M. Block and Sons, Inc. Our Company

History

No company can survive, let alone thrive, for more than one hundred years unless it is able to adapt with the times, recognize new opportunities and innovate to capitalize on them. Beginning in 1908 as a manufacturer of metal cabinets, hampers and pantry ware, M. Block diversified into distribution when steel became rationed during World War II. Since the early 1970's we have focused exclusively on distribution; refining, improving and strengthening our services as the times dictated.

Today M. Block stands alone as the most complete and progressive supplier of warehousing, distribution and retail support services. Our unique approach of combining traditional 3PL services together with value added support services - all wrapped around a unified state-of-the-art IT platform - provides manufacturers and retailers with the most complete and comprehensive distribution supply chain infrastructure available.

Corporate Timeline

1908 - M. Block and Sons, Inc. founded in Chicago as a steel fabricating company.
   
1915 - Newberry brand of metal cabinets, hampers and pantryware is established with the slogan: "Bloc Bilt is well Bilt".
   
1931 - Current ownership assumes control of company.
   
1940 - Due to shortage of steel, M. Block enters distribution business with a line of glass bakeware called Pyrex®.
   
1960 - M. Block joins Corning's millionaires club.
   
1972 - Manufacturing is closed to concentrate on distribution.
   
1976 - M. Block becomes the largest distributor of Weber® barbeque grills.
   
1985 - Block House begins as import and fulfillment division with exclusive distribution of Arc International to independent retail accounts.
   
1989 - Block Pacific is opened in Southern California.
   
1996 - Block House is contracted by Gillette® to manage small dealer fulfillment for Braun®.
   
2002 - National Accounts division joins M. Block, bringing a solid team of sales and marketing professionals for the department and specialty store channel.
   
2003 - M. Block receives the exclusive U.S. retail distribution for Keurig®.
   
2004 - M. Block awarded contract for distribution of Tassimo single serve coffee.
   
2005 - M. Block completes a five year project to consolidate systems around a single ERP and data collection package.
   
2008 - M. Block chosen as the exclusive P&G® distributor for customers with unique business requirements.
Nestle® awards Block exclusive single serve coffee distribution.
M. Block celebrates our centennial year.
   
2009 - M. Block opens its third distribution center and begins a major upgrade to its ERP and WMS systems.
Individual vendor wholesale web sites are launched.
   
2010 - M. Block opens its fourth distribution center bringing total warehouse capacity to 1.4 million square feet.
M. Block completes the upgrade on its ERP and WMS systems.
   
2011 - M. Block's 500,000 square foot Jefferson City, TN distribution center opens. This facility is M. Block's fifth and largest to date, increasing total warehouse capacity to 2 million square feet.
   
2012 - M. Block opens its largest distribution center to date, a 915,000 square foot facility in Tinley Park, IL. This sixth facility brings total warehouse capacity to 2.6 million square feet.
   
2013 - M. Block opens its first distribution center outside the United States, in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.
   
2013 - M. Block begins renovations of its Bedford Park, IL headquarters and distribution center facility, which will culminate in a totally remodeled 200,000 square foot, AIB certified warehouse, with plans to demolish and rebuild an additional 256,000 square foot, LEED Certified warehouse, giving total warehouse capacity of 456,000 square feet.
   
2015 - M. Block opens its second distribution center in Redlands, CA. Total warehouse capacity stands at 2.8 million square feet.