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Celebrating Women in the Workforce: Industrial Supply Company Commemorates International Women’s Day
March 8th marks International Women’s Day. First observed in 1911, events on this day honor women and their contributions to the countries in which they live. They also highlight the work that must still be done to fully achieve women’s equality around the globe.
As one can imagine, the right to vote was a major focus of early observances of International Women’s Day. But issues of employment—women’s access to it, their contributions to the workforce, and the discriminatory conditions they have faced—have always been rallying points at these events. Women’s achievements in the workplace have been celebrated, and the barriers to their accomplishments have been exposed.
On this International Women’s Day, Industrial Supply is proud to celebrate the many women who have worked to provide our company with a strong foundation, who ensure its long-term success, and who are employed in the many industries we serve. They are an essential part of our company’s history and of our day-to-day operations.
Industrial Supply was founded in 1916 by Rudy Orlob, who led the company until his death in 1963. It was at this point that his widow, Gladys Young Orlob, took over the company. Born in Salt Lake City in 1894, when Utah had not yet been admitted as a state of the Union, Mrs. Orlob saw an incredible amount of change in both her family’s growing supply business, and in the city in which she had been born and raised.
Possessing a comprehensive knowledge of the business her husband had founded, as well as a clear vision of what the company’s future could look like, Mrs. Orlob was well situated to lead Industrial Supply during a critical time of its development. She immediately recognized that the business was quickly outgrowing its space in downtown Salt Lake City, and decided to build a new headquarters at our current location. It was just one of the many bold choices she made that put our company on track to becoming Intermountain West’s largest industrial supplier.
For almost two decades, Mrs. Orlob effectively led the company. After her death in 1980, Industrial Supply was passed on to her and Rudy Orlob’s three daughters, and the company was 100 percent women owned until 2005. Like their mother, her daughters had the courage to ignore ideas of what women could and could not do, especially when working in a male-dominated industry. All three of them invested in the company and worked hard to ensure its success.
The legacy of the Orlob women continues. Mrs. Orlob’s daughter Joyce Evans, who will turn 97 this year, is still Industrial Supply’s majority shareholder. Women currently make up 25 percent of Industrial Supply’s executives, a number that exceeds our industry’s average. One of these executives is Mrs. Orlob’s great-granddaughter and Joyce Evans’s great-niece, Jessica Yurgaitis, who is the company’s Senior Vice President in Marketing and Product Management.
Outside the executive offices, almost one-third of Industrial Supply’s employees are women. These include sales professionals, who have a thorough understanding of supply chains and cutting edge industrial products, and warehouse workers, who accomplish their tasks while managing the daily physical demands of their jobs.
The work of courageous women is an integral component of Industrial Supply’s values and of our long-term success. On this International Women’s Day, we celebrate their work and renew our commitment to cultivating an environment in which our women leaders, employees, and partners can thrive.