Elkay Manufacturing is founded on
January 26, 1920 in 2100 sq ft of rented space on Chicago's Near North Side.
Founded by Leopold Katz (left), grandfather to our current Chairman of the
Board, and his son, Louis, Elkay strives to make the best quality sinks and
provide the best customer service. Elkay increases the number of employees from
3 to 7 in the first year and by 1927, our residential butler and pantry sinks
become best sellers.
By 1930, Elkay has outgrown
our location and makes the move to a larger manufacturing facility. In 1933,
Elkay has grown to 18 employees and posts annual sales of $120,000. In 1935, we
introduce our first stainless steel sink and by 1938, we become America's first
mass producer of stainless steel sinks.
The challenges of World War II bring the opportunity for Elkay to
participate in our country's war effort. In 1942, Elkay begins providing the
armed forces with scullery and plumbing fixtures. We deliver over 23,000 sinks
in less than 2 years. In 1945, we celebrate 25 years in business and in 1946 our
post-war focus shifts to a booming residential market. In 1948, Elkay begins to
die draw stainless steel bowls. This innovation cuts production costs in half
and we soon become the nation's largest manufacturer of stainless steel
residential sinks, a position we still maintain today.
Elkay continues its growth during the
post-war boom refining automation processes installed in the late 40's. In 1957
Elkay becomes the world's largest manufacturer of stainless steel residential
Elkay's growth continues and in 1960, we break ground for a new plant in
Broadview, Illinois. This site serves as Corporate Headquarters until 1979 and
still functions as a main manufacturing facility today. In 1969, Elkay begins
producing our own line of water coolers.
This decade further establishes Elkay as an innovator
in our industry. In 1970, Elkay's three compartment design escalates the
popularity of stainless steel sinks. The Elkay family of companies continues to
grow with the addition of Dayton-Ogden Corporation in Ogden, Utah, followed by
Elkay Southern Corporation in Lumberton, North Carolina.
In 1976, we expand
our water cooler business by acquiring Cordley/Temprite. In 1979, we move the
Corporate Offices to our current location in Oak Brook, IL.
In 1980, Elkay expands into the retail market. The
Neptune brand is established and sold in retail stores, primarily through
"do-it-yourself" type outlets. Elkay receives the International Customer Service
Association (ICSA) award for a manufacturing company in 1984. Gourmet Cuisine
Centré is introduced which provides a combination sink, garbage disposer bowl,
built-in drain board, and cutting surface.
Our acquisition of Halsey Taylor rounds out our water cooler
business in 1991. In 1993, Elkay creates our Cabinetry Division by acquiring
Yorktowne, Inc. and Medallion Kitchens. In 1996, Elkay acquires MasterCraft
Cabinets. The 1998 purchase of Westwood Custom Cabinetry will ultimately make
Elkay the fourth largest cabinet supplier in the U.S. Elkay expands our plumbing
products division through the purchase of Wessan Plumbing Ltd. in Coldwater,
Ontario and Revere Sinks. Elkay's growth outside of the U.S. continues through
our acquisition of E.B. Técnica Mexicana, the largest stainless steel sink
producer in Mexico, and Vinca, a manufacturer of composite sinks.
In 2004, Elkay expands its
faucet offering by acquiring Phylrich International based in Burbank,
California, and known for producing high style faucets and other fixtures used
primarily in powder rooms and bathrooms. In 2005, the company solidifies its
international presence through the strategic acquisition of Zhuhai Daya S.E.Z.
K&B products based in Zhuhai, China. Daya is a manufacturer of high quality
sinks to select world markets, and in 2006, the company expanded into Cabinetry
by acquiring three new cabinet manufacturing facilities -- Yorktowne in
Danville, Virginia and Medallion in Culver, Indiana and Lanark, Illinois.
2010 and Beyond:
Looking forward -
Elkay's future growth and continued global success in the decade ahead will be
driven by a compelling vision for our industries and the leadership role we can
play in them, our superb values that continue to set us apart in the competitive