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Baldwin Supply Celebrates 100 Years in Business!

June 15, 2020

Baldwin Supply Celebrates 100 Years in Business!

2020 marks Baldwin Supply Company’s 100th year in business. The past century has been a true testament to the vision our founders pursued 100 years ago in the one-room storefront in Minneapolis and the same ambition that our team possesses today.

We are incredibly proud of this achievement, and also very humbled by the fact that few companies reach this major milestone. We owe our longevity and success to the suppliers, customers, employees & communities we have worked with over the years. These 100 years are dedicated to all of you who were a part of our journey.

Milestone Achievements:

  • 1920 – Baldwin Supply Company was founded under the firm name of Baldwin Service Company by James Clark Rowett in a small room at 428 South 5th Street in Minneapolis. The second location was at 510 Fifth Avenue South, and the third in the Sexton Building at Seventh St. and Portland Avenue
  • 1951 – A two story building is purchased at 1329 S. Sixth St and serves as Baldwin Corporate for 14 years
  • 1965 – Baldwin Supply Twin Cities Corporate office moves to its current location at 601 11th Ave S in Minneapolis
  • 1995 – Baldwin became a member owner of IDC-USA, the largest cooperative for industrial power transmission products in the U.S. After a successful 20 year tenure with IDC, Baldwin resigned in 2015 and became a founding member with Affiliated Distributors
  • 1998 – Baldwin opened its first branch location in Owatonna, MN
  • 2000 – Baldwin opened its second branch in Fargo, North Dakota
  • 2001 – The third branch opened in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • 2003 – Baldwin opens our fourth branch in Hibbing, MN. Additionally, Baldwin acquired Arrowhead Belt Company, a conveyor belt installation & service company
  • 2006 – Baldwin Automation & Controls is launched
  • 2006 – Light Weight Belting Company was acquired & merged into Baldwin Belting, expanding our product offering into lightweight belt
  • 2013 – Baldwin expands into St Cloud, MN
  • 2015 – Announced that Baldwin will become a founding distributor member of Affiliated Distributors (AD) Bearings & Power Transmission Division
  • 2015 – Ninth branch opens in Eau Claire, WI
  • 2017 – Baldwin opens our tenth branch in Appleton, WI

The industrial supply industry has changed over the last 100 years, and so has Baldwin Supply. What hasn’t changed is our principle of being at the forefront of providing not just products, but solutions and ensuring we deliver services for projects, no matter how big or small. Baldwin has grown to become one of the leading privately owned industrial suppliers in the country. Change is inevitable, but over the past 100 years Baldwin Supply has proven we can acclimate and flourish, and we will continue to have that same ideology in the future.