The History of Westwater Supply
In May of 1832, a man and his wife with their three boys came to New York on an emigrant ship laden with men, women and children seeking freedom from the "slavery of pauper labor" in Scotland. Members of this family - James, William, and John Westwater, their father, arrived in Columbus, Ohio July, 1840. They began business thereafter as John Westwater & Sons. That company, which became J.M. & W. Westwater Company, initially sold cut glass and china, and later gas and electric fixtures. This company ceased to exist in the early 1940's and although not the actual predecessor to Westwater Supply, gives an idea of the family's history selling fixtures in Ohio.
James Westwater ("Jamie") was a longtime member of the Columbus Board of Trade. An extensive Memorial to him, adopted March 6, 1894 by the Columbus Board of Trade, describes him to have been "in all that stands for true worth, integrity, kindliness and genuine charity, as a business man, as citizen, as neighbor and as cultured gentleman..." The Memorial also provides an extensive summary of James' involvement with the "Underground Railroad". It states that he was in charge of the Old Station house on Chestnut Street that "was a harbor of safety, where food and rest, and secretion from the search of United States Officers, were furnished without money and without price..."
The Westwater Supply Company actually dates back to 1892 when it started as Engineers & Plumbers Supply Company in Columbus, Ohio; later changed to Westwater Supply and incorporated in 1959. It has expanded to five locations: in 1991 it acquired Southeastern Sales in Springfield, Ohio; in 1999 it opened a branch in Zanesville, Ohio; in 2008 it acquired Probst Supply in Marion, Ohio; and, in 2016 it opened a branch in Marietta, Ohio.
Westwater's business is wholesale plumbing and heating supplies. Our long history, in conjunction with our first class emphasis on service, has provided generations of working relationships throughout Ohio, servicing thousands of customers in the industrial, commercial and residential plumbing and heating trades.