General Pipe Cleaners’ four generations

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Now a 4th generation of General family members has joined General Pipe Cleaners team!  Nine high school and college age kids – all great-grandchildren of General founder Abe Silverman – are working this summer at General. “And, believe it or not, that’s not all the kids in Abe’s 4th generation!” says Marty Silverman, VP of Marketing.

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It’s part of an 85-year industry legacy.  Over 40% of General’s work force remains multi-generational – with children often working side-by-side with parents and even grandparents.

General products have also remained “preferred brands” for generations of plumbing and drain cleaning professionals.  Company history boast numerous instances of grandfathers, fathers and sons relying on respected equipment like the Handylectric®, Super-Vee®, Sewermatic™ and Speedrooter® cable drain cleaning machines.

Marty Silverman notes, that’s because customers trust tough, reliable General equipment to enhance profitability: “Some individual machines have even served their owners for two or three decades!”  Even the company’s independent manufacturers representatives, he adds, reflects multiple generations representing General tools.

General Pipe Cleaners, a division of General Wire Spring Co., is a leading manufacturer of high quality American-made drain cleaning equipment. In business since 1930, the third generation (make that fourth generation) family-owned company is celebrating 85 years of service to drain cleaning professionals and plumbing contractors, as well as facilities managers, the rental industry and the hardware/DIY  market.  The Toughest Tools Down The Line.

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