Since 1866 F.W. Webb has kept people warm in winter and cool in summer. One of the largest wholesale distributors of LP gas, industrial fittings, and plumbing products in the northeastern US, F.W. Webb offers a slew of blue chip lines for plumbers, HVAC technicians, and institutional buyers. Through some 70 outlets, the company sells refrigeration pipe and plumbing products (fountains, pumps), and HVAC equipment (air filters, furnaces). It also offers gas boilers and automation valves, and biotech equipment, as well as general industrial items, such as adhesives and sealants. F.W. Webb, through its subsidiaries, offers customized fabrication and inventory programs. John Pope and his family own the company.
The impact of the economic recession coupled with the housing slump has hurt all industrial distributors. Nonetheless, F.W. Webb continues to build and diversify its offerings, particularly in such segments as eco-friendly, energy efficient systems, and biotech products. The company boasts a portfolio catering to more than 12 different industrial disciplines.
Simultaneously, F.W. Webb is targeting new outlets. The company in 2010 spent more than $7 million (offset by state tax incentives) to open a distribution center and showroom in a new Connecticut location. On its heels, F.W. Webb's invested approximately $9 million to build a distribution center and showroom in East Springfield, Massachusetts, and opened new sites in Hyannis and Boston.
F.W. Webb has also expanded its capacity by picking up or partnering with rivals. The company in 2009 reached an agreement with Hallowell International to distribute the Acadia combined heating and cooling system. In late 2007 F.W. Webb bought New York-based Burns Cascade. The acquisition strengthens F.W. Webb's geographic hold on the Northeast as well as its industrial piping business. Since the 1970s, the company has grown through more than 30 acquisitions. – less