In operation since 1867, Source Atlantic Ltd. provides MRO products and supplemental services and solutions to the industrial, government, commercial and residential contractor markets.

Source Atlantic partners with hundreds of world class suppliers, offers a multitude of specialized and technical services, and has many value added solutions designed to improve customers’ efficiency and productivity.

  • 11 specialized product and technical service divisions
  • 500+ employees
  • Canadian owned and operated
  • Headquartered in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
  • 25 branch locations

Our Mission

Source Atlantic's mission is to provide world class product and service solutions for the industrial, government, commercial, and residential contractor markets, while providing the highest level of customer service. Source Atlantic is dedicated to:

  • Conducting business ethically and safely
  • Developing a product and services offering to satisfy our customers' needs
  • Providing industry expertise through knowledgeable sales associates
  • Creating a great work environment and encouraging employee development
  • Continuously improving processes

Supply Chain Management

Source Atlantic is a leading provider in supply chain management.  We make it our duty to eliminate complexities and build a reliable, productive supply chain.  By providing innovative solutions, we can surpass unique business challenges to deliver an efficient, profitable supply chain.

One of Canada’s Best Managed Companies

Source Atlantic Limited is honoured to have been recognized with the prestigious Canada's Best Managed Companies designation. The Best Managed program recognizes the best-in-class of Canadian-owned and managed companies with revenues over $15 million demonstrating strategy, capability and commitment to achieve sustainable growth.

Quality

Source Atlantic has implemented ISO 9001 Quality Management System across 8 locations. The ISO 9001 standard complements our efforts to support Source Atlantic’s mission to: “Provide the highest level of customer service.” Our commitment to this system of standard processes allows us to gain efficiencies, be more consistent and makes better use of our resources to serve you better.

Currently, Source Atlantic is holding ISO 9001 certification from SAI Global.

  • Source Atlantic Hydraulics, Rigging & Rubber (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia)
  • Source Atlantic (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia – Raddall Ave.)
  • Mobile Valve (Mount Uniacke, Nova Scotia)
  • Source Atlantic Engineered Products & Services (Saint John, New Brunswick)
  • Source Atlantic (Saint John, New Brunswick – Chesley Drive)
  • Source Atlantic (Saint John, New Brunswick – Grandview Ave.)
  • Source Atlantic Power Transmission (Saint John, New Brunswick)
  • N.L. Eldridge (Saint John, New Brunswick)

Our History

In May 1867 W.H. Thorne General Hardware Merchants was launched by Senator W.H. Thorne as a retail and wholesale store on the corner of Dock Street and Market Square in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. In 1875 Senator W.H. Thorne was joined by Richard C. Scovil and the firm of W.H. Thorne & Company was formed. To better provide for the needs of customers, the retail and wholesale business were separated and a new building erected especially for the wholesale division on Canterbury Street. The retail division carried on at the original Dock Street building.

In 1877, the Great Fire of Saint John destroyed both stores and their contents. To provide for the continuation of the business, a temporary two-story structure was built on the Market Square site and, inside of ten days, business resumed. In the meantime, provision was made for the building on Prince William Street and eighteen months later the new premises were occupied.

In 1923 W.H Thornes’ nephew, J.G. Harrison, succeeds as president until 1943 when the company was acquired by KC Irving. The company, newly named Thornes Hardware Limited, opens its modern 200,000 square foot facility on Chesley Drive which is still today the company’s head office, distribution center and largest branch in Canada.

Source Atlantic was created in 2001 through the consolidation of a number of independent and long-standing companies with Thornes being one of those companies. Many of these businesses shared common customers thereby enabling Source Atlantic to become a single source of distribution and service across a multitude of verticals.

Today, Source Atlantic Limited is an innovative and industry leading wholesale distributor serving the needs of the industrial, government, commercial and residential contractor markets in Canada and beyond.  We are partnered with hundreds of world-class suppliers, offer a multitude of specialized and technical services, and have many business solutions designed to optimize industry.