About Gardner Inc
Gardner, one of the largest family owned Parts Distributors for the Lawn and Garden industry, is growing to better serve our current customers while continuing to develop new opportunities in new territories.
Gardner currently has distribution centers in Columbus, Ohio; Franklin, Massachusetts; and Jacksonville, Florida. With the addition of our newest 200,000 square foot warehouse and distribution center to our existing 300,000 square feet nationwide, Gardner can efficiently serve all 50 U.S. States.
Our foundation rests on the strength of all our services including: Sales & Marketing, Customer Service, EDI & Data Processing, Physical Distribution and Education.
We measure our success with high fill rates and on-time deliveries. Our goal is to always provide your business with a quality of service that is both quick and complete and at the lowest possible cost.
Our new up-to-the-minute distribution facility, located in Columbus, Ohio is strategically located next to major interstate highways to facilitate our shipping and receiving needs. The facility utilizes a wide variety of material handling equipment including man-a-board pickers and rider pallet trucks to efficiently manage multiple truckloads of product on a daily basis.
Orders, whether received by phone, fax or electronically, are processed through our state-of-the-art EDI & Data Processing software which quickly converts the information into real time orders. They are then launched using RF technology, allowing them to be closely tracked throughout the entire distribution facility. Orders that are picked directly into a box ("pick-to-shipper") for shipping are routed directly to the manifesting lane and audited for quality assurance. Utilizing an advanced computerized random location system with simultaneous picking from multiple zones, travel time is minimized and speed and productivity is increased. Using multiple packing lanes for optimum efficiency, orders are individually checked for accuracy before they are packed and sent to manifesting and shipping.
This specialized system allows over 5 million line items to be processed annually. Our state-of-the-art shipping system automatically routes over 15,000 parcels per day and prints a UCC128 conformance shipping label with the applicable carrier's bar code to complete the distribution process.
John F. Finn is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Gardner, Inc., a supply chain management company. He has served in this position since 1974.
Mr. Finn was a lead director at Cardinal Health for 21 years and is now retired from the Cardinal Health board. He is a trustee on the board of JP Morgan Mutual Funds and a director of Greif, Inc. He also serves on the board of The Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA). In the past, Mr. Finn has served on the boards of The Crane Group, Fisher College of Business, The Columbus Academy, Columbus School for Girls, The Johns Company, Saint Ann’s Hospital, Mount Carmel Hospital, St. Charles Preparatory, and I Know I Can – a college access program for inner-city youth.
Mr. Finn received a BA in economics from The Ohio State University and an MBA in finance from Harvard Business School.
Ted Finn is President of the Gardner family of companies which includes, Gardner, Inc, Gardner-Connell, Gardner of Florida, and General Power, and Servantage Dixie Sales US and Canada. He has served in this position since 2008 and represents the third generation of the Finn family to own and operate the Gardner family of companies. Ted serves on the boards of CAPA and OPEESA.
Ted graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in Economics in 1999 and an MBA from Dartmouth College in 2006.
Don Thornton is Vice President and General Manager of Gardner, Inc. headquartered in Columbus, OH. He has served in this position since 1990 and is responsible for territories in the midwest region. His combined focus on Sales & Marketing, Business Development, and Operations has contributed significantly to the company’s growth during his tenure.
Mark Long is Vice President and General Manager of Gardner of Florida, headquartered in Jacksonville, FL. He has served in this position since 2008 and is responsible for the Southeast including FL, GA, AL, TN, SC and NC. Mark worked as Sales Manager at the Columbus, OH location prior to taking on his role with Gardner of Florida. Mark’s continued focus on streamlining operations, development of new business, and addition of new product lines has allowed for continued growth during his tenure.
Mark graduated from the University of Northwestern Ohio in 1980.
Alan Rondina is President of Gardner-Connell, head quartered in Franklin, MA. He has served in this position since 1985. He is responsible for territories in the New England area. Alan came to the company through the acquisition of WJ Connell which was subsequently became Gardner-Connell.
Alan graduated from Newton North in 1968.