J. Grippe Industrial Supply Co., Inc.

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Out of the Basement & Porch and into the Future:A History of J. Grippe Industrial Supply Co., Inc.


This was the year when Joseph J. Grippe established his own industrial supply company. Located in Frankfort, New York, operating from his home, he used the basement cellar as a warehouse and the front porch for his office. Specializing in cutting tools, he entered an established, competitive market, where the days were long and lonely but his strong desire to succeed gave him the momentum to make his dream a reality.


The business was incorporated with Joseph J. Grippe becoming the first President and his wife Mary Alice, as Secretary-Treasurer.


With hard work and continuing dedication the business grew to the point where a modern 1,800 square foot facility was designed and constructed. The newly furnished complex included a large warehouse and paneled offices.


This year saw the addition of a 3,800 square foot warehouse facility which was necessitated by the company's accelerated growth in the cutting tool business.


Renovated the existing office area and increased the total office space.


Seeing significant gains in cutting tool sales and the competition having taken notice of the new "company-on-the-block", a 3,200 square foot warehouse addition was constructed to accommodate the growth.


The functions of accounting and inventory control were computerized to better serve the company's valued customers.


With continued growth the workforce doubled in size from 5 to 10 employees.


The company celebrated it's twenty-fifth anniversary and a major reorganization occurred. Joseph J. Grippe became Chairman, Joseph T. Grippe was promoted to President and Brian E. Grippe was promoted to Vice-President.


A major computer system upgrade was committed to by purchasing and installing the "Prophet 21 System". In addition, a management consultant was retained who designed and developed a formal company policy and procedure manual.


The company added two additional outside sales representatives to expand the company's presence in the marketplace.


To continue to be competitive and offer the latest in state-of-the-art order processing the company added Electronic Data Interchange(EDI), Visa, Mastercard, and American Express availability.


Implementation of Y2K compliance for the new millennium and a web site was designed and implemented to enhance the company's marketing strategies.


We increased our work force by two employees for outside sales and customer service department.


Implemented new master catalogs for customers. Updated our product line cards with additional manufactures we represent.


Invested in computer software with P21 for additional services to our customers. Increased our parking lot size as our employee numbers grew.


Expanded outside sales force for additional sales coverage and implemented an Expediting Department for customer service & support.


Completed conference room renovation for sales meeting to be held at and also a lunch room area for employees to utilize.

We grieved the loss of Mary Alice Grippe; Secretary and Treasurer, Mother & friend who passed away with all their 10 children at her side.


Bridget Grippe Foti was promoted to Vice President of Sales by Joseph J. Grippe, Chairman. J. Grippe Supply aligned the management team for future growth of business. We expanded our sales force by adding another sales rep to support our sales growth.

Our family, friends & employees mourned the passing of Joseph J. Grippe,­Chairman of the Board, and founder of J.Grippe Industrial Supply Co. Inc. along with wife Mary Alice. Mr. Grippe was stature in the community, business field, an accomplished musician, and a wonderful Father.


Business conditions have grown to a point where an additional sales person was added for more sales coverage. We purchased a new enhancement upgrade for our computer system. In addition, a vending machine was brought into our stock room for expanding our services to our customers and inventory control.

We are in developmental stages of a Memorial Garden in honor of our Parents and Founders Joseph J. and Mary Alice Grippe with plans to host a dedication ceremony in 2012 to commemorate their lives along with celebration of J. Grippe Ind. Supply Co., Inc. 50th Anniversary in business.


A 50th Anniversary Celebration was held at J. Grippe Supply Co., with all our employees, the Chamber of Commerce and many State and Local dignitaries.

Karen Grippe Rumrill- Senior Accountant, was presented with a Plaque of Recognition for her over 40 years of dedication and service as she has been a pillar to the longevity and success of J. Grippe Ind. Supply Co., Inc.

Jody T. Grippe- President, was also presented with a Plaque for his 40 years plus of dedication and leadership.

A plaque was hung at the entrance of J. Grippe Supply honoring the Late Joseph J. & Mary Alice Grippe for the establishment and incorporation of J. Grippe Industrial Supply in 1962. In addition, The Grippe Memorial Garden was unveiled and dedicated with a large family and special guest gathering.

At a Glance

From the very first days the company has experienced fantastic growth in a very competitive cutting tool marketplace serving New York State together with many other states throughout the country. From the basement and front porch to a modern fully integrated distributor of high quality cutting tools offering the following lines:

  1. Micro 100
  2. Garr Tool
  3. Tungaloy america, Inc.
  4. Niagara Cutter
  5. Sumitomo
  6. Precision Dormer
  7. ........any many others

J. Grippe Industrial Supply Co., Inc. has entered the cutting tool business with a purpose to provide their customers with top-notch service, quality tooling, with the best competitive pricing.

Many other cutting tool companies have come and gone but J. Grippe Industrial Supply Co., Inc. plans to continue serving their many valued customers for many more years. The core of fourteen dedicated employees is the key to the family-owned business successes where "customer satisfaction is the primary objective."