Columbia, SC, will serve as Ferguson's main branch for its new stand-alone network of dedicated HVAC stores throughout the state. The Newport News, VA-based company opened its first such location last month, operating out of a temporary space until a permanent facility can be completed.

The South Carolina network is part of a plan to offer best-in-class performance to the HVAC contractor community. Two additional hub facilities are planned for the Greenville and Coastal areas, with satellite locations providing a total of six stores to service the entire territory. All locations will feature a 2,500-sq.-ft. Pro Stock counter, 3,000 sq. ft. of office space, a training room and a dealer conversion “marketing center,” used for one-on-one meetings with each current and/or prospective dealer. Jon Wallace, general manager, said the new network will reach out to local customers in each market to understand their specific needs.

In conjunction with the opening, Rheem Manufacturing Co. granted Ferguson the heating and air conditioning distribution rights for the state of South Carolina. Ferguson's new HVAC distribution centers will also offer a full line of HVAC supplies, parts, tools and accessories.