Established in 1867, T. Frank McCalls started primarily as a feed and grain provider. Eventually the company expanded its lines to include paper and janitorial supplies.

3M Commercial Solutions Division’s Scotchbrite Pad gets tested on a spray buffer in the 1960s.
Acme Paper and Supply cuts the ribbon for its current facility in Savage, Maryland in 1979. (L-R): Ron Attman (current co-CEO of Acme), David Attman, Hugh Nichols (at the time, he was county executive of Howard County), Steve Attman (current co-CEO of Acme), Edward Attman and Mildred Attman (founders of Acme and parents of Ron, David and Steve).

The growing team at Brady gathers for a company photo in 1996. Today, the Las Vegas-based distributor has 16 locations throughout the United States.
Jeff Berk of Berk International cuts T-shirts into 50-pound boxes of rags in his parent’s garage in 1975.

This Avmor van cruises to its next delivery in 1963.
Harold Pond, second-generation president of the Advance Machine Company (now known as Advance and owned by Nilfisk), would play his Hammond Organ in his office as a way to relax during tense business days.

A man mops his shop in 1975 with floor care products from Brulin and Co. Today, the company is known as Brulin Holding Company.
Brothers Bernard and Laurent Lemaire were the co-founders of Papier Cascades, now known as Cascades PRO. This picture is from 1967 when Alain Lemaire, the youngest brother, joined Cascades.

Mrs. Kathleen Williamson, wife of company founder A.B. Williamson, cuts the ribbon on the new Deb offices and laboratory, irreverently referred to as ‘The Penthouse Suite,’ in 1969.
The first two generations of Brame Specialty Company: J.B. and R.L. Brame. Today, the company is led by J.B.’s grandson-in-law Mercer Stanfield.

Bookkeeper Lois Kroll (left) and Plant Manager Archie Monsour (right) receive awards from Bro-Tex President Roger Greenberg in 1988. Thirty years later, both Roger and Lois (who is 91 years old) still work for the company.
Geerpres shows off the strength of its mop bucket in 1954.

Workers manufacture Claire Pineheart Pine Oil Soap in 1947.

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