Mission Statement

We provide valuable Fluid System solutions and innovative services to our Partners in the global industrial community. We are committed to continuous evaluation and improvement of our management systems and business processes. Our partner relationships are built on positive personal interactions, measured performance accountability, and an understanding of our partners' needs. 

Vision Statement 

To be the most valuable, the most innovative, and the most indispensable partner for the integrated SOLUTIONS, products, and services.

Quality Statement 

We strive to develop and deliver SOLUTIONS that exceed customer expectations. To meet this challenge, we have implemented quality systems and processes that are continually evaluated and improved to satisfy our customers' changing needs.

Company History

In 1978, a 20-year veteran of Parker Hannifin’s Fluid Connector Group branched out on his own to open a private distributorship in New Orleans, LA. Parker’s fluid connector products were the centerpiece of his line. His long relationship with corporate headquarters in Cleveland, OH proved to be a valuable asset and his success in the New Orleans area was a direct result of this association. Edward Sutton, along with his wife, Joy, had laid the foundation for Connector Specialists Incorporated, a company that would grow to be a leader in the Gulf South marketplace.

In 1982, with the growth of the Louisiana oilfield and marine activity powering the fluid connector marketplace, Connector Specialists (under the name CSI) opened its doors in Lafayette to cater to the many oilfield service companies popping up in Acadiana. Today, the Lafayette location has become the largest single branch within the organization with a diverse line card and unique capabilities that make them a formidable player in Louisiana and beyond.

In 1990, Connector Specialists broke ground in Baton Rouge, LA. Servicing the state capitol’s many heavy equipment wholesalers, construction companies, and original equipment manufacturers, this location has developed its inventory to meet the needs of its unique customer base. Baton Rouge was also the first Connector Specialists location to install a ParkerStore in 2000.

The new millennium brought new challenges to the company. Following the opening of the Baton Rouge ParkerStore, Connector’s second ParkerStore (Lafayette) went on-line in November of 2002. In early 2003, tragedy struck as Edward Sutton died at the age of 71. For 26 years, he had manned the helm of Connector Specialists and had led the company through many of its toughest challenges. The loss was mourned by all who knew him and his legacy remains today.

The company pressed on, however. Joy Sutton, who had been Ed’s business partner through all the years, assumed the leadership role in the company. Under her guidance in October of 2003, the newest location of Connector Specialists opened its doors in Pearl, MS. This location marked the fourth full-line distributorship and the third ParkerStore.

In 2005, the company grew again. Responding to the needs of our many customers "down the bayou," Connector Specialists entered the Houma, LA market with its fifth location. Today, this location has grown by leaps and bounds. The many oilfield service companies in the Bayou Region have quickly learned how easy it is to do business with a company you perceive as a PARTNER, and not just a vendor. 

Western Louisiana was a market that had been primarily served by our Lafayette location until 2008, when Connector Specialists came to Sulphur, LA. Operated as a stand-alone ParkerStore, the Sulphur location serves the needs of the many petrochemical and refining industries in the Lake Charles Region. This store marked our 6th location and our 5th ParkerStore.

As Connector Specialists, Inc. enters its 39th year, continued growth and an unwavering commitment to customer service remain top priorities. The idea seems to be spreading. Each year, more and more customers come through our doors seeking those same qualities that we’ve demonstrated since 1978. Service, solutions, and quality products… people have learned to expect these things from Connector Specialists, YOUR SOLUTIONS PARTNER.


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