Fort Worth-based MORSCO acquires Georgia plumbing firm

Fort Worth-based MORSCO, a distributor of commercial and residential plumbing products, heating and cooling equipment, and pipe, valves and fittings, said May 23 it has acquired the assets of DeVore & Johnson, a family-owned, independent plumbing wholesaler based in Athens, Ga., with three locations in Atlanta Metro, for an undisclosed amount.

The locations will continue to operate as DeVore & Johnson, a MORSCO Company.

DeVore & Johnson, founded in 1950, provides plumbing fixtures and supplies to contractors, builders, remodelers, homeowners, architects and interior designers.

MORSCO will open an office in the Southeast to better leverage growth plans.

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“Welcoming DeVore & Johnson into the MORSCO family fits perfectly with our goal of expanding our footprint in the Southeast,” said Chip Hornsby, CEO of MORSCO. “This acquisition demonstrates our dedication to being the preferred distributor of commercial and residential plumbing, HVAC and PVF in our markets from coast to coast.”

Since its inception in November 2011, MORSCO has grown rapidly through a series of acquisitions and store openings. MORSCO is a private company sponsored by Advent International and led by a team of industry veterans. The family of operating units consists of Express Pipe & Supply (California); Farnsworth Wholesale Company (Arizona); Morrison Supply Co. (Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana, Kansas); Murray Supply Co. (North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia); Wholesale Specialties (Colorado); DeVore & Johnson (Georgia); and MORSCO’s premier showroom offering in these markets, Expressions Home Gallery.

“DeVore & Johnson has over 65 years of history in providing plumbing supply solutions to customers in Georgia. We are honored that MORSCO recognizes the quality of our people and the value of our company to invest in us and further their footprint in the Southeast,” says Ted DeVore, Chairman of the Board of DeVore & Johnson. “MORSCO’s dedication to their customers and providing outstanding service matches our company’s values, making this partnership a great fit.”