History

December 13th, 1965: Davenport Associates Inc. is established by Bob Davenport. The company began with its original line, Fiat Plumbing Products.

How did we get here?

What started in the late 1960's in a single state with partnerships between Elkay Manufacturing and Charlotte Pipe and Foundry has grown into a multi-partner, North East based sales, marketing, and distribution company.

Our History

  • December 1969: Bob Davenport acquired the representation of Elkay Manufacturing in Connecticut.
  • July 13th, 1969: Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Company chooses Davenport Associates to represent them in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts.
  • March, 1971: Bob Davenport hires Bob Coco to call on Engineers in Connecticut.
  • January, 1974: Jim Davenport joins the company. Drawing from a sales background that began with Shell Oil Company, Jim brings a new ethos to the company. "The Connecticut territory is small: growth will only come from leaving no stone unturned, no customer unsatisfied."
  • April 1976: Davenport Associates calls a 2,000 sq. ft. warehouse home. Warehousing is a direct result of Jim's desire to provide better service to the downstream plumbing supply chain.
  • March 1980: Davenport Associates Inc. breaks ground at our current address of 367 Washington Street in Wallingford. The original warehouse was 8,000 square feet.
  • November 15th 1984: Davenport acquires representation of Crane Plumbing products as a result of the Fiat / Crane merger.
  • May 1st 1990: Davenport Associates partners with Mr. Steam and the entire line of Sussman Lifestyle Group products.
  • September 1996: Davenport Associates acquires representation of Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Company for all New England. Jim Davenport spends a year living in Massachusetts to successfully launch a new campaign in New England.
  • May 1997: Ryan Davenport, son of Jim Davenport, joins the agency after graduating from Boston College. He spends his first 4 months with the company working in the Charlotte Cast Iron Foundry.
  • April 1998: After purchasing the adjoining property to 367 Washington Street, Davenport Associates grew to a combined 65,000 square feet of inside warehouse space. The purchase also gives Davenport 6 acres of paved yard space.
  • May 1998: Davenport gains Universal Rundle as a division of Crane Plumbing.
  • May 1998: Dan Davenport, son of Jim Davenport, joins the company after graduation from Providence College. Dan brings expertise in logistics, computer, and data management to the company from his Providence College major.
  • June 1999: Davenport Associates resigns three well known lines. It is the first step in a process to differentiate ourselves from our competition. Ryan and Dan Davenport write the company's first mission statement: Davenport Associates focuses on a small number of quality manufacturers, devoting the proper time and energy to make each line successful.
  • August 2000: Rick Bush joins Davenport Associates upon graduation from Providence College.
  • November 1, 2002: Davenport Associates merges with Don Regan Sales and partners with Bemis, Church, Alsons, Norwesco, and Campbell.
  • December 1, 2002: Ryan and Dan Davenport assume leadership roles in the company.
  • April 1, 2003: Davenport Associates acquires representation for Church and Alsons throughout all New England.
  • May 3, 2004: Davenport Associates earns the right to represent Crane, Fiat and Universal- Rundle throughout all of New England.
  • September 2004: Davenport Associates expands their Connecticut operation to include a third 15,000 square foot warehouse to bring the total to 85,000 square feet of indoor storage.
  • October 2004: Davenport Associates assumes representation of Insinkerator for New Hampshire, Maine, Eastern Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.
  • March 2005: Davenport Associates acquires the representation of Myers Pumps Sump Sewage and Effluent division in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
  • April 1 2005: Davenport Associates begins representation of Bradley Corporation division 15 products for Connecticut and Western Massachusetts.
  • June 2006: Steve Lally joins the Davenport team.
  • January 2007: Davenport Associates earns the right to represent Bradley for all New England.
  • November 2008: Davenport begins representation of Mission Rubber company.
  • August 2009: Davenport begins representing American Standard Brands.
  • August 2009: Rick Bush and Steve Lally promoted to management.

June 1999: Davenport Associates resigns three well known lines. It is the first step in a process to differentiate ourselves from our competition. Ryan and Dan Davenport write the company's first mission statement: Davenport Associates focuses on a small number of quality manufacturers, devoting the proper time and energy to make each line successful.