established a wholesale lock distributor named Baylis Corporation in 1974
calling primarily on the locksmith trade. The economic disaster of 1980-1981
found the firm shifting its distribution focus to the automotive locksmith.
That process included expanding the use of monthly mailers to a national audience
and adding toll-free phone numbers.
coming years Baylis Corp. became one of the largest distributors of auto lock vendors Briggs & Stratton and
Auto Security Products. Buzz traveled the country as part of the Frank &
Bill Shows in the late 80s.
national economic downturn of 1991 saw Buzz sell his firm to Wilco Supply. He worked at the Oakland, California
based door hardware wholesale distributor for seven years however after twenty
five years in the lock distribution world he explored challenges outside the
In 2003 he
joined long time hardware guru John Bush’s factory representation firm. After John’s lost his battle with cancer,
Buzz was contacted by a factory sales manager who had called on a very young
Baylis Corporation in the mid ’70s.
Allan Oblath was with MarksUSA and was looking for an independent
representative in Northern California. Thus was born Buzz Baylis’ Plimsoll Mark