Our Mustachioed Hero.
C&L Supply Company was established in 1981 by Eric Bass. With $10 for a business license, a handshake and his word, he established credit with a local plumbing wholesaler and was on his way. His resourcefulness earned him business with commercial building engineers and various city accounts.
High-quality service and cost effectiveness led to the expansion of commodity requests including components, tools, conservation products, equipment lubricating devices, grease, motors, floor tile, ceiling tile, and almost everything in between.
In 1984 his eldest daughter Carmela joined the business; at the time it was to be a temp job. While working with him he started to teach her about plumbing parts by pointing them out while walking through parking garages. Pipe, couplings, hangers and valves were exposed there and made for a good show-and-tell. Eric’s knowledge and Carmela’s curiosity made a good combination. Carmela stayed on and eventually became part owner and officer in the company.
In 1992 Eric’s wife Carmen took an early retirement from Lawry’s foods to join the C&L team full time working in various areas of the company until her retirement in 2010. She continues as an officer of the company and stops in from time to time to see how things are with the crew and to give everyone a hug. You always know she’s near when you hear her laugh, it’s contagious and if nothing else it’ll put a big smile on your face.
In 1997 his stepson Gordon joined the company. Gordon had worked in the plumbing industry for many years as a driver, warehouseman and plumber. Because of his experience, he has become our go-to person for plumbing related inquiries. Gordon is an integral part of our sales team.
One of the last business collaborations that Carmela and Eric had before his passing in January of 2006 was updating the company logo. They knew they wanted something fresh that would be reflective of the company’s direction; the blue and green waves in our logo symbolize Water & Energy, two components we believe we should reduce the use of, and by doing so we contribute to “Saving our Natural Resources”. The ability to do this has been a driving force for our company.
C&L’s specialty offerings have grown over the years and have gravitated towards innovative products designed to reduce facility operating costs and extend equipment life. In addition, we pride ourselves in sourcing hard to find items, and will overcome obstacles that challenge various facilities. We have an extensive network of resources which allow us to provide our customers with superior service, guaranteed. Being an established small business also allows us to be flexible while offering personalized service.
We value the customers and friends we have had the privilege of serving over the past 30+ years and look forward to meeting and establishing new ones in the next 30, while continuing to share new and innovating technologies and reintroducing proven ones.
We’re also SBE certified with the State of California, and SLB, MBE, WBE, and DBE with the City & County of Los Angeles.