CENTURA – A Canadian Success Story
Centura was founded as Central Supply Company in 1933 by Julian Selling. The first location was a garage on Hopewell Avenue in Toronto (Dufferin and Eglinton area).
Central Supply Company started off as a building supply wholesaler. The Company sold blocks, cement, brick, arborite and some ceramic products to the construction industry.
Donald Cowie joined Mr. Selling in 1947. Alex Cowie joined a year later. They began a partnership while increasing the product offering to include more ceramic tile products. The three built Central Supply Company into a reputable distribution company.
In 1959 Mr. Selling retired from the business leaving Don and Alex to expand the distribution company.
In the Sixties, Central Supply continued to grow with the addition of three new locations – Montreal, Quebec City and Ottawa.
Don Cowie formed a strategic alliance with Angelo and Lou Castellani of Hamilton and Doug DelNet of London. The idea of the partnership was to expand the businesses in the province of Ontario.
In the late 60’s, Alex Cowie retired.
Don Cowie moved ahead with his expansion plans.
In the early 80’s, Central Supply Company continued to expand by opening locations in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.
In the mid 80’s, Central Supply Company formed yet another strategic partnership with Gino and Peter Maddalena in the Maritimes. Three locations were added – Halifax, Moncton and St. Johns.
The late 80’s brought a new marketing strategy, and the name of the company was formally changed from Central Supply Company to Centura. Many products are now sold under this brand name. The name “Centura” is synonymous with quality and service.
The product ranges changed and were expanded upon. Resilient flooring, sheet vinyl, carpet and accessory products were added.
Centura has continued to grow into what is now one of North America’s most formidable floor covering distribution companies.
Centura imports products from major manufacturers located from all around the world – Italy, Spain, Turkey, Asia, South America and the USA.
We are proud to be aligned with major Canadian manufacturers such as Amtico, Tarkett, Schluter, Venture Carpets, Bell Carpets and Vallefoam.
Many of our products are Canadian made.
Centura looks for the best and most innovative products to protect our environment. We offer a wide range of items that meet today’s Leed requirements. We continually expand our product line in this sector. We take the environment seriously.
Centura has 14 locations strategically located across Canada. These locations have full showroom and warehousing facilities. We are equipped to give our customers the optimum in service.
Centura employs over 500 people from coast to coast.
The Company is very involved in the promotion and sales of flooring and installation products to architects, designers, contractors, floor covering dealers and home centres.
We have expanded our product offering to include all floor covering products – ceramic tile, porcelain, mosaics, stone, vinyl, rubber, carpet, laminate and wood.
Centura has the most complete range of accessory products to compliment any installation – base, treads, mortar, grout, engineered cements, adhesives, trim systems and tools.
Centura looks forward to meeting your floor covering requirements.