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Apex Supply Company Records

Identifier: Mss 268

Scope and Contents

Papers consisting of a scrapbook, 1977-1983; a scrapbook, 1949-1999; a photograph album, undated; a notebook on the Apex Follies, 1966; catalogs and advertisements, 1966-1993; photographs, c,1961-2000; and honors and awards including material relating to Apex Supply Co., being chosen as Georgia's 1996 Family Business of the Year by Kennesaw State College and Coles School of Business.


  • Majority of material found within 1949 - 2000

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Apex Supply Company started from scraps in 1912 in Atlanta, Georgia. Joseph Rodbell started a scrap business called Capitol Hide and Medal Co. Joseph’s sons, Clyde and Leonard, evolved this business into Apex Plumbing Specialties Co. in the late 1940s and twenty years later, Leonard’s son Sidney, joined the family trade.

For five decades, the Rodbells maintained an impressive reputation in wholesale plumbing/HVAC distribution channels. By the late 1990s, Apex Supply had 21 locations in Georgia, Tennessee, and South Carolina. Apex also named “Wholesaler of the Year” by Supply House Times in 1984 and 1998.

This led The Home Depot to take notice and in 1999, they acquired Apex Supply marking the retail giant’s first endeavor into wholesale distribution. Throughout the next decade, Apex continued to provide trusted support under The Home Depot and, later, the HD Supply trade names.

On September 12, 2011, Apex joined Hajoca Corporation.


1.2 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Papers consisting of a scrapbook; photograph albums; a notebook on the Apex Follies; catalogs and advertisements; photographs; and honors and awards including material relating to Apex Supply Co., chosen as Georgia's 1996 Family Business.


All material is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Demece Harvey. It was entered into ArchivesSpace, with revisions, by Lindsay Resnick.

Apex Supply Company Records, Mss 268
Demece Harvey
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Repository Details

Part of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum Repository

1440 Spring St. NW
Atlanta Georgia 30309 United States