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KAR makes doing business with us simple and convenient by:

Saving you time by making your ordering experiences quick and easy 

  • Customer service representatives are available Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm, EST and MST time
  • The pickup counter is open Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 5 pm, EST and MST time
  • Faxed orders are welcomed and will be processed without delay
  • Three call centres, with toll free numbers, for customer service and placing orders, 

    Mississauga:        1-800-387-3127
    Montréal:             1-800-363-7862
    Edmonton:           1-866-440-4326

 Saving you money by warehousing inventory and delivering it when you need it

  •  95% of our products are stocked throughout KAR’s three warehouse facilities strategically located across Canada
  • A breadth and depth of inventory of over 30,000 skus ready to be delivered at your convenience
  • Offering a complete supply of metal removal related products to help consolidate orders
  • Orders for in stock items received by 4pm, EST and MST time, will be shipped the same day
  • Orders for pick up will be ready within one hour

 Putting customer relations on a high priority

  • Technical experts available to provide assistance
  • Friendly and helpful customer service representatives
  • Providing high quality, cutting edge tools at competitive prices

 Offering you products of exceptional value 

  • KAR products are sourced from more than 70 major vendors worldwide

 

KAR holds business engagements with reputable suppliers who share it’s belief in providing superior quality products and services

 

History

 

KAR Industrial Inc. has long been recognized as a leading supplier of machine tool accessories, cutting tools and manufacturing related supplies.  KAR has spent many years positioning itself as a master distributor serving distribution throughout Canada and it all began 55 years ago in Montreal, Quebec.

Founded in 1954 by Jacques Karijo, KAR Industrial sought to provide Canada with quality goods imported primarily from Europe and the United States. As the company grew the principle remained constant, provide customers with what they valued most – high quality tools and exceptional services that exceeded customer’s expectations.

After 19 years of cultivating the company he founded, Jacques Karijo passed away in March of 1973.  His wife Magda, always a staunch supporter of her husband, decided to continue his legacy with the help of her brother-in-law, Steven Tau, KAR’s Vice-President.

National expansion was the next step and in 1976, KAR expanded into Ontario, opening a facility in the greater Toronto area.  With success in the East established, KAR then looked to the West and opened its third facility in Edmonton in 2002, allowing delivery times to customers in the West to be shortened dramatically.

2004 brought a year of transition. KAR Industrial celebrated its 50th anniversary while mourning the loss of Ontario Division President, Danny Tau. 

In May of 2004 Ward Meek joined KAR as Chief Operating Office. Ward is a graduate of The University of Western Ontario and has an MBA from The University of Toronto Rotman School of Management and he has over 20 years of experience in industrial distribution and manufacturing.

Ward’s respect for KAR’s history and family legacy teamed with his focus and reputation for delivering what the customer wants has allowed KAR to grow into a significant supplier to the metal working industry.

In 2008, Ward Meek purchased majority ownership of the KAR Group of Companies. Through Ward’s leadership KAR has continued to focus on its core competencies of excellent products, breadth and depth of inventory, great value and exceptional customer service.