Joe Emmerich and Jeff Bloemker

The City of Effingham has named John Boos and Co. as a recipient of the City of Effingham’s Business Appreciation Award. 

“John Boos is Effingham’s oldest manufacturer and business,” stated Mayor Jeff Bloemker. “The families that have been supported by their payroll and the global awareness they have brought to Effingham over the decades is significant.  We are proud of John Boos & Company and we are glad they continue to choose Effingham!”

John Boos & Co. has been in business in Effingham since 1887 and is celebrating their 130th anniversary this year! John Boos is the premier fabricator of premium quality UL listed foodservice equipment and manufacturer of butcher block furniture for the foodservice, gourmet, and culinary industries to include the following markets: supermarkets, restaurants, airports, culinary schools, concessions in sports venues/stadiums, casinos, convention centers, hotels, healthcare. Their products include: Dishtables, Equipment Stands, Underbar Equipment, Compartment Sinks, Hand Sinks, Work Tables, Shelving, Chefs Counters, Custom Fabrication, and much more.
JB&C is renowned for their famous Boos Blocks® and Cutting Boards. JB&C's gourmet butcher block products are "Made in the U.S.A" of solid and quality North American hardwoods, and are the finest in quality, workmanship and design. Their products include: Butcher Blocks, Cutting Boards, Gourmet Furniture, Kitchen Counter Tops, Kitchen Carts & Work Tables. Boos Blocks cutting boards are the ideal cutting surface for preparing fresh healthy family meals. They can be seen on popular cooking shows used by Celebrity Chefs worldwide. 

John Boos & Co. was started in 1887 by Conrad Boos Founder Conrad Boos harvested Sycamore from wooded areas around Effingham, IL, processed it at his sawmill, and then brought it to his blacksmith shop for finishing. The first innovation was a sycamore tree placed on three legs to absorb the shock of the blacksmith's hammer against the anvil. When the local butcher saw and admired the innovation, he realized that he could use one in his meat market. So Conrad's son, John, adapted the idea and made him one.   In 1892, the Boos family sold John Boos & Co. to Adelbert Gravenhorst who became the first president. In 1941 Boos expands product lines to include Stainless Steel Foodservice worktables and countertops as 80% of production is earmarked for WWII to equip military aid. 

As John Boos & Co. celebrates 130 years of continuous business, they stand with strength built on a block of American history. The well recognized gourmet Boos Block ® brand has become significant to the heritage and reputation. Having adapted to market changes through the years, the company continues to grow in its service to the gourmet, foodservice, residential, supermarket, and industrial markets. Just in the past 5 years, Boos has expanded tremendously by building a new Corporate office/headquarters, and a new stainless steel manufacturing facility located on South Banker St. During these last 5 years, Boos also established a warehouse in Sparks, Nevada for West coast business. Boos is currently in the process of building a new wood plant on S. Banker as well, which will begin manufacturing in late spring/early summer. 

John Boos is one of the top employers in Effingham and currently employs 232 people. Employee longevity is very important. Three employees have worked at Boos for over 50 years!  There are 17 employees that have worked for 40 plus years, 37 who have worked for 30 plus years and 50 employees who have worked for 25 years or more. Employee growth is also important as they have added 123 employees/positions to their work force over the past 5 years alone.

John Boos & Co. is heavily involved in the community. They donate to many local causes including church picnics, benefits, local fundraisers, United Way, FISH School Supply Sponsorship Program, Blessings In A Backpack, & Catholic Charities Active members of EHS Mentoring Program, the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce and Effingham Tourism Board and involved in the EffingHAM Jam BBQ Cook Off. Boos also provides local farmers sawdust from their wood manufacturing. The farmers use it for fertilizer and bedding for their farm animals. Boos has donated welding equipment to the Effingham Community Unit 40 HS for welding classes, to encourage & inspire our younger generation  to help fill manufacturing job openings in Effingham area. That being said, John Boos participates in National Manufacturing Day which includes plant tours for the public and for high school students from over 13 area high schools. This showcases the variety of manufacturing careers available in Effingham County. 

John Boos & Co. is a member of the National Hardwood Lumber Association. NHLA and its members are committed to the sustainability, education, and advocacy of North American Hardwoods. Sustainability is defined by ensuring that North American Hardwoods are able to meet the needs of today while conserving the resources of tomorrow.

John Boos also has a factory outlet store that carries scratch and dent items, slightly damaged items, over-runs & discontinued product. Store hours are Monday-Friday 8 am – 5 pm, Saturday 9 am – 1 pm. Location is 507 E. Fayette Ave., Effingham IL. 217-347-7790