I Supply Company has been providing continuous distribution since 1944. Originally a candy and tobacco wholesaler founded by Joseph Parisi I, I Supply Company has evolved into a customized foodservice distributor and paper and janitorial supplies distributor.
Our company began in Springfield, Ohio providing candy and tobacco products to grocery stores, gas stations and drug stores during World War II. Originally named Paul’s Cigarette and Tobacco Company, the name was changed to Paul’s Wholesale Merchandise after acquiring Springfield Paper and Merchandise in 1959.
In early 1966, the candy and tobacco lines were sold off so the organization could focus on paper and janitorial supply distribution. Thus Paul’s Wholesale Merchandise no longer seemed like an appropriate company name.
In 1967, Paul’s Wholesale Merchandise was renamed Industrial-Institutional Supply and Equipment Company.
In 1970, Jerry Parisi, son of the founder, was named President, Joseph Parisi retained the duties of Chief Executive Officer.
In April 1974, our founder Joseph Parisi passed away. At that time Jerry Parisi took ownership of the organization and is now Chairman and CEO with sons Joe and Mario as Co-Presidents of the company.
In 1981 the company shortened its name to I Supply Company.
In February 1982, I Supply Company was given an opportunity to enter the foodservice distribution industry. I Supply Company was approached by an existing customer to provide full service, one stop delivery to their stores. Thus, I Supply Company was now a customized foodservice distributor as well as maintaining its presence as a paper and janitorial supply distributor.
Due to fortunate and rapid growth, I Supply Company outgrew its facility in Springfield. In 1987 our organization moved to Fairborn, Ohio just off of I-675 and near Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Logistically, it was an ideal location for distribution providing easy access to both I-70 and I-75. To this day, this location is our home and corporate office.
Since then a third generation of Parisi family has joined the organization to help continue the legacy and traditions of I Supply Company.
In March of 2015 I Supply Company for the first time in its history, opened a second distribution center in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The addition of the Kalamazoo center was the result of one of our long term customers asking I Supply Company to grow with them. This allowed us to expand our service area in four more states.