For Patrick Gentry, owner and president of Holland, Mich.-based T.A. Gentry Supply Inc., the key to success is simple. Rely on old-school conventions. It’s a business acumen that’s not fancy, but it works.
Long known as “The Service People” in the company’s respective markets, Dan Sherman, vice president of Seattle-based Pacific Plumbing Supply, says his grandfather Maurice Sherman knew the key to his new business was his relationships with customers and employees alike.
Cover Story: Long recognized for its exceptional service and quality products at competitive prices, Somerville, Massachusetts-based Metropolitan Pipe & Supply Co., (fondly known in the industry as Met Pipe), is a family-owned and operated, fully-integrated independent wholesale distributor of plumbing, heating, pipe, valves, fittings, and industrial supplies.
Creating an environment for employees to prosper personally and financially enables businesses to flourish. And reducing barriers to opportunity enhances a company’s growth, as investing in your employees inevitably increases productivity and, ultimately, your bottom line.
Houston-based Piping and Equipment (P&E), a subsidiary of Fairmont Supply Co., a full-line industrial supplier of pipe, valves, fittings, flanges and other ancillary tools, sustained five decades of success by staying true to the established best practices of co-founder and former CEO Gary Cartright.