Ferguson and E&I announce new competitively awarded contract

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Ferguson

Newport News, VA – Ferguson, the largest wholesale plumbing distributor in the U.S., and E&I Cooperative Purchasing (E&I), a member-owned, not-for-profit buying cooperative that serves colleges and universities, announce a new competitively awarded contract for plumbing products.

With this new contract, E&I members have access to Ferguson’s vast inventory of high-quality products including PVF, plumbing and facilities maintenance. E&I members can also benefit from Ferguson’s 1,300 branch locations and strategically located distribution centers which ensure same day or next day delivery for many orders.

“Ferguson has a high standard of customer service and the industry’s most knowledgeable associates,” said Carlton Harwood, vice president of Ferguson’s Hospitality, Facilities Maintenance and Government business group. “We appreciate the opportunity to provide this level of service to E&I and its member institutions, and we look forward to a long and successful relationship.”

“We are very excited to welcome Ferguson, a proven industry-leader, to the Cooperative’s supplier portfolio,” said Stephen Spinelli, E&I’s senior vice president of Member Services and Communications. “It is important for us to align ourselves with supply partners that can consistently provide our members with competitive pricing and high quality service. Ferguson has certainly demonstrated that ability, and we are confident that our members will find considerable value in this contract.”

About Ferguson

Ferguson (www.ferguson.com) is the largest wholesale distributor of residential and commercial plumbing supplies and pipe, valves and fittings in the U.S. The company is also a major distributor of HVAC/R equipment, waterworks and industrial products and services. Founded in 1953 and headquartered in Newport News, Va., Ferguson has sales of $9.7 billion and approximately 18,000 associates in almost 1,300 locations. Ferguson and its subsidiaries serve customers in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Mexico and the Caribbean. Ferguson is part of Wolseley plc (www.wolseley.com), which is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: WOS) and on the FTSE 100 index of listed companies.

About E&I

Established in 1934 by members of the National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP), Educational & Institutional Cooperative Purchasing (E&I) is a buying cooperative that serves colleges and universities. E&I uses the combined purchasing power of more than 2,700 member institutions to lower costs on a wide range of products and services. The organization provides members with access to a diverse portfolio of high quality national and regional contracts from best-in-class suppliers. E&I's member-driven competitive solicitation process has been validated by the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP). For more information, please go to: www.eandi.org.