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J. Gregory Smith & Son, Inc. was founded in 1905 by Joseph Gregory Smith as a Manufacturer's Representative Firm specializing in the Spray Equipment Industry. His primary Line of Spray Finishing Equipment was Eclipse Systems out of Franklin, NJ. Over the years we brought on more lines, including Graco spray guns and Pumps and many more Manufacturers .

Ronald Gregory Smith, his son, succeeded his father in 1951 after serving in the Air Force as a Control Tower Operator. Ronald added many other lines to the family business and worked long hours to build the business and provide for his family. Ron retired in 1995 after selling the business to his daughter Catherine.

In 1991 Catherine Smith, Ron's daughter entered the family business after 10 years at the Cub Cadet Corporation as Customer Service/Office Manager. Catherine acquired extensive working knowledge of all facets of business at the Cub Cadet Corporation. Catherine was in charge of developing internal processes from scratch for this brand new division. MTD bought out Cub Cadet from International Harvester in 1980. Catherine had to refine Order Processing Systems, Develop systems to co-ordinate Dealers Fliers into National Newspapers, Manage the Customer Service Department, co-ordinate Dealers Sales Trips, as well as flying to the production plants to co-ordinate the shipping of the products into the proper trucks to the various Dealers. It was an education you couldn't duplicate in any college and has proved invaluable running a small business.

Catherine's brother Robert came into the family business after 10 years in the US Air Force as an Avionics Specialists who worked on the Stealth Program. Robert learned a great deal in the mechanical operations of high end controls and mechanics as well as reasoning and developing systems. Catherine and Robert have brought a great blend of mechanical ability and office and Sales experience to the Company.

Catherine and Robert grew up with the Finishing Industry as the family livelihood. Robert helped his father repair Spray Equipment thru-out his high school years and prior to the Air-Force, Catherine helped her dad with his office work from a very young age.

Robert has extensive knowledge in the Operation of Spray Equipment, Service, and Repair and has been factory trained in most brands of equipment. Robert handles Service and Repair, Technical Calls, and Systems Quoting for the Company. He also provides Technical support to the Sales Force.

Catherine has extensive knowledge in Operations, Sales, and Marketing to round out the mix along with our Sales and Office staff. Catherine is in charge of the Operations of the Company, Developing new Sales Opportunities, and Marketing.

J. Gregory Smith & Son informally merged with another distributor that they worked with for over 50 years when our facility flooded 4 years ago. You will receive your invoices from Schweitzer and Crossen, Horsham, PA.  They handle the day to day shipments and billing and service work.

Thank you for considering us for your equipment needs.

* Address: 280 Columbia Rd.
* Valley City, Ohio 44280
* (800) 783-5280 or (330) 483-4600
* c.smith@jgsmith.net