Erb Co. has served its customers’ needs and exceeded their expectations by placing an emphasis on the values entrenched in the company’s roots. Celebrating its 120th anniversary, the company has evolved into a leading wholesaler in the Western New York area. Pictured above are its leaders standing in front of blueprints of the original building: Gary Bosley, vp of purchasing; Allen Erb, owner and CEO; Tim Wallmeyer, vp of sales and Peter Murray, CFO.
Family and employee loyalty has led to customer satisfaction for more than a century for this plumbing, PVF, and HVAC wholesale supplier.
February 3, 2020
For more than a century Erb Co. has served its community of customers by bringing its best foot forward, every day. This year, the wholesaler of plumbing, heating, PVF, and air conditioning equipment and supplies celebrates 120 years in business while maintaining the very values its founders opened the doors with in 1900.
Bolstered by continued growth in the economy, overall U.S. pipe, valves and fittings (PVF) spending across 12 industries is expected to increase to $13.6 billion in 2020, up by nearly $400 million from 2019, notes Industrial Info Resource’s PVF Market Assessment.
A market downturn in the construction industry is coming; however, it’s not likely until after 2020. Construction industry members and observers know a decline is inevitable with market growth continuing too long to last.
Being busy in a successful operation is quite different from being busy due to days of screw-ups and fire drills. There still seem to be some wholesalers who are surprised and feel the need to celebrate when they can ship a standard stock order — complete, without errors and delivered as promised.
If we want our people to perform at a high level, we must show others how to remove obstacles. We must give our people the latitude to make operational decisions. We must make the goal, not the path, the most important principle in our success.