- THE MAGAZINE
The organization, which now has over 75 members throughout the U.S., was started as a result of a phone call between Richard Casey of Casey EMI, Foxboro, Massachusetts and Daniel Mirto of Rheil Supply Company, Youngstown, Ohio.
The two discussed the idea of organizing a group of independent jansan distributors to achieve buying power beyond that of an individual company.
By July 1984, they were joined by five other jansan distributors who decided to form a buying group, then called Preferred Distributors. The company was incorporated later that year and quickly grew to nearly 20 members.
In 1989, the group’s name was changed to Pro-Link, Inc.
“At that time, a ‘Code of Regulations’ was adopted,” says Paul Lemieux, President of Pro-Link. “The code, which served as our mission statement, has served us well for all these years.”
According to Lemieux, some key elements of the Pro-Link “code” include:
- The organization will provide its members with a vehicle to help its members economically
- Encourage an interchange of ideas and ideals to help members better and more efficiently operate their businesses
- Help members understand and disseminate jansan-related sales sciences and technical information.
Lemieux adds that the organization continues executing plans to grow and strengthen Pro-Link’s future. For instance the company is now:
- Improving its members-only Web site
- Expanding its regional warehousing program coverage area
- Increasing its BSC (building service contractor) tools and training programs
- Expanding its Green product offerings.