About our Company

General Industrial is an independently owned full-line distributor of quality production, MRO, and safety supplies.  Our company was established in 1954 by two young men, Charles Sawin and Dean Hoelck, who both graduated from USC on the G.I. Bill after having served in World War II.  Their vision was to service the needs of industrial manufacturers in a rapidly expanding Southern California aerospace marketplace.  That tradition continues today as Chuck’s family remains at the helm of General Industrial. They and their dedicated staff, have grown the services to include a MRO municipal division, a contract division focusing on value-added cost savings, an internet division of power tools and accessories, and a wholesale distribution division which serves the contractor and construction markets.  As service has expanded, our customers and their satisfaction remain the priority at General Industrial.

Recent awards include:

  • (3) Small Business Awards of Excellence

  • Industrial Distribution Association’s Distributor of the Year Award

  • Affiliated Distributor’s Affiliate of the Year in Leadership Award


Our Divisions

  • G.I. Tool Plant Services

  • WISE Industrial Supply

  • ToolsSoldHere.com

  • Pacific Supply Company



Our Customers

The customer base is as wide and varied as the California landscape.  Customers include large publicly-owned aerospace plants and manufacturing conglomerates, municipalities and school districts, the movie industry, myriad other distributors, and small to medium independent manufacturers of medical instruments, recreational vehicles, and beauty supplies.  General Industrial’s warehouses in the San Fernando Valley serves customers in four counties including Los Angeles, Ventura, San Bernardino and Orange.


Our Team of Associates

The team of qualified professionals that make up the heart and soul of General Industrial is its greatest asset.  General Industrial’s personnel includes knowledgeable sales professionals with an average of 16 years each of service in the industry.  They are prepared to offer our customers the most advanced technical solutions and technological services available in our industry.

Our Suppliers

Suppliers meet and exceed the highest standards.  Supplier alliances are built on mutual trust, confidence and communication.  3M, Seco, Milwaukee Electric, Black & Decker, Norton, Precision Dormer, Guhring, Starrett and Stanley-Proto represent the caliber of quality products stocked at General Industrial.



Our Quality Process

Our customers rely on General Industrial to focus on improving their satisfaction through continuous and incremental improvements to processes, including removing unnecessary activities and variations.  We use standard measurements to benchmark our processes and on-time delivery of products.  Continuous improvements is a quality management initiative desirous of eliminating errors with the ultimate aim of reaching zero defects and 100% on-time performance.



General Industrial distributes over 875 manufacturers’ lines of product.  We stock a wide variety of quality cutting tools, abrasive and safety products, precision equipment, hand tools, power tools and a wide range of MRO products and shop supplies.


Special Services  

  • Same day delivery by Company trucks

  • EDI (Electronic Data Interchange)

  • Performance and Value-Added Cost Savings and Reporting

  • Customer specific Value Added Programs

  • SupplyFORCE National Contracts Program

  • Cribmaster Vending Machine Solutions

  • Complete Tool Crib Management through GI Tool Plant Services

Mission Statement

We consistently provide quality products and services to our customers.  We treat our customers and co-workers in a professional and friendly manner. We strive to be a positive influence in the lives of our employees and communities in which we live.

Equal Opportunity Employment

Employees are hired based solely on General Industrial Tool & Supply's personnel requirements and the qualifications of each individual candidate.

We will and do not tolerate nor condone discrimination due to age, national origin, color, religion, gender, or disability.  We will comply with the spirit and letter of all local, state and federal laws pertaining to employment.

Our prices are competitive and we focus on delivering more value than our competitors. Prices in our catalog are subject to change without notice.

Net 30 unless other arrangements are made. Or, use PayPal or credit cards on our websites to purchase products from www.GITool.com and www.ToolsSoldHere.com

We ship on Company trucks within a reasonable radius of our warehouses in the San Fernando Valley, and ship UPS and Fed Ex daily.

General Industrial stands behind our products completely and 100%. We guarantee that our products will conform to stated dimensions and specifications.

  Copyright 2020  • General Industrial Tool & Supply, Inc. • 7649 San Fernando Road • Burbank, CA 91505 • Ph 818-504-9333 • Fax 818-504-9311