Allmar was founded in 1957 in Winnipeg by Henry W. Redekopp who named the company after his two eldest children Albert and Margaret. Henry emigated to Canada in 1924 from Ukraine being eleven years old, the youngest of six children. After graduating from high school in Winkler, Manitoba he settled in northeast Winnipeg where he purchased a small feed and grocery store in 1939 called the Roadside Store. This small store with two employees eventually grew into a large general store and building material center called Redekopp Lumber and Supply. When selling a complete house package some products were hard to secure such as doors, windows and roofing.
Allmar was founded as a wholesale distributor selling to lumberyards throughout Manitoba. In the early 60’s Allmar took on the architectural hardware product line and began supplying commercial projects such as schools and hospitals. Eventually this became the core of Allmar’s business and branches were opened across western Canada.
Allmar currently operates thirteen branches across Canada and is operated by Henry’s sons, Edwin and Arthur.
Henry’s personal mission statement, based on his belief in God, can be found in Micah 6:8: “He has showed you o man what the Lord requires of you but to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with your God.”
- Loved serving the Lord Jesus
- Believed in meeting peoples basic needs
- Considered employees his No.1 asset
- Always willing to innovate & try new things
These values are continued to this day by the present owners.