In 1965, Gary Mauer was hired as a salesperson for Forney Industries, Inc. based in Fort Collins, Colorado. Gary was engaged in the sales of welders and all of the welding supplies exclusively for Forney Industries, Inc. The territory assigned to Gary was in Northern Iowa. Gary reported to his distributor, Vern Wagler, in Iowa Falls on a weekly basis. Gary received many sales achievement awards in just his very first years with Forney Industries, Inc. In 1967 he was promoted to district sales manager, which moved him to Oskaloosa, Iowa. In 1968 Gary was awarded his own distributorship.
As time passed, Gary recognized the need by his customers in the Agricultural Industry for other products than just those of Forney Industries, Inc. The late 70’s was a time of great innovation in the area of shop tools. High Pressure Sprayers, chemicals, gear pullers, more sophisticated welding rod and wire, nuts and bolts, and other shop tools were in demand by Gary’s customers. In 1978, Gary Mauer ended his exclusive relationship with Forney Industries, Inc., went independent, and became a proprietorship until 1980 when he incorporated into Mauer Supply, Inc.
During that time Mauer Supply, Inc. put brands such as Makita and Bosch on the map in a large scale until they changed their marketing strategy and now sell to discount mass merchants. Another company named KEW Cleaning Systems high pressure sprayers are now a known name in Iowa and its surrounding states, due to Mauer Supply, Inc. Mauer Supply, Inc. stills enjoys tremendous sales with the Nilfisk/Alto KEW Technology products. The Nilfisk/Alto KEW Technology High Pressure Sprayers and Cleaning Products line enabled Mauer Supply, Inc. to develop a larger account base than just the agricultural market. Mauer Supply, Inc. also has its own private label washer today. We have, for years, been enjoying sales from many service industries, the trucking industry, schools, universities, and government municipalities. We are the only welding supply company to be found in Oskaloosa, Iowa currently selling welding gasses.
Mauer Supply, Inc. is interested in expanding its sales force again in areas of Western Illinois; where family farms are still abundant and thrive. We have seen an increase in Sales out of Northern Missouri, and would like to expand in that area as well. We are very excited about the development of our website. Gary Mauer remains active in the day to day operation of Mauer Supply, Inc. He works alongside dedicated long term employees such as his wife Jan, his son Mark, Todd Halverson in accounting, Jim Harvey in the service department, as well as his sales force; whom most have represented Mauer Supply, Inc. while providing service to their customers for decades.