A belief in family, employees, and hard work established this company, and is also the reason Coburn Supply has remained successful in business. At a celebration for its 85th year in business - there wasn’t a dry eye in the room.
Established in 1976, Porter Pipe, a family-owned and operated wholesale distributor based in Addison, IL, serves commercial and industrial mechanical, plumbing and manufacturing markets throughout the Chicagoland, Northwest Indiana and Indianapolis, Rockford, Southern Wisconsin and Eastern Iowa markets.
This year, the American Supply Association (ASA) is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Its president, Steve Cook, CEO of Northeastern Supply, has led the association through its banner year — at a grueling pace.
Chicago, 1920. The city, having spent many years rebuilding itself from the devastating Chicago Fire in the late 1800s, was on a path to branding itself a major metropolis. There was a surge in residential and commercial construction, and many companies took part in this massive growth opportunity.
A manufacturer’s salesforce can take many forms — internal sales, external sales or partner with a manufacturer’s rep firm to represent the company and its brand. A manufacturer’s representative is an integral part of the industry channel and an extension of the brands it represents.
Ed Ihrie was a visionary. In 1972, as the general manager and a stockholder of W.L. Smith Supply Co., a wholesale distributor located in North Carolina, Ihrie saw a need in the marketplace that was not being met.