Kennedy Manufacturing Joins IBC As Preferred Supplier

The Kennedy name is well-known for its steel tool chests, roller cabinets, stationary and mobile workbenches, modular storage cabinets and tool storage for the metal working, MRO, and material handling industries.

East Granby, CT – Industrial Supply Plus, Inc. (IBC) announced today the addition of Kennedy Manufacturing Co. to its buying group as a Preferred Supplier of American-made tool storage equipment.

For over 100 years, Kennedy Manufacturing has produced and marketed an array of high-quality, classic and innovative American-made tool storage equipment. With a tradition of industrial quality, security and durability, as well as a life time warranty backing each product, the Kennedy name is well-known for its steel tool chests, roller cabinets, stationary and mobile workbenches, modular storage cabinets and tool storage for the metal working, MRO and material handling industries.

“Kennedy is the brand leader in our industry,” said Kennedy Manufacturing Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Craig Martin. “When it comes to value, our products are the best in the marketplace in terms of the highest quality, capacity, service and durability for the price. Our products are made in the USA by a proud and professional work group that not only builds the products – they guarantee them and use the products themselves.”

Kennedy Manufacturing sees its Preferred Supplier relationship with IBC as a way to grow its business and increase its access to the marketplace. “IBC gives us access to a group of independent distributors that we may not have been able to get in front of otherwise,” said John Gammell, National Sales Manager for Kennedy, “Through them we can reach end-users in new industries and sub-industries that would be near impossible for us to get to on our own.” 

Gammell added that Kennedy Manufacturing was attracted to the marketing support and programs offered by IBC which ensure that products are supported from a distribution standpoint.  Gammel particularly cited the benefits of IBC’s annual National Meeting, which allows Kennedy to convene with multiple distributors at once over the course of two days, saving time and money while fostering deeper relationships with IBC’s Independent Distributors.

“We are really excited about being part of this organization. We are looking forward to some significant growth with them in the coming months and years,” concluded Martin.

Ron Nuñez, President and COO of IBC said he was proud of the new relationship with Kennedy Manufacturing. “For 100 years, Kennedy Manufacturing has produced high-quality, made-in-the-USA tool storage equipment," said Nuñez. "This long-standing commitment to product and manufacturing excellence makes them a great asset to our buying group,” he said.

IBC is one of North America’s leading alliances of industrial, bearing & power transmission, electrical, and subassembly distributors with over 550 branch locations and total sales in excess of $6.64 billion. The organization provides multi-location customers a streamlined, cost-effective and dynamic purchasing source for national and regional contracts. IBC provides its Independent Distributors and Preferred Suppliers the tools, resources and market access needed to thrive in today's competitive marketplace, including a unique collaboration forum. IBC is a Hispanic Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) certified by the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC).

To learn more about Kennedy Manufacturing, call (419) 238-2442 or visit

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