About Us

The Bostwick-Braun Company is a wholesale hardware distributor, one of the largest and oldest in the Midwest. For over 160 years, we’ve been assisting stores with not only their supply needs, but also with business services, guidance and advice to ensure their own longevity.

That’s who we are, but it’s not what we’re about.

We’re about building relationships with our customers, and in many instances, being able to call them “friends”. We’re about providing the best possible service to them that we can. We’re about doing whatever we can to make sure that you are successful as an independent business owner.

Bostwick-Braun, in its original form, was founded in 1855. For several generations now, it has evolved and prospered because of the hard work, dedication and integrity of the people who make up the company. From the top down, every person at Bostwick-Braun has a stake in its success, and each individual is empowered to react to customers’ needs. This level of personal service has been the foundation for a company that continues to grow and excel in this industry.

Over the past several years, The Bostwick-Braun Company has acquired a handful of other distributors and specialty industrial companies. All of these new “family members” were chosen with due diligence, sought out because they shared the same values and principles as the original company. They were brought under the Bostwick-Braun “umbrella” because they were determined to broaden the selection and capabilities that we were able to offer our customers.

All of this – everything that we’re about – is because it’s the best way to help you grow. Our success depends on your success, and we’re always willing to do whatever we are able to in order to help you cultivate your business. We are here for you, and we thank you for allowing us to be a part of your team.


The Wholesale Hardware Division of The Bostwick-Braun Company is a proven leader in customer service and program implementation for any size retail business. While we offer over 45,000 in-stock SKUs and thousands of other vendor offerings through our drop ship program, one size does not fit all! We are experts at customizing a program that fits your specific needs.

Any wholesaler can sell you nuts and bolts. But when you work with Bostwick-Braun, you deal with the owners every day. You see, we don’t just work here…we own it. We are one of the few companies that are truly 100% employee-owned. Thus, we understand and relate to your challenges as an independent business owner.

In addition to all of this, you also get the experience that only a company with 160-plus years of history can bring. We also offer a variety of Retail Services and Buying Programs that are devised to maximize your profits and increase efficiencies for your store. We’re always striving for ways to help you.

Bostwick-Braun: Large enough to serve. Small enough to care.