Edward Don & Company, the nation’s third-largest distributor of foodservice equipment and supplies, according to the 2021 Foodservice Equipment & Supplies Distribution Giants list, is celebrating 100 years of servicing everything from independent restaurants and national chains to healthcare, hotels, hospitality, country clubs, schools, government institutions, foodservice management facilities and more.
Founded in 1921, the Don family began selling janitorial and restaurant supplies out of the family’s Chicago home. With no money to open a showroom, the family decided to bring the showroom to the customers by creating a catalog to get orders and build the business. Today, that catalog is known as the DON Big Book and has set the standard as one of the best customer resources in the industry. In 1928, the family opened a warehouse in Chicago, marking the humble beginning of a family-owned business. Now with seven nationwide strategically positioned distribution centers and more than 1.3 million square feet of warehouse space, DON has stayed disciplined and remains customer-focused.
Third-generation family President and CEO Steve Don commented on this paramount milestone, “I am proud to be part of DON’s 100-year celebration. We have always been a customer-focused culture, putting the customer first and helping them succeed has been our mission by providing the best products, services and solutions. Customers are the reason we’ve been in business for 100 years. Without customers, you don’t have anything.” He continued, “It’s also our people who make the difference, we have the best in the industry. I would like to thank our dedicated associates and supplier partners for their continued commitment to success and focus on the customer. Without our associates, suppliers and customers, we would not exist.”