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Company's Partnership Includes Donated Funds and Products
NEWPORT NEWS, VA --(Marketwired - January 29, 2016) - Ferguson, the nation's largest plumbing wholesale distributor, has signed on as a National Partner with Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) to support its mission to build mortgage-free, specially-adapted homes nationwide for severely injured Veterans. In addition to a monetary contribution, Ferguson will donate product from its vast inventory of plumbing and lighting products.
"Many Ferguson associates bravely serve, or have served in our Armed Forces. We are very proud and grateful," said Ferguson CEO Frank Roach. "It is because of our associates and customers that we are establishing this meaningful new partnership and we are both honored and humbled by the opportunity to support our Veterans and their families."
With the partnership, Ferguson associates will have the opportunity to positively affect the lives of severely injured service men and women through local events across the country, such as Community Kickoffs, Volunteer Days and Key Ceremonies. Recently, in Yorktown, Virginia, Ferguson provided builder J.H. Fisher Construction with the rough-end plumbing products for Army SSG Woodrow (Woody) Slate's home. Associates also plan to volunteer on February 13 to help complete the home with landscaping.
Tim McHale, President and CEO of Homes for Our Troops, says he looks forward to the partnership, one that reinforces America's commitment and duty to take care of its veterans. "Because of sponsors like Ferguson, our veterans do not have to worry about a mortgage, and become empowered to focus on recovering and rebuilding their lives."
Homes for Our Troops serves post-9/11 veterans with missing limbs, varying levels of paralysis, blindness and traumatic brain injury. Homes are equipped with more than 40 major special adaptations, including wider halls and doorways, safe rooms, roll under sinks and counters and pull down shelving, and are designed to help Veterans live independently. Since its inception in 2004, HFOT has built more than 200 homes nationwide with 52 Veterans on the active project list.
Part of Ferguson's community engagement mission focuses on supporting the military and Veterans. The company has existing partnerships with American Supply Association's (ASA) Operation Rise and Conquer and Virginia Veteran and Family Support. Ferguson also annually hosts a company-wide initiative to support military families during the holidays
Ferguson (www.ferguson.com) is the largest wholesale distributor of residential and commercial plumbing supplies and pipe, valves and fittings in the U.S. The company is also a major distributor of HVAC/R equipment, waterworks and industrial products and services. Founded in 1953 and headquartered in Newport News, Va., Ferguson has sales of $13 billion and approximately 23,000 associates in almost 1,400 locations. Ferguson and its subsidiaries serve customers in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Mexico and the Caribbean. Ferguson is part of Wolseley plc (www.wolseley.com), which is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: WOS) and on the FTSE 100 index of listed companies.
Homes for Our Troops
Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) is a privately funded 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that builds specially adapted, mortgage-free homes nationwide for the most severely injured veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. Most of these veterans have sustained life-altering injuries including multiple limb amputations, partial or full paralysis, and/or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). These homes restore some of the freedom and independence our veterans sacrificed while defending our country, and enable them to focus on their family, recovery, and rebuilding their lives. Since its founding in 2004, nearly 90 cents of every dollar donated to HFOT has gone directly to our program services for veterans. HFOT builds these homes where the veteran chooses to live, and continues its relationship with the Veterans after home delivery to assist them with rebuilding their lives.
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