A counter opened in Stamford, supplying plumbing and HVAC products to Fairfield County. Another counter and a showroom open in the former Pacific Baths space in Norwalk. The Hartford showroom and parts counter opened. HVAC supplies were added to the wholesale lineup as area builders and contractors expressed their need for reliable heating and cooling materials. The New Haven parts counter moved across the street to a much larger facility. Plans for a multi- level 20,000-square-foot showroom were underway. The company’s name also got a makeover that reflected the evolution of the business: Bender Plumbing Supply officially became BENDER.