Winsupply Opens Innovation Center in Dayton

It enables Winsupply's support services teams to work alongside a successful local branch to quickly develop, test and refine innovations.

Winsupply — No. 9 on MDM’s 2022 Top Industrial Distributors list — held a grand opening Aug. 25 for its Richard W. Schwartz Center for Innovation, and reopened the Winsupply of Dayton connected facility.

Dayton, Ohio-based Winsupply, a distributor of materials for residential and commercial construction — said its support services teams now have the ability to work alongside a successful local Winsupply branch to quickly develop, test and refine innovations for the first time in the company’s history. 

Those innovations include everything from IT solutions, inventory management, warehouse operations, merchandising and product deliveries, customer communications, vendor marketing and showroom displays. Upon testing, these innovations can then be rolled out nationwide to help every Local Company at Winsupply be more competitive in their markets.

“The ability for our support services teams to work side by side with an operating Local company will be invaluable and will actually help speed up the time to market for our newest services,” said Rick Schwartz, Winsupply board chairman and whom the Center for Innovation is named after. I thank the leadership team for naming the facility in the spirit of what I believe in.”

“This will allow my company to try out new services and technology that will help us better serve our customers,” added Jeff Williams, president and owner of Winsupply of Dayton. “Our team will be able to provide feedback before the services are expanded to all Local Companies.”

Winsupply owns a majority equity stake in more than 640 local companies across the U.S.

The collective “Winsupply Family of Companies” includes Win-branded locations, Noland Company, Carr Supply, Security Plumbing & Heating Supply, APCO and other regional suppliers the company has acquired. The company’s product categories include plumbing and heating, hydronics, PVF, HVAC and refrigeration, electrical, fastening hardware, waterworks and utility, pumps, turf irrigation and landscape, and fire system fabrication.

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