W. E. Greer a Western Canadian manufacturer and distributor of cleaning products, equipment and supplies has become Alberta’s longest running commercial cleaning product company, with nearly 100 years of experience. It is family owned and operated by the Greer Family. We provide high quality concentrated cleaning chemicals that are effective, easy to use and made for the Canadian environment in our Edmonton manufacturing plant. W. E. Greer is the official Tennant equipment dealer for Alberta and Saskatchewan. Together with Tennant, we have more than 241 years combined floor care experience.
It is our goal to be the premier choice for cleaning products, equipment, advice, and service. By doing this, we are helping create cleaner, healthier communities. We will accomplish this by offering superior service and innovative products designed with our customers’ and the environment’s needs in mind.
Young At Heart: A Greer History
Our company had humble beginnings in 1923 in the form of a little store across from Market Square in Edmonton. William E. Greer, known as Bill to his friends, started “Bill Greer Hardware.”
At the time, the major method of transportation was still horse and carriage. Saturdays were particularly busy at the store, with farm wagons surrounding the square, and store hours running from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. to accommodate customers that travel from all areas.
In the mid 1930’s, Bill began to notice that the lumber yards were moving into the hardware business, so he started selling cleaning supplies, recognizing that cleaning products provided the opportunity for repeat business. By 1938, the hardware portion of the business was sold, and W.E. Greer Agencies was born. The company moved to 105th Street and 104th Avenue, and began to sell cleaning and maintenance equipment for institutions and industry. In 1946, Bill’s son, James Greer, started working for his father in the warehouse after returning home from the war.
In 1946 W.E. Greer Ltd. joined the National Sanitary Supply Association. The NSSA went on to become the International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA), of which W.E. Greer Ltd. was the first Canadian member.
In 1959, Bill passed away, and Jim, took over as president of the company. With Jim at the helm, Greer began to manufacture their own cleaning chemicals, starting with neutral floor cleaner. By 1970, with manufacturing becoming more of a focal point for the business, our company moved into our current building, complete with a manufacturing plant.
John, Bill Greer’s grandson, is now the owner of the company. The original philosophy, started by Bill Greer, still holds today: great products with great customer service. Our company’s strength lies not only in our exceptional cleaning chemicals, but in the value we add to them with things like training, reporting, and vendor managed ordering.
We are proud members/supporters of the following associations:
Founded in 1923, the ISSA is an international cleaning industry community comprised of janitorial supply manufacturers and distributors. The purpose of the ISSA is to provide the highest quality of industry-specific, relevant information, in order to promote health through cleaning.
Balpex is a not-for-profit collective buying group for independent Canadian distributors. They have been in operation since 1973, and today have 50+ members. Their mission is to create a healthy economic environment for entrepreneurs in the distribution sector, and to foster growth with programs, tools and advice.
The AARFP is a provincial organization dedicated to providing excellence in training and professional development for individuals involved in the operation of recreation facilities.
AEFAA was formed in 1971 with the mission to “work in partnership with Alberta education school jurisdictions in providing teaching and learning environments which promote excellence in education.”