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For the second consecutive year, Southern Pipe & Supply has been named one of the Best Workplaces in Construction, earning a spot in the Top 10 of companies nationwide.
This is the company’s eighth time to be recognized by the prestigious Fortune magazine, and its first time to receive two honors in the same year after being recognized as a Top 100 Workplace for Millennials in June.
Southern Pipe & Supply, with over 130 locations in seven states, is the largest privately-owned distributor of plumbing, heating, air-conditioning (HVAC), industrial, mechanical, and waterworks materials in the Southeast. The company is the only distributor in the United States to have been selected to the Fortune list.
To be considered for this honor, companies must submit an application documenting over 200 data points describing their human resource programs and practices. Fortune compiles this list annually with its research partner, Great Place to Work.
This award is given based on anonymous feedback from employees. Ninety-five percent of respondents rated the company a great place to work, compared to the national average of fifty-seven percent. In Fortune's analysis of the company, the top two reasons employees gave for ranking Southern Pipe & Supply so highly were the remarkable sense of family and working with people who care for each other.
The Fortune’s Best Workplaces in Construction is highly competitive. Great Place to Work, the global authority on workplace culture, selected the list using rigorous analytics and confidential employee feedback. Companies were only considered if they had been a Great Place to Work-Certified organization.
Southern Pipe & Supply has been a certified Great Place to Work for eight consecutive years, and has been named to Fortune’s Top 100 Best Places to Work in America four times, in 2016, 2018, 2019, and 2020. In 2021 and 2023, Southern Pipe was named to the Best Workplaces for Millennials list by the publication.
On top of its recognition by Fortune, the Mississippi Business Journal recently named Southern Pipe one of the Best Places to Work in Mississippi for the 17th consecutive time.
“We are extremely proud to be recognized by Fortune,” said Doug Kennedy, director of culture and development for Southern Pipe & Supply. “As a company, one of our key strategies is to be a company that attracts and retains great people. It is these great family members (employees) that make Southern Pipe a great place to work. They create an amazing, inclusive culture of respect that allows everyone to be themselves, have fun at work, and be successful.”
President and CEO, Jay Davidson, is the fourth-generation leader of the family-owned company that opened its doors in 1938.
“We have the most committed and dedicated family members in the country," Davidson said. "I am thankful and grateful to be working with the best on the planet. Simply, we have a great company because our family members rock."