By 97, most of us would likely slow down and stay put — but not Advance Plumbing and Heating Supply Co. Instead, the fourth-generation family business is changing with the times and making the move into a new, bigger and better sales office and warehouse in Midtown.
Its longtime headquarters at 2894 Grand River Ave. near MotorCity Casino Hotel predated construction of the John C. Lodge Freeway. The company — started by the late Harry Chernick, continued by his son-in-law, the late Ronald Moss, and now run by Jeff Moss and sons Josh and Justin — gave up a portion of its land and its building to make way for M-10.
Because of its commitment to staying in the city, the company survived through hard times over the years as other companies moved north. Advance Plumbing, though, never looked to abandon its deep community roots.
“Today the future looks more amazing than ever,” said company vice president Josh Moss, the fourth-generation at the family-owned business along with brother Justin, who is the operations manager. The Moss family are longtime members of Temple Israel in West Bloomfield.
“Our new, larger facility will support our current plumbing and heating supply business, and we plan to open the city’s first-ever decorative plumbing showroom in Midtown Detroit,” Josh added.
The Midtown location at 150 Parsons St. will continue to house plenty of pipes, valves and fittings, but Advance Plumbing’s focus is no longer just on repair parts as it was for much of the company’s history. It is now distributing plumbing supplies for new construction work as well, part of an effort to help rebuild the city of Detroit as its latest renaissance unfolds.
The company received a $100,000 grant in April from the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation’s Motor City Match. That’s when company president Jeff Moss made the commitment to spend nearly $2 million to build and restore the Parsons Street building. Plans include recreating the historic façade of the building that faces Cass Avenue, which originally housed a car dealership in 1918.
Though many cities have plumbing showrooms, today there’s nothing in Detroit proper like what Advance Plumbing has planned. Jeffrey Moss says there’s now enough demand to warrant a sophisticated showroom, particularly given the many properties being restored around the city.
Adds Josh Moss, “Our business specializes in having the products and expertise necessary to maintain the older homes and buildings in the city of Detroit. In addition, we are adding thousands of new products essential to rebuild the city.”
The new showroom will open this spring. In addition, Advance Plumbing operates a suburban location in Walled Lake at 1977 E. West Maple Road. The company prides itself on serving as a single-source distributor for the public, plumbers, builders and interior designers.
By Ryan Fishman | Contributing Writer