About Us

Salem Distributing Company is a 100% employee-owned international company with a support staff of 50 employee owners in the Winston-Salem, North Carolina corporate headquarters. In addition, sales representatives and support staffs are strategically located throughout the United States and Canada with warehouses maintained in Winston-Salem, NC, Los Angeles, CA and Toronto, Canada. 

We serve four distinct, but complementary industries: Glass, Stone, Precision Electro-Optical, and Ophthalmic. We have found that these different industries share the common theme of producing a specified surface condition. From brilliant beveled mirrors to the critical surface preparation of precision optics, Salem is capable of supplying the materials and technical expertise these processes demand.  This complex relationship of industries, materials, and applications has served to build a vast wealth of product and process knowledge unique to a single company.

Salem continues to set the standard by meeting the industries’ demands for cost–effective, high-quality, innovative machinery and supplies. But that’s just the beginning. Our expertise and service are what our customers have come to value. We evaluate our success on your success.

What Salem Means To Us

S - We Strive for 'Best in Class' Customer Satisfaction
A - We are Accountable to All
L - We Lead with Confidence and Loyalty
E - We are Empowered to Excellence
M - We are Motivated to fulfill our Mission

Salem's Mission

Our mission is to create success by providing quality products and innovation at a fair price with unmatched service.

Salem's Vision

Our vision is to grow shareholder value and build a sustainable company for Salem owners through teamwork and a winning culture.

What ESOP Means To Salem

jenniferw_1.jpg"Employee ownership to me means teamwork, accountability, and personal responsibility. Being part of an employee owned company means I have a real stake in the success or failure of the company. It motivates me to do my best work and look for ways to improve the work I do – efficiently and monetarily. Employee ownership has made me think of my job differently and more positively than I ever have in my past positions."
Submitted by: Jennifer Weitzel

"Employee ownership means that the company works with a more tangible goal than investors or a single family. We are supporting each other towards a better future. What we do in the day to day is shared amongst each other. The success of the company is much more personal and close because we, as a team, are as well."
Submitted by: Ben Ward

 

rustyn_0.jpg"Being an ESOP employee means to me that I’m part of something bigger and better than just being an employee. The biggest thing is that I’m not just a number on the payroll or an expense. It means that my time and voice do matter in what happens to the company in whole. Instead of putting in my 8 hours and go home I can put in my time and make a difference because what I do today will make an impact on my future for retirement. It lets you take a lot more pride in yourself and the company you work for knowing that you do make a difference not just for you but also your fellow employees that will one day retire with you."
Submitted by: Rusty Niles

 

"Taking pride in my work, being a team player, doing what’s best for Salem and watching our company grow to its fullest potential and knowing that when we are ready to retire all our hard work will not be in vain we will have something extra to look forward too."
Submitted by: Amanda Rodriguez

  • 1934
  • Ralph de Siewers opened Siewers Sales Agency in Winston Salem, NC. He was in the furniture business selling cotton batting, burlap, steel wool and sandpaper.

  • through 1972
  • Siewers Sales Agency also represented glass products such as rouge, pumice, and cork and felt wheels. All were related to the furniture industry.

  • 1972
  • Name was changed and business was incorporated as Salem Distributing Company.

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    Entered the ophthalmic industry as a regional supplier of a reusable glass lens polishing pad.

  • 1995
  • Salem moved into a new 50,000 square foot home office and warehouse facility in Winston Salem.

  • 2000
  • The Salem ESOP was launched making all the employees beneficial owners of the company.

  • 2001
  • Entered the stone fabrication industry and began selling the Bovone line of stone edging equipment and offering cost effective, high quality supplies to grind and polish marble and granite.

  • 2002
  • The ESOP purchased 30% of the stock of the company.

  • 2005
  • The ESOP purchased the remaining stock of the company.

  • 2007
  • Salem awarded ESOP Company of the Year Award by the Carolinas Chapter of The ESOP Association.

  • 2012
  • Salem awarded Employee Owned Company of the Year by the Carolinas Chapter of The ESOP Association.

  • 2016
  • Salem awarded Employee Owned Company of the Year by the Carolinas Chapter of The ESOP Association.