Hello, Hisco! The evolution of "fast, friendly service."

Founded in the 1940s as Houston Industrial Supply Company, Hisco changed ownership several times early on. In 1970, a man named Paul Merriman took a chance, spent a dollar on the failing company (he really bought the company for $1!), and moved his family to Houston, Texas, to have a go at putting it on the road to prosperity. In 1971, Houston Industrial Supply Company was incorporated into the company we know today as Hisco.

From day one, Merriman operated his company based on a “we,” not “me” mantra. He wanted each employee to feel important and to celebrate the company’s successes. With this in mind, Merriman did what few businesses owners before him had done: he gradually gave 100% of the company to his employees, and Hisco became one of the original Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) companies, in which employees are the owners of the company.

Today, Hisco is a specialty distribution company serving the electronic assembly, aerospace and defense, medical, and other industrial markets. We’re marching onward to deliver documented value to customers through quality products, process solutions, and documented cost savings. In addition, we offer specialized warehousing for cold storage and vendor managed inventory services.

Hisco’s international branch network spans 38 stocking locations throughout North America, including subsidiaries HiscoMex in Mexico and HiscoCan in Canada. Precision Converting, Adhesive Materials Group (AMG), and Aero Colors provide value-added custom-converted parts, custom repackaging, and specialty coatings, respectively. And recent acquisitions Shurmed Health and Kimco enable further expand Hisco’s distribution, converting, and repackaging capabilities.

Backed by a strong corporate organization, our branches enjoy the flexibility of local decision-making, which enables them to respond quickly to your needs. Our Lean Solutions Team is constantly working to define and implement ways to help our customers improve processes, and because we are 100% employee-owned, everyone at Hisco has a vested interest in making sure our performance exceeds your expectations.