Who is Southern Pipe & Supply?
At Southern Pipe & Supply, we serve professionals and homeowners across the southeast with the very best in brand name plumbing, heating and air conditioning (HVAC), waterworks, industrial and electrical supplies. Southern Pipe is proud of its wide customer base, ranging from the smallest plumbing operation, to multi-crew industrial contractors, to city waterworks, and to homeowners looking to remodel that kitchen or bathroom. Our family members — what we call our employees — are available to help you on your next project no matter the size — anytime and anywhere. We’re headquartered in Meridian, Mississippi, where our founder, Louis Davidson, began his pursuit of the American dream as a 20-year-old Russian immigrant in 1901. Our fourth generation of family has taken the helm, and we are still building our business on a firm foundation of integrity, commitment and trust.
Southern Pipe’s 425,000-square-foot Central Distribution Center (CDC) supports our 124 branches with a constantly turning $50 million inventory. Though our CDC averages more than 100,000 transactions per month, it boasts an error rate of less than 1 percent on orders shipped to the branches. On top of this, we’ve worked with our customers to designate more than 900 products as critical-service items — essential products and equipment that customers need every day. On orders for these crucial items, our CDC has achieved a near-perfect “fill rate” of 99.7 percent. For the consumer, our Southern Bath & Kitchen designer showrooms amount to a homeowner’s theme park. We have dozens of locations throughout Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, Arkansas, Florida and Tennessee. Our experts will spend all the time you need to make sure you get the perfect premium cabinetry, countertops, appliances, showers, tubs, faucets and sinks. Whether you are a contractor working on a big building project or a homeowner planning your dream kitchen, Southern Pipe can show you what it’s like to experience intimate customer service. To us, you’re part of the family.
In 1901, a 20-year-old Russian entrepreneur named Louis Davidson boarded a ship bound for America. Louis had hoped to sail into New York Harbor, but he could find passage only aboard a vessel bound for Mobile, Alabama. That was still America, the land of opportunity, so he took it.
Undeterred, he tried his hand at a number of enterprises. In 1918, he opened a scrap metal business and finally found his niche. The name of his new company reflected his ambitions of expanding beyond Mississippi: the St. Louis Junk Company.
His sons, Meyer and Sammie, joined the business in 1930, and in 1938, the company sold its first carload of steel pipe. Within a year, the focus of the business shifted to plumbing supply, and the name changed to Southern Pipe & Supply Company.
Meyer and Sammie weren’t business-school graduates or corporate managers, and they only knew one way to operate a business: family style. They treated both customers and employees with respect and affection — a spirit that lives on today at Southern Pipe & Supply. In fact, we still refer to our employees as “family members.” For Meyer and Sammie, building relationships and trust were most important. Everything else followed from that.
The Third & Fourth Generations
Marty Davidson, Meyer’s son, learned that philosophy early. He began stocking shelves at age 5 and took over the company in 1968. Today, he’s the chairman of one of the largest wholesalers of top-quality, name-brand plumbing, heating, air-conditioning (HVAC), industrial, mechanical and waterworks materials in the southeast. Jay, his son, is president–representing the fourth generation to carry on the family legacy.
Southern Pipe & Supply now has 124 locations in Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, Arkansas, Florida and Tennessee. We distribute products from the world’s most renowned vendors, such as Kohler, Delta, Elkay, Pfister, Rheem, Watts, Zurn, Lennox and Ridgid — just to name a few. And we offer the best customer service in the industry, simply because that’s the only way we know how to do business.
We still think about Louis Davidson. We try to imagine the excitement he must have felt as that ship carried him toward the American dream. We do our best every day to try to make him proud.
1000 Rushing Circle • Little Rock • (501) 663-9700 • southernpipe.com