History

Founded in 1946 … and focused on the future ever since.

Plumb Supply Company was founded in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1946 with plumbing as our first area of expertise. HVAC products were added to the company in 1956. Since then, Plumb Supply has remained focused on what we do best: plumbing, heating, air conditioning, ventilation, and pipe, valves and fittings.

It may sound simple, but it’s been anything but. All of our focus areas have evolved dramatically since our founding. Even something as seemingly ordinary as pipe comes in many different materials and sizes today.  Add in the steady improvement in efficiency, and the evolution of building techniques, materials and configurations, and there’s never a dull moment and always something to learn.

Plumb Supply Company opened our first branch location in Mason City, Iowa in 1949. Today we’re in 18 locations around Iowa. In the midst of all the growth and change, we’ve remained proudly independent, family owned and Iowa focused. We also bring time-tested values like honesty, integrity and trust to our customers and communities. Our survival and growth as a business since 1946 testifies to our relentless focus on ethical business practices, building strong customer relationships, and offering unsurpassed product quality, service and value.

Plumb Supply Company Timeline

1946 – Plumb Supply Company opened its first office in Des Moines, IA
1949 – A second branch officially opened in Mason City, IA
1954 – Fort Dodge branch began offering consumers wholesale products and services, and a sub-branch in Storm Lake, IA was opened
1963 – Plumb Supply Company opened a branch in Ottumwa
1965 – Templeton Coal Company acquires Plumb Supply Company
1969 – The Corporate headquarters moved into its newly constructed facility in Des Moines, where it is still located
1971 – A sub-branch of Mason City opened in Austin, MN
1979 – Plumb Supply Company acquires the Chandler Company with branch locations in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, and Oelwein
1988 – Plumb Supply Company extended its Western Iowa presence with the opening of our Red Oak Branch
1991 – A branch was opened in Northwest Iowa in Spirit Lake
1993 – The ninth Plumb Supply Company location opened for business in Waterloo, IA
1994 – An Eastern Iowa branch opened in Muscatine, IA
1996 – Plumb Supply Company opens a location in Waukee to help further serve the west side of Des Moines
1998 – Marshalltown branch opens
1999 – The Coralville branch opened to help better serve the Iowa City/Coralville area customers
2000 – Ames and Pella branches opened, Spirit Lake branch moves to current location
2001 – A branch in North Cedar Rapids opened
2004 – Waukee branch moves to current location
2005 – A Davenport branch opened and Spirit Lake branch expands
2006 – North Cedar Rapids branch moved to current location
2007 – The Des Moines branch expands
2010 – Dubuque location opened for business
2014 – Le Mars location opened for business
2015 – Acquired Riback DKB