After quickly earning his place as a top salesman, Koza purchased 40 percent of Barnum, eventually taking on full ownership of the company following Mr. Barnum’s retirement in 1975. Koza, soon joined by his sons, Ed and Ken Junior, refocused business efforts from control valves and instrumentation to the distribution of factory automation systems across multiple industries.
At the time of Ken Koza’s retirement in 1988, Barnum stood poised for growth with 12 employees and an opportunity to provide manufacturers with thoughtful industrial solutions and a detailed knowledge of automation controls. Today the company proudly employs over 160 people, operating 3 Buildings totaling 110,000 square feet in Brighton, Michigan and stocking offices in Cleveland, Ohio and Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Dedication to innovation and quality by both our valued customers and employees is the foundation on which Barnum is built, and has remained a driving force behind the company since its humble beginnings over Seven decades ago.