Walter Augustus Wood founded our company on April 1st in 1913 as a feed and seed store to supply the horse-borne cavalry and local farmers. In 1938 the company was purchased and converted into an industrial supply company to support the rise of manufacturing in the south. The same family continues to manage the company today. Today, the company distributes more than 500,000 products from over 5,000 leading industry manufacturers in Industrial MRO, Safety, Hose, Pumps, Pipe, Valves, Fittings and Waterworks supplies.
In 1995 Walter A. Wood became a founding member of Affiliated Distributors (AD), an independent marketing cooperative serving the largest independent industrial distributors in the United States. Affiliated Distributors is the largest organization of its kind, with over $27 billion in annual purchases, over 500 members and 2,900 warehouses in North America. This provides Walter A. Wood the benefits of large national chains while retaining the flexibility, service and personal touch of an independent.
Walter A. Wood became a founding member and owner of supplyFORCE in 1999. supplyFORCE is the leading national MRO commodity management and procurement services company that engages in activities such as delivering process, inventory and product cost savings for large industrial businesses. supplyFORCE combines extensive product category expertise with North America's largest network of qualified suppliers known for their industry expertise, business flexibility, and sense of urgency to deliver MRO solutions to national customers in multiple locations.
supplyFORCE is the only national MRO service provider that can help you manage multiple commodities. Indirect materials, including MRO products, represents a prime area for your company to improve your productivity and service levels, while at the same time reducing the cost of doing business. Having a partner like supplyFORCE to help you obtain this objective is critical in achieving success. As you navigate through our site, you will find our detailed program options that give you the flexibility to design a supply-chain solution that meets your needs.
Walter A. Wood provides our customers with the broadest range of Value-Added services in the industry. From simple bar code systems to complete Integrated Supply solutions, we are the “Overall Lowest Cost of Ownership” supplier in the industry. Walter A. Wood is committed to innovation and will continue to maintain the dedication and service we have provided to our customers for 100 years.