In 1848, Patterson Brothers Hardware opened near the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. Patterson Brothers became the premier hardware supply company on the East Coast. In the 1920s, they began providing schools with premium tools and materials for industrial education. Patterson's first tool and equipment catalog was published in the 1930s.
In 1914, the Frank Paxton Lumber Company was founded in Kansas City and expanded to open lumberyards throughout the Midwest and Southwest. In the late 1950s, school woodworking programs that had purchased Paxton lumber began asking for adhesives, finishes, and other supplies. This led, in 1962, to the founding of Paxton Equipment and Supply.
The next year, Paxton Equipment acquired Patterson Brothers Hardware and became Paxton/Patterson. With the combined resources of two long-time educational suppliers, Paxton/Patterson offered a comprehensive line of tools, equipment and supplies for vocational and technology education programs.
In 1990, Paxton/Patterson became one of the first companies to provide modular technology education programs. Today, Paxton/Patterson offers a comprehensive line of Career and Technical Education learning systems, tools, equipment, and supplies for STEM, Health Science, Construction, and Family and Consumer Science. We are proud of our nationwide staff of dedicated educational consultants who provide customers with continuity and quality service.
University of Dubuque Partnership
Paxton/Patterson is partnered with the University of Dubuque. The University of Dubuque has a unique mission in serving first generation college students in many curricular areas.
The University of Dubuque is located in Dubuque, Iowa and was founded in 1852. The University has four schools:
- School of Business
- School of Liberal Arts
- School of Professional Programs
- Theological Seminary
The School of Business offers degrees in Business Administration and Computer Information Systems.
The School of Liberal Arts offers degrees in Biology, Communication, English, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, and Sociology.
The School of Professional Programs offers degrees in Aviation Flight, Aviation Management, Computer Graphics/Interactive Media, Environmental Science, Nursing (B.S.N), Teacher Education, and Physical Education.