Our History & Foundation
Security Plumbing & Heating Supply Company is a leading wholesale distributor of quality plumbing, heating, and air conditioning products with 12 locations serving the lower Mid-Hudson Valley north through the Adirondack Region of New York, and into Western Massachusetts.
In operation since 1934, Security Plumbing & Heating Supply understands your unique demands, and we quickly overcome obstacles by empowering our associates to make decisions based on one simple question "What's the best way to satisfy our customers?"
The company was formed with its first location in Selkirk, New York in 1934 by Harold L. Williams Sr., Earl D. Vadney, and William M. Bennett. This location still functions as a full service branch location and also serves as home to our corporate headquarters and 103,000 square-foot distribution center. Our Albany branch was opened in 1934 followed four years later by our Schenectady branch in 1938. All three locations were closed from 1942 through 1945 during WW-II while Bennett and Vadney served in the military, and Williams as a major defense contractor.
(pictured left to right) William M. Bennett, Harold L. Williams, Sr., Earl D. Vadney
Following the conclusion of World War II all locations were eventually re-opened as material became available for sale, and the company continued to grow throughout the 1950’s and 60’s.
At this time the second generation of the founders led the company’s growth with new branches in Glens Falls in 1970, Johnstown in 1982, Plattsburgh in 1986, and North Adams, Massachusetts in 1989. In 1994 Hyde Plumbing Supply was purchased, creating Security Supply's Watertown branch.
The third generation of original founders, along with a solid core of dedicated associates, continued the growth of the company. The Kingston location was opened in 1998, followed by the purchase of Dutchess Wholesale in 2003 establishing our Poughkeepsie branch. Saratoga Springs was opened a year later in 2004. While new branches were opened, many of the existing branches were updated and/or moved to better locations. The expansion and addition at the Albany store in 2009 included a major reconstruction of the showroom which is now the largest Kohler showroom in the Northeast. In 2010 during a downturn in the national economy, Security Plumbing & Heating Supply forged ahead opening our newest location in Middletown, New York. In 2013 this branch was more than doubled in size and a Kohler Premier level showroom was built to serve the Orange County market.
In 2006 wireless radio frequency (RF) barcoding inventory controls were implemented to improve the flow of product and customer service. We now make daily inter-branch transfers to all our locations and next day delivery to all customers. A proprietary website was also implemented giving our trade customers 24/7/365 access to their account for pricing, invoices, statements, and inventory availability or online order placement.
In April of 2015 the Winsupply Group of companies headquartered in Dayton, OH acquired Security Supply Corp. to operate as an independent entity. Mr. Kim Willey, formerly COO of Security Supply, was named President of the new company; Security Plumbing & Heating Supply Co.. Mr. Brian Fowler was named Vice President Sales and Marketing. The new partnership with Winsupply now positions Security Plumbing & Heating Supply to continue to fulfill our mission statement to our customers, associates, and vendors with the broader range and national resources of Winsupply.
Beginning with the North Adams, MA store in August of 2017 and concluding with the Albany, NY location in October, 2018 the 11 branches of Security Supply successfully transitioned to become individual Winsupply Companies with the branch manager becoming the President of their local Winsupply company. Through hard work and dedication of the Security Supply employees and management working with the Winsupply corporate teams, the individual locations are now poised for greater growth and with the Winsupply model of local ownership now with greater autonomy and local decision making in the individual markets to meet the needs of our customers.