Mike Miazga and John McNally 2013-02-12 01:30:24
Solco Plumbing Supply hosts America First Expo Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Solco Plumbing Supply hosted its America First Expo in late 2012 at Citi Field in Flushing, N.Y., the home of baseball’s New York Mets. The event drew 200 customers and 62 domestic vendors. Raffles for various Americanmade prizes were held and a number of vendor buying specials were offered. Mets great John Franco was there meeting attendees and signing autographs. “These are tough times for American manufacturers and the distributors who support them,” Solco Director of Showrooms and Marketing Tom Acquavella said. “We believe in today’s economic environment it is especially important to remember the American manufacturer and the American worker. They make our country great.” This was the second America First Expo Solco hosted. The first was held in 2010 at Fort Totten Military Base in Bayside,N. Y. The next event will be held in 2014 (keeping with the everyother- year theme). “From both the customer and vendor side it was positive,” Acquavella said. “Our domestic manufacturing partners had the opportunity to meet our customers one-on-one and the customers enjoyed the buying specials and the education they were offered. Everybody benefitted.” Solco, founded in 1960, has two locations in Brooklyn and one each in Manhattan and the Bronx with a new showroom location scheduled to open in the spring of 2013 in the downtown Brooklyn shopping district. Johnstone Supply has successful fundraising year Portland, Ore.-based distributor Johnstone Supply announced it raised nearly $75,000 in cash donations last year for Operation Homefront. Operation Homefront is a national nonprofit organization that provides American military families with needed support, emergency assistance and financial aid. Johnstone raised the money throughout its 370 branches around the nation. Some highlights from Johnstone’s fundraising efforts: • In Monaca, Penn., Johnstone purchased a variety of toys in advance and displayed them for customers to purchase and donate onsite. The branch collected more than 200 toys for donation. • The Sioux Falls, S.D., location partnered with the Sioux Falls Pheasants, the local professional baseball team. For each home run hit, the store donated $50 ($200 for grand slams). Combined with other fundraisers, the branch raised $5,300 by the end of the baseball season.
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