate off

    • COVID-19: An Important Message to our Customers

      3/17/2020 12:00:00 AM

      COVID-19: An Important Message for our Customers 2020-03-17 As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to  escalate, we want to share with you  that NIBCO remains open  for business  and we  are  committed  to serving  you, our customers, during this time.      The  health and 

  • PEX Snow and Ice Melt System

    • PEX Snow Melt

    NIBCO World Headquarters

    Products Specified:

    • ½” NIBCO® Barrier-PEX: 4,000 feet
    • 1” NIBCO® Barrier-PEX: 100 feet
    • ½” S1709 Balancing Valves: 18 valves
    • Copper Manifolds: 4 Manifolds; 2 Supply and 2 Returns with 9 Loops Each
    • ½” Copper Crimp Rings: 34
    • ½” Foam Clips: 1,275


     Contractor: In-house

    Job: After decades of welcoming visitors to the NIBCO World Headquarters in Elkhart, Indiana, the concrete steps at the front entrance were spalled and discolored from years of deicing chemicals and freeze-thaw cycles. In the Midwest city of Elkhart, the average annual snowfall is 71 inches, and the average winter temperature hovers around 23 degrees. The snowy, icy winter conditions of the front entrance and steps required significant salt and labor expense for removing snow and melting ice. The steps and entrance are traversed by visitors and employees on a daily basis and posed an important safety issue. In addition, year-round, the entrance area with the pitted concrete was the first thing seen upon approaching the building entrance. The logical viable solution was to replace the front entrance at NIBCO World Headquarters and incorporate a snow melting system. Overall, the solution provides a significant impact on safety, maintenance and labor expense, as well as a showcase for the NIBCO® PEX snow-melt system.

    The Edge: The NIBCO® PEX snow-melt system was installed during the 1,260-sq.-ft. entrance renovation, which also included 10 steps. After the existing entrance was completely removed exposing the ground, an initial 2-inch layer of concrete was poured to create a foundation. The 4-ft. x 8-ft. sheets of 2-inch pink polystyrene board (R10) insulation, Barrier-PEX pipe, and clips were placed on the base pour. A precipitation sensor was incorporated into the concrete. The sensor looks at temperature first but only activates the system when it senses moisture as well. In the next phase, an additional 2-inch pour was added. A third and final pour completed the renovation. Stamping techniques and colored concrete were used as finishing touches to the renovated front entrance.

    The World Headquarters building already had excess boiler capacity, so no additional heating equipment was needed. One 240,000 Btu boiler (one zone) programmed with a supply temperature of 128°F and a return temperature of 98°F, was used as the heat source. Two separate manifolds stations were created to accommodate for 18 loops. The system uses a 50/50 mix of water/stabilized glycol with a total flow rate 15.6 gpm.

    The NIBCO® Barrier-PEX snow-melt system helps lower maintenance costs and reduces the liability associated with slippery walkways. Freeze-thaw damage to the concrete has been reduced. Damage to the concrete from shoveling and salt has been eliminated. Inside the building’s lobby, snow, salt and chemicals tracked in have been dramatically reduced.