The American Producers Story
The year was 1898. America was poised to enter a period of change and growth never before imagined. The automobile was soon to become commonplace; the airplane was yet to be invented. A hardworking entrepreneur named Louis Goldish formed a company named American Supply to service the oil production and hardware needs of the Ohio Valley. He grew the company, relocating several times as needed, surviving the Great Depression, a major "re and two World Wars.
In 1963 Rankin Brunton, a forward-thinking businessman, purchased American Supply. The local industrial base and the resulting construction was rapidly expanding within the region. Mr. Brunton recognized this and guided the company in this direction. The company grew following the guidelines he established: "Provide the highest quality product at a fair price with the highest level of service possible."
Growth and Change
The company's new focus on servicing the industrial and construction markets required a more comprehensive product offering. To fulfill its customers' requirements, new product lines ware aggressively added, and Producers Industrial Supply was purchased in 1973. The company was renamed American Producers Supply in 1974 and combined into its present location in Marietta, Ohio in 1976.
American Producers entered the electrical supply business in 1984 with the purchase of Sprague Electric, a long-established Marietta firm. The company then purchased the assets of Crescent Supply, a plumbing and hardware business, in 1987. Sprague Electric and Crescent Supply were combined into one location as Crescent Sprague Supply. American Producers and Crescent Sprague continue today under second generation ownership as separate independent businesses.
In recent years, American Producers has expanded its facility in Marietta, acquiring additional warehouse and office space. In addition, the company has expanded its service area. In 2002 American Producers purchased a location in Bucyrus, Ohio, and also opened a sales office in Cottageville, West Virginia to serve the Ravenswood Aluminum production plant, now Constellium.
The Portsmouth branch was opened in 2007, followed in 2008 by the Lancaster branch, opened when American Producers purchased the assets of Nextool. In 2010, the Bucyrus branch was closed and moved to Sunbury, Ohio. Also in 2010, the company opened its Huntington location which includes facilities for building and testing new slings, as well as providing inspection, repair and certification of chain, web, and wire slings.
Most recently, in September 2011, American Producers purchased the assets of Ackerman Chacco, acquiring locations in Cincinnati and downtown Columbus. With this acquisition the company is well-positioned to serve the growing construction and industrial markets in these cities.
American Producers services a wide range of industries: