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BUILDING OUR LEGACY

 

1878

Where We Went

The P.J. Cronin Company - a Harness & Saddlery manufacturing company. Located at 123 Front Street, Portland, OR. Founded by Patrick J. Cronin who immigrated from Killarney, Ireland.

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1914

Where We Went

At the onset of WWI, the Cronin Company had a contract with the U.S. Government to supply the military with artillery harnesses.

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1914 black and white photo of saddle workshop
1921 black and white photograph of cronin automotive equipment employees

1921

How We Changed

As transportation evolved from horse-drawn carriages to automobiles, P. J. Cronin's son, A. M. Cronin distributed automotive parts. In 1921, the Cronin Company moved into a new two-story building at NW 10th & Flanders - Downtown Portland, Oregon.

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1930

Expanding Our Reach

In 1930 executives of the Cronin organization foresaw a huge increase in the use of electrical equipment in the home and organized Electrical Distributing, Inc. in order to handle appliances entirely separate from the automotive store. A. M. Cronin, Jr., grandson of P. J. Cronin was placed in charge of EDI.

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1930 black and white photograph of two men with home appliances

Predicting the Future

1966 black and white photo of men watching a zenith tv

1966

Innovating Further

A. M. Cronin, III oversees the growth of Electrical Distributing, Inc. becoming the largest distributor of Zenith television sets.

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THE FUTURE IS NOW

2021

What is Next?

The Cronin Company expands yet again as a fully-dedicated appliance retailer catering to builders, developers, and designers. The BASCO showroom opens in the heart of the Pearl District, located in Downtown Portland, Oregon.

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