In the late 1890’s, Thomas A. Williams started a business as a manufacturers’ representative in Salt Lake City. Family lore says that his was the first such business west of the Mississippi River. He represented manufacturers of toys, hardware, plumbing, heating and building materials.
In the late fifties, two of Rex’s sons, Bob and Rex Jr., began working with him, and in 1963 they formally incorporated as Rex W. Williams & Sons. They represented several plumbing and section 10 specialty manufacturers, selling their products in Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming.
In 1976 Rex Sr. retired at age 80, and his son Bob passed away, leaving Rex Jr. to continue the business.
Rex Jr. was soon joined by his sons, Brooke, Joe, and Tom. In 1989, Brooke took the plumbing product lines and joined forces with another manufacturer’s representative. Rex Jr., Joe, and Tom focused on section 10 specialty products