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About Us

Smallwood Lock Supply was founded by Grover Smallwood in 1912 when he purchased the inventory of A & E Fix-It Co. of Kansas City, Kansas . The first store was located on the east side of 5th Street between Minnesota and State Avenues. Grover, who was born in 1884, made his way to Kansas City, Kansas from Granite City, Illinois by way of Oklahoma City and St. Louis where he had dabbled in several businesses including a pool hall!

In the early days, Smallwood Electric & Fix-It Co., as the company was first known, provided much more than locksmithing. Virtually every type of non-automotive service and repair was offered. Motor work, appliance repair, sharpening services, welding, and electrical work of all types were combined with locksmithing to form the business base that satisfied the needs of the customers of that era. An interesting bit of trivia involves Grover Smallwood's wiring of the first 26 houses in what was then the new northland suburb of North Kansas City , Missouri . Grover rode his bicycle to the job sites with his tools in a leather bag strapped to his back.

The business continued to grow in the early years, surviving the Great Depression by offering a combination of quality service and fair pricing that produced a great value for the customer. These traits remain the cornerstone of the company's business philosophy to this day. Another source of pride that began in the earliest days of the business has been the tradition of providing service to the entire community regardless of social or ethnic background. People knew that when they called Smallwoods they would be treated fairly. This has resulted in a customer base that has remained loyal throughout the years.

Grover's son, Leonard, entered the business on a full time basis in 1955 after serving in the Korean War. Following Grover's death in 1964, Leonard narrowed the scope of work performed by the business to its two main strengths, locksmithing and electrical work. In the early 70's, growth of the lock business required making that the main business focus. In the mid 70's, the lock business was expanded to include a wholesale distribution and supply branch which you know now as Smallwood Lock Supply.

Leonard's son, Michael, returned to the family business in 1994 after spending 13 years at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City , Missouri , where he managed several departments in the Finance, Sales and Information Technology divisions. Michael has directed his efforts at building Smallwood Lock Supply by, among other things, expanding its customer base and implementing technology.

Looking to the future, the Smallwood family and their employees continue to be committed to building on the traditions of service and total value that have been the cornerstones of the company's success for nearly 100 years.