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A History Of Service


The Torrco Story



Torrco is a 105-year-old distributor of plumbing, heating, cooling, and industrial piping products selling to contractors, municipalities, and institutions.   Torrco's headquarters and main distribution center are located at 100 North Elm Street in Waterbury, CT.  The company is a 4th generation family owned and operated business and has over a 100-year history as an employer of choice and outstanding corporate & industry member.  Torrco has sixteen sales branches and warehouse locations in Connecticut, Western Massachusetts, and Westchester & Duchess County, New York.   

Torrco’s Mission- to be a great place to work, along with our core values to be accountable, reliable, trustworthy, welcoming, passionate, and collaborative drives our decisions.  Torrco's management strongly believes that being a great place to work makes us a great place to buy.  

In 2021 Torrco was recognized by its employees as a Connecticut “Top Workplace”.   The company and its employees have received numerous honors including the prestigious National Wholesaler of the Year award.  It is consistently listed as a top 10 donor company to the United Way's annual giving campaign.  Torrco is a proud member of the American Supply Association and HARDI, as well as Affiliated Distributors and Forte buying groups.




Take a look back and the watershed moments that have led to Torrco being a leading partner to you and thousands of other successful people.


1909 to 1915

David Stein was the founder of the company later to be known as Torrco. David arrives in New York from Lithuania and moves to Patterson, New Jersey, where he has family. David and his new wife move to New Britain, Connecticut, where his brother has a contracting business.

After briefly working for his brother, David gets a job as a plumber working for F.F. Garrity Co. in Waterbury, Connecticut. David opens his own plumbing contracting business after moving to Waterbury. He purchases plumbing supplies from a supply company in nearby Meriden and stores them in his garage in Waterbury. Local plumbing contractors begin to buy supplies from him out of the garage, and the idea of a distribution center is born.

1917 to 1925

Torrco is founded as Brass City Plumbing Supply and is located along the Naugatuck River on South Main Street in Waterbury, where the Home Depot currently exists.

Brass City Plumbing Supply opens its first new branch, in Torrington, Connecticut.

The Waterbury location is flooded, and the company is forced to move its office and operations to the Torrington location. The Waterbury location does get reopened, but only as a branch.



1931 to 1936

The company changes its name from Brass City Plumbing Supply to Torrington Supply Company.

1940

The company moves its office and main location back to Waterbury, at the current location between Maple and Elm Street. By this time, the company has become a real family business, with three of David's sons working at the business part-time and full-time. During this time, the three brothers each take turns going to college while two of them work at the business with their father. With the addition of David's three sons, the business begins to flourish.

1976 t1988

Joel Becker, Morris Stein's son-in-law joins the business. Currently serves as CEO. In 1977, Jerry Stein retires.

The company builds a 72,000 square foot distribution center on the location of the 1940 site. The three sons retire during the decade, and the company goes through a generational change of ownership and management.

Nancy Becker, daughter of Morris Stein, joins the Torrington Supply Company.

2000 to 2002

After having opened new branches over the last two decades, the company now has eight branches throughout Connecticut.

The fourth generation of the family enters the company.

2009

Torrington Supply purchases Litco Supply and adds six branch locations and three retail showrooms in northwestern Connecticut and western Massachusetts.

2012

The company combines its three trade names – Torrington Supply, Litco Supply and Luxury Bath Center – into the new brand name, Torrco. The name change defines who the company is, what it stands for, how it behaves and the promise it represents. The brand also makes it easier for customers to buy products and realize value in their relationship with Torrco.

2013

Torrco sells plumbing, piping, HVAC and kitchen & bath supplies to contractors, industry professionals, institutions and consumers throughout southern New England, Westchester and Duchess Counties, western Massachusetts and southern Vermont. The company has 2 distribution centers, 11 trade branch locations and 6 Torrco Design Center showrooms.