1922

The company is incorporated under the name Utility Supply Company.

1937

The company opens its first retail store and publishes its first office products catalog.

1960

Management recognizes growing business opportunities in the office products wholesale business.

1978

The Company begins to operate exclusively as an office products wholesaler and opens its first state-of-the-art distribution center.

1981

United Stationers becomes a public company.

1992

Acquires Stationers Distributing Company.

1995

Acquired by Associated Stationers.

1996

Acquires Azerty.

2000

Acquires Lagasse.

2001

Acquires Peerless Paper.

2005

Acquires Sweet Paper.

2012

Acquires O.K.I. Supply.

2014

Acquires CPO Commerce, MEDCO and G2S.

2015

Becomes Essendant.

2019

Acquired by Sycamore Partners affiliate, working together with another Sycamore portfolio company, Staples, Inc.