Radwell International, Inc.
111 Mount Holly Bypass
Lumberton, NJ 08048
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+44 1782 576800
Meet the President of Radwell International, Inc.
Radwell International, Inc.
President and CEO Brian Radwell is awarded the 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year in Greater Philadelphia!
LUMBERTON, NJ, 6/22/12
– Radwell International, Inc. today announced that President and CEO Brian Radwell was named the 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year in the Greater Philadelphia region. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. The award was presented at a special gala on June 21 at the Terrace Ballroom of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia.
Now in its 26th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries throughout the world.
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the United States by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
In Greater Philadelphia, sponsors include Ballard Spahr LLP; Merrill Corporation; Molewski Financial; Morgan Lewis; Murray, Devine & Company, Inc.; NSM Insurance Group, ParenteBeard LLC; Pepper Hamilton LLP; Philadelphia Business Journal; PNC Bank; Scherzer International; SolomonEdwards; and Sovereign Bank.
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Brian Radwell, President and CEO
explains it like this: "Radwell International,
Inc. sells and repairs industrial electrical and electronic control devices. We
sell and repair timers, counters, photoelectric sensors, circuit breakers, pushbuttons,
PLC's, motors, speed control and any other devices used to make machinery run."
Specifically, Mr. Radwell says that Radwell services automakers, chemical plants,
food processing facilities, municipalities, government agencies, bakeries, power
plants, amusement parks, exporters, plastic molding and extruders, steel plants
and a long list of other business sectors.
is the largest provider of
new and used surplus,
industrial electrical and electronic control equipment
the world. "We buy back new and used controls from plant closings, auctions
and inventory overstock. We certify the parts, and then we ship them
in custom PLCCenter packaging and sell them for half of their original price. We
sell 30% of our products outside the US," said Radwell.
Brian Radwell (left), Jerry Radwell (right)
Brian Radwell grew up in the small town of Medford, New Jersey. As
a freshman and sophomore, Brian enjoyed playing football for his local high school.
In 1982, times got tough and money was tight. Without a sure path to college through
an athletic scholarship, Brian decided against his coach's advice, to quit football
and start working. "At 15 years old I became the shipper at Speck Industrial
Controls. We were a small industrial control distributor employing five people in
Mount Laurel, New Jersey. My father Jerry owned a small percentage of Speck and
trained me on the ways of industrial manufacturing and the importance of electrical
and electronic controls."
Brian continued high school and opted for early-out programs in order to hasten
his opportunity to train and work in the expanding automation industry. Speck was
struggling . Brian decided to remain the shipper and take a second job as a gas
attendant in nearby Marlton. "This enabled me to work until midnight almost
every night while learning how to earn money." Between the ages of 15 and 18,
Brian maintained a full schedule of high school while working two jobs.
Jerry & Darlene Radwell
Jerry Radwell at the Moorestown facility construction site
At 18, Brian was set to graduate high school and begin an uncertain path
to the future when a great opportunity presented itself. Jim Speck, Owner and President
of Speck, decided to close shop. Brian graduated in June of 1986 and joined
his father in taking control of Speck. Brian had begun an accelerated career in
industrial sales and repair. "I worked around the clock handling repairs at
night and new product sales during the day. As a company of four people everyone
had to endure long hours and tremendous stress." Brian's father, Jerry,
did not fare well and suffered a heart attack just a few short months after the
Failure Not An Option
Brian now shouldered the responsibility of running
the company while his father remained incapacitated. His mother, Darlene, began
a long journey filled with many trials. Immediately, Brian recognized that it would
take everything in him to build a company that customers could trust. He focused
on developing a close relationship with his customers. The company would have to
be faster, better and less expensive than any competitor. Brian did not know that
the competition would try to stop him at any cost. First, the largest repair competitor
sued Brian for printing a repair price book and stated it was against their exclusive
copyright. Huge legal fees and the increasing cost of Jerry's medical insurance
was more than the company could afford. "We lived on $25.00 per week pay and
stayed at the office through the nights until the battle was over," Brian recalls.
"Next, the largest US manufacturer of industrial controls attacked us claiming
that we could not say that we could repair their products," Brian further explains.
Again, an expensive legal battle ensued and money was short.
Whatever It Takes
All of these problems were too much for Jerry to bear. He suffered
a heart attack that required emergency bypass surgery. This further complicated
Jerry's presence in supporting Brian for an extended amount of time. At 22 years
old, Brian was prepared to compete with the established larger companies. The lawsuits
and attempts to derail Radwell subsided for a while. Brian had earned the reputation
of a young determined President not afraid to go toe-to-toe with the bigger "industry
giants," and Brian was willing to do whatever it would take to win. "This
made competitor's think twice about bringing false law suits in an attempt to drive
us out of business," Radwell adds.
Brian Radwell with his father
A Company Paralyzed
Brian married his high school sweetheart at 23 and began preparing
for the future. Unfortunately, the world had other plans. Again plagued with illness,
Jerry fell... and fell hard. This time a brain stem stroke paralyzed him 100 percent
and put him in a state known as "locked in." He could only raise his eyes
-- up for "yes" -- down for "no."
Brian was extremely close
to Jerry and endured tremendous sadness and depression in seeing his father suffer.
Brian was determined to give Jerry the best support he could and the highest quality
of life possible. Fortunately, the company had insurance that would allow Jerry
24-hour home nursing care. Without it, Jerry would have had to be placed in a nursing
home. The company pulled together as a team and did not miss a beat.
Jerry was in
his very early fifties when Brian would not allow him to be placed in a nursing
home. "This is when the largest battle began," Radwell exclaims. "We
were employing 15 people, and the insurance carrier raised our rates from $2,000
per year for an average employee to $60,000 per employee per year!" This was
on top of the fact that his father, Jerry still needed the insurance. It was costing
Speck nearly $1 million per year. The insurance that was available to replace the
current policy did not offer home nursing care.
End Of An Era
Next, the insurance
company sent a letter stating that the policy Jerry had was to be cancelled, and
he had to switch to the new one or find another company. This left no option other
than to take action against one of the largest insurance companies in the world,
beginning the longest battle in Brian's career. "The whole company was
working as a team to help to fight this battle. Years later we won against the insurance
company, and my father never spent one day in a nursing home," Radwell states
beaming with extreme pride.
Jerry Radwell died in 2002 on New Year's Eve at home
in Medford, New Jersey.
Radwell donates back to the community and the world.
Hundreds of checks of support
cover the walls.
Radwell International, Inc. Today
In 2005, Speck Industrial Controls became Radwell
International, Inc. and moved into a new 70,000 square foot facility with a 15,000
square foot state-of-the-art repair center in Lumberton, New Jersey. Radwell's
new facility also contains 35,000 square feet of inventory space including the massive
two-story "Area 51" stock system. In 2008, Radwell's net sales reached
$37 million. In May of 2009, Radwell added more warehouse space making the Lumberton
headquarters 110,000 square feet.
In 2011, Radwell International reached a major milestone. The company has expanded into the European markets by establishing a repair and distribution center in the United Kingdom. The intent was to bring the Radwell-PLCCenter.com brand to the overseas marketplace.
Radwell also continues to add sales and service personnel in the US. This growth expands Radwell’s national and global presence as one of the largest industrial repair and distribution facilities in the world.
In 2012, Radwell International achieved yet another major milestone. The company expanded into the Canadian market by acquiring Enterprise Automation, a Canadian repair operation, in July 2012. Enterprise was transformed into Radwell International Canada and has been servicing the Canadian market ever since. As of January 1 2013, Radwell International Canada is operating out of a brand new repair and distribution facility located in the Greater Toronto Area. This facility was designed with customer service in mind. Radwell International Canada will perform repairs in house and provide our customers with access to the vast inventory network our US and UK customers enjoy. Radwell International is expanding at an incredible rate and our Canadian facility and team is just the latest step in the long and prosperous journey ahead.
In addition to its commitment to continue to grow its business here and abroad,
Radwell sees itself as an important part of the local and global community through
its ongoing efforts to "give back." As Brian Radwell explains, "I
feel it is the responsibility of every successful business to support the community
and to help others." Radwell upholds that responsibility every single
day. In the past few years alone Radwell has donated over $250,000 to numerous
local and national causes and community efforts. If Radwell can help in any
way, it usually does -- from requests to support employee-initiated efforts such
as various charitable bike-a-thons, walk-a-thons, and sports team sponsorships,
to the many research and educational foundations, to providing financial assistance
to the various disaster relief efforts. Recently the company matched employee
initiated donations for Haitian disaster relief more than five-fold which resulted
in a total company donation of $50,000 to the American
Radwell maintains an intense commitment to its people as well and understands
the role that the collective efforts and talents that its staff plays in its success.
In the recent economic downturn that has plagued the world, Radwell is proud of
the fact that not only did it not lay any staff members off due to the slowdown,
but it continued to hire
Today, Radwell employs over 500 people and has customers all over the world. Radwell's customer base continues to expand. Radwell is determined to create the best industrial repair, distribution and surplus automation company in the world.
Contact Brian Radwell via email at
Radwell International, Inc. Lumberton, NJ Headquarters
Radwell International UK Headquarters, Staffordshire
Radwell International, Canada, Stoney Creek, Ontario
Why Radwell Is Different Than Most Companies...
donate over 400 toys for local charities.
Radwell Team always looks awesome in their
company sponsored Rad-Wear
Green, Blue, Red
, even Purple
Radwell Family Members participate
athletically, Team Radwell
Radwell's Big Heart Program
rallies everyone together to support the community and
world. Here we donate
$50,000 to the American Red Cross
for Haiti relief.
100's of Radwell's children enjoy a fun filled day
during Radwell's Annual Bring
Child To Work Day
complete with a
One of many Holiday Spirit Contests
cash prizes; get dressed up and get ready for
Is it your Birthday? Let's all have cake and
celebrate together at the Radwell Monthly
Company Sponsored Outings;
how about we all
get our families together and go to
the old ball
park? Go Phillies!!!
Is it break time? Let's get competitive in the completely FREE
. Nascar, Boxing, or Skeet Ball anyone?
Together we Celebrate Company Milestones
(30 years down many more to go).
Radwell's Trivia Question Of The Day
, you need to be fast if you want a chance at
The Holiday season is always off to a bang with the
Radwell Formal Holiday Gala
. Yes, prizes for all!!
Need a break, meet the newbies, Radwell Social Five
is the time to get up and dance
in the aisles.
Radwell's Want To Be Famous Program.
Get your name on the wall with a catch phrase
or funny quote right next to Richard Pryor
or Chevy Chase.
Are we good or what? Radwell's Customer Satisfaction team receives Compliments From
All Around The World Daily
. The best ones are deemed Radwell Wall Worthy.
The Radwell Blood Drive;
Every six months the America Red Cross donor bus visits Radwell. Our Goal is
40 pints and during our last drive we achieved over 50 pints!
donated over $5,000
to the construction of Dominic's House.
(Dominic Stratton left, Congressman Jon Runyan right)
The JDRF South Jersey Chapter is Proud to Announce the
2011 Dream Gala Honoree Brian Radwell of Radwell International, Inc.
Click here to donate.
We supplied almost 100 backpacks
full of school supplies for kids in need for the Drenk Foundation.
Radwell employees donated many needed food items
for the 3rd Annual Drenk Foundation Food Drive.
Radwell International was recognized as one of the fastest growing companies
in 2011 by South Jersey Biz Magazine.
Radwell UK donated over £400 to the Cheethams Children's Centre.