EBSCO Industries

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EBSCO Industries, Inc.
Industry Conglomerate
Founded 1944
Headquarters Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Key people
James T. Stephens Chairman
Tim Collins , President & Chief Executive Officer
Products EBSCOhost
Revenue Increase$2.5 billion USD (2008)
Number of employees
5,000 (2006)
Website ebscoind.com

EBSCO Industries is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. It was founded in 1944 by Elton Bryson Stephens (hence the EBSCO acronym Elton Bryson Stephens COmpany). EBSCO is one of the largest privately held companies in Alabama, and one of the top 200 in the nation, based on revenues and employee numbers, according to Forbes Magazine.[1] In 1997 sales surpassed $1 billion. In 2006 sales exceeded $2 billion. EBSCO is a diverse company which includes over 30 businesses.

Company overview[edit]

In 1936, Elton B. Stephens earned a law degree from the University of Alabama, but decided that managing the sale of magazines was more profitable than practicing law.[2] In 1944, Stephens formed a partnership with his wife, Alys Robinson Stephens, to sell magazine subscriptions, personalized binders and magazine racks to the U.S. Armed Forces. They named this "Military Service Company", and over the next decade acquired several other companies that were eventually combined to form EBSCO Industries Inc. In 2011, EBSCO Publishing took over H. W. Wilson Company.[3][4][5]

EBSCO businesses[6]

  • Information services
  • Outdoor products
    • PRADCO Outdoor Brands
    • Carry-Lite Decoys
    • Code Blue
    • Commonwealth Productions
    • Green Mountain
    • Knight and Hale
    • Moultrie
    • PRADCO Fishing
    • Summit Treestands
    • Wingscapes
  • Manufacturing
    • EBSCO Media
    • EBSCO Sign Group
    • Stewart Signs
    • Wayne Industries
    • H. Wilson
    • Luxor
    • MCM Group
    • NSC International
    • The Promotional Products Group
    • Crown Products
    • Vitronic Promotional Group
    • Siegel Display Products
    • Valley Joist
    • Vulcan Industries
    • Alys Beach
    • EBSCO Income Properties
    • Mt. Laurel


  1. ^ Forbes. November 9, 2006 http://www.forbes.com/lists/2006/21/biz_06privates_The-Largest-Private-Companies_Company_5.html |url= missing title (help). 
  2. ^ "EBSCO Industries, Inc. - History". Ebscoind.com. Retrieved 2013-08-31. 
  3. ^ "EBSCO Publishing and The H.W. Wilson Company Make Joint Announcement of Merger Agreement". hwwilson.com (Press release). June 1, 2011. Retrieved August 24, 2011. 
  4. ^ Barrett, William P. (December 29, 1997). Forbes http://www.forbes.com/forbes/1997/1229/6014058a_print.html |url= missing title (help). 
  5. ^ "H.W. Wilson Company". The New York Times. 
  6. ^ "EBSCO Industries, Inc". Ebscoind.com. Retrieved 2013-08-31. 

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