The MHEDA Journal - Fourth Quarter, 2013 - (Page 24)
A Core of
Faith and Integrity
W.W. Cannon celebrates 75 years of success
and looks forward to 75 more.
BY STEVE GUGLIELMO
.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
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Greg Brown, president, W.W. Cannon.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The MHEDA Journal - Fourth Quarter, 2013
From the Desk of Liz Richards
Ask Your Board
2014 CRITICAL IMPACT FACTORS
MHEDA Member Profile
Collaboratively Solving Any Issue
Field Service Technicians Go Mobile
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
Spotlight on Association News
Index to Advertisers by Product Category
The MHEDA Journal - Fourth Quarter, 2013