Supply Solutions ... Your Solutions Supplier for Foodservice and Janitorial Maintenance
There are not many businesses that can claim over 65 years of reliable service to its customers … let alone two businesses.
But that is what Supply Solutions can boast.
In 1946, two different and unique companies were founded in the Paducah area … Paducah Woodenware and Harry Harris Restaurant Supply. Little did the founders know, eventually, these two businesses would share much more than just a desire to provide quality service at competitive prices to their respective customers.
Eventually, they would become more than business neighbors … they would someday merge under one roof under the business name of Supply Solutions.
When Paducah Woodenware was founded, the term “woodenware” was used to refer to “things made of wood,” such as broom handles, bucket wringers, and paper products. The name stayed with the business through three different owners and well into the 2000s.
In 2007, Jim Garrett, a former vice-president with a well-known carbonated beverage bottler, took the helm of Paducah Woodenware.
Although it was a difficult decision to change a name with such longevity, Jim concluded he had received one-too-many calls requesting a set of wooden bowls or cabinet hardware. In 2009 the name of Paducah Woodenware officially went the way of 8-track tapes, LP records, and floppy disks. The new name became "Supply Solutions" because, as Jim said, "we supply solutions."
As Jim opened his front door each day to his newly named "Supply Solutions", he would glance across the street to the restaurant supply store, which had also been in existence since 1946.
Formerly known as Harry Harris Restaurant Supply, the business had been bought and sold several times since the 1990s. When the restaurant supply business was put up for sale in 2010, Jim took an easy walk across the street to create a perfect business union.
Today, Jim doesn’t need to walk across the street … he brought both businesses under the same roof in the summer of 2011. Together they are Supply Solutions.
It is a fitting name for the business that now provides a full range of supply solutions to facilities, buildings, and foodservice venues.
A note from Jim Garrett, owner
“After working in sales and management positions for several manufacturing and distribution companies for nearly 20 years, I realized how important it was to run a business where customers always come first.
When the opportunity arose for me to do just that, it was an easy decision to leave corporate America and begin running the family-owned Ozark Pride Meat Company.
It wasn’t too long before another door opened, and I had the opportunity to buy Paducah Woodenware.
I had familiarity with JanSan, I knew the distribution industry, and had hands-on experience in restaurant and hospitality maintenance, so I was excited at the prospect of owning the distributorship.
Today, as a one-stop shop for foodservice and JanSan, we are celebrating the recent expansion of our company in Marion, IL. Our values remain the same from the first day I was handed the keys to the business:
"Our mission is to provide our customer with the highest quality products and service, while always delivering more than our customer expects.”
“We will strive to do business the way you, our customer, wants to do business, on a mutually profitable basis and in an honest manner.”
“We aim to achieve continuous growth by providing superior service & quality products, quick delivery times, and peace of mind for you, our customer.”
To our current customers, we thank you for your business and your trust. To those who are looking for a reliable supplier, I invite you to give us a call.
About Mark Fields, sales manager
"I’ve lived just about my whole life in the Paducah area, attending Paducah Community College after my graduation from Lone Oak High School.
My experience in the janitorial and foodservice industries spans over two decades. Prior to working at Supply Solutions, I held various positions in the purchasing department at Bunzl Distribution, acquiring over 21 years of product knowledge with them in grocery, foodservice and JanSan.
During my years of experience in purchasing and distribution, I’ve learned how to work with multitudes of vendors, manage extensive inventories and coordinate distribution so your needs are always met in a timely and economical way.
What I like most about my position here is being able to apply my years of experience with industry products and facility maintenance problems to find the best solution for our customers.
Each customer need or problem has its own uniqueness. At Supply Solutions we pride ourselves in knowing our customers on a personal level to address those needs with answers that are best for them.
We are more than your supplier, we are your friends and neighbors with a firm commitment to serving you on a daily basis."
About Kathy Jett, sales coordinator
"I’ve been in the Paducah area almost my entire life, graduating from Lone Oak H.S. and attending Paducah Community College.
I’ve also been in the JanSan industry for quite a while. Before joining Supply Solutions I was a 14-year veteran of another local janitorial and maintenance supply distribution house, where I was in sales and customer service.
When the company was bought out by an out-of-state corporation, I decided to leave. I like the idea of working for a local family-owned business, with an owner who is involved with the business on a day-to-day basis.
Needless to say, I was excited when the opportunity to work with Supply Solutions presented itself. I truly believe that customer service and providing detailed attention to customers’ needs are best handled by a company with local, involved, family owners.
When I’m not taking care of our customers, I enjoy every possible moment with my husband, our two wonderful children, and our four beautiful grandchildren."
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SUPPLY SOLUTIONS | 2852 Ross Avenue | Paducah, KY | 800.326.7633 | sales@WeSupplySolutions.com