Category: News

Why Material Costs Remain High

Demand for housing and renovations remains high, creating high demand for building materials, including copper, steel and PVC resin. This article from Boston.com cites the following: Copper supply volatility, including tube and wire. “Seventy-seven percent of home builders the NAHB surveyed said they had encountered at least some shortage of copper wire.” PVC resin and […]

Disruption in Ocean Freight, Increasing Delays and Costs

Another major ocean shipping disruption is underway This affects global supply chains Rising costs and delays result Ongoing high demand, low supply situation There is currently a disruption in ocean shipping, which has been more significant than the Suez Canal backup in March. The Port of Yantian in China is responsible for roughly 25% of […]

Corsicana Will-Calls Now in Houston, Texas

Merfish United will soon be moving all distribution resources in Texas to our warehouse in Houston. This consolidated facility will allow us to strategically stock an even broader array of inventory while expanding our product offering and extending will-call hours. Effective Monday, 6/14, we will no longer offer will-call pickups at our Corsicana warehouse. Customers […]

Service Updates for Areas Affected by Winter Storm Uri

Winter Storm Uri continues to affect the safety of our employees and operations in Texas and the surrounding states.  Our priority has been to make sure our employees and their families are safe, and that they have access to resources needed for this unprecedented winter weather in Houston and Corsicana. We are continuing to evaluate […]

The Global Shipping Backup on Video

A video from the U.S. Coast Guard shows the massive backup of container ships waiting to be unloaded at the Port of Los Angeles. As we’ve previously mentioned, Covid-19 disruptions continue to affect the availability of dock workers needed to unload ships and containers. With a backup in Western receiving, containers themselves aren’t able to […]

Winter Service Update for MA and PA, 2/1/21

A major winter storm is happening the Northeastern U.S., and due to the current and expected snowfall, we have postponed all Monday deliveries from our Easton, PA and Ipswich, MA distribution centers for safety precautions. Please stay safe if you need to use the roads in the affected areas, and be advised that we have […]

Closed Thursday: MA & PA Warehouses

Our Ipswich, MA and Easton, PA distribution centers will be closed tomorrow, 12/17 due to the impending Winter Storm Gail. A winter storm warning was issued in these states and no deliveries or will calls will be available on Thursday. We plan to resume normal operations on Friday, 12/18. For more information, please contact your […]

Hurricane Laura and the PVC Supply Chain

A potentially large hurricane, being called Laura, is currently moving toward the Gulf Coast. There’s a lot of PVC-related manufacturing and infrastructure located in Laura’s path. This development has the potential to disrupt the PVC supply chain, which has already been experiencing tightness related to Covid-19 stoppages. What’s Happening, How We’re Preparing We’re currently preparing […]

Greg Leidner, CEO Merfish United

Greg Leidner Featured on PHCP Pros Off the Cuff Podcast

Our CEO, Greg Leidner, was recently featured on the Off the Cuff Podcast from PHCP Pros.  He talks with The Wholesaler Editor Ruth Mitchell about: How Merfish United immediately reacted to the Covid-19 pandemic and the safety precautions we have been taking The economic backdrop of the pandemic, including local and national policies How our […]

How We Can Help Wholesalers NOW, News This Week

With construction and maintenance or repair of important public health infrastructure underway to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to remind our wholesale customers that our business model – which enables wholesalers to buy a broad array of pipe products from one supplier, at low minimums for FFA – is designed for low and unpredictable […]