John Boos & Co., based in Effingham, IL,

is one of the oldest manufacturers of premium quality butcher blocks in the U.S.A. John Boos & Co. has been in business continuously since 1887. It was in his Effingham, IL blacksmith shop that founder Conrad Boos first invented what would become the original Boos Block®. Having harvested sycamore from local wooded areas and processing it in his sawmill, Conrad brought it to his blacksmith shop for finishing. That first block of sycamore was placed on three legs to absorb the shock of the blacksmith’s hammer against the anvil. It was the local butcher, who having seen and admired Conrad’s block, became impassioned about owning a block for his meat market. Unknowingly, Conrad’s son, John, who made and sold that first block to the butcher, took John Boos & Co. into the infancy of serving customers since 1887.



Beginning in the mid 1960’s, John Boos & Co. made its first stainless steel table and quickly expanded its stainless steel fabricated table business to accommodate changing market requirements. The company’s stainless steel business continues to grow and now includes an entire range of stainless steel products including custom fabrication. The company combines the art of stainless steel fabrication and woodworking to create a blend of quality kitchen carts, furniture, worktables and much more. John Boos & Co. continues to be the only company in the U.S.A. having both stainless steel and wood manufacturing facilities on location, and is well recognized as a leading manufacturer of quality products.

In 2017, John Boos & Co. marked the completion of the company’s multi year relocation of its corporate and manufacturing facilities from the central Effingham area to the present South Banker Street location. With the completion of the 116,000 square foot, state of the art, wood manufacturing facility, John Boos & Co. will be positioned to continue to provide the best products and service in the markets it serves while allowing for additional new product development, which will continue to stimulate growth.