Encompass is a proven
in parts logistics.
Encompass is honored to be celebrating our 65th year of operations in 2018. We are proud of our long history in the aftermarket supply chain and the opportunity to serve our valued customers. From our beginnings in 1953 as a parts supply house for television tubes and antennas, we have grown to be an industry leader supporting all segments of the supply chain in multiple product categories representing world-leading manufacturer brands.
We will be commemorating our exciting “Encompass 65” milestone all year with special activities and prizes for our customers. Right now, you can earn a $10 gift card for emailing us a creative photo showing “Encompass” and “65” in a creative way. We’re also giving out gift cards for the oldest customer invoice you have from Encompass. To participate, email your photos to: email@example.com.
Following is an at-a-glance timeline of the Encompass history. For a more in-depth overview, including vintage photos, please click here.
Company formed as Vance Baldwin Electronics in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., distributing primarily TV tubes, antennas and other electronics accessories.
Vance Baldwin lands exclusive consumer electronics distributorships with such brands as RCA. Opens showrooms in South Florida and begins offering same or next day delivery.
Continues expansion to Central Florida, opening a branch in Tampa. Lands other major manufacturer authorizations for out-of-warranty service parts. Vance Baldwin retires and his son, Fred Baldwin, takes over company leadership.
Vance Baldwin’s grandson Robert Coolidge joins company and begins implementing technology solutions to increase warehouse and back office efficiency and integrate with major manufacturers to offer nationwide service.
Website replaces paper catalogs as main parts ordering tool. Vance Baldwin moves Tampa operation to Lawrenceville, GA. Company expands into printer and computer verticals.
Fred Baldwin agrees to sell the company to Encompass Group Affiliates, a publicly-held entity, which also acquires Cyber-Test, a high-tech repair and reverse logistics company based in Central Florida, and Tritronics, a leading parts distributor based in Maryland. The company is split into two divisions: Encompass Parts Distribution and Encompass Service Solutions with headquarters in Lawrenceville, GA.
Encompass Service Solutions moves to Lawrenceville, GA headquarters.
The company goes private and is wholly owned by Sankaty Advisors. The new entity is renamed Encompass Supply Chain Solutions, Inc.
Encompass continues gaining new manufacturer authorizations and expanding into new vertical categories. Robert Coolidge is named President & CEO.
Encompass revamps Lawrenceville distribution center, adding automated conveyor functionality and upgrading the board repair room.
Encompass aligns with Global Smart Business to form Encompass International and provide parts distribution support in Latin America.
Encompass focuses on promoting parts supply chain management solutions, assuming responsibility for parts support for numerous world-leading brands, including Sony, Panasonic, Haier, Philips and more. The company is one of the largest parts distributors in the nation, serving all 50 states and customers outside the country through Encompass International. Opens new Training Center to offer field tech training and complimentary space for industry meetings. Marks 65th anniversary with yearlong events and activities.