We move forward, together.

Who We Are

Sphere 1 is an organization that is owned by its Member-Distributors across the nation. By partnering with great Preferred Suppliers, Sphere 1 has helped sustain a level playing field for its members to compete in today’s economy and bring value and loyalty to their suppliers.

Our Mission

Sphere 1 is a cooperative of tool, fastener, and concrete accessory distributors, working together to achieve competitive and sustainable advantages in our marketplace.

By partnering with preferred suppliers, we provide our members with enhanced vendor programs, superior education and innovative practices. While fostering community among our peers, we are committed to integrity, honesty and respect in all that we do.


Our History

Sphere 1 was created when an industry veteran approached Carol Shackelford about starting a new cooperative. With seven founding members and ten preferred suppliers, Sphere 1 was launched in October 1999.

Charter Members

  • Allied Fastener & Tool
  • B & W Supply
  • Brinker-Brown Fastener & Supply
  • Builders Equipment
  • Carlson Systems
  • Cornerstone Tool & Fastener
  • Hahn Systems
  • Kentec
  • Kwik-Set Fasteners
  • Lynwood Building Materials
  • Northbrook Contractor Supply
  • Numax
  • Puckett Tools & Fasteners
  • Railway Distributing
  • Rainbow Fasteners
  • Triangle Fastener Corporation

Charter Suppliers

  • American Insulated Wire
  • Compass International
  • DeWalt Industrial Tool
  • Ferguson Specialties
  • FlexOvit USA
  • ITW Buildex
  • ITW Ramset
  • Milwaukee Electric Tool
  • Powers Fasteners
  • Trimble Navigation
  • Werner Ladder


Sphere 1 Was Created by 8 Founders


1st Annual Sphere 1 Meeting


Gateway for Growth Launched


Sphere 1 University Created