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Fleming Sales was founded in 1945 as a manufacturer’s representative company specializing in tools, marine products and sporting goods by Edgar Fleming. Mr. Fleming was raised in Merrill, Michigan and attended school up until 6th grade when it was decided that his help on the family farm was needed. Mr. Fleming shortly thereafter joined the Army as the United States entered World War 1. After the war ended, Mr. Fleming returned back to Michigan and participated in the booming auto industry of the roaring 1920s.
Mr. Fleming became involved in the buying and sales industry and soon was promoted to a Sales Manager of a national hardware manufacturer. With a lot of hard work and dedication, Mr. Fleming met with representatives of the Ford Motor Company and soon there-after, landed a contract with them selling them hand tools.
In 1945 Mr. Fleming decided, that It was time to start his own company and relocate to Chicago, Illinois. As soon World War 2 had ended, the business he had started began to grow rapidly. One of his three daughters had married a WW 2 Veteran, Jack Grady. Mr. Fleming asked Jack to join Fleming Sales in 1947. In the late 1950’s his son, Edgar “Doc” Fleming joined the company along with a second son-in- law, Thor Lowe. All three played an intricate part in the building of the family business in Chicago.
Jack began his 55 year career with Fleming Sales, first selling nuts and bolts from the downtown Chicago based warehouse to hardware stores and to a few RV manufacturers. As soon as the RV industry started to grow in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, the RV portion of their business grew just as fast. Jack was some- what of a visionary and soon opened plants from Brazil to Manitoba to supply the growing RV industry ranges, refrigerators and water heaters. Jack mentored scores of very successful people in the industry and was a man of deep faith and principles. Jack once drove 100 miles to help fix a residential water heater for a customer on Christmas Eve.
As the industry continued to thrive, Jack hired three of his sons, Mark, Jeff, and Robert (Bob) Grady in the late 1960s and early 1970’s to help build and sustain the business. As the RV industry grew, Fleming Sales expanded and began building their secondary warehouse facility in 1972 located in Elkhart, Indiana. In which we still occupy today. Recently, the fourth generation of family has joined Fleming Sales. Christopher Grady, (Chris) who recently retired after 24 years in Law Enforcement is Marks son. He will continue to learn and help guide the business in the future….
Fleming Sales Company, Inc. has stood for supplying quality products and services for 72 years and we look forward to the future with our customers old and new, based on integrity, goodwill and innovation.