Wesco Turf's History
Wesco Turf, Inc. was created in 1987 when William (Bill) Gamble III purchased Wesco Zaun from the Toro Company. Bill joined Wesco with a background in the hardware business, most recently as Vice President of sales and marketing, and part of the leveraged buyout group that bought McCulloch Chain Saw from Black and Decker. Prior to that Bill had a long career with Rockwell and Porter-Cable power tools.
Bill came to Wesco with a simple philosophy. "If you take care of your customers and associates, the business will take care of itself." Superior parts and customer service has been the hallmark of our company. We hire great people and put them in the right job. We manage to have some fun as well.
'Pride in excellence' summarizes our company culture. It sounds cliché until you learn that Wesco has won over 100 awards from our vendors, including 'distributor of excellence' from Toro four times. Our people want and expect to win. Wesco's business has evolved from a consumer product based business reliant on the power equipment dealer channel to one that is largely golf and grounds driven. The explosive home development growth in Southwest Florida over the past 20 years fueled an unprecedented number of golf courses being built. Wesco was in the right place at the right time... offering the right products and services.
In 1998, Bill and his brother, John bought an adjacent Toro distributorship, Zaun Equipment, renaming the company, Wesco Turf Supply, Inc., with locations in Lake Mary and Jacksonville, Florida. John had his own storied career at Ingersoll-Rand as Group Vice President of the Hardware & Security Products business. Wesco Turf Supply benefited through John's leadership and the processes and culture learned at Wesco Turf, Inc. Together, the businesses grew consistently for the next ten years.
In 2008, Bill and John consolidated the two companies to better optimize the assets and create greater synergies between the selling divisions, operations, service, etc. Today, Wesco Turf, Inc. proudly represents Toro, Club Car utility vehicles, Bernhard reel and bedknife grinders, Salsco turf rollers, Flowtronex and MCI pump stations, American Flow Control, Clow gate valves, Harco ductile iron and PVC fittings, Lasco swing joints and slip fittings, Nibco valves, Carson value boxes, Baldwin filters, and a few other commercial product lines. The business philosophy and customer driven culture remains unchanged from the seeds that Bill Gamble planted back in 1987. We take care of our customers and associates, and the business continues to grow.
Create loyal customers.
Be the preferred supplier for all products and services we provide.
Our Core Values
- Ethics and honesty
- Expect to win
- Eliminate customer pain
- Love an idea for ten minutes
- Be the solution
Charles "Charlie" Zaun founds Zaun Equipment in Jacksonville, Florida.
Ben Reemelin purchases Zaun Equipment and takes on the Toro line. As Florida's development brings burgeoning markets, western branches are later established in St. Petersburg by Duke Newton and in Fort Myers by Jimmy Reemelin
East and West Florida territories split. Zaun Equipment retains the East portion of the territory. The West portion of the territory becomes Wesco-Zaun, under the ownership of John "Jack" Cantu, former President of The Toro Company.
Ben Reemelin sells Zaun Equipment to Tom Bruns. In August, Wesco-Zaun moves its headquarters to Sarasota, Florida
Following the death of Jack Cantu, The Toro Company purchases Wesco-Zaun and changes the name to New Wesco. Five months later, Bill Gamble purchases New Wesco, changes the name to Wesco Turf, Inc., and sets the company on course to become Toro's premier distributorship
Zaun Equipment moves its corporate offices to Lake Mary, leaving a branch location in Jacksonville.
The East territory of Zaun Equipment is sold to Bill Gamble and the name is changed to Wesco Turf Supply, Inc., headquartered in Lake Mary, Florida, with John Gamble as President.
Wesco Turf, Inc. and Wesco Turf Supply, Inc. are merged into one corporation. Thus, the two distribution houses have come full circle and are reunited.
Wesco Turf purchases former FedEx 37,501 square foot distribution building for $3.5 million to expand service shop.