Our History

The J M Smith Corporation has a proud heritage of entrepreneurship and innovation. Founded by a visionary and always focused on taking care of people, the company continues to thrive in the fields of healthcare technology and services. 

1925 - 1945: AN ENTREPRENEUR TAKES OFF

1925

1925 James M. Smith Sr. becomes proprietor of a drugstore on Pack Square in Asheville, N.C. He names it Smith’s Drug Store.

1930s

1930s The Smith family moved from Asheville to Spartanburg in 1937. Despite the challenges of the Great Depression, Smith’s store prospered, and he opened 15 other pharmacies in the Carolinas and Georgia, partnering with a local pharmacist in each store.

1943

1943 James Smith Sr. establishes the Smith Drug Company in Spartanburg, S.C. as a distributor of wholesale drugs, first to supply the Smith Drug Store chain, then to supply other pharmacies across the Southeast.

1945-1960s: CAPACITY & TECHNOLOGY EXPAND

1945

1945 A profit-sharing retirement trust is established for the company's 17 employees. The tradition of profit sharing with employees continues today.

1958

New facilities for Smith Drug Company open at Forest and Wofford Streets in downtown Spartanburg, S.C.

1959

1959 Under the direction of Smith’s son, James Smith Jr., the company begins utilizing the unused capacity on its new IBM mainframe computer to provide data-processing services to area businesses and local government agencies under the name Smith Data Processing.

1970-LATE 1980s: SMITH'S HIGH-TECH VISION

1974

1974 Smith Data Processing is established as a business unit of Smith Drug Company.

1977

1977 The first QS/1 Pharmacy System is installed, bringing automation to America’s pharmacies.

1979

The company changes its name to the J M Smith Corporation and creates two business units, Smith Drug Company and Smith Data Processing (SDP).

1990-2009: THE CORPORATION EXPANDS

1990

1990 QS/1, a healthcare software company, is established as the third business unit of J M Smith Corporation.

2004

2004 QS/1 builds a new $14M, 120,000 sq. ft. headquarters in downtown Spartanburg. The LEED Silver-certified building, housing about 400 employees, becomes a landmark for Spartanburg's revitalized downtown.

2010 TO PRESENT: ALWAYS LOOKING FORWARD

2010

2010 J M Smith is named one of the World's Most Ethical Companies. The corporation acquires RxMedic Systems, Inc., a developer of robotic dispensing systems.

2011

J M Smith Corporation is recognized as South Carolina’s third-largest privately held company.

2015

J M Smith Corporation acquires Integra and creates a new business unit, Integra LTC Solutions, LLC, which develops software for long-term care pharmacies.

2016

J M Smith merges with Burlington Drug Company. The acquisition expands the company’s reach into the Northeast region.

2017

2017 James Matthew Smith is posthumously inducted into the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame.

2017

2017 QS/1 celebrates its 40th anniversary in business.

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