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DGI SUPPLY, A DOALL COMPANY
www.dgisupply.com / Revenue: $250 million-plus / Headquarters: Wheeling, Ill. / Employees: 700 / Specialty: Industrial supplies
/ Jim Rudolph, vice president: "We can move from an idea to a final concept very quickly."
DGI Supply has distribution agreements with more than
A Cut Above
DGI Supply has transcended its corporate origins to become a single-source,
value-added supplier of sawing, cutting tool and other MRO products. BY JIM HARRIS
or the first 50 years of its
history, DoALL Sawing Products
specialized in selling and manufacturing sawing products. These products were ingrained in the company's
identity since 1927, when DoALL was established by Leighton Wilkie, the inventor of the bandsaw.
Wilkie would further perfect his invention in 1933, when he developed the first
bandsaw able to cut metal. This innovation led DoALL's saws and related prod-
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ucts to become staples on the manufacturing floors of automotive and industrial
manufacturers across the United States.
Over time, the company added other
cutting tools and industrial supplies to its
offerings. In the early 2000s, it reached a
turning point because it had begun to offer not just its own products, but those
manufactured by other suppliers.
The rise of the company's distribution
business led it in 2004 to form DGI Supply.
"[DoALL] wanted the distribution busi-
ness to have an identity of its own, instead
of having our customers think solely of us
as the sawing guys," says Jim Rudolph, vice
president of information systems for the
Wheeling, Ill.-based company.
In addition, the company at the time
was seeing a decline in demand for band
sawing in manufacturing. "Technology
was changing, and products were being
manufactured in different ways," he adds.
"It became difficult for us to grow by continuing to sell just sawing products."