ESTEVAN — TS&M Supply has been a big part of the community for 50 years and has been through a lot of changes.
The business started as Technical Sales & Maintenance in 1970, serving as a repair shop and side business for Bob Larter and Darwin Sawyer. In 1973, the company was purchased by three entrepreneurs: Roy Arndt, Dave Bergum and Ken Dowhanuik. A fourth owner, Dale Fox, came on board in 1976.
In a history submitted to the Mercury, the company said its business philosophy was simple: complete dedication to both product knowledge and customer service. This is still the cornerstone for TS&M Supply's continuing success.
In January 1997, TS&M Supply was sold to a larger chain of stores and sold once again in 1998 to become part of National Oilwell Varco (NOV). In May 2012, CE Franklin was purchased by NOV. This acquisition was another great addition to the TS&M business group, bringing in more locations and several great employees with many years of experience and knowledge, adding to the TS&M footprint.
These additions in local surrounding communities enabled TS&M to better support customers.
In June 2014, NOV completed the spinoff of Distribution Now and TS&M became part of that family. Distribution Now is a successful large multi-national company but through all the years they have recognized the value of the TS&M Supply brand and the company has maintained its local identity.
The TS&M head office is still located in Estevan and the business is still managed by a group of local people. An expansion and renovation of their building was completed in 2015, and a large grand reopening celebration was held for the community.
Perhaps one of the biggest factors in setting TS&M Supply apart from the competition is its firm belief in supporting their community at a local level. They are very proud of the fact that they are now, and have always been, a very active community leader and supporter.
Fortunately, Distribution Now shares this belief and has allowed them to continue what they started so many years ago.
Although it began as a one-store business, TS&M Supply has currently expanded to include locations in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta, Ontario, North Dakota and Texas. Through its evolution from a one-store business in 1973, TS&M Supply remains a solid leader in the industry today.
TS&M Supply distributes a full line of oilfield and industrial products. It provides service, repair and technical assistance for NOV fiberglass, bottom-hole pumps, PC pumps and safety equipment. It also has a full-service shop for pumps, valves, meters and gauges.