Ron Pott, a salesman for a local lumber yard wanted to start a Wholesale Distributing Business, stocking Specialty Building Products. At that time all of the wholesalers had lumber, windows, doors etc... but if you wanted something special, there weren’t any real good sources. So at the age of 39, and a family of 6 children, Ron and his wife Mary set out to make his dream come true. He needed help so he sought out his friend and colleague, Bill Grimm who was living in Cleveland at the time. He sent him a prospectus and asked if he wanted to be partners. Bill agreed and sent him his half of the money needed to start the business. Ron and Mary took out a 2nd mortgage on their home and RW Specialties was born January 1, 1965.
Hence the Name:
RW Specialties = Ronald and William - Specialty Building Products
Ron Pott and Bill Grimm started R/W Specialties in 1965 in a 4500 s/f warehouse on south Jason Street with three product lines and a dream. On June 16, 1965 the Platte River flooded during the big flood of 1965 and completely wiped out the business. Not much product could be salvaged, but something happened that was much more significant. The lumber dealers community banded together to help out Ron and Bill who had lost everything in the big flood. Orders came in from customers that had never done business with us. The customers that were doing business with us doubled, tripled, even quadrupled their orders and bought everything they could from us. This special community saved us from going under. Our business today is a direct result of the kindness of our customers and the Grace of God.
We soon were bursting at the seams in our little warehouse on Jason Street, and within a few years bought a building at 16th and Bryant, a block from the old Mile High Stadium. In 1976, we moved to our Location at 5301 Vasquez Blvd, where we planted roots until 1994 when again we had outgrown our facility. We moved to our present home at 9000 East 96th Ave.
In 1996, Ron and his family bought out his partner and long-time friend, Bill who was ready to retire. Rick (who had been the G/M since 1992) bought in to the company at that point and has been the President/CEO since.
Today, R/W has warehouses in Denver, Grand Junction, Casper, and Salt Lake City for a total of 225,000 s/f. and service over 1400 accounts in 12 states. R/W has 65 product lines, which includes the first three that Ron started with. R/W employs 55 people with an average tenure of 14 years. Our strength is our people and we believe that our success has always been because of them.
We are blessed to be able service this special community who truly saved us, and who throughout the years has supported us in so many ways. The Pott family and the R/W employees will never forget where we came from and all of the people who have helped us get where we are today.