The local firm has seen many changes since its inception. What began in a building on Manitou Drive with only a few employees has evolved into a business that operates from a newly constructed head office (just up the street from its former site) and staffs over 90 employees at all locations. Though there have been many changes over the years one thing has remained constant and that is the company’s commitment to providing quality, cost-effective equipment combined with excellent customer service. Much of Sowa Tool's success can be attributed to the early commitment that is made to providing quality goods while always trying to help the manufacturing sector stay competitive. Over the years, Sowa has built a solid business as a leading distributor of industrial equipment and supplies. Specializing in four basic areas - cutting tools, precision tools, abrasives and machine tool accessories - Sowa represents a large number of companies known worldwide. Products are distributed via various distributors across North America from warehouses in Edmonton, Alta., Illinois, California, and Ohio and locally from the head office in Kitchener.