Nadia Askar 2014-03-05 07:45:28
Mid-City Supply helps local charities Elkart, Ind.-based Mid-City Supply's annual Holiday Hog Roast at each of its branches collected toys for the Toys for Tots organization and personal-care items (shampoo, toothpaste, toilet paper, etc.) for the Salvation Army. Customers and vendors also were treated to lunch. Mid-City has been hosting the roasts for almost 20 years and has been coordinating a donation to a local charity at the event for 15 years. "The first year it was the middle of winter and we pitched a tent outside in the parking lot and it was surprisingly a big hit," Mid-City President Jeff New told Supply House Times. "We only did it in our South Bend (Ind.) Branch, but when customers started asking why they didn't get one, we started doing it at all the branches." At the roast, vendors and manufacturers reps set up tabletops to share information with customers. "It gives them an opportunity to show off their products and it gives the customers, owners and tradesmen a chance to talk to experts," New said. To encourage networking, when a customer talks to a vendor they are given a raffle ticket and the chance to win the grand prize of the night. Raffle prizes this past year included a boom box, jackets and tool boxes. The grand prize was a flat-screen TV. This past year, Mid-City collected 18 boxes of toys and 12 baskets of personal-care items to be donated along with more than $1,200 to be split between Toys for Tots and the Salvation Army. "You never know how truly generous people are," said Mid-City Marketing Manager Dan New, Jeff 's son. "When they come in with a $100 donation and some toys, it's really heartwarming." General Supply celebrates 100-plus years General Supply and Machine Co. Recently celebrated three generations of family ownership since opening 101 years ago in 1913. "From my grandfather to my father and uncle to me, we always have worked with this major philosophy - treat our customers as we would like to be treated," General Supply Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer Alex Weddington said. The Meridian, Miss.-based company was founded by A.B. "Ben" Weddington as the area's distributor of saw mills on wheels. He employed 35 machinists at the height of the business. "Throughout the Great Depression, my grandfather kept all his employees despite the fact the company wasn't making any money," Weddington said. "That is another one of the working philosophies that have been passed down to each of us who have run General Supply - doing the right thing and improving peoples' lives." After the Great Depression and two world wars, things changed. General Supply adapted, becoming a total supply establishment specializing in industrial, electrical, plumbing, and heating and airconditioning supplies. As years passed, the company again changed, becoming a wholesale distributor for HVAC, mill supplies, plumbing, pumps, valves and pipe fittings. General Supply currently employs eight individuals. One has been with the company for 48 years and another for 43 years; the others all have been with the company for more than 25 years. The company now carries a full line of HVAC and mill supplies. "We have a choice each day regarding the attitude we will have," Weddington said. "Our attitude at General Supply is one of optimism, service and always doing more than is expected."
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