Summers has been providing quality service for more than a century. The company was originally formed as a small retail hardware store in 1893. In 1974 Summers added its industrial sales division in order to provide maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) supplies to area industries. Since then, Summers has evolved into the leading industrial distributor in the east Tennessee area.
Summers’ warehouse stores an extensive inventory of approximately 14,500 stock items (SKU’s). These items are all available for next day or even same day delivery if necessary. Even though Summers has a vast inventory of MRO, cutting tools, abrasives, material handling items, safety, and janitorial supplies, a large percentage of orders processed are for none stock or special order items. Summers prides itself on two strengths, the first of which is its ability to locate those rare, hard to find, and specialty items in a timely manner and at a competitive price. This is a sharp contrast from larger industrial suppliers who won’t take the time to locate items that aren’t held in their inventory and the smaller supply houses who don’t have the resources to help solve those special problems.
Summers’ second strength is its people. As a company, there are 36 people with many years of experience in industrial distribution and helping companies solve their problems. The sales force consists of 8 inside sales people and 5 outside sales people. Summers’ employee team also has two SECO factory certified Pro3 cutting tool specialist, and one engineer specializing in manufacturing and operations.
In order to facilitate reliable and consistent service, Summers has a fleet of vehicles that consist of non-CDL and CDL vehicles that travel scheduled routes during the week and are available for special trips as needed. Vehicles and personnel are available to handle any emergency situations that may arise after hours or on weekends. To complement our services we also offer EDI integration, vendor managed inventory (VMI), and industrial vending solutions.
A customer of Summers’ can expect reliable service of the highest quality, integrity in every aspect of business, and experience backed by quality products and services. As a company, we understand that without our customers we would not exist. It is because of this we value all of our customers and view your problems as our own.
Since 1974, Summers has evolved into a strong MRO and cutting tool supplier with additional strengths in abrasives, material handling, safety, and janitorial supplies. Today we are a strong company and we are constantly investing in technology and education to ensure that we capitalize on our potential and ensure that our tomorrow is better than our yesterday.
We thank you for the opportunity to do business with you, and we thank you for the years of loyalty you have allowed us to show you.