WEST COLUMBIA, S.C., May 24, 2011—This month, Ruud distributor McCall’s Supply Inc. opened a new PROSTOCK location in West Columbia, S.C., marking the 200th PROSTOCK location nationwide since Rheem pioneered the concept in 2001.
PROSTOCK, part of the Rheem family of quality brands, provides retail locations for contractors to quickly and easily find Rheem and Ruud parts and supplies. This is McCall’s first PROSTOCK location. McCall’s owns 15 stores throughout South Carolina, two stores in North Carolina, and one store in Savannah, Ga. McCall’s partnered with Rheem in 2011 to convert the West Columbia store into a PROSTOCK location.
“The synergies between McCall’s Supply Inc. and Rheem are quite amazing; we both began as family-owned businesses with a passion for providing unprecedented service to contractors. It’s fitting that we celebrate our 200th PROSTOCK store opening with them at our side,” said Don Harter, general manager of Rheem Sales Company. “The West Columbia store is designed to meet the needs of local contractors by creating a bright, helpful, self-service retail showroom that allows them to purchase needed parts and supplies so they can get back to the job site.”
PROSTOCK stores provide HVAC replacement and aftermarket parts and supplies directly from the original equipment manufacturer (OEM), Rheem. Designed specifically for qualified HVAC professionals, PROSTOCK stores allow Rheem to forge partnerships with key distributors to effectively meet the replacement part needs of local contractors. Rheem is one of the few HVAC manufacturers in the country offering a retail presence to meet the needs of HVAC contractors. Rheem is the only manufacturer to employ a full-time retail designer/merchandiser, who is dedicated to advancing the PROSTOCK concept.
“The PROSTOCK model helps McCall’s create a professional, shopper friendly environment customized for the specific needs of HVAC contractors,” said Michael Brant, branch operations manager, McCall’s Supply Inc. “The West Columbia PROSTOCK store is a new concept for us, and I’m already pleased with the highly visual and organized format of the store. We’re confident that area contractors will benefit from having access to all the replacement and aftermarket parts that they may need.”
On Thursday, May 19, Rheem and McCall’s hosted a grand opening event for local contractors at the West Columbia location. The event included a ribbon cutting ceremony, where Rheem’s Don Harter and presented a commemorative plaque to McCall’s marking the West Columbia store’s milestone as the 200th PROSTOCK location. The event also featured lunch and giveaways, including PROSTOCK goody bags with product literature and branded flexible-head flashlights. Plus, Rheem awarded prizes to several lucky contractors; prizes included a PROSTOCK-branded refrigerated cooler and a golf bag travel cover.
Darien Jacobs, president and CEO of McCall’s Supply Inc., as well as Carla McCall, the company’s vice president and CFO, traveled from Johnsonville, S.C., to participate in the day’s festivities. McCall’s also brought 10 additional employees to the event, including area store managers from Greenwood, S.C., Greenville, S.C., and Orangeburg, S.C. Twelve additional Rheem employees from across the region traveled to attend the event.
The store is located at 1018 Meeting Street in West Columbia, S.C. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ET), Monday through Friday. More information can be found on McCall’s website, www.mccallsinc.com.
Rheem Manufacturing Company (www.rheem.com) is privately held with headquarters in Atlanta. In its 86th year of operation, the company manufactures a full-line of eco-friendly, technologically advanced residential and commercial heating and cooling systems; tank, tankless, solar and hybrid heat pump water heaters; whole-home standby generators, controls, swimming pool and spa heaters; indoor air-purification products; and commercial boilers throughout North America and world markets. The company’s premium brands, including Raypak, Ruud and Rheem, have been recognized with countless industry and consumer awards for reliability, innovative design and high quality. Rheem is the official heating, cooling and water-heating supplier to Richard Childress Racing (RCR), Kevin Harvick, Inc. (KHI) and is a primary sponsor of RCR’s No. 29 Sprint Cup Series car and KHI’s No. 33 Nationwide Series car and Camping World Truck Series No. 2 truck. Harvick was named Nationwide Series “Driver of the Decade” in 2010.