When John Cadzow Sr. arrived in Phoenix, Ariz., in
1971, he likely could not have envisioned the busy auction
site that now occupies 10 acres in the southeast corner of
A farmer and steel worker from western Pennsylvania,
he had always dabbled in selling equipment, but the
growth of what is now WSM Auctioneers would have
been hard to predict.
After starting his own auction company in the 1970s,
Cadzow Sr. went on to buy WSM Auctioneers in 1984.
With his son, John Jr., running the company since 1998,
WSM has grown to be the auction company of choice for
many major utility companies in Arizona.
Today, nearly 75 percent of a WSM Auction consists of
utility related equipment. A huge majority of Cadzow’s
consignments come from his seven long-time customers:
Arizona Public Service (APS) — the largest electric utility
in Arizona; The Salt River Project — the largest water
provider in central Arizona; Southwest Gas; Century
Link; Maricopa County; the city of Tempe; and Fleet
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