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Jan 2018 Trip to Daily Bread Life in Tanzania

“This was my third time visiting the children’s home. Every time is special just like the first time. It is awesome to go back and see all of the kids and watch them grow as the years pass. Some of the ones that were there on my first trip are now graduating from college and starting to look for a career. There were a lot of new kids as well, it was awesome getting to know them too. You don’t realize how blessed you are here in the States until you visit a country that has real poverty and problems. No matter how little we think we have here when you go somewhere like that you realize just how well off you are. They have so little but they have pure happiness and contentment. My favorite part of the trip was when a lot of the kids remembered me from previous trips. They would come up and hug me as if I were a family member. I always get something special out of visiting and spending time with everyone at Daily Bread. I appreciate Neema and Mpeli opening their home to us graciously as always. I look forward to returning many more times.”

~Trey S

Spartanburg, SC

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2018 Special Olympics at Furman University

“It is always uplifting to see the joy and happiness each and every participant has. For all the misconception many regarding people with special needs, they are truly more extraordinary than most who judge them. Each year is a true pleasure” ~Carter S. & Rodney T.
“I had the privilege to work at the Special Olympics. There were about 60 teams from various schools in SC, and it was so much fun to watch the enthusiasm of all the kids when went from booth to booth to win a prize. This is my 2nd year doing it and I enjoyed meeting new people and hanging out with other employees from other branches.” ~Laura L.

“I had the privilege of volunteering for the Special Olympics that was held at Furman University. There were hundreds of smiling kids who were so excited to compete in the games that were held and the games that we sponsored which consisted of corn hole, putt-putt, hill-billy golf and a couple more fun games for the kids. This was my 4th year going and each year seems to be better than the last. There’s no greater joy than seeing a big smile on those kids’ faces. It really puts into perspective how blessed we are to be a part of something as big as the Special Olympics and bringing joy and happiness to the kids who participate year after year. I will definitely be back again.” ~Jason T.

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2018 Rich L Goes to Dominican Republic on Mission Trip

On Easter Sunday, 16 amazing young adults and 3 adults from Mckendree United Methodist Church set off on a mission trip to Villa Clara in the Dominican Republic. With the help of 4 Dominican nationals we were able to complete the following:

1. Dug a mountain of dirt by hand with picks and shovels for footers for a retaining wall behind the Pastors house.
2. Moved said dirt by wheel barrel and bucket brigade to two locations. Approximately 100 yards from the house.
3. Screened rock and gravel and sifted the same to make the concrete and mortar for the block retaining wall.
4. Moved the concrete and mortar by wheel barrel to the house.
5. Passed the block by hand for the wall from 4 locations to areas around the house.
All of this was done with zero complaining or in-fighting the entire week. The good Lord was with us the entire time. We were also able to enjoy a day at the beach.
~Rich L.
Atlanta, GA
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2017 Eastern Cares Charity Classic

October 27th marked the 4th Annual Eastern Cares Charity Classic. This year our tournament benefitted Daily Bread Life Children’s Home in Iringa, Tanzania. Twenty-four teams came out to play at Smithfields Country Club in Easley, SC and we could not have asked for a more beautiful day to play some golf. This year we raised over $22,000 to help the children at Daily Bread Life. Thank you to our amazing sponsors and players!


First prize went to Mike DeShields and his awesome team! We also had an incredible Hole-In-One by Glenn Mosack of Apollo Valves on hole 8, scoring him the Closest to the Pin award on that contest hole! Congratulations to these folks!

Titanium Sponsors

  • Stainless Fitting Group
  • Dodson Global
  • Liquid Combustion Techonology


Porcelain Sponsors

  • Apollo Flow Controls
  • Grover Todd
  • Keystone Constructors

Stainless Sponsors

  • Anvil
  • B2X Partners
  • Cherry Bekaert
  • Jack Sullivan
  • Marsh & McLennan Agency
  • RIDGID Tools
  • The Allied Group


Copper Sponsors

  • C.H. Patrick
  • ISCO
  • Keith & Kristi Giddens
  • Lamons
  • Merfish Pipe & Supply
  • Merit Brass
  • Norca Industrial Company
  • Penn Machine
  • Pro Marketing
  • Texas Pipe

Carbon Sponsors

  • Absolute E-Z Up
  • Anderson Transportation & Logistics
  • Corrugated Container
  • G & W Equipment
  • Kelly Pipe Co.
  • Marubeni-Itochu Steel Canada
  • Powell Valves
  • Promotional Authority
  • Rodney True
  • Service Metal
  • Silbo Industries, Inc
  • Smith-Cooper
  • Spears Manufacturing
  • TAG Logistics
  • Titan Flow Control
  • Warren’s Tire on Wheels
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Love Taylors Day 2017

From Mary Jean R. in our Corporate Office in Greenville, SC:

“Love Taylors” Day kicked off at First Baptist of Taylors, SC bright and early on the morning of September 16th, with over 300 volunteers coming together for a day of serving our neighbors, building on-going relationships and sharing the love of Jesus throughout the Taylors community (between Greer and Greenville, SC). Using their gifts, skills, and passion, volunteers jumped in, ready to go to take on projects all up and down Main Street (overall, within a 2.8 mile radius of the church), including park beautification and clean-up, landscaping, home repairs, bike repairs, oil changing clinic, ladies financial workshop, prayer walking, just to name some of the many hands-on activities that took place throughout the day.

Love Taylors Day Group of Volunteers

Our life group had the privilege of providing breakfast for the volunteers – 400 Chick-Fil-A chicken-minis, 100 chicken biscuits, 40 pounds of bananas, a bushel of locally picked apples, 15 pounds of clementines, 144 orange juices, 100 milks, nutrition/protein bars, water, and a lot of coffee. It all went off without a hitch! We are grateful for the day’s beautiful weather and especially for the collective heart of the people who were so willing to give of their time and talents towards making a difference in the life of our church’s community – Taylors, SC!

Volunteers eating breakfast
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Todd H Helps With Hurricane Clean Up

This story is from Todd H in our Greenville, SC Distribution Center. He used a couple of Because You Care Days to help people in Florida after the devastating storms that hit.

Thanks so much for allowing me to serve the people of Central Florida with the SC Baptist Disaster Relief team.
We arrived at Lake Yale conference center late Sunday night and started working early Monday morning. First, we removed a tree in a rural area that was blocking the road (dirt road) that the school bus had to go down on its route. Next, we removed a tree from an elderly widows roof (picture below) our last task was to serve a 92-year-old man that was grieving the loss of his wife of 70 years. Mr. Pruitt used to serve with the Florida Disaster Relief team, we were honored to remove a tree from his property that was blocking a canal that was used by local residents. Wednesday was a travel day back home, even though we were only there for 2 work days, we were able to help, encourage and just listen to people that wanted to tell you their story.
Todd H
Greenville, SC
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Sam Goes to Clarkston with Friends of Refugees

Sam from our Anderson, SC branch used several of his Because You Care Days to serve at this youth camp. Eastern gives each employee five Because You Care Days to do mission work and serve our communities each year. In his own words:

This summer I had the opportunity to serve at a youth camp in Clarkston, GA for 5 days.  The camp was organized by a group called “Friends of Refugees.”  When the US receives refugees, many of them are resettled in Clarkston, GA.  In fact, the city has resettled over 40,000 refugees from many different countries in the past 25 years.  The campers ranged from kindergarten to fifth grade.  We spent each day getting to know the kids through playing games, leading bible studies, and sharing meals.  In the evenings, we would make home visits in attempts to get to know the adult members of the families.  Many of these visits required the use of Google Translate to overcome the language barrier when communicating.  Through my time there, I had the chance to meet many interesting folks from all over the world! I’ve gained a greater understanding of how the refugee resettlement program in America works, and I was able to gain a strong sense of empathy for how difficult it is to provide for one’s family when living in a foreign country with a language barrier.

~Sam Q

Sam Q in Clarkson GA Youth Camp by "Friends of Refugees" Group Picture
Sam Q and two children in Clarkson GA Youth Camp by "Friends of Refugees"
Sam Q in Clarkson GA Youth Camp by "Friends of Refugees" Group Playing a Game
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Spencer L Helps VBS at Roebuck Baptist Church

From Spencer L on how he used two of his five Because You Care Days (Mission Days) offered by Eastern.


My wife, Janet, is the Children’s Minister at Roebuck Baptist Church and I usually use my missions day each year helping her with different events. I used two days this year for their Vacation Bible School.  Roebuck is one of the few churches that still offer a daytime bible school. Most of them are now done at night. Since it is during the day, we have been able to minister to some of the local daycare facilities. This year we had three daycares that came to bible school. This was such a blessing to be able to share with the children of our community. I decided to use my days on Monday and Friday because the first day and last day of bible school are usually the most hectic. We were very blessed to have a great group of children. It was actually divided into three groups for VBS. We had preschool, 1st-6th grade, and middle school.  It was a great week to be with these children and with all of the great workers. I am very blessed that Eastern provides these days for its employees to use to serve their communities.
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Eastern is a 2017 Top Workplace



Greenville, South Carolina (07/05/2017) – Eastern Industrial Supplies, Inc. has been awarded a 2017 Top Workplaces honor by Integrated Media Publishing. The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including Alignment, Execution, and Connection, just to name a few. Eastern is ranked #10 out of 16 Small Businesses to receive the award.

“The Top Workplaces award is not a popularity contest. And oftentimes, people assume it’s all about fancy perks and benefits,” says Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics. “But to be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health. And who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day—the employees. Time and time again, our research has proven that what’s most important to them is a strong belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together. Claffey adds, “Without this sense of connection, an organization doesn’t have a shot at being named a Top Workplace.”

“The overall positive feedback from our Ambassadors of our organizational health and workplace culture is humbling,” says Kip Miller, Eastern’s President and CEO.  “Our Ambassadors truly care about people and they have a strong desire to have a positive impact upon one another, their communities, their country, and cultures around the world.  They are the reason our Eastern Cares initiatives thrive and drive our positive culture and growth.”


Eastern opened its doors in 1980 in Greenville, SC. Independently owned and operated, growth has led the company to 15 locations in NC, SC, FL, GA, AL and TN. Eastern specializes in the quality distribution of pipe, valves, fittings, and commercial plumbing products. They also specialize in valve automation and pipe fabrication.

Eastern focuses on exceeding customer expectations through a culture of caring in which “people” are valued over “profits,” as the company strives to have a positive impact upon the lives of others by demonstrating God-honoring values of Caring, Honesty, Integrity, Self-Responsibility, and Being Positive.

South Carolina Top Work Places 2017
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Because You Care Day: Ryan G Goes on a Field Trip to Salem

Winston-Salem Field Trip - Crossing a Bridge

At Eastern, each employee is given five days per year to do mission-type activities. These days are called Because You Care Days and here’s one story of how our employees use these days to support their family and community.

I chaperoned my daughter Kiley’s field trip to Old Salem Historic District in Winston-Salem.  We got to learn about a lot of history about the Moravian culture in the late 1700’s.  We got to visit the shoemaker, the gun shop, the pottery studio, and the bakery.  All of the people were dressed for the period and taught us about their crafts.  We also got to visit the single brothers’ workshop where single boys went to learn a trade and some eventually left to get married.  It was a very informative experience and very interesting to learn about how the people lived over 200 years ago.

~Ryan G

Winston-Salem Field Trip - Tools of the Time
Winston-Salem Field Trip - Watching Work Get Done
Winston-Salem Field Trip - Welcome to Salem
Winston-Salem Field Trip - Exploring an Old House
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Winston-Salem Field Trip - Exploring an Old House3
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Winston-Salem Field Trip - Exploring an Old House5
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