With a proven history of dependable service, we’re a company that’s proud of where we came from and more importantly, excited about where we’re going.

We serve a critical role in the business supplies and JanSan supply chain:

  • Provide our customers with the inventory, logistics, sales and marketing support they need to meet the demanding requirements of their business customers
  • Implement first-class marketing and distribution techniques to help our manufacturer partners promote and sell their products
  • Deliver expert data, online content and product information that give our customers what they need to operate efficiently and profitably
SPR - proud of where we came from!

Our History

1848
<p>SPR Founded by Brothers Samuel &amp; Jabez Richards in Macon</p>

SPR Founded by Brothers Samuel & Jabez Richards in Macon

1865
<p>Reopen Store in Atlanta After War</p>

Reopen Store in Atlanta After War

1894
<p>Sons Walter, George, Russell take over leadership of Business</p>

Sons Walter, George, Russell take over leadership of Business

1920
<p>Wholesale Paper Division Launched</p>

Wholesale Paper Division Launched

1939
<p>SPR Acquired by the Rhodes Family</p>

SPR Acquired by the Rhodes Family

1975
<p>SPR Acquired by Genuine Parts Company</p>

SPR Acquired by Genuine Parts Company

1998
<p>SPR Acquired Norwestra which became SPR Canada</p>

SPR Acquired Norwestra which became SPR Canada

2008
<p>SPR Acquired O&#39;Henry, PPI &amp; Action Wholesale</p>

SPR Acquired O'Henry, PPI & Action Wholesale

2009
<p>Business Source&reg; Product Line Launched</p>

Business Source® Product Line Launched

2014
<p>SPR acquired Garland C. Norris and Impact Products</p>

SPR acquired Garland C. Norris and Impact Products

2015
<p>SPR Acquired JAL Furniture, Key Assets of Dinesol &amp; Malt Industries</p>

SPR Acquired JAL Furniture, Key Assets of Dinesol & Malt Industries

2016
<p>Acquired Safety Zone Plus Assured and Naturelle Brands from RMC</p>

Acquired Safety Zone Plus Assured and Naturelle Brands from RMC

2019
<p>Atlanta HQ Relocates to Wildwood after fire, Largest Redistribution Center in GPC Companies opens with the inclusion of the Atlanta DC</p>

Atlanta HQ Relocates to Wildwood after fire, Largest Redistribution Center in GPC Companies opens with the inclusion of the Atlanta DC

2019
<p>Southeastern Paper Group acquires Garland C. Norris</p>

Southeastern Paper Group acquires Garland C. Norris

2020
<p>Novexco acquires SPR Canada</p>

Novexco acquires SPR Canada

2020
<p>HIG Capital acquires Impact &amp; Safety Zone</p>

HIG Capital acquires Impact & Safety Zone

2020
<p>Investor Group led by industry professionals acquires S.P. Richards Company</p>

Investor Group led by industry professionals acquires S.P. Richards Company

We serve a critical role in the office products industry supply chain:

  • Providing our resellers with the inventory, logistics, sales and marketing support they need to support their business customers
  • Providing our vendor partners with the marketing and distribution expertise that helps promote and sell their products
  • Providing the industry system providers with the data and online content and product information necessary to equip our mutual customers with tools to operate efficiently and profitably.