About Gardner Inc
Gardner, one of the largest family owned Parts Distributors for the Lawn and Garden industry, is growing to better serve our current customers while continuing to develop new opportunities in new territories.
Gardner currently has distribution centers in Columbus, Ohio; Franklin, Massachusetts; and Jacksonville, Florida. With the addition of our newest 200,000 square foot warehouse and distribution center to our existing 300,000 square feet nationwide, Gardner can efficiently serve all 50 U.S. States.
Our foundation rests on the strength of all our services including: Sales & Marketing, Customer Service, EDI & Data Processing, Physical Distribution and Education.
We measure our success with high fill rates and on-time deliveries. Our goal is to always provide your business with a quality of service that is both quick and complete and at the lowest possible cost.
Our new up-to-the-minute distribution facility, located in Columbus, Ohio is strategically located next to major interstate highways to facilitate our shipping and receiving needs. The facility utilizes a wide variety of material handling equipment including man-a-board pickers and rider pallet trucks to efficiently manage multiple truckloads of product on a daily basis.
Orders, whether received by phone, fax or electronically, are processed through our state-of-the-art EDI & Data Processing software which quickly converts the information into real time orders. They are then launched using RF technology, allowing them to be closely tracked throughout the entire distribution facility. Orders that are picked directly into a box ("pick-to-shipper") for shipping are routed directly to the manifesting lane and audited for quality assurance. Utilizing an advanced computerized random location system with simultaneous picking from multiple zones, travel time is minimized and speed and productivity is increased. Using multiple packing lanes for optimum efficiency, orders are individually checked for accuracy before they are packed and sent to manifesting and shipping.
This specialized system allows over 5 million line items to be processed annually. Our state-of-the-art shipping system automatically routes over 15,000 parcels per day and prints a UCC128 conformance shipping label with the applicable carrier's bar code to complete the distribution process.
John F. Finn is Chairman of Gardner, Inc., a supply chain management company. He has served in this position since 1974.
Mr. Finn was a lead director at Cardinal Health for 21 years and is now retired from the Cardinal Health board. He is a trustee on the board of JP Morgan Mutual Funds and a director of Greif, Inc. He also serves on the board of The Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA). In the past, Mr. Finn has served on the boards of The Crane Group, Fisher College of Business, The Columbus Academy, Columbus School for Girls, The Johns Company, Saint Ann’s Hospital, Mount Carmel Hospital, St. Charles Preparatory, and I Know I Can – a college access program for inner-city youth.
Mr. Finn received a BA in economics from The Ohio State University and an MBA in finance from Harvard Business School.
Ted Finn is CEO of all Gardner regional locations and Gardner Canada. He has served in this position since 2008 and represents the third generation of the Finn family to own and operate the Gardner family of companies. Ted serves on the boards of CAPA and OPEESA.
Ted graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in Economics in 1999 and an MBA from Dartmouth College in 2006.
Todd Slawson is Corporate President and serves as the conduit between the Finn Family and the Regional Presidents. He has served in this position since January 2020. Todd has demonstrated notable achievements throughout his career in the areas of sales, client & customer service, and operations. He has served in numerous roles for an industry leading provider of manufactured and distributed products and services.
Todd graduated from Clarkson University with a degree in Engineering in 1990 and an MBA from
The Ohio State University in 2002.
Don Thornton is President of the Gardner Columbus and Gardner Greensboro Regions, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio and Browns Summit, North Carolina. He has served in this position since 1990 and is responsible for territories in the Midwest & Southeast Regions. His combined focus on Sales & Marketing, Business Development, and Operations has contributed significantly to the company’s growth during his tenure.
Mark Long is President of Gardner Jacksonville Region, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. He has served in this position since 2008 and is responsible for the Southeast including Florida, Georgia and Alabama. Mark worked as Sales Manager at the Columbus, Ohio location prior to taking on his role with Gardner Jacksonville. Mark’s continued focus on streamlining operations, development of new business, and addition of new product lines has allowed for continued growth during his Gardner career.
Mark graduated from the University of Northwestern Ohio in 1980.
Alan Rondina is President of Gardner Boston, head quartered in Franklin, Massachusetts. He has served in this position since 1985. He is responsible for territories in the New England area. Alan came to the company as an executive through the acquisition of WJ Connell. Throughout the years, Alan has held many leadership roles, and is a very well respected professional in the lawn and garden equipment industry.
Alan graduated from Newton North in 1968.