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.
The Wholesaler is championing companies within our industry that represent the best in class of showrooms. This year, we created a Showroom of the Year award, dedicated to a company and storefront going beyond product offerings — and showcases what happens when customer service, employee engagement and technology combine to form magic.
In February, it was announced that United Pipe & Steel (UPS) and Merifish Pipe & Supply (MPS) are combining under Merfish Pipe Holdings (MPH), an entity with majority ownership by One Equity Partners (OEP).
This month we showcase a recipient of a scholarship, funded in part by the monies raised by the PVF Roundtable, and awarded to colleges and trades schools, that provide PVF and industrial distribution education.