As I continue to discover some of Newburgh’s special treasures, one that I have recently found is located at 2-8 Johnes Street (at the corner of Renwick Street). R.I.M. Plumbing and Heating Supply, Inc. has long been a valued “go-to” resource for many contractors and savvy residential customers for their kitchen and bath renovations and restoration needs in addition to the extensive heating and plumbing supply inventory for quite a long time. Family owned and operated since 1970, this expansive 75,000 sq foot warehouse (with a great urban presence could just as easily be at home in SOHO or Williamsburg in NYC) is perfectly at home here in Newburgh and also houses an absolutely beautiful showroom that is open to the public and features a vast variety of bath and kitchen items and accessories to compliment and customize your historic rowhouse, Victorian or apt decor, no matter what style and period.
I spoke to the company president,Mr. Richard Campbell, who over the decades has had a front row seat to witness the highs and lows of Newburgh and the ebbs and flows of the economy and its effects on the city. Through it all he has stood solid, yet cautiously optimistic, at the helm of his company and the role it plays to the city and this strategic location. But he expressed he has never been just a bystander and has personally been involved in numerous restoration projects thru-out the city. He is pleased with the artistic movement that the city is seeing and some of his properties have been home to the members of the creative community. In fact just a few blocks away, he currently is in the process of rehabbing a 3 family property at 128 South William Street (at the corner of South Landers St).
Being part of Newburgh’s revitalizing future is also reflected by his assistant, Ms Veronica Negron. Veronica has been part of Mr Campbell’s team at R.I.M. since 2008. She shared with me that she is a major Newburgh advocate and has personally volunteered her time at the Re-Store on Washington Street for Habitat for Humanity during the summer. She was also enthusiastic to tell me that personal friends of hers recently acquired and are in the process of restoring a brownstone style home that overlooks Washington’s Headquarters.
So whether a DIYer like myself, a residential homeowner, a landlord or a contractor, you’ve got to visit this fantastic Newburgh resource that has been orchestrative to the city’s on-going revitalization, and a valued presence to the Hudson Valley…and beyond for over 40 years with their 5 locations. Visit them at www.rimsupply.com or on facebook. They also have some promotions and flyers that can be viewed on their website and can fit a variety of renovation and rehab budgets and needs.