Division 10 & Safety Direct, LLC (DTS) is a locally owned and operated wholesale supplier & installer of residential appliances, specialty construction accessories and safety equipment. We are a certified Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) and service a variety of industries including retail, single-family builders, multi-family builders, and property management companies. We believe in relationship-based business for both our clients and our vendors. We invite you to visit our Builder Showroom in Chalmette, LA and meet with any of our knowledgeable consultants!
Division 10 & Safety Direct, LLC (DTS) was conceived on November 9th, 2018 at Ochsner-Baptist Hospital. A day earlier, Jeanne Wehlen, our CEO, had delivered her identical twins. While killing time, her husband, Chris had a “Price is Right” moment and was showcasing to Jeanne the hospital cubicle curtains. This was part of his pitch for a Specialty Construction Material Company. Chris knew there was a demand for these items and considered them ‘low hanging fruit’.
The goal was to earn extra income while keeping their “day jobs” to help supplement their growing family; the twins had made them a family of 6! Jeanne agreed and used her time during maternity leave to register a name, acquire insurance, and all other tasks to start a business on paper.
After successfully delivering some small projects, DTS was asked to supply appliances for a 70-unit condominium. This job was a success. Jeanne and Chris invested their earnings into a box truck and a storage container. Over the next 12 months, DTS continued to earn small to mid-sized projects throughout the New Orleans metro area. Jeanne ran the office while Chris and his dad, Jerry ran deliveries and installs.
Eventually the workload became too much to manage with full-time jobs and the couple decided to make DTS their sole endeavor. Over the next months, DTS was coming of age and the business was growing fast. DTS had a handful of signed contracts and some outstanding quotes that they fully expected to turn into business.
Today, DTS supplies & installs construction supplies and appliances on a massive scale throughout the southeast region and has truly become a family affair with Chris and Jeanne’s brothers joining the DTS Team!
Our goal is to establish long-lasting relationships with customers and vendors to be a partner in their success. As a comprehensive solution for appliances, construction accessories, and safety equipment in the residential and commercial industry, we strive to simplify the building process, which in turn saves everyone time and money.
DTS representatives are knowledgeable, dependable, and easily accessible. We will always go the extra mile to provide exceptional customer service. Whether you’re a homeowner looking to replace your broken appliance, building your dream home or a commercial contractor we offer you our full attention and resources to make our portion of your process as seamless as possible
We review plans and do material take-offs
We meet with owners, architects, or retailers in our showroom
We keep a well-stocked warehouse of inventory for local delivery. We also have factory direct options that supply truckloads of material across the country
We offer install services for most items that we supply.
We have a dedicated in-house team to facilitate any after-purchase service issues
As partners in life and now business Jeanne and Chris make a dynamic duo with a combined 30 years of experience in the commercial foodservice equipment and construction industry.
Jeanne Wehlen,has a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration from Holy Cross College and an MBA from UNO. She was previously employed at Wallin Foodservice Resources where she honed her marketing skills and received the best business education working for her father and mentor.
Chris Wehlen,began his career in the construction-supply industry in 2005. Before DTS, Chris worked at Absolute Appliances, Ferguson Enterprises and Ideal Appliance. From each place of employment Chris was able to gain knowledge in the construction industry and is well-respected by his fellow peers.
At DTS we operate by the credo: “work hard play hard.” Our team likes to have fun and we view work as an engine to do so. We know that the more efficient we do our job, the more time we have to do the things that we enjoy doing. This is evident on our out of town trips, we really like meeting for dinner and bonding over a beer and game of pool or darts.
Our staff is competitive but we truly care about each other’s well-being. It is a healthy work atmosphere and helps keep things moving along.