Andrew G. Kireta, Jr., Heads Coast-to-Coast Plumbing Assistance Team

February 9, 2001

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ATLANTA - Andrew G. Kireta, Jr., recently was named national program manager of Tube, Pipe & Fittings for the Copper Development Association (CDA). Among his responsibilities, he heads a five-member team of regional managers who provide copper plumbing-related technical support, training and assistance to builders, remodelers, architects, plumbing contractors and engineers nationwide.

The CDA team is available to help address inquiries and issues in the field. It serves five geographic regions from coast to coast and includes Robert Hall, Jr. (Southeast), Dale Powell (Northeast), Phillip Gray (West Central), and Jim Weflen (West). The Midwest region is currently handled by Kireta, while CDA seeks candidates to fill the post. A key role of the regional team is to assist builders involved with CDA's Builder Satisfaction Program, a marketing support effort involving the copper tube industry's 50-year warranty on residential plumbing.

Kireta oversees all technical programs for plumbing and commercial tube applications and is also responsible for ASTM and ASME code activities critical to copper and copper alloys. His responsibilities now also include the North American Plumbing Tube and Fittings Initiative (NAPTFI), a market promotion and development effort throughout the USA and Canada. This effort is directed at increasing and improving the use of copper and copper-alloy tubular products in building construction.

Kireta joined CDA in 1992 after serving as principal engineer on mechanical and structural design analysis of nuclear plant piping for ABB Impell Corporation. He is a member of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers, American Society of Sanitary Engineering, Building Officials and Code Administrators International, and is professionally affiliated with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Welding Society, International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials and other industry organizations.

Kireta is a graduate of Purdue University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.

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