History

1947

Leo Zick, Matthew Zick's great-uncle, purchased The Maurice Low Company, a plumbing and heating supply house based in Boston that he had previously work at, in July 1947 after returning from World War II. Shortly after, Leo's brothers, James and John Zick, joined the company to build the business.

Leo Zick and family
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The three brothers moved to Springfield and operated the plumbing and heating supply house on 146 State Street, the current site of Mass Mutual Center.

1949

The business quickly grew and moved into the current Mill Street location in Springfield's South End, previously the Bay State Thread Company which helped make uniforms for the Springfield Armory. The larger location with over 50,000 square feet of warehouse space and pipe yard gave customers the ability to choose from thousands of products in stock.

Leo Zick and family
Leo Zick and family

1952

The brothers continued to expand on the current site, and built an additional building on the property which is currently our kitchen and bath showroom. In the early days, this building was built for a Range Rover Dealership where it continued for many years. There were many subsequent businesses that rented this space over the years, most notably was the Coffee House Theatre, where Peter, Paul and Mary performed live at this location.

1962

The three brothers made a decision to change the business name to Bay State Plumbing & Heating Supply Company as it stands today.

1965

James Zick's oldest son Jim joined the company in 1965 at the age of 18, where he started working in the warehouse and learning the business.

Jim & Anne Zick

1983

Jim and Anne Zick purchased the business from the three brothers in the spring of 1983.

 

They continued to grow the business throughout the 80's and into the 90's and 2000's.

Location
Location
2016 Baystate
2016 Baystate

2016

Jim and Anne's son Matt Zick purchased the business in 2016. Matt remembers stocking the shelves with inventory at the age of 10 alongside Emile, long-time employee.