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AMERICAN PIPE & SUPPLY
products. American Pipe had the second-highest growth rate among Affiliated
Distributor's PVF (pipe, valves and fittings) members in 2016.
When it comes to charity, American Pipe
employees have been known to give generously. The company raises roughly
$10,000 annually for people suffering from
multiple sclerosis by participating in the
National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Walk
MS in Birmingham.
"I've seen the effects of MS first-hand
and I want to do all that I can to help find
a cure and improve the lives of those suffering with MS," says Howe, who was the
corporate chair for the MS Walk in 2016.
American Pipe has its own fundraising
group called Direct Affect. Established in
2005 to help raise funds for victims of Hurricane Katrina, it has since become a fund-
raiser for various charity events and local
Direct Affect has allowed the company's
"culture of giving" to take on a life of its
own. It helped raise funds for Project Hope
(an orphanage in Honduras), Habitat for
Humanity, Crippled Children's Founda-
ticipating in a Juvenile Diabetes Research
Foundation Walk - a record-breaking employee attendance.
American Pipe also contributed to Operation Lakeshore, a $2.3 million project that
consisted of constructing 10 cottage-style
houses for wounded soldiers and their
"When we give them a career
path ... they tend to stay."
- John Howe, CEO
tion, United Way, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and PADS. In addition, the group
mailed care packages to U.S. troops overseas and often participates in walk-a-thons
In 2015, it raised more than $3,200 for juvenile diabetes research programs by par-
families in Homewood, Ala. The company
donated all plumbing fixtures and material
for the cottages.
In addition, employees often contribute to local events like community blood
drives, rescue missions and youth and children's homes. q
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