Nearly 700 attendees representing 92 distributors and 162 vendors met in Dallas at the April meeting.

The 2011 WIT distributor/vendor conference in Dallas. Photo by Pat Lenius.

Gradual economic improvement was reported by Morris Cregger, principal at Cregger Co. (Columbia, SC) and president of buying group WIT & Co. Among those WIT honored: Goodin Co. (Minneapolis), 2010 Purchasing Award; a Vendor Service Award to ThermaSol;Supply House Times’ 2010 Wholesaler of the Year Rampart Supply (Colorado Springs, CO); Plumbing Distributors Inc. (PDI) of Lawrenceville, GA, aSupply House Times’ 2010 Showroom of the Year; plus 26 distributors that achieved sales growth of $1 million or more in 2010, and the Top 20 volume generators (including Cregger, PDI and Rampart).

New WIT & Co. member MWI Plumbing & Wholesale (Oceanside, CA) was represented by John Morally (L) and Mark Walton.

New members Colt Plumbing Specialties (Mechanicsburg, PA); MWI Plumbing Wholesale (Oceanside, CA); and Hydrologic Distribution Co. (Pinellas Park, FL) were welcomed. Former Castle Supply owners Joe White and Bob Cardwell lead Hydrologic with Chris Lynch.

Charlie Moorhead (L), executive VP of WIT & Co., greeted featured speaker Bruce Carbonari, chairman/CEO of Fortune Brands.

Pictured in the group photo here (top right) at the 2011 WIT distributor/vendor conference in Dallas are (L-R, back row): Paul Pitz and David Perry of Perry Supply Co. (Albuquerque, NM); and Tom McDermott of A.I. McDermott (Oshkosh, WI); (L-R, front row): Loreen Perry, Perry Supply; Rod Essig, Carr Supply (Columbus, OH); new WIT member Bob Shaw, Colt Plumbing Specialties (Mechanicsburg, PA); and Richard Fager, R.F. Fager Co. (Camp Hill, PA). Carr and R.F. Fager were honored for $1 million+ sales growth and as Top 20 volume generators in 2010.

Larry Berman and Justin Freedman at the 2011 WIT conference.

Pictured here (left): Larry Berman (L) of Ace Plumbing Heating & Electrical Supplies (Vineland, NJ) met with Justin Freedman of General Plumbing Supply (Edison, NJ).

Gary Schmidt and Morris Cregger at the WIT conference.

Pictured here (right): Gary Schmidt (L) of Schmidt’s Wholesale (Monticello, NY) was thanked for serving as chairman of the Insurance Committtee by Morris Cregger.

All photos by Pat Lenius.