Uline

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Not to be confused with U-Line Corporation.
Uline
Private - Family Owned
Industry Industrial Supplies Wholesalers
Founded 1980
Headquarters Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
Products Shipping Boxes, Plastic Bags, Packing Materials, Warehouse Equipment, Janitorial Supplies
Number of employees
5,000+
Website www.uline.com

Uline is a family-owned distributor of shipping and industrial supplies with operations in the US, Canada and Mexico.

History[edit]

Uline was founded in 1980 when Liz and Dick Uihlein started the company from their basement. Its first product was the H-101 carton sizer.[1]

Locations[edit]

Uline has distribution centers near Chicago, IL; Minneapolis, MN; Allentown, PA; Los Angeles, CA; Atlanta, GA; Dallas, TX; and Seattle, WA. There are also locations in Mexicali and Monterrey Mexico and near Toronto and Edmonton Canada.[2]

Products[edit]

Uline sells 32,500 products in the following categories: shipping, retail, safety, material handling and industrial supplies. It advertises through its 700-page catalog.[3]

Expansion[edit]

The Village Board of Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin unanimously approved final plans for a second building at Uline’s headquarters in February 2016.[4]

Political activity[edit]

Uline CEO Richard Uihlein has been a Republican donor for decades, and increased his political giving after Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.[5] Uihlein has supported conservative groups and candidates like Ted Cruz, The Club for Growth, and the Illinois Policy Institute. Uihlein is also a major donor to Americas PAC,[6] Scott Walker,[7] and Bruce Rauner.[5] In May 2016, Donald Trump announced the appointment of Uline President and co-founder Liz Uihlein to the position of national vice-chair for fundraising efforts for his campaign.[8]

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