By MIKE REUTHER
Industrial Piping Systems, one of the largest wholesale distributors of pipes, valves and fittings, operates out of six locations including right in Williamsport.
"This is a delivery branch," said branch manager Chris Casey. "The other one is in York."
With a showroom and a warehouse located at 1309 Commerce Park Drive, the site is strategically located for serving its customers.
The company shares building space with Schaedler Yesco Division and APR Supply.
Major highways such as Routes 220 and 15 and Interstate 80 are within easy access for reaching the company's markets.
IPS was founded in 1982 by Stuart H. Raub Jr. and three friends who saw a need for a PVF supply house for specializing in unique product and service requirements of the industrial marketplace. Raub's daughter, Christine R. Wardrop took over the company in 2006.
The company has operated a branch in Williamsport since 1993.
Casey noted that the company ships all over the nation, with the local site providing same day delivery throughout the region and beyond.
Some of its noted local customers include Cromaglass, Wirerope Works, M & M Sheet Metal, ACF Industries, Jersey Shore Steel, and Appellation Pre-Fab.
The company can provide efficient online ordering, customized reporting, quick turnaround on quotes, and easy access to contract and inventory data.
In addition to Williamsport and York, the company operates out of four other locations - Lancaster, Chambersburg, State College, and most recently the Scranton site which opened last year.
The Scranton branch is doing better than expected, according to Casey.
Pipes of all kinds can be found in the Williamsport warehouse.
"Black steel pipes are our mainstay for the gas industry and related industries," Casey said.
The Williamsport branch site also distributes PVC pipes for sewer lines, galvanized pipes and other types of piping.
"We stock hundreds if not thousands of different items," Casey said.
Overall, the company employs 56 people, including 13 in Williamsport.
Local personnel are involved in inside and outside sales, warehouse work and delivery.
Casey said company employees are involved in the community.
The company received the Affiliated Distributors PVF Affiliate of the Year Award and the Supply House Times Segment Leader Award.
IPS was also certified as a woman owned small business by the Women's Business Enterprise National Conference.