From our humble beginnings as a dedicated mother/son team selling work boots & gloves out of the back of a service truck in South Florida, we have grown into a respected,
international safety equipment & supply distributor with hundreds of team members in 13 nationwide sales & distribution centers dedicated to your safety.
Our growth can be directly attributed to delivering consistent value-added services, quality safety products & solutions to help employees remain safe on the job.
Now more than 35 years later, we are as dedicated as we've ever been to those who demand performance, reliability & safety!
Moments In Ritz'tory
Founded in 1983 by Peter Merkl and his mom -- Emily Ritz out of their two-car garage in Pompano Beach, FL.
In 1995, we oppened a 2nd location in Jacksonville, FL -- 24,00 square foot distribution and showroom.
In 2006, we completed our acquisition of Safety Supply Warehouse that had locations in Ft. Myers & Tampa Bay.
In 2008, we completed our acquisition of Safety Corp. out of Indianapolis.
In 2011, we opened a West Coast distribution center in Las Vegas.
In 2014, we opened a distribution center in Houston.
2015 saw the launch of our first safety superstore in Pompano & the acquisition of Mobile AL-based Safety Source.
2016 saw another series of acquisitions:
Public Works Supply in Portland
Skate Rock Safety in Cleveland
Lone Star Safety with locations in Dallas, San Antonio & Oklahoma City
At Ritz Safety, we strive to build a culture around eight Core Values that are alive and active within our company and help define who we are:
We take care of the customer
We respect each other
We support each other
We exhibit a sense of urgency in how we conduct our business
We are honest and ethical in what we do
We encourage new and innovatice ideas from everyone
We are always learning to make ourselves better
We are held accountable for our actions
Value Added Services
From comfortable and stylish safety wear to efficient and easy to use items; safety equipment has experienced an array of changes throughout the years. Our value added services
present monetary value, convenience and expertise in the safety field.