The MHEDA Journal - Fourth Quarter, 2013 - (Page 24)

MEMbER w.w. CANNON PROFILE A Core of Faith and Integrity W.W. Cannon celebrates 75 years of success and looks forward to 75 more. BY STEVE GUGLIELMO W .W. Cannon celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2013. The journey that the Dallas, Texas-based distributor has taken since its founding in 1938 has been marked by significant growth, many triumphs and even a few bumps in the road. But one thing has remained constant. The company is guided by a strict code of values and a fierce devotion to both its customers and suppliers. While the industry is in a constant state of flux, this mission stays the same. The Early Years Nobody is quite sure what compelled brothers William W. and Jack Cannon to form their own storage dealership. After all, it's not every day you see two professional hockey players from Canada pack up and move to Dallas, Texas, to venture out on their own. But in 1938, that is exactly what happened. "They began selling mainly shelving, basically from the back of their car," says President Greg Brown. "They would sell products that shipped directly from the factories to the customer." But if the hockey players weren't quite sure how to adapt to the material handling industry at first, it certainly didn't show. Their first supplier was Lyon Workspace Products, already a giant in the industry in 1938 and still a household name in material handling today. By the mid-1950s, the brothers added Borroughs Corporation to their catalog of suppliers. "Back then, there were a lot of manufacturers looking for distribution," Brown says. "When 24 MHEDA | Greg Brown, president, W.W. Cannon.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The MHEDA Journal - Fourth Quarter, 2013

President’s Perspective
From the Desk of Liz Richards
Ask Your Board
MHEDA Member Profile
At Work
Collaboratively Solving Any Issue
Field Service Technicians Go Mobile
Risk Management
Industry Legend Howard Bernstein Gives Back
Greening the Supply Chain through Systems Thinking and Collaboration
Getting to the Top
Want to Grow? Market!
A Totally Mental Makeover
New Members
Spotlight on Association News
MHEDA University
MHEDA Milestones
New Products
Index to Advertisers by Product Category

The MHEDA Journal - Fourth Quarter, 2013