As the largest independently owned electrical wholesale distributor in Southwestern Ontario, Electrozad Supply offers a full range of electrical and electrical-related products from some of the premier manufacturers in Canada and the United States.
From products to complete project solutions, we provide customers with a convenient ‘one-stop-shop’ total source for their electrical needs.
In the early ’50s, Mr. Joseph Ozad leaves his full time job at Demers Electric with the promise of managing a new Westinghouse Electric branch in the community of Windsor. The company then decides not to open a location leaving Joseph without a job. With his prior experience in the electrical business, Mr. Ozad decides to establish his own business in Windsor. Having some difficulty attaining product lines, Mr. Ozad is forced to travel daily to Detroit to pick up material from vendors to fill the back orders of customers. During his travels, he meets Sam Newman, the owner of Puritan Electric. When Mr. Ozad learns of Newman’s desire to establish a business in Canada, the pair become partners. Established in the electrical industry, Mr. Newman brings to the business many key industry suppliers and it is through these contacts that Electrozad becomes the first independent electrical distributor in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
In April 1955, Joe Ozad incorporates the company and ‘Electrozad’ is born.
A year later, the business aligns with well-known automation company Rockwell’s Allen-Bradley product line to become the first distributor of the product line east of the Manitoba border. Business growth prompts the need for Electrozad to hire its first sales person, Bryan Smith, who eventually becomes Electrozad’s first Chair of the Board.
The Windsor business decides it is time to spread its corporate wings and expand into Sarnia, a market rich in petrol chemical products. So in 1961, Electrozad Supply Co. (Sarnia) Limited is established to provide service to customers of the ‘Chemical Valley.’
Electrozad takes another business leap into the London market with the 1971 opening of Electrozad Supply Co. (London) Limited. This location would service the Automotive, Institutional and Food and Beverage Industries.
In 1972, Electrozad joins Copel, a Canadian Group of Independent Electrical Wholesalers that represents a selected group of manufacturers and products.
In 1977, Bryan Smith purchases the company from Mr. Ozad and Mr. Newman and as president, plays a significant role in the growth and expansion of Electrozad into numerous product lines and other markets.
The Electrozad founder, Joseph Ozad dies in 1978.
The board of directors announces the appointment of Bryan Smith as Chairman of the Board, and William C. Smith as President.
In 1986, the Windsor location moves its operation into a more modern facility that provided state-of-the-art training facilities in which Electrozad could train its employees and customers about new product information. The first branch of the company opens in Chatham the same year as Windsor’s expansion to service the mixed industrial community of Chatham-Kent. Also that year, the Sarnia location celebrates its 25th anniversary.
In 1987, Electrozad Windsor is honoured by the City of Windsor with a Civic Beautification Award.
A second location is opened in London in 1991 to create a convenient location in the city’s vibrant and diverse downtown core. The addition involves the acquisition of Ellis & Howard, another independent electrical distributor. Meanwhile, Sarnia celebrates its 30th anniversary.
Electrozad Windsor receives several honours including the title of “Company of the Year” by the Windsor and District Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards and the Chrysler “Q” Award for Quality Excellence Through Commitment.
In September 1992, Electrozad’s Chairman of The Board, Bryan Smith, passed away.
In 1993, as a member of Copel, Electrozad joins Affiliated Distributors and becomes part of the largest Electrical Marketing Group in North America.
Also in ’93, the Sarnia location receives the Business Achievement Award from the Sarnia Chamber of Commerce.
In 1996, a centralized computer system is installed connecting all of the locations to achieve a seamless flow of business transactions.
The Electrozad Windsor location is honoured by one of its clients, Chrysler Canada, with the Chrysler Gold Pentastar Award in recognition of ‘Superior Performance as a Supplier.’
In 1999, the ISO 9002 Quality Management System Certificate of Registration by KPMG is achieved at all locations.
Electrozad Honors Ideal Industries with their A-D FMS Supplier of the Year!
At their recent AD Field Marketing Summit (FMS), Electrozad Supply Company awarded Ideal Industries the “Electrozad AD 2011 FMS Supplier of the Year”. This award is given out to FMS Supplier Partners in recognition of their outstanding support and performance to all the Electrozad locations.
According to Bill Smith, President of Electrozad, “Ideal has been a Field Marketing Summit Partner for the last 3 years; in 2011 they completed all of their Field Marketing Activity Plans and Promotions on time; their marketing processes, creativity and execution of their plans far exceeded our expectations; and their sales grew 26% with Electrozad over 2010!”
Pictured above from Ideal Industries with some of the Electrozad Team is Bill Stephens, Regional Sales Manager, Central & Eastern Canada and Steve Beck, Area Sales Manager, Southwestern Ontario along with Chris Scott, Vice President AD Canada.
“Electrozad and Cooper Crouse Hinds make a difference with a $10,000 donation to two local charities!” (For Release February 27, 2009)
Electrozad spearheaded a local campaign “Help Us Help People” by joining forces with their customers and supplier Cooper Crouse-Hinds to support cancer research and services for terminally ill and bereaved clients.
On February 27th, 2009, Electrozad Supply Co. (Sarnia) Limited and Cooper Crouse Hinds will be donating $5000 to the Canadian Cancer Society and $5000 to the St. Joseph’s Hospice on behalf of their two largest contributors to the target number from their “Help Us Help People” promotion namely Imperial Oil Limited and DMW Instrumentation.
Electrozad Supply Co. (Sarnia) Limited, 625 Scott Rd at 10 a.m. February 27
During the months of July 1, 2008 to December 15, 2008 any Crouse Hinds item that was purchased from Electrozad contributed to this campaign so Electrozad wishes to thank ALL their customers.
This is a good news story; in tough economic times, one local company finds an innovative way to make a difference with two charities united for a common cause!
Information regarding the Canadian Cancer Society and St. Joseph’s Hospice
The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer.
The Society raises much-needed funds for cancer research, leading to breakthroughs in cancer prevention and treatment. As Lynda Short, a breast cancer survivor and volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society, says “I’m walking proof that research works. I, for one, have been treated with the latest of the most up-to-date of chemotherapies and currently I am participating in a clinical trial; without funding for research we would not come as far as we have in beating this disease”. I can give much credit for my survival to Canadian Cancer Society funded research”.
In addition to research, the Society provides support through free transportation to patients, driving over 220,000 kilometres last year for patients in Sarnia Lambton. The Society also provides one to one support by matching patients and families with cancer survivors as well as through a variety of support groups (breast, prostate and blood cancers) right here in Sarnia Lambton. Our volunteers also provide much needed support at the oncology clinic at Bluewater Health. Additional support is available from our cancer information specialists who answer hundreds of questions on a daily basis from patients, families, and the public and health care professionals about how to reduce risk; about early detection and treatment. The Society has also funded more than $4.3 Million since 2003 into research related to environmental and occupational causes of cancer; a matter of key importance to residents of Lambton County
St. Joseph’s Hospice is a volunteer driven; community based non denominational organization supporting individuals, their families and friends who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness, while providing a place of comfort and care during this critical time. Group grief and bereavement programs are offered weekly at no cost to those attending. We also offer a Children’s “Caring Heart’s Program” to children who are facing a terminal illness themselves or have lost someone significant to them. St. Joseph’s Hospice is currently building a 10 bed residence for individuals who are in the end stage of life. The residence will provide a home like atmosphere where individuals will be surrounded by family, friends and highly trained care providers. Individuals are very much encouraged to bring in their own mementos, photos and other items to personalize their room. Each bedroom will accommodate family members who wish to stay overnight. The residence will also include family/reflection room, kitchen and dining area, gardens and a resident spa. “This is a place for people who want to be at home but can’t in the final phase of life. We will make sure it feels like a home away from home as much as possible.” stated Dr. Glen Maddison.
LONDON CELEBRATES 35 YEARS OF SERVICE
CONGRATULATIONS! Electrozad Supply Co. (London) Limited celebrates 35 years service in the London area!
LONDON DOWNTOWN RELOCATES
On April 3, Electrozad Supply Co. (London) Limited relocated from the Downtown London Colborne Street Branch to 41 Adelaide Street North – UNIT 87.
In February 2004, William Smith, President of Electrozad Supply Company Limited, announced Mr. Bob Lake is our new “Quality Management Representative” for all Electrozad Locations. Bob has successfully completed the ISO Lead Auditor training and will be taking on the responsibilities of driving our new ISO Quality Management Program. This will include all ISO training, Internal audits, Improvement Opportunities and working with our new third party Lead Auditor, AKG & Associates.
Affiliated Distributors (A-D) honoured several Canadian electrical supply division affiliates and suppliers with Recognition of Excellence Awards at their annual North American Meeting in September of 2003. The awards acknowledged outstanding achievement in local support for affiliates, marketing excellence and overall commitment and performance to A-D. Electrozad Supply Co. Ltd. Was awarded Affiliate of the Year, Canada. Electrozad London was one of three top branches in Canada with the highest sales in the Philips lamp National A-D PROMOTION surrounding their new mastercolor product. Best Buy gift cards in the amount of $250.00 ea were given to the branch and the inside sales person who instigated the order.
Congratulations to William Smith on winning an A-D Recognition of Excellence Award!
Below is a letter that was received from Bill Weisberg, Chairman and CEO of Affiliated Distributors, to William Smith for an award that was received at the 2001 North American Meetings.
“Congratulations on winning an A-D Recognition of Excellence Award!
The time, effort and consistent dedication was widely recognized by your business partners and this was the best way for them to commend you on achieving your objectives. There are many committed individuals who contribute to the ultimate success of your organization to win the Affiliated Distributors Customer Satisfaction Award, and I hope you will extend our sincere gratitude for their continued support.
In addition, your company’s nomination for the Affiliate of the Year Canada Award is a noteworthy accomplishment. There are specific criteria in the nomination process for all of the Recognition of Excellence Awards and you can be very proud to earn this nomination.
My very best wishes go to Electrozad Supply for your continued success on all of the A-D marketing programs. We are proud to have you in A-D.”