Become Water and Energy Responsible in 2016

What Positive Change Will You Make this Earth Day?

Make a Major Positive Impact at Your School, Job, or Organization. Learn how to decrease plastic waste, and simultaneously help your fellow students or colleagues save money. Last Year, the average American used 167 disposable water bottles and only 38 of them were recycled.

In total, the U.S. consumes approximately 31 billion liters of bottled water per year. About 4 billion of those bottles end up in the U.S. waste streams, which costs municipalities about $70 million annually in disposal costs.

So, how can we decrease plastic waste, and encourage environmental responsibility?

Plastic Water Bottle Waste in AmericaBy utilizing new technology that encourages the ideals of reducing our footprint, reusing products, and recycling materials. Hopefully, you are currently doing this yourself by recycling at home and drinking tap water. But let’s go a step beyond you, and talk about how to encourage environmental responsibility on a larger level.
How do the places you frequent – your workplace, your child’s’ school, even the park you walk your dog through – encourage sustainability? Is there anything in place that perpetuates the idea of reduce-reuse-recycle? If not, then here is your opportunity to make a positive environmental impact where you live. Become an advocate for change and push for bottle filler water fountains.

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Instead of using 167 disposable water bottles, encourage a sustainable change to one reusable bottle that can be used year after year. Learn what makes ezH2O bottle filler units Green Spec certified, and the eco-friendly features of these particular units by reading Part 2 of Becoming Water and Energy Responsible in 2016: Go Green with Elkay’s ezH2O Energy Saving Bottle Filler. Plus find out about a company that makes really cool reusable water bottles, too!

Find Hard to Identify Maintenance and Plumbing Parts

Hard to Find Maintenance and Plumbing Parts

Can’t find the part or unit you’re looking for?
Don’t get discouraged. Only the more popular units and parts are listed online, so you may not be able to find the exact unit you have in mind. We distribute many different categories of maintenance repair parts, including plumbing, drinking fountains, flushometers, closet and urinal, washroom accessories, toilet partition parts, faucet repair, tools, and much more. To get pricing on the unit or part you want, simply give us a call to speak directly with one of our Parts Specialists (M-F 7:30AM-5:00PM EST) 800-442-6622. You can also give us the information (make/model) you know about the unit or part when you submit an online quote request.

Not sure what you need?

If you’re not sure what part or unit you need, don’t worry. You can submit a photo of the part or unit you need one of two ways (if possible, please include the unit brand, model number, serial number, and any other information that will help us identify the unit).

  1. Use our Photo Upload Form,Upload Photo to find part
  2. Email your photo to store@equiparts.net.
  3. If you’re not able to complete options 1 or 2, give us a call at 800-442-6622 Monday-Friday 7:30AM-5:00PM EST

Do you have more questions? Read the list of questions below to find out more about our ordering process, or go to our FAQ page to view even more questions and answers.

  1. How can I place a direct order? 

You can place an order without requesting a quote by calling us at Monday-Friday, 7:30 AM-5:00 PM EST 800-442-6622 with the part number(s) for the item(s) you want to order.

  1. How do I place a quote online?

First, find the product(s) you want on our website by using the Search Bar, or by browsing through our Product Categories. Then, to get a quote for one item of any quantity, input your quantity and click ‘Get A Quote’.

To get a quote for multiple items, find the products you want, input the quantity for each product, and click ‘Add to Cart’. Once you have added all the products you want, view your cart, make sure all the information is correct, be sure to update cart, then select ‘Request a Quote’.

  1. When can I expect to receive my quote?

We respond to your quotes as quickly as we can. Quotes that are submitted with part numbers are generally responded to within an hour or two (during business hours Monday-Friday, 7:30 AM-5:00 PM EST). At the latest, we will respond within 12 hours during the workweek. Orders placed over the weekend are responded to in the order they are received within the next work week. Other special research items, like quote requesting using the image uploader without part numbers, may take a couple of days to confirm. Please be patient, and we will supply you with a comprehensive quote for the products you need.

Need an answer now? Give us a call during business hours Monday-Friday, 7:30 AM-5:00 PM: 800-442-6622

A Brief History of Equiparts

This is a photo of the original building at 817 Main Street in Sharpsburg when Equiparts began in 1968. It was the former post office for the town.

Equiparts began as a collaboration between two men. One worked in the fastener business, and the other in plumbing sales. The company was called Maintenance Specialties, and was based at 817 Main Street in Sharpsburg. In 1975, the two men decided to part ways, each forming his own company. One of those companies became Equiparts. In the beginning, Equiparts had only eight employees. Equiparts’ President, Joel Weiss, first came to the company in November of 1975 as a part-time helper, and then became an official employee in January of 1976. He started as a shipper, expanded into shipping and receiving, and was later promoted to purchasing. After that, he also provided customer service by phone, and then later went on the road as an outside sales rep.

A second floor was added to the Sharpsburg building in 1986, marking our first expansion.

The business struggled through the 80s, but survived. In 1986, a second floor was added to the Sharpsburg building to generate extra income by leasing the space.

In 1991, Equiparts purchased its first Macintosh computer and hired its first graphic designer in an effort to expand its advertising.

In 1992, the original owner of Equiparts sold the company to Joel. That’s when the business really took off. Joel increased the company’s marketing efforts in order to expand and grow the business. They started producing small 24 page newsprint catalogs on a yearly basis, as well as quarterly sales fliers. Sales grew tremendously through the 90s as they began to focus more on commercial and institutional customers.

In 1994, the company took over the second floor of the 817 building. At first it was used to store more inventory, then later it became the home of the administrative and graphic arts offices.

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In 1999, Equiparts entered the digital world and launched its first website, equiparts.net. In 2003, a second website was created, sloanrepair.com.

Equiparts.net was completely redesigned in 2015, and now includes more products, photos, and product information than before. The site now has a blog (which you are on now) that is updated frequently with Equiparts news, featured products, and industry information.

Equiparts’ newest endeavor is our drinking fountain site, Equipartsdrinkingfountains.com, that provides users with even more features, like the ability to compare units and parts side by side, and in depth product information including flow rates, add-ons, compatible products, warranty information and more.

In 2000, Equiparts was named the world’s first Authorized Sloan Valve Repair Center. This enabled customers to send their out-of-order electronic Sloan Flushometers to Equiparts to be tested and repaired by trained specialists, and have them returned in perfect working order.

In 2003, we moved our counter and parts inventory a few blocks down the street to 1003 Main Street.Also in 2000, Dan Martino was hired as Sales Manager, a position he still holds today. This was a major step forward for Equiparts. With Dan taking care of the sales team, Joel was able to spend more time on promoting the company.

In 2003, Equiparts expanded its counter and parts inventory into a second location by occupying the former Galanty’s Hardware building at 1003 Main Street. After a couple of years, both the 1003 and the 1001 buildings were purchased outright. The second floor of 1001 was used mainly as a conference room until the summer of 2009 when the space became the headquarters for the telesales force.

In 2004, Equiparts and a group of nine other plumbing supply companies throughout the U.S. formed a buying group called TMS – Total Maintenance Solutions. By combining resources with the other TMS companies, Equiparts is able to bring unparalleled product knowledge and unbeatable service to our customers.

In 2007, Equiparts published its first comprehensive catalog with a durable full-color cover. It contained 208 pages, a far cry from its first catalog – a 16-page newsprint booklet. Subsequent catalogs grew larger in 2009 and 2011. In 2013, the catalog would more than double its size from 2007, growing to 448 pages. (View the 2013 Catalog) An even larger catalog is planned for 2018.

In April of 2015, the entire company moved to a warehouse at 120 Pennsylvania Avenue in Oakmont, which is located directly outside of Pittsburgh, PA.

In 2012, Equiparts purchased the former Top Hat Tuxedo building at 925 Main Street. Renovations were begun with plans to transform the building into an electronics showroom. Circumstances changed in 2014, as Equiparts decided on a different strategy. An opportunity arose to consolidate all Equiparts operations under one roof. In April of 2015, the entire company moved to a warehouse at 120 Pennsylvania Avenue in Oakmont, PA.  The move will help improve efficiency, and we are very happy in our new neighborhood.

Joel says, “The growth and success of Equiparts can be attributed to the intelligence and hard work of our employees in all departments.” Everyone has a specialty, whether it is plumbing, water coolers, electronic faucets and flush valves, backflow prevention, toilet partitions, window parts, locker parts, and many more. With a present staff of 50, the future is looking bright for Equiparts. We can’t wait to see what we will accomplish next!

Now Equiparts shipping and receiving is located alongside of our showroom and main office.