On January 5, 2021, Continental Western Corporation (CWC) acquired Virginia-based G/A Safety Supply (G/A Safety). “The addition of G/A Safety to the CWC family demonstrates our commitment to continued corporate growth and diversification,” announced Frederick Oshay, Chairman and CEO of CWC. Founded in 1952, CWC is a recognized leader in the distribution of industrial packaging and safety supplies, and it is now serving over 10,000 customers through its 10 nationwide distribution centers.
In the last decade, CWC has been steadily expanding its business by opening new branches, creating new distribution channels, increasing product offerings, and a continuous acquisition program. CWC’s recent safety acquisitions include Wholesale Safety in Chicago and JMP Gloves in Seattle. Oshay shared his corporate vision and goals, “CWC has an ongoing commitment to our Safety Division. We continue to build our safety business staffed with a team of top safety professionals, partnered with top name safety vendors, while developing a safety product mindset throughout our entire organization.”
G/A Safety is the newest CWC Branch, located in Roanoke, Virginia. G/A Safety is a leading distributor with a broad range of safety and industrial products including hand, head, face, and hearing protection, protective clothing, respirators, fall protection, and facility safety products.
Cynthia Barnhart, President of G/A Safety, is excited about the future combination, improved customer experience, and expansion opportunities. She stated, “During our 22 years of doing business in the Virginia marketplace, we have earned a superb reputation for our knowledgeable sales force, a wide breadth of safety products, and high level of customer service. We are thrilled that CWC will now take this commitment to the next level.”
This newest acquisition enhances the importance of the CWC Safety Division, and its contribution to being a notable supplier in the safety industry during a period of critical demand. Todd Parker, QSSP and Managing Partner of G&A Safety, expressed, “I am delighted with the strategic acquisition by CWC. I look forward to growing my career and following my passion for industrial safety within the company.”
Mark Wilson, CWC Regional Manager/Acquisition and Business Development claimed, “We are happy and excited about our most recent acquisition. It elevates our position as a key provider of Safety and PPE equipment across the country to many new industries and customers. In addition, we will have the opportunity to introduce many of CWC’s other core product lines to the Virginia and Northeast region.”
CWC is looking forward to a successful and prosperous 2021. CWC continues to expand across the country and continues to seek talented personnel, key vendor relationships, and other supply chain solutions in order to serve our customers with quality products and solutions for their industrial and safety needs.