This is one of those 'good old fashioned American success stories'. Owner, Tim Stearns began Ace Industrial Supply in 1983 at the age of 20, selling tools from a small office he set up in a bedroom at his parents' home. After floundering for 7 years, in 1990 Tim, with his only salesman, Lee Bristow, rented office space in Pacoima, CA..
Through word of mouth and a rapidly growing clientele, Tim began to realize his dream quickly but outgrew his first office. It was time to expand! He opened an office in Burbank, then off again to Sun Valley, CA. where the company grew and thrived for 10 years.
Word spread rapidly that ACE was becoming the masthead in the industry and that Tim's company was the place to work and thrive. Tim's dedication to his sales crew and his employees was unsurpassed. His generosity, not just inside the company but throughout the entire community was well received and the continued growth inevitable. In September 2003, ground was broken in Burbank, CA for what would soon become the 35,000 square foot building that would be the new headquarters for ACE Industrial Supply.
Tim's Vice President, Richard Benton, handled the design and development of the new ACE building. In keeping with Tim's vision of a spacious and comfortable work environment for the large sales crew and administrative employees, Richard worked closely with Voit Development Co. in the layout and design of our new 'home' which includes an 18,000 sq. ft. warehouse, and 17,000 sq. ft. of office space which includes 4 kitchens, upstairs and downstairs sales offices and a large recreation room with all the amenities.
Ace Industrial Supply is located next to the busy Burbank Airport in the Burbank Commerce Center. Doors opened in February 2004 and the enthusiastic 'Ace family' settled right in. In an instant the company grew to over 100 in-house sales people, 35 administrative employees, 14 warehouse employees and many sales offices nationwide.