Cincinnati, Ohio, and SURREY, British Columbia – The Wm. Powell Company (Powell Valves) and M.A. Stewart & Sons Ltd. have entered into a formal agreement for M.A. Stewart to represent and distribute Powell Valves in Canada.
“Powell’s legacy, coupled with M.A. Stewart’s resources of strategically placed distribution centers, 18 technical outside sales representatives and 23 inside sales and capital project representatives, will provide much improved, more localized sales and inventory offerings to support our existing and new Canadian customers and end-users,” said Tim Fries, Powell Valves vice president of sales and marketing for North America and international.
Brandy Cowart, executive vice president at Powell Valves added, “We are very pleased to have found a good strategic partner in M.A. Stewart to fuel our Canadian business growth.”
M.A. Stewart & Sons is based in Surrey, British Columbia, with distribution centers in the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec. With such infrastructure already in place, M.A. Stewart & Sons will become Powell’s channel partner for the Canadian market.
M.A. Stewart will maintain a large Powell inventory in each of its distribution centers to support the day-to-day operations and capital-projects business. Additionally, M.A. Stewart will be the key driver of Canadian end-user and engineering approvals.
“The Canadian agreement with Powell is a significant investment for M.A. Stewart & Sons and enables us to supply a world-class manufacturer with a strong approved manufacturer list and end-user relationships,” said John Makarchuk, executive vice president of sales and marketing at M.A. Stewart & Sons. “Powell’s $36 million U.S. inventory, along with its state-of-the-art modifications shop in Manning, South Carolina, will provide a quick turnaround for our customers in an industry that traditionally has required long lead times for shipping industrial valves. We are excited for what value this will bring to our Canadian customers.”