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3 May, 2002


Ames Supply Company of Lisle, Illinois, is celebrating its 100th Anniversary. Over the last 100 years, Ames Supply Company has evolved from being the pioneers of typewriter roller recovery into being on the cutting edge of Teflon® roller recoating by continuing its superior quality in the manufacturing and remanufacturing of rollers using rubber, silicone, Teflon® and several other types of compounds.


In August of 1902, Ames was started on Chicago’s west side with one small foot powered lathe and a quantity of suitable rubber tubing. Soon thereafter, a broad selection of tools, cleaners and other applicable service and repair parts and supplies were added to enhance the product offering to their customers. Mr. Arthur R. Ames Sr., was the first to concern himself with the welfare of the typewriter dealer. Ames Supply Company has continued that tradition for the last 100 years expanding from typewriters into the copier industry and much more, while always trying to look forward to what the future may bring.


In July of 2001, Ames Supply Company moved from its home of nearly 40 years in Downers Grove, Illinois, into its new facility at 1936 University Lane, Lisle, Illinois.


In September of 2001, Ames Supply Company acquired American Custom Coating of Addison, Illinois, and moved them into the Lisle facility at the end January of 2002. This acquisition significantly increased Ames’ Teflon® Roller and Industrial Coating capabilities.


As you can see Ames has not been sitting around resting on its 100-year history.  The Ames family started the company with a dedication to the office machine industry and continues this commitment in the new millennium by always striving to develop new and better ways of providing superior service to the industries it serves.


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