4719 Almond Street Dallas, material handling equipment dallas, north central texas, since 1966, southwest materials handling company, the company built on quality
Joe Harper opened for business in 1966 in a 1,300 sf building at 2120 Irving Blvd. in Dallas. With Joe and only one employee the company was profitable its first year in business. A couple of years later Southwest doubled their space, using the extra space to receive, store and ship printing rubber for a third party - it paid for half of the building rent.
Barrett Industrial Trucks and Nutting Truck and Caster were the very first product lines for Southwest to carry, followed by Copperloy Dockboards. To close the deal with Barrett and Nutting, Joe drove from Texas to Barrett's corporate office in Illinois in the worst winter storm Chicago had seen in 50 years.
Into the 1970's business continued to grow with Southwest outselling its competitors in the Class III Electric Walkies category. And in 1972 Joe purchased the property at 4719 Almond Avenue, building an 11,800 sf office and warehouse space. By that time Southwest controlled most of the Class III equipment sold to grocery distribution in far North Central Texas. Some of the company's first customers were McLane Company, Tom Thumb, Affiliated Foods, Waples Platter, Safeway, Southland Corporation, Brookshire's Foods, Sysco Foods, White Swan and Grocery Supply Company.
1987 rolled around and Joe was joined full-time by his son, Kenn Harper. Kenn's career at Southwest includes working in each of the company's departments — Service, Parts and Sales. Today, Kenn is Vice-President, overseeing multiple aspects of operations at Southwest. His thorough understanding of how business (specifically the material handling business) works is a vital asset to the company.
In 1989 Southwest expanded its warehouse space by 13,200 sf bringing it to its current total space of approximately 25,000 sf. Within the walls of our 25,000 sf space the employees of Southwest work daily to deliver the industry's best in both sales and service. We hope you'll provide us the opportunity to meet your needs. Give us a call — 1-800-303-6582.