Drain-cleaning equipment manufacturer General Pipe Cleaners presented its Bob Gelman Lifetime Achievement Award to Ed Hathcock of Shultis Sales Agency, based in Colorado. Hathcock has represented General Pipe Cleaners, a division of General Wire Spring Co., to the rental industry for nearly 30 years in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, West Texas, Utah and Wyoming.

General Pipe had planned to present the award at the 2017 Rental Show in Orlando, Fla., in February, but when Hathcock announced his intention to retire at the end of August, General Pipe presented the award early.

“His three decades of dedication to General Pipe Cleaners’ product line and assistance each year in General’s booth at The Rental Show, especially during the busy moments, have truly been appreciated,” said General Pipe’s staff.

The lifetime achievement award is named in honor of Bob Gelman, former sales manager of General Pipe Cleaners for 27 years until his death in April 2001.

General Pipe Cleaners, a division of General Wire Spring Co., is a leading manufacturer of high quality American-made drain-cleaning equipment. The company has been in business since 1930. The company, owned by the Silverman family for 85 years, is in its third generation of family ownership providing equipment and service to drain-cleaning professionals, plumbing contractors and the rental industry, as well as facilities managers and the hardware/DIY market.