Edward Don & Company, the nations leading distributor of foodservice equipment and supplies, celebrates 100 years of servicing everything from independent restaurants and national chains to healthcare, hotels, hospitality, country clubs,  schools, government institutions, foodservice management facilities and much, much more. Selling everything but the food. 

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 as a way 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. This was the humble beginning of a business owned by a family. Now with  seven nationwide strategically positioned distribution centers and over 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.”  Steve states, “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.”  

Further Facts: 

• Financially secure 

• Over 12,000 in-stock products  

• Fully integrated distributor 

• 100+ trucks in fleet 

• 1000+ associates 

• 300+ tenured sales professionals 

• Works with the best supplier partners 

• 24/7 online ordering 

• Acquired four industry distributors between 2017 and 2019 

• We get you what you need, when you need it! 

With three generations of family and ten decades of a growing and successful business, DON has built its reputation on being a trusted name in the industry for 100 years.

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