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Partner Profile: TREDS

We continue to shine our spotlight at our vendor partners, large and small. For A.H. Harris, one of our greatest accomplishments as a company is the strong relationships we have built with our vendors over the years. Within our over 50 locations, our branches and teams have established connections with various companies that add value to our customers and create business opportunities for our organizations. We want our construction community to learn more about our vendors and give them an opportunity to share their story. That's why we are running our "Partner Profile" Blog Series.

Today we are excited to have Katherine from Treds tell their story!

"TREDS is a family owned and operated business started by my dad, Robert Weber, in 1992. The founder, Rob Weber, saw a need: There were no overboots on the market that were tear resistant and offered a comfortable, easy on/off fit. Import brands were heavy and could easily tear out when punctured. He wanted to “reinvent” the old fashion rubber galosh into a superior performance product made to outlast other brands 6-8 times.

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Dad started the business in a garage (see picture). Rob would go out all week to visit and sell boots to farm supply stores, and then would come back and make more with the money from the boots he sold. We, as kids (there were 5 of us at the time, now 10 children total) would help out on the weekends to snap, pack and ship the boots.

In 2003, there was a concrete contractor who saw a pair of our boots and told Rob that they would be perfect to use in concrete pouring. So TREDS pushed into the concrete industry! In 2007, Rob called Saul Mazur with A.H Harris. He called multiple times and finally got a hold of him. Rob sent all 27 branches (at the time) samples, and called on the stores until a few of them decided to order. Saul gave us a PO, and that started the relationship.

A year or so later, Rob met Saul at the World of Concrete and said, “ I don’t think we have ever worked so hard for a customer’s business and we are pleased to be partners with you”… Saul laughed and shook his hand. My dad is NOT a salesman, so I’m sure he meant it!

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We are happy to see TREDS become a staple in contractor supply stores across the US, and be known as “the boot that doesn’t tear out”. Our main goal is to provide a quality option for hardworking men and women, and look forward to a continuously growing relationship with A. H Harris to be able to do that!"

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Find more "Partner Profiles" on our blog and let us know if your organization is interested in a guest blog post. We can only be successful if we help our vendors and customers being successful. Thanks again to Katherine for the article.

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