Southern Pipe & Supply named Top 10 place to work in construction nationwide

Published 10:59 am Wednesday, September 14, 2022

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LAPLACE – Southern Pipe & Supply has been named one of the 2022 Best Workplaces in Construction, earning a spot in the Top 10 of companies nationwide. This is the company’s sixth time to be recognized by the prestigious Fortune magazine, and its first to be named to publication’s Construction List.

With over 124 locations in seven states, including one in LaPlace, Louisiana, Southern Pipe & Supply is the largest privately-owned distributor of plumbing, heating, air-conditioning (HVAC), industrial, mechanical, and waterworks materials in the Southeast. The company is the only distributor in the United States to have been selected to the Fortune list.

To be considered for this honor, companies must submit an application documenting over 200 data points describing their human resource programs and practices. Fortune compiles this list annually with its research partner, Great Place to Work.

This award is given based on anonymous feedback from employees. Ninety-seven percent of respondents rated the company a great place to work, compared to the national average of 57 percent. In Fortune’s analysis of the company, the top two reasons employees gave for ranking Southern Pipe & Supply so highly were the remarkable sense of family and working with people that care for each other.

Southern Pipe & Supply has been a certified Great Place to Work for seven consecutive years, and has been named to Fortune’s Top 100 Best Places to Work in America four times, in 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2020. In 2021, Southern Pipe was also named to the Best Workplaces for Millennials list by the publication.

“We are extremely proud to be recognized by Fortune,” said Ron Black, director of human resources for Southern Pipe & Supply. “As a company, one of our key strategies is to be a company that attracts and retains great people. It is these great family members (employees) that make Southern Pipe a great place to work. They create an amazing, inclusive culture of respect that allows everyone to be themselves, have fun at work and be successful.”

President and CEO Jay Davidson is the fourth-generation leader of the family-owned company that opened its doors in 1938.

“We have the most committed and dedicated family members in the country.” Davidson said. “I am thankful and grateful to be working with the best on the planet. Simply, we have a great company because our family members rock.”