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Distributor's Link Magazine Summer 2018 / Vol 41 No3

28 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S

28 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK ALBANY STEEL & BRASS CORP 1900 West Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622 TEL 312-733-1900 FAX 312-733-9887 EMAIL sales@albanysteel.com WEB www.albanysteel.com CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF SUPERIOR PRODUCTS AND SERVICE Albany Steel & Brass Corporation is a 100 year old company located in the heart of Chicago’s west side industrial corridor. Founded in 1918 by Eugene “Jake” Lebovitz, a Hungarian-born immigrant who sought refuge in America to escape both religious persecution and a life of poverty, today Albany is one of Chicago’s oldest family-owned businesses. Now in its fourth-generation, many of the qualities that made Albany successful 100 years ago, such as providing customers with high-quality products, competitive pricing, and extraordinary service, remain guiding principles of the company at the present time. While originally a local hardware store catering to residents of the Chicago’s west side, Albany now serves customers across the United States, Canada, and Europe. Specifically, Albany serves the OEM, MRO, and construction sectors in addition to distributing a unique line of tapping screws, wing nuts, thumb screws, and the nation’s largest inventory of Swageform® thread rolling screws. After learning the construction trade in his native Hungary, Jake Lebovitz arrived in Chicago in 1913 as an 18 year old eager to own his own business and be his own boss. Before that would happen, Jake worked for several years in the Chicago Stockyards, working 12+ hours daily for very low wages. Five years later, for the sum of 0 borrowed from the savings of his wife Fanny, Jake purchased a small hardware store that would be known as Lebovitz Brothers Hardware. Following overseas service in WWII, Jake’s son Alexander joined his father in the hardware business. Al desired to gradually convert Lebovitz Brothers from purely a hardware store to an industrial mill supply house. Fortunately, this idea meshed well with the peaceful postwar economy that brought increased demand for industrial products associated with the housing, automobile, and durable goods markets. BUSINESS FOCUS ARTICLE CONTINUED ON PAGE 110

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