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About CR

Bob Creswell    About Creswell Richardson Cave Richardson

Our CEO and founder, Bob Creswell, was a regional manager for a bearing company in the 1970s, when he decided to start his own company, Creswell Industrial Supply. The company sold bearings and power transmission products, which included roller chains, V-belts, reducers, and electric motors. Around that same time, Richardson Electric was founded, offering electrical supplies, control automation, engineering, switches and parts.

The two companies were a natural fit, and in 2009, Creswell and Richardson announced they were merging to become the premier supplier for power transmission, electrical automation/panel building, and mechanical and electrical engineered solutions.

Creswell Richardson is a leading distributor of bearings, power transmission products, electrical components, automation control devices, packaging equipment and mechanical and electrical engineered solutions. We are committed to having quality products on the shelves and providing you with 24/7 service. As an integrated supplier we can help you manage your maintenance, repair and operating supplies while saving you money.

Our Tech Craft Automation division offers custom solutions by designing, fabricating, and integrating custom control systems. Our custom control system design and integration group handles everything from system startup to programming and training.

Creswell ETO Systems provide engineered to order solutions including capital project RFQs and operational productivity assessment.

We are proud to be a member of IDC-USA, a nationally owned cooperative of independent distributors with more than 280 locations across the United States carrying more than $1 billion in inventory.

The company was recently awarded the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award for 2017. This is a remarkable honor that reflects Creswell Richardson's commitment to the Chattanooga community.

Creswell Richardson can offer you the benefits of a large, national company while still offering the same hometown service of a small business owner. Bob Creswell credits the company’s success with loyal employees who take pride in servicing their customers as if they were family.

Small Business Award Winning Table

From left to right, Greg Creswell, Bob Creswell and Rob Creswell after winning the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award on 03/29/2017.