EFFINGHAM, ILL - John Boos & Co., the producer of the famous Boos Blocks® cutting boards and butcher blocks, opened a new, $16 million state of the art wood production facility in Effingham,Ill., on Tuesday, August 29. Those in attendance to help celebrate the grand opening and the company’s 130th anniversary, were: Evelyn Sanguinetti (Lieutenant Governor of IL), IL State Representatives David Reis & John Cavaletto, Effingham Mayor Jeff Bloemker, John Boos & Co. Chairman of The Board of Directors, Louis Kenter, President of John Boos & Co. Joe Emmerich, Former President of John Boos & Co. Ted Sr. Gravenhorst, other local dignitaries, many former Boos employees, and the company’s current 240 staff members.
In lieu of a standard ribbon cutting ceremony, John Boos decided to mark their big event the “John Boos” way by asking the Lieutenant Governor to brand the company’s 13 millionth butcher block with their signature Boos Blocks® brand. Sanguinetti proceeded to say in her speech following the branding session, “This is truly the American story. This is a business that started off over 100 years ago. This is very much part of our 21st Century.” Afterwards, factory tours were held for the public to see the new 116,000 square feet, state of the art facility. The Effingham Chamber of Commerce members were introduced to the facility from 4-6 pm.
The new wood plant is located in a 27-acre Effingham campus that includes the John Boos stainless steel facility as well as the corporate headquarters. “We needed to do some things to improve our capacity, as it has been maxed out for several years. Six years ago we had 129 employees, and today we have 240. The new wood manufacturing plant will allow more people to enjoy our product and hopefully it will be good for the company, employees, and customers,” said Joe Emmerich.
John Boos & Co. is one of the oldest manufacturers of premium quality butcher blocks in the United States. John Boos & Co. has been in business in Effingham, Ill., continuously since 1887.