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CIPH, like Canada, has a long and proud history, and so do our members! Read below for the 150 word histories of some of our member companies. 


  A.O. Smith


Customers look to A. O. Smith for innovative solutions to their water heating needs, a reputation we have enjoyed for nearly 80 years. Today, “we deliver the world’s hot water” to residential and commercial customers in more than 60 countries, offering some of the best-known and widely respected brands (A. O. Smith, GSW, John Wood and Lochinvar) in the industry. Our brands deliver long-lasting, reliable service which complements our customers’ value.  We also offer the broadest range of high-efficiency water heating products that save energy . . . and save our customers money.

Our company has strong roots that date before Confederation and has evolved into a world leader. As a founding member of CIPH in 1933, we recognized the need for a strong Canadian industry voice and that there is strength in working together.

Let’s recognize our joint successes and provide leadership for the next 150 years!


  A.O. Smith


Nos clients se tournent vers A. O. Smith pour se procurer tous les produits de chauffage de l’eau dont ils ont besoin, depuis près de 80 ans. Aujourd’hui, nous sommes les experts de l’eau chaude de la planète (dans plus de 60 pays), tant dans les secteurs résidentiel que commercial et par l’entremise des plus réputées marques de l’industrie: A. O. Smith, GSW, John Wood et Lochinvar. Nos marques sont reconnues pour offrir durabilité et fiabilité, en accord avec la valeur recherchée par nos clients. De plus, nous offrons la plus vaste sélection de produits de chauffage de l’eau à haute efficacité, ce qui réduit leur consommation d’énergie et leurs coûts d’utilisation.

Certaines de nos divisions sont en activité depuis avant la Confédération canadienne et elles ont su se développer au sein d’un leader mondial. À titre de membre fondateur de la CIPH en 1933, nous avions la vision de pourvoir l’industrie d’une voix forte et d’une structure de collaboration.

Célébrons les succès enregistrés depuis ce temps et souhaitons-nous 150 années supplémentaires de leadership!


 ANVIL International


Anvil’s rich history stretches back to 1850, when Frederick Grinnell began providing its customers with the finest quality pipe connection products. Since 2000, those quality products and services, and the people who provide them, have been known as Anvil® International. The company has developed and acquired brand names such as Canvil 1954, Gruvlok in 1978, J.B. Smith and Catawissa in 1994, Beck and Merit Manufacturing in 2001, Star Pipe Products in 2004, Anvil Strut in 2005, Seminole Tubular in 2010, North Alabama Pipe in 2013 and AFCON in 2017. These brands round out the comprehensive product offering that deliver cost savings at installation and finish with legendary long-lasting performance. 

Anvil customers receive the quality and integrity that have been building strong connections in both products and business relationships for over 165 years. Anvil International Canada is located in Simcoe, Ontario has sales and distribution offices throughout the US and worldwide. Visit us at


 Barclay Sales


In 1971, with a smile and a briefcase, Bruce Barclay started Barclay sales. Since that time, Barclay Sales has become a leading Manufacturers’ Agency in Western Canada. Recognizing the importance of relationships, Barclay Sales joined CIPH in 1987 and has been a member in the association ever since. In 2008, a seamless transition of ownership occurred with Jeff Blair, Rob Lang and Andrew Dyck taking the reins from Bruce. 

Employees of Barclay Sales have been active members of CIPH regionally. In total, we have employees with 6 years of Chairmanship in the BC Region, 3 years in Edmonton and we have chaired the Manufacturers’ Agent Chair position for a total of 12 years on the National Board. We are also proud to be the first Agency to have a representative on the CIPH Executive committee.

We proudly represent quality manufacturers such as Apollo Flow Control, Blanco, Bow Group, Lenox and Saniflo, to name a few.

We greatly appreciate our relationship with CIPH and the opportunity to engage with other CIPH members through various shows, training sessions, and conferences, such as ABC.

We look forward too many more years of working together to enhance our industry!



 Bartle & Gibson Co. Ltd.


Now Western Canada’s premier plumbing, heating, and electrical distributor, Bartle & Gibson was founded by two Canadian businessmen who wanted to focus on relationships with customers and suppliers. In 1944 Charlie Bartle of Victoria, BC, and Cecil Gibson of Vancouver, BC, each started a store in their respective city.
1951 marked the company’s first expansion, with a branch opening in Edmonton, Alberta. Over the next 20 years our founders would see their business expand to cover most of Western Canada, including Calgary, Yellowknife, and Surrey. A service expansion in 1983 added electrical products to the distribution portfolio.
Today Bartle & Gibson consists of 30 branches. Our continued growth is due in no small part to our dedication to provide exceptional service to all our clients, suppliers, and employees. Proudly joining CIPH in 1996, we continue to be the privately owned, 100% Canadian organization that our customers have come to trust.




Fondé en 1966, BÉLANGER UPT est un chef de file canadien en conception et fabrication de robinetterie et d’articles de plomberie. 

Reconnue pour l’excellence de son service à la clientèle, la réputation enviable de la compagnie s’est bâtie sur la qualité et la durabilité de ses produits. 

BÉLANGER UPT possède plusieurs usines manufacturières nord-américaines et asiatiques, son siège social a Montréal, de nouveaux bureaux a Mississauga et commercialise ses produits sous les marques Bélanger®, H2flo®, Quik®, Essential®, Plumb Pak®et Keeney®. 
Founded in 1966, BÉLANGER UPT is a Canadian leader in the design and manufacturing of faucets and plumbing accessories. 

Recognized for its excellent customer service, BÉLANGER UPT’s reputation has been built on the quality and durability of its products. 

BÉLANGER UPT has North American and Asian manufacturing plants, head office in Montréal as well as a new facility in Mississauga,  and sells its products under Bélanger®, H2flo®, Quik®, Essential®, Plumb Pak®and Keeney® brands. 





Family-owned since 1925, BLANCO’s humble beginnings included the production of copper galvanized parts for cookers with a team of 30 loyal employees. Today, with 90 years of experience in kitchen workstation design and manufacturing, BLANCO is recognized worldwide for design leadership and quality craftsmanship. From finely detailed, handcrafted STEELART® stainless steel sinks, and the natural warmth and beauty of SILGRANIT®, to the elegant artistry of BLANCO faucets, BLANCO products are celebrated worldwide for their unmatched quality, German Engineering and European Design. MADE IN CANADA and engineered in Germany, BLANCO SILGRANIT® is Canada’s leading coloured sink material, a unique and durable composite that comes in more than 100 models and seven colours.  BLANCO has produced and distributed kitchen sinks and faucets in the Canadian market for 30 years. 


 Boshart Industries 


Mel Boshart Plumbing started out of his home in 1955. Mel’s philosophy of giving the customer the best service possible, help grow the company. In 1977 Gary, Mel’s son joined and became an important part of the growth and direction of the company. In 1992 Mel Boshart and Sons Ltd. became Boshart Industries Inc.
Each member of the Boshart Industries Team is an integral part in the continuing success of the company and we continually strive to exceed the customer’s expectation, in 1992 our CIPH manufacturer membership was included in that vision.
In 2005 Mel Boshart was the recipient of the CIPH 50 year Service Award, and in 2012 Gary Boshart, the president was the recipient of the Life Time Service Award.
After 60 plus years in the business, we look to the future with confidence that our experience will give us an advantage in meeting the ever changing demands.


 Canature WaterGroup


Canature WaterGroup’s roots reach back to 1932 when Pumps and Softeners Limited, based in London, Ontario, manufactured Canada’s first electronically powered piston water pumps and a line of water conditioners. In 1968, Water Conditioning Canada Ltd. was founded by Don Fettes and partners, beginning operations in Regina, SK to manufacture water conditioning products to be distributed by plumbing and heating wholesalers. In 1989, the company acquired P&S Water Industries and emerged as WaterGroup Companies Inc..

The company’s membership in CIPH stems back to 1948 when Pumps and Softeners became a member. Our employees have always taken an active role in CIPH with many serving on committees, region boards and the National board.

Today, the company operates as Canature WaterGroup, selling Novo and WaterGroup water conditioning products and Duro and Titan pump products through plumbing and heating wholesalers. The Head Office is in Regina, SK and Eastern distribution facility in Cambridge, ON. 


Canplas Industries Ltd.


Although not quite as old as Canada, Canplas began operations in 1966, based out of New Westminster, B.C., with 12 employees and two injection-molding machines. Now, 50 years later, we’ve moved 4,275 km east to Barrie, Ontario.  We have 225 dedicated employees, over 50 product patents, and unshakeable foundations in four diverse industries: plumbing, grease management, ventilation and central vacuum. 

The growth we’ve experienced would not have been possible without devoted employees, diligent suppliers, and customers that demand quality. They are why we continue to strive to improve the development, manufacturing, and distribution of our entire product portfolio. 
For more than 35 of our 50 years in business we have been involved in CIPH. Numerous Canplas employees have volunteered their time over the years to serve on CIPH region boards and committees with five Canplas employees becoming regional Presidents. Canplas is proud to be a longstanding member of CIPH and we look forward to the future opportunities and events that our membership brings us. 


 Franke Kindred Canada


Since day one when Robbert Hartog formed Kitchen Installations Limited, Franke Kindred Canada has been, and continues to be, Canada's leading residential and commercial sink supplier.

The Kindred brand, and flagship Steel Queen product family, have been setting the standard in the Canadian market since its inception in 1946. Although we remain proudly Canadian, and continue to manufacture the vast majority of our products in our Midland Ontario facility, we became a member of the Franke group in 1998. In fact, our global roots date back over 100 years, to when Hermann Franke founded his company in 1911.

From EZ Clamp to EZ Torque, with its many innovations over the years, Kindred has been instrumental in establishing the quality sink specifications that Canadian plumbers have come to expect.

Although we continue to diversify our business by branching off into other complementary product categories, such as faucets and drinking fountains, the kitchen sink remains at the core of what we do in our never-ending goal to Make It Wonderful for our customers.



 Groupe Deschênes


I first heard about CIPH from my parents attending the ABC, then at the Signory Club in the early 50's. After I joined the company in 1954, the Sales Development Council was created by CIPH and I contributed actively. We had tremendous success in the Montreal area. Then CIPH created the Regional Chapter. Paul Daly of American Standard was the first chairman, a great guy, I was vice-chairman and we both made the promotion of CIPH. I sat on the CIPH board for many years, being one of the very few French speaking members. Then I became chairman. I am convinced CIPH did very well for our industry and our country. I had the opportunity to meet great people and I have plenty of good memories. My contribution was not perfect, nor did it please everyone, but generally speaking, I am proud of what I did for CIPH, our industry and our community. Long life to CIPH!



J.H. Houle

French Version
J.U. Houle est une entreprise familiale fondée en 1930. En 1957, elle ajoute quelques cordes à son arc pour être au service de la distribution de produits de plomberie, de chauffage et de produits municipaux. Nous fêtons donc, cette année, le 60e anniversaire de l’entreprise de distribution.  Depuis le début, son désir est d’innover et de rester près de son industrie, connectée avec ses partenaires d’affaires. Son implication au niveau de l’ICPC dure depuis 1966. Pendant toutes ces années, ses dirigeants ont été très actifs au sein de l’association : Jean Houle a fait partie du bureau de direction du Québec  de 1986 à 1996 ainsi que Pierre Houle, de 1996 à aujourd’hui, il a aussi été président au Québec de 2006 à 2008 et responsable des Célébrations du 75e de l’ICPC en 2008 qui ont eu lieu à Montréal, endroit même de sa fondation en 1933. Toujours impliqué, M. Pierre Houle est, depuis 5 ans, agent de liaison du Québec sur le comité national. L’année 2017 verra l’arrivée de la quatrième génération en la personne de Laurent Houle. 

English Version
J.U. Houle is a family business founded in 1930.  In 1957, it added a few feathers to its cap and became a plumbing, heating, and waterworks distributor. So, this year we will be celebrating the company’s 60th anniversary as a distributor. Since the beginning, J.U. Houle’s desire has been to innovate, but also to remain close to  its industry and connected with its business partners. It has had a lasting involvment with the ICPC since 1966. Throughout those years, its leaders have been very active within the association. Jean Houle had been a member of the Board of Directors of the province of Québec from 1986 to 1996 and Pierre Houle has been a member since 1996. Pierre was also president in the province of Québec between 2006 and 2008 and was in charge of the ICPC’s 75th anniversary celebration in 2008, which was held in Montreal, the very location of its foundation in 1933. Still involved to this day, Mr. Pierre Houle has been the Quebec comitee liaison officer for the last five years. In 2017, we will introduce the fourth generation to the company with the arrival of Laurent Houle.




Both LynCar and Waterline started life as sales agencies.  Waterline was founded in 1953 by Larry Furlong, who was joined by sons Michael and Peter in the 1970s.  LynCar began in 1967 and was acquired by Clive Davies in 1985.  By the early 2000s, both companies had evolved into national manufacturer-distributors, with most sales coming from proprietary house-branded plumbing products.  As well, Waterline had developed a significant presence at national home-improvement retailers while LynCar was a large player in the fire sprinkler industry.  LynCar was acquired by Hart and Jay Heller and the Hellers and Furlongs merged the two companies together in 2014. Today, Waterline and LynCar operate as one integrated business serving wholesale and retail plumbing and fire protection markets across Canada. They also continue to actively participate in CIPH – LynCar’s membership dates to 1992, and Waterline’s to 1956, with Larry Furlong having served as CIPH Chairman in 1980/81.



Reliance Worldwide Corporation


Reliance Worldwide Corporation® (RWC) is a global provider of water control systems and plumbing solutions for domestic, commercial and industrial applications. Founded in 1949, RWC specialized in the design and manufacture of valves for the control of pressure, temperature and flow used in the installation of water heating systems. RWC Canada opened in 2011 in Vaughan, Ontario providing support and continued growth to an established North American market.

 Founded in 1912, the Cash Acme manufacturing joined the RWC in 2002. Cash Acme is the largest T&P and Thermostatic valve manufacturer in the world, specializing in pressure, thermostatic and temperature control valves.

In 2005, the SharkBite Connection System was introduced to the Canadian plumbing industry. From residential service & repair to commercial new construction, providing quick and easy applications saving installers time while providing a trusted solution.

We joined CIPH in 2002 and have since been a proud member and supporter of all the efforts and positive impact the association has had on the industry.




Since the 1930s, Rheem has been developing and leading the industry in water heaters, boilers and tanks.

During the 1950’s, Rheem developed the “glass-lining,” which was the bonding of porcelain lining to the inner surface of the water heater tank. From the early years, it was the very innovative for the Industry by extending water heater tank life.

In 1980’s, Rheem began manufacturing an Industry first Power Vented tank type, Water Heater and later with the Marathon, the only non-metallic water heater featuring a plastic tank and an impressive lifetime warranty.


In the 1990’s Rheem introduced the first Modulating furnace with a very short footprint. In 2009, Rheem introduced the first Hybrid Heat Pump Water Heater, which was more than twice as efficient as similar electric water heaters. Today, Rheem offers the smartest, quietest and most efficient water heater on earth, the Hybrid Heat Pump Gen 4 water heater.

Rheem is the only manufacturer in North America delivering advanced, energy efficient heating, cooling and water heating solutions to homes and businesses everywhere.
Rheem has been a proud member of CIPH since 1973 and celebrating our 70th Anniversary in Canada!



Mario Bélisle, a plumber founded a distribution company called Sélection 25 in 1995.
In 1999 the company’s focus gradually shifted from distribution to the design and creation of faucets and shower systems and in 2002, the company renamed itself Riobel, a contraction of the founder’s name, MaRIO BELisle.

Over the next few years Riobel continued expanding outside of Quebec by making inroads into the Atlantic provinces and Western Canada.

In 2009, Riobel set its sights on the American market. 2011 marked the launch of the Riobel PRO product line for PROfessionals and their PROjects and in 2014, Riobel Academy, Canada’s first institution dedicated to training in the science of faucets, was inaugurated. 

In 2016, Fortune Brands Home and Security acquired Riobel and helped further develop the US markets. 

In 2017, Riobel decided to become a more active member in the plumbing industry and joined the CIPH.

What Riobel is today is the result of one man’s passion which was passed on so that the next generation could continue his quest for quality, pursuit of excellence and desire to keep innovating where product design and functionality are concerned.

Riobel: Flow, form and function!



Valley Acrylic


"Valley Acrylic is a 100% female-owned company founded in 2007; becoming an integral part of our local community of Mission, and active supporters of many community & charity events. Since joining CIPH three years ago, Valley has gone on to represent Canada on the international stage; displaying Canadian designed bath products at trade and award shows across Canada and the United States winning awards such as the Red Dot and BOY awards."
Valley Acrylic employs local designers and manufacturers to create high quality Canadian designer bath products that reflect the luxury and ability of our local manufacturing. We also maintain a student exchange program which brings people from many ethnic and professional backgrounds together for real work experiences, and maintain in-house R&D, & recycling programs which work towards 100% green-manufacturing. This year we proudly unveil our stylish Canada150 bath collection, celebrating Canada with a line of innovative, environmentally-friendly designer products."





Patented in 1919, Victaulic is the originator and world's leading producer of mechanical pipe joining solutions. The concept of the “victory joint”, joining pipe with bolted mechanical grooved couplings, originated during World War I for rapid deployment of fuel and water lines to Allied forces. Shortly thereafter, Victaulic shifted its focus to commercial piping applications to market its new innovative method of joining pipe. 

To this day, Victaulic continues to develop innovative piping technologies and services to serve the needs of contractors, engineers and building owners globally. The grooved system for steam and upcoming CPVC solutions are recent examples of industry firsts that continue to put people to work faster while increasing safety, ensuring reliability and maximizing efficiency.
In 1975, Victaulic became a member of CIPH and is proud to be an active participant, engaging in the many association activities and as a member voice within the industry.



The year 2017 is a momentous year not only for Canada, but also for Viessmann as the company celebrates its 100th anniversary. What began in a small workshop in Hof, Germany has grown into a global enterprise.

Today, Viessmann is a leading international manufacturer of comfortable, efficient and environmentally responsible heating solutions. Over the years, Viessmann has pioneered technologies that have continuously set standards and made the company into a technological innovator and pacesetter for the entire industry.

In 1980, Viessmann established a Canadian headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario and joined CIPH in 1984. In 2001, Viessmann opened a West Coast sales office in Langley, BC providing distribution, training and technical support. This, together with our 60,000 ft2 facility in Waterloo and a nationwide network of representatives allows us to provide our customers with the market leading products, excellent service and dedicated support that they have come to expect from Viessmann.



 Weil-McLain Canada

Founded in 1881 in Chicago by Isadora and Benjamin Weil, Weil-McLain was originally named Weil Brothers. In 1918, after acquiring a main supplier, J.H. McLain Company, the company was renamed Weil-McLain and boiler plant operations moved to Michigan City, Indiana.  Today Weil-McLain is the largest manufacturer of cast iron boilers in North America, with headquarters in Chicago and plants in Indiana and North Carolina.  Their 135+ years of business is almost as old as Canada itself! 

In 1959 Weil-McLain established a Canadian headquarters in Brampton, and shortly thereafter Weil-McLain joined CIPH.  They stayed there until 2002 when Bill Palamar and John Goshulak purchased the company and the distribution rights for Weil-McLain products for all of Canada.   Today Weil-McLain Canada continues the long-standing tradition of providing quality boiler and water heater products with exceptional service by dedicated staff and sales representation across all of Canada.  For over 50 years we have kept Canadians warm, and we look forward to doing so for the next 100 years too.



William Scott Inc.

Almost 40 years ago I found myself employed as a peddler of plumbing. Upon attending my first Quebec Regional CIPH “Lady’s Night” event I found my self on the dance floor with my girlfriend dancing to the bossa nova hit, “Girl From Ipanema”. Even after employing my best dance moves, after the song was finished, she walked off the dance floor and whispered in my ear; “you owe me for this one pal!” Years later, at the same event, I watched a room full of CIPH members and their loved ones dancing to Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love”. Now there’s an industry changing with the times!



 Zoeller Canada


Founded in 1939, Zoeller Company is one of the oldest independently-owned professional pump manufacturers in North America. Since that time, Zoeller has established itself as a leader in pump equipment and technology. Zoeller manufactures fractional horsepower pumps, grinders, large horsepower non-clog units, hazardous duty pumps, rail systems, package systems, controls, alarms, and much more.

Zoeller has been selling product in Canada for over 35 years. In 2007 Zoeller Canada was established in Kitchener, Ontario as an individual division of Zoeller Company. Zoeller Canada became a member of the CAPM in the early 1990’s and joined the CIPH last year after the CAPM was established as a council of the organization. Most recently, Zoeller Canada acquired a new larger factory and warehouse facility in Brantford, Ontario. This transition will allow Zoeller Canada to carry more inventory, expand, and continue delivering dependable products and solutions to Canada’s water and wastewater industry. 

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