A.O. Smith Named 'Vendor of the Year'

April 12, 2012
Maintained strong customer relationships during time of severe flooding.

Water heater manufacturer and marketer A. O. Smith was named "Plumbing Vendor of the Year," during WinWholesale’s 2012 Annual Meeting and Vendor Showcase. A. O. Smith was nominated as a vendor of the year by WinWholesale locations and area leaders across the country.

A. O. Smith ultimately took the top spot in the plumbing category based on its high number of nominations, representation, new product development, and its ability to maintain a strong vendor/customer relationship during its struggles with debilitating flood damage at the company’s Ashland City, TN facility in 2010.

Vendors of the year were also selected in the HVAC, electrical, industrial and waterworks categories.

“WinWholesale had another successful year due in part to our partnership with A. O. Smith to serve our customers,” says Jack Johnston, WinWholesale president. “They represent the best of the best among our many plumbing vendors the past year.”

A. O. Smith National Account Manager Phil McAfee accepted the award from Monte Salsman, WinWholesale chief operating officer, and Eddie Gibbs, vice president of vendor relations, at an awards dinner on March 13 at Nashville’s Opryland Hotel.

“A. O. Smith has long valued our relationship with WinWholesale,” McAfee says. “We're delighted to see that WinWholesale thinks as highly of A. O. Smith as we do of them.”