About Us Plumbers Supplies Co-operative

About Us

At the Plumbers’ Suppliers Co-operative, it’s all about you. Supplying Members with the best products including hot water systems and bathroom fittings at the best prices, with the best service in town. And there are plenty of other benefits as well.

Three Ways to Save

Being a Co-op means very competitive prices and wide choice.

As well, there’s a guaranteed 2.5% discount on all accounts settled within 30 day trading terms.

Finally, members get a share the profits, by way of rebate and dividend made up of cash and extra shares. Can you afford not to be a member?

What Do I Get

As well as the best prices, range and service, there are many other benefits to becoming a Plumbers’ Co-op member.

Your Own Stores – Plumbers’ Co-op has their own network of Branches up and down the East Coast. It’s one-stop shopping for things you’d expect like PVC, Copper, Toilets and Taps, and also those often hard to find, specialised plumber supply items. With our extensive branch network, you’ll be like a kid in a lolly shop.

Tricks of the Trade - Members get access to special online services that can help in the preparation of quotes and the ordering of products.

PSC App - the iOS and Android apps will allow you to access the website on the run.  All Member portal functions are available via the app on a smart phone or tablet.  You can select a security PIN ofr quick access to the app and portal function.

"Service on Time" commitment - quality branded products when you need it.  People who know the products you need.  People who value your Membership.  Delivery text, when your order leaves the branch.

Silver Service - Your own personal Account Manager available to help with questions about pricing and availability, even outside office hours.

Letting off Steam – You work hard. That’s why Co-op business like BBQs, trade nights and overseas conferences are a mix of business and pleasure.

Membership Makes Sense

Who else is going to give you all these benefits?

Why give your business to others, when you could put some coin back in your pocket?

Join the 4,900+ members who benefit from tapping in to the Plumbers’ Co-op. Much more than just Plumbing Supplies.


Mission Statement

MEMBERS

To provide the best service, price and benefits with accessible and responsive management.

EMPLOYEES

To be the best employer in the industry in terms of remunerations, career path and training.

SUPPLIERS

To become a partner in profit, based on mutual respect and long-term relationships


Co-operative Principles

Voluntary & Open Membership

Co-operatives are voluntary organisations, open to persons willing to accept responsibilities of membership. This relationship can be voluntarily ended at any time.

Democratic Member Control

Co-operatives are democratic organisations controlled by their members who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions. Members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote).

Member Economic Participations

Members contribute equitably to and democratically control the capital of their Co-operative. At least part of that capital is usually the common property of the Co-operative.

Autonomy & Independence

Co-operatives are autonomous, self-help organisations controlled by their members.

Education, Training & Information

Co-operatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their co-operatives.

Co-operation among co-operatives

Co-operatives serve their members most effectively by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.

Concern for Community

While focusing on members' needs, Co-operatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies accepted by their membership.


Where It All Began

Pitt Street, Sydney 1955

The beginnings were humble and the work was hard. That didn’t matter because there was a job to be done, and a principle at stake.

Less than ten years after WWII plumbers were still having trouble getting materials and with no trade discount, it was hard to make a decent living.

On 14th April 1955 a meeting was held in Pitt Street Sydney, next to where Telstra House is today, with the view to form a Co-operative Trading Society.

Four men were elected as Directors of a new society that went by the name the Plumbers’ Supplies Co-operative Limited.

Their stated goal was as simple and unambiguous then as it is today.

“We are a specialist trade supplier to the plumbing and building industry”.

From such humble beginnings your Co-op now has annual sales approaching $150 million, with monies returned to members by way of discounts, dividends and rebates.

The Co-op's first warehouse - Bray Lane, St Peters

It’s a great story, (made all the more pleasing by the fact the Co-op is owned by members to benefit members).

But there is no time to rest. As the world changes the way it does business, your co-op is changing too.

Here’s to the next 60 years.


Where We Are Going

Proud Past and A Strong Future

Sometimes it feels that change is the only constant. Not content to live in the past, your Co-op has a clear picture on where the business is headed.

Rationalisation and mergers are seeing the rise of larger competitors. Customer expectations are on the rise as well.

Steps like sourcing and manufacturing our own branded supplies will make us stronger against such trends. Technology too is another driver of change and we have taken steps to ensure information to members is:

  • More relevant
  • Delivered across a variety of platforms
  • In a timely fashion

New, higher levels of Customer Service at all branches will benefit members, as will product training and expanded product lines.

Whatever the challenge, we will make sure we will anticipate it and meet it.


Our Board

Over the past sixty years the growth and management of our Co-operative has been overseen by various Boards of Directors. The Board consists of four member Directors and two Independent Directors. The introduction of Independent Directors in recent years has had a positive influence on the success of the business as it has provided both management and Member Directors with a broad range of guidance and oversight from the wider corporate community.

In accordance with Co-operative law the Board of Plumbers Supplies Co-operative must consist of a majority of Member Directors, this is to ensure that the organisation maintains a strong member focus. The Board has four Member Directors, three from New South Wales and one from Victoria, who are elected on a rotational basis for three year terms.

The ongoing success of the Plumbers Supply Co-operative over the past sixty years is, no doubt, primarily due to the Co-operative structure under which we operate - we have good governance thanks to a proactive and knowledgeable board


Director Details

  • Chairman

    • Name :

      PETER McPHERSON

    • Company :

      McPHERSON PLUMBING (NSW)     PTY LTD

    • Position: 

      MANAGING DIRECTOR

    • Nature of Business :

      PLUMBING CONTRACTOR

    • Length of time in the Plumbing Industry :

      Since 1975

  • DEPUTY CHAIRMAN

    • Name :

      ANDREW MURPHY

    • Company :

      GERRARD MURPHY (DRAINAGE) PTY LTD

    • Position :

      MANAGING DIRECTOR

    • Nature of Business :

      LARGE CONSTRUCTION & MAINTENANCE

    • Length of time in the Plumbing Industry :

      since 1982

  • DIRECTOR

    • Name :

      PAUL BULL

    • Company :

      BDO

    • Position :

      PARTNER

    • Nature of Business :

      CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS & BUSINESS ADVISORS

    • Length of time in the Plumbing Industry :

      since 1982

  • DIRECTOR

    • Name :

      TONY FORDWARD

    • Company :

       

    • Position :

      Chief Executive Officer (Retired)

    • Nature of Business :

      PLUMBING SUPPLIES

    • Length of time in the Plumbing Industry :

      since 1993

  • DIRECTOR

    • Name :

      HEATH PEATLING

    • Company :

      METRODRAIN

    • Position  

      DIRECTOR

    • Nature of Business :

      PLUMBING & DRAINAGE CONTRACTOR

    • Length of time in the Plumbing Industry :

      since 1997

  • DIRECTOR

    • Name :

      JON BOVA

    • Company :

      JON BOVA PLUMBING PTY LTD

    • Position :

      DIRECTOR / MANAGER

    • Nature of Business :

      COMMERCIAL PLUMBING / DRAINAGE

    • Length of time in the Plumbing Industry :

      since 1982