Distributor/Wholesaler in Iowa City, Iowa

A Family Owned and Operated Business since 1951. Plumbers Supply Company is a fourth generation, family owned and operated business located in Iowa City, Iowa. Jim Nesmith was a state senator for Jasper County living in Kellogg, Iowa, in the 1940s. In the middle of his state senate term, Jim took a job as a salesman with A.Y. McDonald, a wholesale distributor based out of Des Moines. Iowa City was a location on Jims route and he saw an opportunity to establish a wholesale plumbing distributorship in the community with a growing university and hospital. Plumbers Supply Company opened for business on May 1, 1951. Jim, along with his wife, Gladys, and several employees, began selling plumbing supplies out of a small warehouse at 2020 S. Riverside Dr. (the location of our current showroom), and quickly became known as a wholesaler who would have product in stock when you needed it. By the way, one of those early employees is still with us today. Larry Rutt is celebrating 52 years in the PSC family. His brother, Lavon Rutt, just recently retired after 48 years. Nora Lee and Wayne Balmer, Jims daughter and son-in-law, assumed control in 1969 and guided the growing business for 30 years. During that time, the company expanded into HVAC products and hired another long-term employee, Kevin Schmitt, who manages this growing line of business. Retiring in the late 90s, Wayne and Nora Lee were succeeded by their two oldest sons, John and Jim Balmer, as CEO and President of the company respectively. John and Jim continued to expand the business and in 2008, the company moved from 2020 S. Riverside to 72 Commercial Dr. (just across the tracks) into a new warehouse and office building. Continuing the family tradition, three new family members have joined the business and look to continue building on the successes of the prior generations. Johns son, Tom Balmer, along with Jims daughter and son-in-law, Jennie and Ben Wunderlich, came on board in the late 2000s and are excited to bring a new perspective to the business as they learn from their predecessors. The Balmer Family is blessed and excited to have been in business for 63 years with such quality employees, and look forward to many more years of family tradition.


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72 Commercial Drive
Iowa City, Iowa
USA 52246
(319) 338-3601

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