Elkay Manufacturing Company History Timeline

1920
Elkay Manufacturing is founded on January 26, 1920 in 2100 sq ft of rented space on Chicago's Near North Side.
1930
By 1930, Elkay has outgrown our location and makes the move to a larger manufacturing facility.
1935
Elkay reached a key moment in its history in 1935 when it offered its first stainless steel sink, the earliest models constructed out of a light gauge of metal, encased in a wooden frame.
1948
Elkay was already well established in the stainless steel sink business, but it further strengthened its hold with a production breakthrough in 1948, when it began to die draw stainless steel bowls.
1970
In 1970, Elkay's three compartment design escalates the popularity of stainless steel sinks.
1979
In 1979 Elkay moved the corporate offices to its present site in Oak Brook, Illinois.
1980
In 1980, Elkay expands into the retail market.
1990
The company had started out small, producing just four stainless steel sinks a day, but by 1990 it was in a position to pursue a growth strategy, diversifying into the production of composite sinks and opening warehouses throughout Mexico.
1995
Edl was named president of the newly formed Elkay Cabinet Group, which in 1995 recorded combined sales of 75 million.
1996
Elkay added further to its cabinet assets in May 1996 with the purchase of MasterCraft Cabinets. As a result, Elkay with 165 million in sales in 1996 became the seventh largest cabinet maker in the United States, as determined by Wood Wood Products.
1998
The addition of Salem, Oregon-based Westwood Products in 1998 elevated Elkay to the number four spot.
2000
In 2000 it opened a new 100,000-square-foot distribution center in Bolingbrook, Illinois, which played a major part in Elkay's efforts to improve efficiencies and bolster margins.
2001
The company also remained an innovator, becoming in 2001 the first to add sensor-operated faucets to sinks for hospitals, schools, public buildings, and industrial applications.
2003
In 2003 67-year-old Chairman and CEO Ron Katz celebrated his 50th anniversary with the company his father and grandfather had founded more than 80 years earlier.
2009
In 2009, Elkay acquires SSP, Inc., adding new capabilities and horsepower to the company's ability to serve the back-of-house needs of commercial industrial and foodservice customers.
2010
In 2010, Elkay introduces the award-winning ezH2O water bottle filling station changing the world of water delivery forever.
2016
In 2016, Elkay purchases MR Direct, a popular online retailer of residential sinks selling directly to consumers.
2017
In 2017, Elkay acquires Interior Systems Inc.
2018
And in 2018, Elkay acquires the seating and d cor division of The Marketing Store to expand international capabilities for Elkay Interior Systems and Voda, the manufacturer of the Smartwell beverage dispenser.
2019
In late 2019, Elkay acquired Austria-based Schloffer, GmbH and Designed2Work, and Washington, DC-based Digney York Associates to further strengthen the global capabilities of Elkay Interior Systems.
Founded
1920
Company Founded
Headquarters
Oak Brook, IL
Company Headquarter

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