Phil Cannady, owner/president of Nashville, Tenn.-based Mechanical Pipe & Supply, was born and raised in Nashville. He served in the infantry in Vietnam and was decorated. He proudly displays his service record and awards in his office.
After the service, he went to work for Tennessee Pipe & Supply, a family-owned business. "I swept the floors," Cannady says. "I learned the business from the ground up." After about five years, he was hired by Ferguson Enterprises to work in its Nashville branch. He spent 21 years with Ferguson Enterprises, 19 years as a branch manager
He started his own business with a cash investment in March 1995.
MPS opened its doors in a newly constructed building surrounded by colorful flowers and attractive landscaping. The business has been successful from the outset. It has grown rapidly over the past seven years and the future looks even brighter, Cannady says.
Mechanical Pipe & Supply was nominated by its bank for the 2002 Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Music City Future 50, which recognizes the most successful local businesses.
MPS is proving to be a rising competitor in its industry and a flourishing business for the Nashville community, Cannady says.
Mechanical Pipe & Supply truely represents the American way, he says. "Only in America can you start a company from scratch and transform it into a profitable, multi-million dollar business in only one year."