Roy C. Spaetzel and Howard W. Hessenaur founded Spaenaur
in 1936. They began by focusing on supplying upholstering
material, auto body supplies, adhesives, rubber components
and fasteners to the automotive maintenance and trimming
trade market. The pair soon figured out that customers
not only required auto body supplies but were using
a great deal of fasteners. Thus began the early development
of Spaenaur’s concentration in commercial and
Mr. Spaetzel traveled across Canada by train, stopping
at all of the towns and cities securing sales orders.
It didn’t take him long to realize the vastness
of the country would keep him on the road all year round
and he still wouldn’t reach all of Spaenaur’s
customers. Spaenaur needed a new strategy to reach its
customers. As a result Spaenaur developed its first
66 page catalog in 1938, which was distributed to automotive
maintenance customers across Canada. The catalog was
an instant success. It offered customers the flexibility
to source and purchase products whenever desired.
Today, Spaenaur is recognized throughout North America
as a leading distributor for industrial fasteners, hardware
components and tools. Spaenaur operates out of a 115,000 sq. foot warehouse in Kitchener, Ontario and has positioned itself as a master distributor serving Distribution, MRO and Production markets.
One of Spaenaur’s key strengths is its catalog.
Spaenaur’s catalog consists of over 1,700 pages that
contain over 70,000 standard and hard-to-find products
and is regarded as one of the best fastener resource
guides in the industry.
Another of Spaenaur's strengths is its dedication to
processes and customer commitment. Spaenaur is continually
improving its programs and services to ensure that we
meet the needs of our customers.