About Us

Rundle-Spence Mfg. Co. is a full-service plumbing, heating, and industrial supply distributor and fabrication shop, which has provided quality products and services since 1871.

We Make it EASY! For over 137 years, Rundle-Spence has focused and refined its commitment to our customers and partners. Every aspect of our operation - our vast inventory, experienced and helpful staff, even the fresh popcorn that is always available - is designed with you in mind.

Better service truly does mean better value, and we back up our slogan with an array of popular step-saving innovations: an easy ordering system; invoices via mail, fax or email; detailed order acknowledgment via email and; speed and efficiency that ensures a fill rate above the industry average.

Contractors appreciate our knowledgeable staff and fast service at our Will-Call Counter, our free next day delivery and our exclusive Red Hot Delivery and Emergency 24-Hour services to get the products you need at your job site. We'll even cart away that old boiler or hot water heater. Rundle-Spence also rents specialized tools.

Whether a simple parts order via our exclusive e-commerce website or a complicated fabrication job, count on Rundle-Spence to make it easy for you!

 

Our History

After 144 years of serving contractors, architects, and interior designers, Rundle-Spence continues to celebrate a tradition of quality and service to the greater Milwaukee, Madison and Fond du Lac areas.

Rundle-Spence was founded in 1871 by Thomas Spence and Joseph P. Rundle. They built a company that concentrated on the manufacture of plumbing supplies, including china and enameled iron fixtures, wash sinks and drinking fountains. In fact, the famous bubbler, as it is known in Milwaukee, was patented in the late 1800's by Rundle-Spence. Founder Thomas Spence was an executive at the company until his passing at age 81.

Ownership of Rundle-Spence passed exclusively to the Spence family in 1900 when Joseph Rundle sold his shares. Thomas Spence's sons, Thomas, Jr. and Edmund, took over leadership at that point. The company expanded and opened a Madison location in the 1920's. Rundle-Spence stayed at their 445 N. Fourth Street facility in Milwaukee until relocation in 1965 when they built a 100,000 square foot warehouse and distribution center in the New Berlin Industrial Park, where they were the very first business resident. 

A fifth generation of Spence's are at the helm as Rundle-Spence continues to head into the 21st century as a well-established wholesale distributor of plumbing, heating, industrial, Pipe, Valves, Fittings and Well and Septic supplies. A consistent sense of focus is on the customer, which Rundle-Spence contributes to most of their success. While remaining true to their roots by providing the best service in the industry while always moving forward with technology and trends, Rundle-Spence is proud to say that for five generations there's been one answer - Yes!