In February of 1960, Joe Orihel and Roger Judy founded Akron Hardware Consultants, a small contract hardware distributorship in downtown Akron, Ohio. Like other contract houses, Akron Hardware struggled with the industry’s long lead times and frequently missed shipping dates. Joe and Roger saw a niche developing and made a strategic decision to change the direction of the company. They furnished their last contract job in 1978, and set out to become the first nationwide wholesale distributor of Corbin products.
In 1995, the leadership of the company was passed to Ken Orihel, CEO, Tom Orihel, COO, and Nancy Murray, CFO. With Ken leading the sales effort and growing the top line, Tom fine tuning operational efficiencies, and Nancy keeping an eye on the finances, the company flourished. To keep pace with the company’s steady growth, a new custom designed facility was built in 1998. Ken, Tom and Nancy, emphasized the integration of current technology with time-tested principles. New hardware lines were added to inventory, and two new distribution centers were built in Tennessee and Pennsylvania. This gave Akron Hardware the ability to ship product to 90% of the country in two days or less via FedEx Ground Service.
In 2011, Akron Hardware acquired the assets of Hardware Supplies of America (HSI) located in Greenville, NC. This transaction allowed for greater strength, experience, and inventory for both commercial and residential hardware markets. A fifth distribution center was added in Texas along with a new sales office located in North Carolina.
On October 6, 2017, Akron Hardware was acquired by the private equity firm, High Road Capital Partners. High Road previously acquired Midwest Wholesale Hardware in February of 2017. Under High Road’s ownership, these two organizations now create the door hardware industry’s largest one-day shipping footprint with a combined inventory capable of satisfying even more of our customers’ door hardware needs.
Akron Hardware is committed to the same principles that have allowed us to succeed over the past 50 years - quality products, industry leading service and unmatched speed to market. Our commitment to these principles make Akron Hardware your best choice for all your architectural door hardware needs.