NEW BEDFORD — Plumbers’ Supply Company’s $18 million distribution facility and corporate headquarters in the New Bedford Business Park is officially operational.
The company held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at their new 175,000 square foot building on Thursday as part of the Greater New Bedford Industrial Foundation’s annual meeting.
The building is comprised of 20,000 square feet of office/training space and 155,000 square feet of warehouse space, according to Kevin Jones, who owns the company with other members of his family.
Jones said constructing the new building “was by far the largest undertaking in the history of our company.”
“This facility here is twice the size of our previous headquarters and should allow our company to add additional branches in the state which in turn we think will transfer to more good jobs in New Bedford,” Jones said.
Currently their facility will house 45 employees between their warehouse team and those working in the office, according to Jones.
The company has 20 locations — 17 wholesale and three kitchen and bath centers — in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire.
A news release sent out by the city of New Bedford in advance of the ribbon-cutting described Plumbers’ Supply as a “New Bedford-based, family-owned plumbing, heating, and HVAC distribution business that was founded in New Bedford in the late 1800s.”
Mayor Jon Mitchell noted the company’s long history with the city at Thursday’s event. “I want to congratulate and thank the Jones family for investing in New Bedford and reinvesting in New Bedford. It’s a really great legacy going all the way back to the 1880s as Plumbers’ Supply and the Jones family since..the early 70s or so.”
“If business is good to New Bedford, New Bedford will be good to you in the long run in ways that you might not anticipate,” Mitchell added.
Jones specifically thanked the City Council and Mayor Jon Mitchell for “the approval of the TIF which was essential in making this project a reality.”
TIF stands for Tax Increment Financing and the New Bedford Economic Development Council describes it on their website as a program where “participating companies receive favorable state and local tax treatment in exchange for job creation and commitments for private investment.”
Members of the New Bedford Economic Council and the Greater New Bedford Industrial Foundation were present at the ribbon-cutting and they highlighted the fact that 41 businesses are located in the business park and the arrival of Plumbers’ Supply only leaves them with one lot left to fill, which they’re already in negotiations to do.
“The city of New Bedford is prepared to support business expansion,” Mitchell said. “We want you to succeed.”
The Jones family wants to do just that. “We’re hoping to welcome you back in a few years for our expansion,” Jones said.
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