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 290 people, operating three buildings in Brighton, Michigan with a combined footprint of over 110,000 sq/ft and additional offices in Grand Rapids, Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Indianapolis.
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.