Mike Miazga 2013-06-07 07:45:32
Southern Pipe & Supply enjoys 75th anniversary Meridian, Miss.-based Southern Pipe & Supply is celebrating its 75th year in business in 2013. A number of celebrations have already occurred in the first half of the year, including a recent gala dinner in mid-May attended by 300 guests. Best-selling author Jim Collins was the keynote speaker. "My grandfather (Louis Davidson) would have been very proud to see how far the company has come in a 75-year timeframe," Southern Pipe & Supply Chairman of the Board Marty Davidson told Supply House Times. "In his wildest dreams he couldn't have imagined his company would end up with 96 branches in seven Southern states." Louis Davidson came to the U.S. from Russia and started the St. Louis Junk Co. In 1918. His sons, Meyer and Sammie, eventually joined him and the business was renamed Southern Pipe & Supply in 1938. Marty Davidson is the son of Meyer Davidson. Marty Davidson's son, Jay, is the fourth generation to assume the company presidency. Marty Davidson noted the company's success would not be possible without a strong roster of dedicated employees and loyal customers. "We're fortunate to have people who have been here 30-40 years. We want people to come with us and spend a career here and most do," he said. "The customers in this industry are the greatest on the planet. Our people and our great customers got us this far and they will help us go even further in the next 75 years." Central Plumbing Specialties expands key Manhattan location Central Plumbing Specialties Grande Showroom co-owner Howard Frankel was presented with an opportunity too good to pass up. Frankel and his brother and co-owner, Warren, were approached about leasing the recently vacated property adjacent to its 3,000-sq.-ft. showroom on Bond St., in the NoHo section of Manhattan. "It was very tempting to us," Howard Frankel told Supply House Times. "When we saw what was going on with the area we thought with a proper long-term lease we'd be interested in expanding and essentially doubling our property. I thought it was an interesting move and we have the ability to do it. We were affected less by the downturn than in other parts of the country. We've been trending up about 10% to 11% a year and this expansion will help along those lines." Frankel said upon completion the expansion will double the Grande footprint at that location to about 6,000 sq. ft. He noted the expansion is important in terms of space and location. "New York City is always short on space," he said. "This area probably has become the highest per-sq.-ft. space in the city or close to it. The stores and restaurants that moved in here are amazing and there are A-list stars clamoring to get space here. North of Houston is a hot area for designers and one of the busiest areas in the city for architects. We occupy other space in Manhattan, in midtown at 56th St., and uptown on Park Ave., and we see this as the biggest expansion area for high-end contemporary offerings probably anywhere in the country." Central currently has four showrooms in Manhattan and Yonkers. The company's newest 4,500-sq.-ft. showroom in Rockland County was slated to open this month and will add another important geographic area to the mix. Mestek CEO Reed dies John E. Reed, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Westfield, Mass.-based Mestek, died in early May. Reed was active in the Hydronics Institute - now merged into AHRI - and the Better Heating-Cooling Council. He was twice chairman of the Hydronics Institute and served as BH-CC first chairman. Mestek consists of more than 36 operating companies in the HVAC, metal-forming and fabricating and coiled-metal processing industries, as well as architectural products industries.
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