Winsupply, Dayton, OH, will be opening the Richard W. Schwartz Center for Innovation on Aug. 25 and reopened its Winsupply of Dayton branch location. The 28,000-sq-ft building is located next to Winsupply’s Support Services campus in Moraine, OH. The Center for Innovation is named after Richard Schwartz, the company’s chairman of the board and a lifelong champion of the power of entrepreneurship and free enterprise.
For the first time in Winsupply history, the Support Services teams can work alongside a local company to develop, test and refine innovations. These innovations include everything from IT solutions, inventory management, warehouse operations, merchandising and product deliveries, customer communications, vendor marketing and showroom displays. Upon testing, these innovations can then be rolled out nationwide to help every local company at Winsupply be more competitive in their markets. “The ability for our support services teams to work side-by-side with an operating local company will be invaluable and will actually help speed up the time to market for our newest services. I thank the leadership team for naming the facility in the spirit of what I believe in,” said Rick Schwartz in the press release.
Jeff Williams is looking forward to the opportunity to combine his local company with the Center for Innovation. “This will allow my company to try out new services and technology that will help us better serve our customers,” said Jeff Williams, president and owner of Winsupply of Dayton. “Our team will be able to provide feedback before the services are expanded to all local companies.”
Winsupply owns a majority equity stake in more than 640 local distribution companies that focus on the residential and commercial markets. Its electrical operations are ranked #25 on EW’s 2022 Top 150 listing.