Cordova Safety Products Celebrates 25 Years of Success
“Cordova Safety Products is a true American success story,” says Jimmy Garbuzinski, General Manager.
As most success stories begin, Cordova’s started out humbly. It began 25 years ago in the garage of founder Himanshu Varma and his wife, Anita, in Cordova, Tenn., as a glove import business. From there, it quickly grew into a full-range, head-to-toe industrial supplier of personal protective equipment (PPE) winning awards and recognition along the way.
“We started the company with a simple concept,” says Himanshu Varma. “Provide the customer with quality products at very competitive prices and exceptional customer service.”
The concept worked. One year after its founding, Cordova employed nine people, exhibited at its first tradeshow, and experienced a sales growth of 400%.
Within five years, it had expanded into new product lines, added 35 new employees, moved into a larger facility to accommodate the rapid growth, and opened a West Coast facility in Commerce, Calif.
During that time, Varma was a finalist for the Memphis Business Journal’s Executive of the Year among small business owners. From 2008 to 2015, Cordova earned a place on Inc. Magazine’s list of the Fastest Growing Privately Owned Companies in America.
In 2013, the Cordova relocated to a one-million square foot facility in Memphis, Tenn., where it currently employs 90 people.
Due to the company’s success, investors came knocking. In June 2015 Cordova became part of a growing Bunzl Distribution PPE division, which is dedicated to developing strong brands and delivering profitable growth to distributor partners. Using Bunzl’s wide reach and logistics, Cordova has been able to further strengthen relationships with manufacturers worldwide, create efficiencies, and provide outstanding customer service.
“We take great pride in our success,” says Garbuzinski, “and know that our goal has always been to provide solutions that protect workers every day.”
“After 25 years we still strive to deliver our values to all, and they help us achieve success,” Varma adds.
It is this same dedication to the products and services that built the company from the garage-up that will help continue to grow it and serve customers for the next 25 years and beyond.
CORE SAFETY PROTECTION: For 25 years, Cordova Safety Products has expertly provided consumer and industrial Core Safety Protection. We are a head-to-toe personal protective equipment (PPE) supplier with over 4500 products and distribution centers in Memphis & California. We are a part of Bunzl Distribution’s Safety family, a leading supplier in North America.