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Eastern Volunteers at Special Olympics 2015

Volunteering always brings a smile to my face. The smile gets bigger when I get to volunteer with 15 to 20 of my co-workers who are just as passionate about improving the lives of others as myself. The past few years, Eastern has been given the opportunity to be a part of the GE Volunteer group that goes to Furman University and help run a few game booths at the Special Olympics.

This was my second year attending and for the second time, I had a blast. We had people helping with 6 different booths, handing out prizes, running the games, and my personal favorite blowing up balloons to hand out. I have yet to figure out what it is about a balloon that brings such happiness to a person, but I’ve seen the proof of it many times. A little bit of helium and a bit of colored rubber are two ingredients for immense joy.


I can’t tell you why my co-workers came out that day, whether they knew someone participating or just love a good cause. What I can say is, everyone there that day made a difference in someone’s life. It always surprises me when we get together, the laughter and joy we each possess. We could be tying our 50th balloon for the day, having to slip around in the mud to retrieve a game piece, or reaching to the top of the tent for the specific balloon someone requested. My co-workers, my Eastern Family members, my friends. Them? They are always laughing and making the most of life.

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Eastern Industrial Supplies, Inc. Acquires Greensboro Pipe Company, Greensboro, NC

Eastern Industrial Supplies, Inc. (EISI), Greenville, SC, a wholesale distributor of pipe, valves, fittings, plumbing, and industrial specialties – with branch locations in SC, NC, GA, FL, AL, and TN – announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Greensboro Pipe Company, Greensboro, NC. The Greensboro location will become the fifteenth branch for the company.

The acquisition of Greensboro Pipe Company (GPC), a supplier of pipe, valves, fittings and related products, extends Eastern’s growing footprint. Kip Miller, President and CEO of Eastern, stated: “This acquisition is in line with strategic efforts to expand our base of business, strengthen customer support, and improve operational efficiencies.” Rob Livingston, former President of Greensboro Pipe, said: “We feel confident that our partnership with Eastern will enable us to make positive changes for ourselves, our employees, as well as our customers and vendors.”

Further, Livingston stated: “Joining Eastern was a good fit for us. It enables us to provide improved service, more competitive pricing, and will add depth to our organization. We are excited to add to our market basket valve automation, fabrication services including cutting, threading and grooving of pipe and technical expertise across multiple verticals, including power technologies.”

Miller stated that he is impressed with the efficiencies of GPC and the way Rob Livingston cares for his employees. “GPC has a number of longstanding employees which speaks well of GPC’s leadership and position in the marketplace. They recognize the worth of people.”

Rob Livingston has been employed by Eastern and will continue working with the Greensboro location in a sales leadership role.

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Eastern Industrial Supplies Named One of the 40 Best-Performing Companies in SC

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Eastern Industrial Supplies, Inc. Acquires Greensboro Pipe Company, Greensboro, NC

Eastern Industrial Supplies, Inc announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Greensboro Pipe Company, Greensboro, NC…

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Eastern Welcomes Supplier Partners to Greenville

Eastern Industrial Supplies held its 2014 Annual Sales Meeting and Field Marketing Summit in Greenville, SC, February 6-7th…

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Eastern Recognized for Marketing Summit Best Planning Process

In November 2013 at the Affiliated Distributors (AD) annual North American Meeting, held in Orlando, Florida, Eastern received the AD 2013 Spirit of Independence Award for Best Annual Planning Process, for holding effective Field Marketing Summits in pursuit of strategic marketing plans. Watch the video of this announcement and Eastern accepting the award.

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Cruizer Lewis tag-teaming for a worthy cause

In December, one of Easterns own, DeWayne Pace of Spartanburg  a.k.a. Cruiser Lewis  took part in the National Championship Wrestling/Laurens County Sheriffs office 2013 Christmas for Kids Wrestling Show. The show is held each year to raise funds to purchase Christmas gifts for underprivileged children in the county. The theme for this years event was a tribute to U.S. military troops. Including members from the local armory, the event pulled in a crowd of over 900 and $5,000 was raised. DeWayne expressed his deep thanks and appreciation for the Cares Fund donation in support of a worthy cause.

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Offering Helping Hands to Habitat for Humanity in Atlanta

On a brisk fall morning in early November, Brad Durham and Randy Evert of the Atlanta Branch, in conjunction with Kauffman Tire, represented Eastern Cares at a Habitat home-build in downtown Atlanta. Brad’s girlfriend, Melanie, an employee of Kauffman Tire, joined with approximately 30 other fellow employees from Kauffmans corporate office for a good old-fashioned home raising. Melanies sixteen year old daughter, Madison, also joined in.

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Jacksonville Associates Serve up Breakfast at the Sulzbacher Care Center

Once a quarter, the Jacksonville Branch Team and their Cares Champion enjoy the privilege of serving at the Sulzbacher Care Center in northeast Jacksonville, a provider of comprehensive services for homeless men, women and children. On an average daily basis the center houses approximately 340 individuals, provides healthcare to some 200 patients, and feeds a multitude of individuals who might otherwise go hungry.

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The Knight’s Shining Armor

This story is about 13 year old Peyton Judkins, son of Alyn and Connie Judkins of Greer, SC. Alyn serves as Vice President-Procurement with Eastern. Peyton’s brother, Andrew, is an 8th grader on the baseball team at St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Greenville, SC.

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