Blue Ribbon Products
Blue Ribbon Products
With over 100 years of excellence, Blue Ribbon Products began in 1900 as the International Metal Polish Company, specializing in products for cleaning and polishing silver, brass, copper, and chrome. With the onset of automotive finishes during the first part of that century, it was discovered that metal polishes had similar chemical compositions to what we currently use as polishes for automotive paints. Thus, a new company was born: Blue Ribbon Car Care Products. Over the years, Blue Ribbon has stayed at the forefront of the industry through constant research, development and innovations to assure that we provide the best products for our customers and their ever-changing needs. In fact, Blue Ribbon prides itself on providing the highest industry standard in the quality of our products and superb customer service. This is what sets us apart from our competitors. Blue Ribbon offers one of the most complete lines of professional automotive care and specialty household cleaning products available, as well as an extensive distribution network to keep products in stock. Our ongoing factory and field support will be able to assist with customer needs however large or small. This is why auto detailers, car dealers, body shops and carwashes everywhere prefer Blue Ribbon products. We have proven to be a leader in our industry with the highest quality products and services available.
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Blue Ribbon Products Company was founded in 1933 by Joseph “Finny” Londergon and was incorporated on January 8, 1946. The Pabst Brewing Company was the sole product supplier at that time. The warehouse was rented from The E, J & E Railroad at 1018 East Cass Street in Joliet. This property was previously used to re-pack bulk potatoes arriving on rail cars.
Finny died in 1943 from a massive heart attack at the age of 42. Elva, Finny’s wife, took over as President of the family business during times when the beer business was largely considered a man’s job. She excelled during her tenure and was well known in the business and social community until her death in 1967.
James D. Londergon, the only child of Finny and Elva, assumed leadership of the business in 1967. At age 40 Jim was not new to the beer business, he had participated in most every facet of the company including Management, Sales, Route Driver, Merchandiser and Draft Specialist. Jim Londergon served as The President of Blue Ribbon Products Company until the day of his passing, June 24th 2002. He was 75 years old. Currently Jim’s two sons Don and David are are in charge of the day to day operations.
Blue Ribbon Products Co. has been in the beverage business for over 77 years and will remain committed to providing quality products and service to their customers- today, tomorrow and for the next 77 years.