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COMPANY HISTORY

Founded in 1986, Distribution International is a leading distributor of insulation and related supplies for maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) in North America. Our products are used for thermal, acoustic and firestopping applications in the Commercial, Industrial, Marine, OEM and HVAC markets. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, DI has operations throughout the United States and Canada to deliver superior availability and accessibility and provide exceptional service to our customers worldwide.

1957 - 2016

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    • 1957:
    • Croker & Stallings founded
    • 1961:
    • JT Thorpe Co. founded
    • 1963:
    • Crossroads founded offering only commercial products
    • 1986:
    • Croker & Stallings and three other Gulf distributors merge to form Distribution International
    • 1992:
    • Crossroads and C&I merge
    • 2008:
    • Crossroads C&I acquired by Yellow Point capital
    • 2010:
    • CapStreet acquires Thorpe
    • 2011:
    • DI Acquires Blackhawk - Port Arthur, Texas
    • 2012:
      • DI acquires IDC
      • DI & Thorpe merge
      • Crossroads C&I is acquired by DI
    • 2013:
      • DI acquires Midwest
      • DI acquires GlassCell
      • DI acquires ISI
      • DI acquires Mid Tex
    • 2014:
      • Advent acquires DI
      • DI acquires State Insulation - East Coast
    • 2015:
      • DI acquires IFI
      • DI acquires Selle /PBI
      • DI acquires EJ Bartells
      • DI acquires Pacific - West Coast
    • 2016: 
    • DI acquires 3i Supply, Johnson Insulation, and EO Wood

2017 - Present

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  • 2017:
  • Steve Margolius joins DI as Chief Executive Officer. Margolius re-organizes the Senior Leadership Team, bringing in the following leaders to the DI family:
  • Lance Devin, Chief Operating Officer
  • Darla Lentz, Chief Information Technology Officer
  • Ibis Reynolds, Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Brett Hankey, Senior VP,  U.S. East Division
  • 2018:
  • DI acquires Frost Insulation.
  • 2019:
  • DI acquires Silvercote.
  • 2020:
  • DI launches eCommerce Platform.
    • 2020:
    • DI acquires Total-R. Total-R is now powered by Silvercote, a Distribution International company.
  • 2021:
  • DI acquires RB, LLC., adding to its Marine product offering.