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Jewish Research and Education - Cuba Family Archives, Finding Aids

Dates:  1949 - 2000

Creator:  Clyde A. Rodbell

Summary/Abstract:  Papers consisting of a scrapbook; photograph albums; a notebook on the Apex Follies; catalogs and advertisements; photographs; and honors and awards including material relating to Apex Supply Co., chosen as Georgia's 1996 Family Business.

Quantity/Physical Description: 1.2 linear feet

Language(s):  English

Repository:  The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Restrictions on Access:  There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Restrictions on Use:  Copyright restrictions may apply.  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.  Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation:  Box #, Folder #, Mss 268, Apex Supply Company Records, The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Processed by:  Demece Harvey

Arrangement:  All material is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Biographical/Historical Note:  Apex started from scraps in 1912 in Atlanta, GA.  Joseph Rodbell started a scrap business called Capitol Hide and Medal Co.   Joseph’s sons, Clyde and Leonard, evolved this business into Apex Plumbing Specialties Co. in the late 1940s and twenty years later, Leonard’s son Sidney, joined the family trade. For five decades, the Rodbells maintained an impressive reputation in wholesale plumbing/HVAC distribution channels. By the late 1990s, Apex Supply had 21 locations in Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina.   Apex also named “Wholesaler of the Year” by Supply House Times in 1984 and 1998. This led The Home Depot to take notice and in 1999, they acquired Apex Supply marking the retail giant’s first endeavor into wholesale distribution. Throughout the next decade, Apex continued to provide trusted support under The Home Depot and, later, the HD Supply trade names. On September 12, 2011, Apex joined Hajoca Corporation and elevated our game when we returned to our roots. Apex legacy and name continue to mean the pinnacle of service.

Scope and Content:  Papers consisting of a scrapbook, 1977-1983; a scrapbook, 1949-1999; a photograph album, undated; a notebook on the Apex Follies, 1966; catalogs and advertisements, 1966-1993; photographs, c,1961-2000; and honors and awards including material relating to Apex Supply Co., being chosen as Georgia's 1996 Family Business of the Year by Kennesaw State College and Coles School of Business.

Collection Inventory

Box File Description Date
1 1 Apex Supply Company, Inc.
2 Application for Georgia Family Business of the Year Award 1995
3 Application for Georgia Family Business of the Year Award 1996
4 Correspondence 1983 – 1999
5 Georgia’s Family Business of the Year Awards 1995 – 1996
6 Kennesaw State College 1995
7 Magazine Articles 1975 – 2000
8 Newspaper Articles 1977 – 2000
9 Presidents Associate Award
10 Scrapbook 1966
11 Scrapbook 1977 – 1983
12 Supply House Times 1966
2 Photographs varies
3 Atlanta Building News 1993
Heating and Plumbing Merchandiser 1977 - 1981
Scrapbook 1949 - 1984
The Wholesaler 1983


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