ABOUT HARDWARE AGENCIES

HISTORY

Hardware Agencies was established in 1951 by Harry Halberstadt. The business started as a small storefront operation selling hardware and locksmith supplies at Wellington Street and York Street in Toronto, Ontario Canada. At the time, all sales and services were taken care of by both Harry and his wife, Molly.

Halberstadt’s patience and commitment to his customer and their needs gained him recognition as a pioneer in the locksmith distribution industry. With steady growth, Halberstadt was able to move Hardware Agencies to a larger facility in 1956.

During the mid-1950’s, Halberstadt’s son Paul joined the Hardware Agencies. Paul saw further business opportunities with the organization and in 1970, he took the initiative to expand the company’s distribution span by opening a sister company in Montreal called Serrubec. Serrubec’s directive was to service and support the Quebec and Maritime markets, while Hardware Agencies was to remain focused on growth and service within Ontario.

By 1986, Hardware Agencies had grown vastly. The company had to make another facility move. They relocated to their current location: 1220 Dundas Street East in Toronto, Ontario. During this period, Lorne Factor, son-in-law to Paul, joined Hardware Agencies. Lorne thrived in the business, offering innovative and creative ideas. His presence to the company and industry has been well received by all.

In 2012, Hardware Agencies was acquired by Shanahan’s Limited Partnership. Shanahan's is a Western Canadian based supplier of division 8 and division 10 products serving the commercial, institutional, industrial and multi-family residential construction and building industry. In joining the Shanahan’s team, Hardware Agencies still remains committed to the tradition and values that has allowed it to sustain a successful growth plan over the past 63 years. Our knowledgeable team is still able to offer customers everything they need to know about quality brands in access control, security, decorative, automotive, key and padlock products.

In April 2014, Hardware Agencies expanded its Ontario reach by opening up a second branch office. Our main office and warehouse is now located at 6520 Northam Drive in Mississauga, ON while our Toronto branch office/pick-up counter is located at 349 Carlaw Ave, Suite 100, Toronto, ON. With two prime locations, we have been able to accommodate all customers from different areas in more efficient ways.