Our Timeline

Follow Baker's progression from a small privately owned company to a publicly traded national supplier of HVAC/R and Foodservice products

our founding


Baker History Our Founding
Baker Bros. was founded in 1945 by Horace and Huey Baker to sell refrigeration and air conditioning equipment with a commitment to excellence.


Baker History Baker Brothers Huey and Horace Baker

Huey and Horace purchased Savannah Refrigeration and established Baker Bros.


Baker History Baker Brothers Huey and Horace Baker

Horace Baker assumes role as President in 1960.


Baker History Paul Stewart President

Paul Stewart was named President. Office established on Roselle Street in Jacksonville, Florida.


Baker History 25th Anniversary Logo

Sales center operations expand before celebrating our 25th Anniversary.

baker bros. goes public


Baker History Baker Bros Goes Public
Baker Bros. is listed as a public company and our first computer mainframe is setup at our Jacksonville office. As our footprint grows to 96 Sales Centers, POS computer systems are installed in all locations.


Baker History Public Offering and new mainframe computers installed

Baker becomes a publicly traded company. Our first computer mainframe is installed in Jacksonville, Florida.


Baker History Paul Stewart Retires and Jack Faulkner becomes President

Our footprint expands to 75 locations in 8 states. Jack Faulkner is named President following the retirement of Paul Stewart.


Baker History Expansion and Manitowoc Ice Foodservice Division

Baker grows substantially to 96 stores and becomes a Manitowoc Ice distributor leading to a brand new Foodservice Division.


Baker History Terry Kelly President and Foodservice Division is Started with Manitowoc Ice Distribution

Terry Kelly is named President and we look forward to our 50th Anniversary.


Baker History 50th Anniversary

Baker Distributing Co. celebrates its 50th Anniversary.

Baker Distributing Company and Watsco


Baker History Baker Dist Co. and Watsco
In 1996, our company name is officially changed to Baker Distributing Company before being acquired by Watsco Inc.. Our Grandaire Private Label HVAC line is introduced along with Bakerdist.com eCommerce as our operations expand into 22 states with 210 Sales Centers and over 1,000 employees.


Baker History Company name changes. Watsco acquisition

Our company name changes to Baker Distributing Company and is acquired by Watsco.


Baker History Carole Poindexter President and Grandaire Private Label

Carole Poindexter is named President as we introduce our private label HVAC equipment under the name of Grandaire.


Baker History Al Lendino President

AL Lendino becomes President as our operations expand.


Baker History eCommerce

Our eCommerce platform Bakerdist.com is launched to provide customers with round-the-clock product, sales and ordering options.


Baker History Steve Rush President / COO

Steve Rush named President/CO0 as we expand to 22 states with 210 stores and over 1,000 employees.


Baker History Mobile App

Our Contractor Assist Mobile App is launched to provide contractors with all the tools they need on the move.


Baker History Matt Roth President. 75th Anniversary

Matt Roth is named President as Baker Distributing Co. gets ready to celebrate its 75th Anniversary.
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Baker History Makdad

Baker welcomes Makdad Supply with six Central Pennsylvania locations. Learn more


Baker History Commercial Specialists

Baker welcomes Commercial Specialists with locations in OH and KY. Learn more

About Baker Distributing Company

Baker Distributing Company is a leading national distributor of Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning equipment parts and supplies. We carry extensive product lines from more than 500 manufacturers and trusted brands including Residential HVAC, Commercial HVAC, Ductless HVAC, Commercial Refrigeration and Foodservice.