Neal Tomlinson is living proof that you can go home again, especially when it’s to work for a leading Canadian company that is setting up shop in your old stomping grounds.
Tomlinson is the new branch manager at Wolseley Vernon, which supplies plumbing, HVAC/R, waterworks and industrial products to companies that operate in the industry. Wolseley is Canada’s leading wholesale distributor for plumbing and HVAC/R, so coming back to Vernon was an easy decision for Tomlinson, who spent 14 years in the North Okanagan city before moving away for the last 10.
“I’ve been in the plumbing and heating industry and distribution for 31 years,” says Tomlinson, who started with the company in October. “With this opportunity to come back to Vernon, I’m excited about it. Wolseley is doing so much expansion across across Canada. They’ve already opened a few new branches in B.C., and they have more coming.
“It’s an exciting time to be part of Wolseley. It’s a huge company owned by Ferguson supply out of the U.S. They’re one of the largest players in North America now.”
That, of course, means Wolseley will have what is needed. It has more than 220 branches across the nation, and its team of sales and service specialists, project support, an industry-leading e-business platform called Wolseley Express, and relationships with the best vendors and brands in the business make the company the first choice for industry professionals.
Wolseley Express allows HVAC and plumbing companies to shop online. They can manage their account and check inventory from any of their digital devices 24 hours a day, and they can also get a same-day order in an hour or less through the express pick-up option.
“We can offer better service, selection and variety of products due to the size of our company and our distribution,” Tomlinson says. “With full plumbing, HVAC, mechanical and waterworks all in one place, we will provide our customers with everything they may need in one convenient location.”
Wolseley Vernon will be holding its grand opening celebration on Tuesday, June 28, from 4 to 7 p.m. The branch is located at 4227-25A Ave. in Vernon.
All industry contractors are invited to attend and take advantage of the grand opening promotions. There will be raffles and door prizes at the grand opening event, and a free Carhartt jacket will be given to the first 50 customers who make a $750 branch order by July 12.
More information about Wolseley Canada can be found here.
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