History


70+ years and growing

1944

Founded by Joseph Parisi, we began business in Springfield, Ohio, providing candy and tobacco products to grocery stores, gas stations and drug stores.  Our original company name was Paul’s Cigarette and Tobacco Company.

1959

We acquired Springfield Paper and Merchandise and changed our name to Paul’s Wholesale Merchandise.

1966

Candy and tobacco lines were sold so that our company could focus on paper and janitorial supply distribution.

1967

We changed our business focus and became Industrial-Institutional Supply and Equipment.

1970

Jerry Parisi, son of our founder, was named President and Joseph Parisi retained the duties of Chief Executive Officer.

1974

Our founder, Joseph Parisi, passed away in April.  Jerry Parisi took ownership of the organization and became chairman and CEO, with sons Joe and Mario as Co-Presidents of the company.

1981

We shortened our name to I Supply Company.

1982

We entered the foodservice distribution industry after a customer asked us to provide full service, one stop delivery to their stores.  In this way, we grew to become a customized foodservice distributor, while maintaining our role as paper and janitorial supply distributor.

1987

As the result of rapid growth, we outgrew our facility in Springfield and moved our headquarters to Fairborn, Ohio,  just off of I-675 and near Wright Patterson Air Force Base.  Logistically, it has proven to be an ideal location for distribution, providing easy access to both I-70 and I-75.

2017

January brought in a revitalized commitment to ensure company growth and raise levels of excellence throughout the organization.   This continuous improvement initiative, our  “relaunch,”  involved new  promotions  with greater flexibility and value for customers,  expansion of our footprint, a simpler ordering process,  fine tuning of company policies, and a renewed  focus on helping employees build their careers.  The I Supply Company look changed as well ― with a refreshed corporate logo and a more user-friendly website.