To be known throughout the industry for innovation, superior customer service and integrity by providing our customers state of the art products, services and programs at a competitive price.
The Company was started in 1932 by Harry Spurrier. Harry had worked for a distribution company, by the name of Jet and Wood, selling fresh produce; it was there that he saw a need to start his own company. He borrowed start-up money from his life insurance and set up Spurrier Paper Company. They sold industrial-grade papers, such as paper towels, toilet paper, butcher paper, and many other paper-related items. Their main brand was Fort Howard. When they first opened the doors, Harry was doing the selling, his wife was taking care of the office, and Dale Spurrier, the oldest of their three sons, was doing the delivering after school. Dale was a senior in high school at that time.
As the years went on, the business was successful, and Dale’s two younger brothers, Larry and Dean, became involved. The Company won many sales awards, and it represented more business per capita than any other paper distributor in the Nation. In the late 1940’s, the Company shifted its main focus to include janitorial supplies.
In the early 1950’s, Harry Spurrier retired and passed the reins to the second generation, his oldest son Dale. After being a distributor for so many years, Dale felt the next step would be to start manufacturing—that was when Spurrier Paper Company became Spur-Tex Products. By the late 1950’s, the third generation, Dale’s son Robin, became involved, and the Company changed its marketing plan and began selling through distributors. Salem Chemical was formed to accomplish this.
During the 1960’s, the Company began to expand into the oil fields, with rig washes and water treatments. The Company also entered the automotive, and related markets, with car and truck washes, rubber lubricants, steam cleaners, and hot tank cleaners. The aircraft industry was also tested with special aircraft cleaners. Spurrier firmly established itself in the foodservice market with two divisions: Foodservice Distribution and National Accounts. The Company’s plan was to grow through quality products, innovative programs, and outstanding customer service.
The Company continued with measured, planned growth in the 1970’s. It changed from a partnership to a corporation, Spurrier Chemical Companies, Inc. It gave customers what was needed to make them profitable. In Foodservice Distribution we were innovative in our DSR tools and education programs. In National Accounts, we gave the QSR chains items to help their team members accomplish the tasks of maintaining exemplary levels of cleanliness. It was during this time that SCCI put in its own Print and Graphics Department.
The 1980’s brought many changes to the Company. While maintaining the high levels of product quality and customer service, we diversified in three major areas, all of these contributing significant growth. The first was the acquisition of Wichita Brush and Chemical, now Institutional Maintenance Supply, which put us solidly back in the janitorial supply business and allowed the Company to enlarge market share in the Midwest area. The second was the expansion into the global market by establishing a plant in Wales and an office in London. This put the Company in a position to service all of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The third area was the establishment of a Custom Manufacturing Division, which has enabled the Company to expand its packaging capabilities and enlarged our product base.
The 1980’s and 1990’s saw expansion in other ways: new buildings were added to our campus, a computer-driven batching system was installed, a transportation system set up, and new automated filling lines were put into operation. All of these are focused on Spurrier providing the customer with outstanding sales training, support literature and tools, and backed by state-of-the-art technology and products. This period also marked the end of the second generation with Dale’s retirement.
Spurrier is continually planning for additional growth and expansion with our customers into the new millennium.
As the new millennium began, the company continued to evolve into a leadership role in product innovation, customer-friendly packaging, and customer service that is second to none. Spurrier further expanded its capabilities by opening a paper repacking operation, to enable customers to purchase smaller pack sized than normally offered by the paper mills. We have become a master distributor of mops, brooms, brushes, can liners, paper, and other specialty items, all to better support our customer’s needs. We are continually upgrading our facility so we remain state of the art as far as digital graphics, labels; our printing ability is enhanced with new multicolor press. Our liquid and powder production and packaging has expanded to include quarts for the liquids and form fill pouches for powder products. Our ability to turn orders in a very short period of time gives us an excellent position in the industry.
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