About Us

Our company is driven by a deliberate intention to resolve and respond to our customer's problems. For over 70 years, we have supplied marine, manufacturing and industrial customers with the inventory, expertise and personal service to keep their operations running smoothly.

With our 45,000-square foot warehouse and 18,000-square foot pipe and steel yard, our dedicated staff of product experts, Ballard Industrial is your accessible, reliable resource for a comprehensive range of supplies, services and solutions.

Our sales staff is an experienced team of industry veterans focused on delivering solutions that exceed customer expectations. Flexibility, knowledge and trust are the foundation of the long-term relationships between our dedicated sales reps and loyal customers.

We believe in value over volume. The Ballard team is a dedicated partner who is always ready to help when it counts. Ballard Industrial doesn't just supply essential equipment and products; we supply solutions that create an advantage for our customers and their operations.


Our company, then known as Ballard Hardware, opened its doors to the public on April 5th,1952, when Lyle Hartje and Jim Freyberg, brother in-laws, bought a building on Ballard Avenue, just down the street from our current headquarters location. They put their combined experience in pipe, valves, fittings and fasteners to work in supporting our town's thriving maritime industry.

Ballard Hardware continually expanded over the years. In 1965 a warehouse across the street, was purchased. In 1977, we created our Pipe and Steel Yard after purchasing properties that formerly housed Berg Fuel and ITT Harper. The iconic five-story brick warehouse was purchased in 1990 and extensively remodeled. Today, this highly recognizable building still houses one of the broadest "in stock" inventories of MROP products in the region.

In 2014 the company was re-branded as Ballard Industrial, to better reflect our broader array of new and increasingly technical products and services. In 2021 we launched our comprehensive e-Commerce site that is quickly becoming a tool relied upon by customers around the country to place orders and access product information 24/7. While we continue to evolve, adopting new technologies to better support the many industries we serve, we approach each day grateful to the customers who have brought us to this point. We believe our particular brand of customer service is as vital and relevant today as it was when Lyle and Jim first set-up shop all those years ago.

We welcome customers new and old, and offer a humble "thank you" for your ongoing patronage and support.



Our affiliation with numerous industry organizations keeps us involved and informed with technology advances in wholesale distribution. These affiliations also allow us to share best practices among our peers and with the leadership of various key suppliers.


AD is passionate about bringing growth-oriented independent distributors and best-in-class supplier partners together with the purpose to outperform the market and to stay ahead of the competition. We leverage our unique economies of scale, robust financial systems and people-first approach to help our independent distributor members outperform the competition and our supplier partners protect their brands and diversify their channel strategies.


supplyFORCE offers the most complete MRO (maintenance, repair, and operating) solution in the industry. Ballard Industrial is a member in a network of 200+ distributors supporting each customer plant location with local inventory and best-in-class services at the lowest total cost.

supplyFORCE can support all of your product and service needs under one comprehensive corporate agreement. They understand that your plants have unique requirements. supplyForce's member distributor network delivers local expertise and services tailored to your specific needs.


The Industrial Supply Association is the leading trade association for the maintenance, repair, operations and production (MROP) supply channel. ISA is the premier source of education, networking, information and relationships that drives success for members and their customers in the Industrial MROP marketplace.


Founded in 1976 by 18 industry leaders who sought to create an organization where manufacturers and distributors of construction/industrial products could interface. STAFDA promotes a better understanding of the economic value of the functions performed by distributors of power tools, construction fasteners, and related accessories among customers and suppliers.


The IRSDA was formed to provide Ingersoll Rand and it distributors a forum to work together to improve business capabilities and practices that are of value to end customers. The organization includes a group of distributors that have the financial ability and technical expertise to support Ingersoll Rand end users across the nation. Ingersoll Rand's strong relationship with these companies and the members' strong knowledge of Ingersoll Rand products create the greatest total value package available to the market.


Ballard Industrial is a founding member of the ARO-DAC. The purpose of the Distributor Advisory Council is to discuss policy and procedural matters of mutual interest to ARO and its distributors. The council consists of distributor members selected by the DAC with input and assistance from ARO. Distributor members are leaders of their respective businesses and each member represents all distributors from a geographic segment of the country .


The American Supply Association (ASA) is the industry's national trade association representing distributors and their suppliers serving the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling-Piping (PHCP) and Industrial Pipe-Valve-Fitting (PVF) channel. ASA is an indispensable resource, committed to giving its members the tools and ability to adapt, grow and succeed. ASA serves as the industrys advocate in the legislative and regulatory arena, provides economic analysis, forecasting and data, innovation trends, employee recruitment and development, and peer-to-peer networking.


As part of vibrant and dynamic community that has contributed to our success, our company is committed to supporting organizations that offer meaningful community support in return. These are just a few of the organizations we are so proud to support. The loyalty of our customers and suppliers allows us to help these organizations and numerous others. Thank you!


Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.


The Foundation For His Ministry is meeting basic spiritual, physical, and educational needs of those in Mexico and beyond. FFHM has served the poorest of the poor in Mexico for over 45 years by providing homes for needy children and other outreach services. FFHM is an interdenominational organization with a volunteer missionary staff of over 150.


Workshops for Warriors (WFW), is a state-licensed, board governed, fully audited, 501 (c) (3) non-profit school founded in 2008. The mission of Workshops for Warriors is to provide quality training, accredited STEM educational programs, and opportunities to earn third part nationally recognized credentials to enable veterans, transitioning service members and other students to be successfully trained and placed in their chosen advanced manufacturing careers.


The Seattle Fishermen's Memorial is a charitable organization devoted to promoting safety in the fishing fleets and easing the emotional and financial burden of surviving family members of fishermen lost at sea. In furtherance of this commitment, the Memorial Board established an educational scholarship fund in 1999 to provide scholarships to eligible family members and other dependents who suffered the tragedy of losing their loved ones to the sea. The Board's hope is that the scholarships will lessen the financial burden on these families and dependents who may not otherwise achieve their educational goals.