Gerber Plumbing Fixtures announced Warriner Smith Utilities Inc. (Nanuet, N.Y.) as its grand-prize winner for the “75 Years of Professional Performance” campaign, created as a gesture of gratitude to the entire plumbing trade.

Gerber Plumbing Fixtures announced Warriner Smith Utilities Inc. (Nanuet, N.Y.) as its grand-prize winner for the “75 Years of Professional Performance” campaign, created as a gesture of gratitude to the entire plumbing trade.

During 2007, Gerber celebrated its 75th anniversary and launched a national search for plumbing contracting firms that had reached or exceeded the same 75-year milestone. Randomly selected from an impressive group of more than 100 eligible plumbing contracting firms from across the country that entered the promotion, Warriner Smith Utilities Inc. is the recipient of $2,500 in Gerber product to be selected from a Gerber wholesaler.

The company was established in 1908 by John Warriner Smith. The family-owned business has been thriving for more than 100 years.

"Every year in this business is an achievement, and we at Warriner Smith Utilities have our community, employees, friends and family to thank for nearly 100 years of success," stated Greg Smith, great-grandson of John Warriner Smith. "We also appreciate all of Gerber's efforts to generously celebrate the trades [in] the midst of its 75 year anniversary ― it is truly a significant milestone, cheers to many more," continued Smith.

Gerber also awarded five other qualified entries with secondary prizes of $250 in Gerber product. They include:
  • Thomas E. Clark Co., Silver Springs, Md. (1891)
  • Dill Plumbing Co., Washington, Mo. (1926)
  • W.L. Hickey Sons, LLC., San Francisco, Calif. (1904)
  • Henry Gonzalez Plumbing Co., Tampa, Fla. (1929)
  • Leonard Plumbing & Heating, Marco Island, Fla. (1902)
In addition, all 100 75-years-or-more plumbing contracting firms that entered, regardless of whether they have ever been Gerber users, will receive a commemorative gift from Gerber to honor their accomplishments and endurance in the industry and their community.