Premier Electrical and Automation Solutions
Provider for Northern California
Here for your company, day or night
With over 80 years in the industry, we've seen it all, and we understand the frustrations of malfunctioning parts and machinery failure.
Interruptions to production, urgent last-minute needs for cable or conduit, blown fuses in the middle of a critical project, or a quick refresh of motor control to ease your mind are all equally crucial situations in our eyes.
When you need us, we are here for you, no matter the time of day or night. With 175 dedicated employees, six locations, and a fleet of 15 trucks, you have our support 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Push Your Operation to the Next Level
We understand you want and deserve more than just a parts supplier. You want a team you can consult with to find the best solutions and products for your needs. More than a SKU in your database, we operate as an integrated service provider vital to your operations. We find the right parts and recommend integrated solutions to prevent future problems and headaches. At Buckles-Smith, our complete service packages offer you, our customer, overall cost savings as well as time saved.
Buckles-Smith provides integrated electrical and automation solutions by offering high-end customer service and quality products.
Tap into solutions provided by our experienced team.
"Buckles-Smith did an initial (inventory) study and determined what low- and high-volume parts were needed, and how often they were used. Right away we saw an immediate savings in inventory spending, which reduced our exposure. Overall, I'd say they have saved us more than 25% in inventory costs."
Senior Purchasing Manager, Large Instrumentation Manufacturer
History of Buckles-Smith
Serving Northern California for Over 80 Years
Silicon Valley didn't exist in 1939 when Mr. Buckles and Mr. Smith started Buckles and Smith. Two men saw an opportunity to deliver electrical parts to local manufacturing and production plants in San Jose. At the time, the valley was thriving with orchards, farms, and food production. With their single truck, two men supplied parts to farm water supply and food packaging operations. In 1941, Henry J. Kaiser contracted Buckles-Smith to provide the supplies needed to build a cement plant. From that point on, Buckles-Smith continued to grow organically. The electrical distributor acquired Diablo Electric in 1992, State Electric in 1995, Electrical Materials in 2002, Plough Electric in 2013, Royal Wholesale and CED Electric in 2016, and most recently, Allied Electric in 2018. What started with two employees, one truck, and one location evolved into the distributor it is today.
Operating in Northern and Central California, Buckles-Smith remains true to its original vision: providing consolidated, on-time delivery of electrical power, automation, and control products. Today we are one of the largest electrical distributors in the western region and we continue to operate based on our core values. At Buckles-Smith, we call these values "The Four Pillars".
Ranked in Top 100 Electrical Distributors
Buckles-Smith is ranked in the top 100 electrical distributors by revenue by Electrical Wholesaling magazine with locations throughout Northern California and over $20 million in local inventory. We are the oldest and most experienced distributor in Northern California, and we also are the leading independent supplier of local stock.
Comprehensive Solutions to Your Business Needs
- Modification Center
- Vendor Managed Inventory
- Electrical Contractor Solutions
- Installed Base Evaluations
Build Scalable Systems and Reduce Downtime
in Electric Automotive Manufacturing
Downtime is a huge burden for automotive manufacturers, costing anywhere from $60K to $100K per minute. Partnering with Buckles-Smith helps you identify ways to improve efficiencies and maintain maximum uptime with a data-driven approach to electric vehicle operation.
By optimizing your process you gain the ability to scale your electric vehicle operation. We help guide you through auto production best practices and help you manage infrastructure and supply chain design. We can connect your operations to help your staff make better decisions with the correct data.
- Make better business decisions using scalable analytics
- Improve quality and operational equipment effectiveness (OEE)
- Share real-time data across operations
- Slash downtime with machine diagnostics
- Improve speed and reliability
Leading Independent Supplier
Buckles-Smith is an ISO 9001 certified company, which distinguishes us as a company dedicated to meeting customer expectations and commitments, developing a competent and skilled workforce, representing and producing quality products, and ensuring continuous improvement.
Our sales staff excels at providing customers with product application and selection assistance. Our qualified Product Specialists specialize in programmable logic controllers, drives, motion control, automation software, sensors, safety products, industrial control, power quality, motor control centers, power distribution, lighting, and custom assemblies.
Beyond product application help, we provide a variety of services, including:
- Repair and exchange
- Engineering services
- Call out and site support contracts
We service many of our customers through the national account relationships of supplyFORCE. See more about how we can help you as a member of the supplyFORCE National Accounts program.