Larry Konopacz Named Headmaster at Bell & Gossett’s Little Red Schoolhouse

Morton Grove, IL – June 11, 2008
Larry Konopacz has been appointed Manager of Training and Education at Bell & Gossett’s Little Red Schoolhouse® in Morton Grove, Illinois. Konopacz brings a wealth of industry experience to his new position having served in a variety of training, engineering and manufacturing capacities there during the past 25 years. Konopacz succeeds Roy Ahlgren who retired in March, 2008.

Konopacz began his ITT career in 1983 as a Junior CNC programmer in Bell & Gossett’s Manufacturing Engineering Department, and progressed through a series of management level engineering positions. During that time, he programmed many of the major components used in a variety of Bell & Gossett products. In 1992, Konopacz transitioned from engineering to manufacturing before being named factory manager in 1995. Konopacz is an ITT certified VBSS Black Belt and Lean Master. He earned BS and MS degrees in Industrial Technology at Western Illinois University, and an MBA in Managerial Accounting at DePaul University.

“Education is critically important in the HVACR industry,” said Konopacz. “The Little Red Schoolhouse has a reputation of being the industry’s premiere hydronic heating and plumbing educational institution and I am honored to now be a part of that great educational tradition.”

Widely recognized as a premiere educational institution for the HVACR industry, the Little Red Schoolhouse offers seven seminars throughout the year. Since 1954, more than 56,000 engineers, contractors and installers have been trained in the Little Red Schoolhouse’s fully equipped learning center, while another 136,000 professionals have received training through B&G’s traveling classroom program.

For more information on the Little Red Schoolhouse, visit or contact your local Bell & Gossett Representative.

Bell & Gossett is a brand of ITT Corporation, the leading manufacturer of centrifugal pumps, hydronic specialties, heat exchangers, condensate handling equipment, and packaged systems for variable and constant speed pumping, heat transfer and pressure boosting.

For more information contact ITT at 8200 N. Austin Avenue, Morton Grove, IL 60053; phone 847/966-3700; fax 847/966-9052; or visit