Industrial Products & Solutions Since 1960

Our History

A progressive approach to industrial supplies

The SB Simpson name has been synonymous with uncompromising quality, integrity, and reliability for more than 60 years. By combining sound family management with a progressive response to the growing industrial supply needs of the Golden Horseshoe area, SB Simpson has grown steadily from modest beginnings to a full-service industrial supply distributor.

1960 is the official founding date, but SB Simpson’s roots date back to  the late 1950’s when Stewart B. Simpson and his wife Maxine commenced sales from the basement of their home in Aldershot, Ontario. Stew Simpson brought a sales background in saws and cutting tools, along with his engaging personality and determined work ethic to his fledgling venture.  With growth on Stew’s radar screen from day one, it was not long after that other industrial and general product lines were brought into the mix and the company began to attract a widening clientele.

Within five years, the business’ growth warranted relocation to larger quarters and became one of the first occupants of Burlington’s Progress Industrial Park. Initially, without even street access, the original 1,200 square-foot building was erected in 1965 and has since been extended several times.

 Expanding our industrial supply services across Ontario & beyond

The company’s reputation for service was further enhanced with the opening of the Mississauga branch in 1977 and the acquisition of the Oakville location in 1986. By the 1990s, new SB Simpson locations were acquired in Oshawa, Stratford, and Owen Sound.

During this growth phase SB Simpson continued to make additional acquisitions in Peterborough, Brampton, and Montreal. The customer base expanded to include valued customers from industrial, commercial, and institutional organizations, all seeking a virtually unlimited selection of quality industrial products including maintenance and production supplies, power transmission products, material handling equipment, along with PPE and other safety supplies.

SB Simpson has grown steadily to become one of Canada’s most respected full-service general line industrial distributors in Southern Ontario. There’s a good reason why: we’ve never lost touch with our roots or our purpose for being in business.  

SB Simpson continues to flourish under the ownership and guidance of the Simpson family, along with a qualified management team that leads a workforce of reliable, responsive, helping humans. Our team is assisted by complex computer monitoring and an integrated ERP system to help deliver our service with speed, urgency and accuracy.  We continue to adapt to emerging trends in the business landscape with a focus on growth. The addition of our distribution centre in the GTA, along with our ecommerce shopping site, has facilitated SB Simpson’s growth as we strive to be the distributor of the future with an unbound geographic reach.