Supply New England President David Corcoran (left) with Efrain Perez, The Storehouse’s procurement officer.

The Storehouse of World Vision, a humanitarian organization that battles poverty, hunger and injustice worldwide, honored Supply New England, Attleboro, MA, for its contributions at its annual Crystal Vision breakfast during the Kitchen/Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas last May.

Supply New England was the first wholesaler to be presented with the Distributor of the Year award from the Storehouse.

Last year Supply New England donated $500,000 in excess heating and plumbing products to the organization. It has been associated with the Storehouse for more than 10 years.

World Vision’s Storehouse acts as a distribution center providing building materials to help rebuild under-resourced communities in the United States. Since 1995, The Storehouse has provided nearly $17 million worth of construction supplies and building materials to communities in need. The Storehouse of World Vision operates four nationwide distribution centers.

Supply New England President David Corcoran (left) accepts the Distributor of the Year Award from Chuck Dowd, retired group vice president of Masco Corp.

“Over the years, our relationship with the Storehouse has grown because the process is user-friendly,” Jason Reardon, vice president of operations at Supply New England, said in a statement. “With just one call, we can turn our excess inventory into a charitable donation and a tax deduction.”

Other distributors are learning they can grow their business by donating excess and obsolete inventory, according to Efrain Perez, corporate relations manager for the Storehouse.

Other companies honored during the event included DuPont Surfaces and Building Innovations, which received the Crystal Vision Award for its 2006 Fab4000 event, an effort to aid more than 4,000 families and non-profits through the donation of new DuPont bathroom vanity tops, fabricated by DuPont-certified fabricators across the United States; 10-year donor companies Grohe Americas, Kohler, Moen, Jason International, Elkay Manufacturing and Delta Faucet; and five-year donor companies The Great Indoors and Your “Other” Warehouse.

Pictured here: Frank Parks of Parks-Peyton manufacturers rep firm (L) met with Ila Lewis, chairman of Gerber Plumbing Fixtures LLC and Scott Franz, publisher of Supply House Times, at the Gerber booth during K/BIS 2007.