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Celebrating
100 Years in
Canada!

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TORONTO, ONTARIO - April 11th, 2006 - Crane Supply, a Crane Co. Company, today announced the launch of its 100th anniversary celebrations. Founded in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in 1906, Crane Supply will turn 100 years old this year.

Throughout its initial 70 years, the Crane name in Canada grew to include numerous plants and potteries, manufacturing everything mechanical, from boilers and radiators, to valves and pumps. By the mid-1960s, the distribution arm had grown to 16 Canadian branches, and lead to a re-organization of subsidiary companies. In 1964 Crane Supply emerged as its own operating division, focusing on the needs of mechanical customers, including refineries, pulp mills, nuclear stations, mines, railroads, even military vessels.

Over the years, Crane Supply has embraced a culture of continuous improvement, perfecting internal processes that impact customer service. Building on its ISO 9001: 2000 accreditation, the company has earned a reputation among mechanical contractors for exceptional fill rates, on-time delivery, knowledgeable staff and business integrity.

As the power of new technology materialized, Crane Supply re-invented its commitment to quality and customers. The company entered the 21st Century as one of the first national industrial distributors to offer a comprehensive E-Commerce site and later added Integrated Supply Solutions to its list of services.

Today Crane Supply has grown to include 31 branches across Canada situated in every major location, and employs over 400 people. The company is a leading national wholesale distributor of pipe, valves, fittings and accessories to professionals who design, install and maintain fluid handling systems. Key market segments include Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO) and Industrial and Commercial Mechanical Contractors.

The company has planned a number of regional events across Canada throughout 2006 to commemorate this milestone with customers, suppliers and employees.

Crane Co. is a diversified manufacturer of engineered industrial products. Crane Co. is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: CR).

   
 
1906
First-ever branch opens in Winnipeg   The history of Crane Canada begins with a modest plumbing and heating wholesale business in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in 1906.  
1908
Second branch opens in Vancouver   With the rapid development taking place in Western Canada, the prosperous business opened another location just two years later in Vancouver, British Columbia.  
1920's
Head office established in Montreal   In 1921, Crane established a head office in Montreal, from which its business was directed for the next forty years.  
16 branches open across Canada   During the 1920's, Crane Supply established itself as a national business, opening sixteen additional branches, spanning from Newfoundland and Nova Scotia to British Columbia.  
Strategic acquisitions   The Crane name in Canada grew to include numerous plants and potteries, manufacturing everything mechanical, from boilers and radiators, to valves and pumps.  
1964
Crane's subsidiaries are re-organized into operating divisions   In a realignment of the organization, the majority of the subsidiary companies became operating divisions, with head offices transferred to Montreal. Crane emerged as its own operating division, focusing on the needs of mechanical customers, including refineries, pulp mills, nuclear stations, mines, railroads, even military vessels.  

1997
The company earns ISO 9001: 2000 accreditation   In 1997, Crane Supply reinforced its commitment to customers through ISO 9001:2000 certification. Recognized internationally, the accreditation is synonymous with quality management, motivated by customer needs and business integrity.  

1998
Crane Supply embraces Six Sigma management principles   In 1998, Crane demonstrated its commitment to breakthrough improvements, adopting Six Sigma methods: a process improvement program for achieving virtually error-free service and delivery.  
The company introduces the Business Solutions Division   In an effort to create more value for its customers, Crane entered the Materials, repairs and Operations (MRO) market in 1998. The Business Solutions group offered expertise in supply and inventory management to help customers improve their own capacity for growth.

 

2000
Crane Supply becomes the first industrial distributor to offer E-Commerce   Crane Supply entered the millennium as a pioneer in e-commerce among industrial distributors. With the Internet transforming all aspects of business, the company introduced "Crane Supply Online", becoming faster, better, and easier to do business with.  

2003
Crane Supply integrates LEAN into its quality management system   As a complement to Six Sigma, the company added lean tools to its quality management processes. Lean methods translate into faster product flow, reduced response times and the ability to immediately adapt to customer and market demands.  



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