November 19, 2015
John Boos & Co has over 125 years of experience in the food service equipment industry. They are a principal provider of gourmet merchandises and equipment for restaurants, as well as residential kitchens. All of their pieces are hand made on location, and they are artisans of both woodworking and metal. Since they are so diverse with their products, they have the ability to manufacture their products to a wide variety of locations and needs in the food service industry.
John Boos & Co specializes in woodworking of:
John Boos also has a wide variety of metal and steel products:
Where it began
How did John Boos & Co begin? Where are their roots? Based in Effingham, Illinois, John Boos & Co is one of the oldest producers of superior foodservice equipment as well as butcher blocks in the entire United States. John Boos & Co has been in business since its humble beginnings in 1887. Conrad Boos, founder, started his business in his blacksmith shop by inventing his first butcher block, what is now known as the Boos Block. He harvested sycamore from the woods surrounding his shop and treated it in his sawmill before bringing the wood to his blacksmith shop to be finished. This first slab of sycamore was placed on three peg legs and served no other purpose than to absorb the blow from his hammer against the anvil.
A butcher from the area had seen Conrad’s block and coveted one of his own for his meat market. Conrad’s son, John, crafted a butcher block for the butcher, ushering in a new era for the industry, and catapulting John Boos into business.
By 1892, a German immigrant named Adelbert Gravenhorst was fascinated with John and Conrad’s work and saw great potential, as he was an entrepreneur. He joined the team, making the company John Boos & Co. He was able to back the father and son duo with his finances, making it possible for Conrad and John for produce and manufacture their butcher blocks, which by then had been in high demand.
Their sole focus was their single product butcher block, which were regarded as the best in the world. Their motto was, “Wherever steel meets wood, Boos is Best!” They took their motto all the way to the World’s Fair in Paris, when they submitted their product to be displayed in 1900.
When World War II was raging, John Boos & Co used their expertise to manufacture worktables and table tops for the Army, Navy, and Marine kitchens and cafeterias. Once the war was over, John Boos & Co had a new view of their company, positioning themselves as a company who cares about their products and customers, giving them a new manufacturing philosophy and more products.
By the 1960’s John Boos & Co expanded their stainless steel products and expertise to adapt to the changing market and demands. John Boos & Co remains the only company in the United States to manufacture both wood and stainless steel in one location.