The company is incorporated under the name Utility Supply Company.
The company opens its first retail store and publishes its first office products catalog.
Management recognizes growing business opportunities in the office products wholesale business.
The Company begins to operate exclusively as an office products wholesaler and opens its first state-of-the-art distribution center.
United Stationers becomes a public company.
Acquires Stationers Distributing Company.
Acquired by Associated Stationers.
Acquires Peerless Paper.
Acquires Sweet Paper.
Acquires O.K.I. Supply.
Acquires CPO Commerce, MEDCO and G2S.
Acquired by Sycamore Partners affiliate, working together with another Sycamore portfolio company, Staples, Inc.
Divested the Industrial and Automotive businesses of Essendant to One Equity Partners, a private equity firm. This sale includes ORS Nasco, Essendant Canada, OKI Middle East, Medco, Nestor, and G2S.