1978 - A 20 year veteran of Parker Hannifin’s Fluid Connector Group branched out on his own to open a private distributorship in New Orleans, LA. Edward Sutton, along with his wife, Joy, had laid the foundation for Connector Specialists Incorporated.
1982 - Connector Specialists (under the name CSI) opened its doors in Lafayette to cater to the many oilfield service companies popping up in Acadiana.
1990 - Connector Specialists broke ground in Baton Rouge, LA. Servicing the state capitol’s many heavy equipment wholesalers, construction companies, and original equipment manufacturers.
2000 - Connector Specialists installs their first ParkerStore in Baton Rouge.
2002 - Connector’s second ParkerStore (Lafayette) went online.
2003 - Tragedy struck as Edward Sutton died at the age of 71. For 26 years, he had manned the helm of Connector Specialists and had led the company through many of its toughest challenges. The loss was mourned by all who knew him and his legacy remains today.
2003 - Joy Sutton, who had been Ed’s business partner through all the years, assumed the leadership role in the company. Under her guidance, the newest location of CSI opened its doors in Pearl, MS. This location marked the fourth full-line distributorship and the third ParkerStore.
2005 - The company grew again. Connector Specialists entered the Houma, LA market with its fifth location. The many oilfield service companies in the Bayou Region have quickly learned how easy it is to do business with a company you perceive as a PARTNER, and not just a vendor.
2008 - Connector Specialists came to Sulphur, LA. Operated as a stand-alone ParkerStore, the Sulphur location serves the needs of many petrochemical and refining industries in the Lake Charles Region. This store marked our 6th location and 5th ParkerStore.