Don J. Locke (1923-2000), founder of Locke Supply Co., began work in the plumbing business in 1946 while attending the University of Oklahoma. He graduated in 1948 after serving 2½ years in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Locke Supply Co. started on a shoestring budget in 1955 when Don and Wanda Locke opened a Wholesale Plumbing Supply outlet in Bartlesville, OK. It was a Mom and Pop operation with no additional employees.
In late 1956 and early 1957 the Locke's moved their company to Oklahoma City, OK. The marketing philosophy of taking the store to the customers began to develop when the second branch opened in 1958. His customers quickly proved they liked this way of doing business and today there are over 200 store locations in 6 states with a 45 acre distribution center to supply them all.
Don's initial vision and zeal have been the driving force behind making Locke Supply Co. the most progressive supply house in the Southwest.
Locke Supply Co. strives to expand our organization and culture beyond its current footprint. We are committed to growing organically, through acquisition, horizontally, and vertically for the foreseeable future.
Locke Supply Co. is committed to our customers and associate owners. We believe that providing exceptional customer service along with many other value-added benefits lays the foundation for long lasting partnerships with our customers. Additionally, we believe that providing a strong culture, work environment, benefits, and growth opportunities create the organizational success our associates crave. At Locke Supply Co., we will do whatever it takes for our customers’ and associates’ success.
Character, Customer Service, Employee Owned
We are a growing Plumbing, Electrical, HVAC, employee owned distributor located in Oklahoma City, OK on a 45 acre complex supplying over 200 store locations in 6 states to better serve you.
The Locke Supply Co. concept of taking the merchandise to the customer's territory with exceptional customer service has allowed Locke Supply Co. to grow in areas never before considered. Locke Supply Co. maintains only the highest standards in quality of merchandise and people.
We partner with the best manufacturers in the industry and want nothing more than to earn the opportunity to partner with you and serve your business needs.
"I love it here. The people are the best ... the environment is like no other. I wake up in the morning wanting to come to work, and I can say I haven't felt like that about any other job."
- Brandan Gaddis
"... it helps me keep in mind that I am an owner of this company, so the better I do my job and the more I help others be efficient, the more money the company is worth and the more money I will make in the long run."
- Jed Lung
"Locke Supply Co. associates treat each other with respect. It is like a big family. Because we are all in it for the long-run, the company proves it is worth it by fighting through hard times and coming out on top."
- Adam Counts
"An ESOP is more than just letters or a stock ownership plan. It means that this is my company as much as it is my coworkers - and that sense of pride of knowing you are doing a good job for your company."
- Alicia Casper
"I like that Values and Character are important. The family feeling environment is important, and not just to me, but as a whole. I also like how upper management is approachable 24/7 and I never have to worry about asking a dumb question."
- Chase Collins
"ESOP is my security blanket that covers me and keeps me warm at night. It consoles me when I am frightened. All jokes aside, it is nice that your employer has your back."
- Bear Martinez