The History of EBSCO Industries, Inc.
  • 1930

    Elton B. Stephens sold magazines to earn money for college.

  • 1936

    Elton B. Stephens graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law and decided managing the sale of magazines was more profitable than a career in law.

  • 1944

    Elton B. Stephens and his wife, Alys Robinson Stephens, formed a partnership to sell magazines, personalized binders and racks to the U.S. Armed Forces under the name of Military Service Company.

  • 1946

    Metal Fabricators and Finishers (currently Vulcan Industries) was formed to manufacture display stands.

  • 1947

    Vulcan Binder & Cover (now Vulcan Information Packaging) was formed to manufacture binders.

  • 1948

    Hartsfield Printing Company (currently EBSCO Media) was purchased to supply personalized stationery to the armed forces.

  • 1954

    Vulcan Enterprises (currently EBSCO Professional Partnership Group) started to provide community-related messages for binder covers.

  • 1958

    Operations were combined under EBSCO Industries, Inc., “profit centers” were established, and corporate headquarters moved to the center of Birmingham.

  • 1960

    Hanson-Bennett Magazine Agency, Chicago, was acquired.

  • 1963

    Library Subscription Service Office, EBSCO’s first sales effort to libraries, was opened in Boston.

  • 1967

    The Burkhardt Co. of Detroit (binder manufacturer) was purchased.

  • 1967

    National Publications Co. of Los Angeles was acquired.

  • 1968

    EBSCO Subscription Services (ESS) had 10 regional offices.

  • 1969

    Vulcan Information Packaging built the nation’s most modern loose-leaf binder plant.

  • 1971

    J.T. Stephens succeeded Elton B. Stephens as president.

  • 1972

    Franklin Square Agency was purchased to double the volume of ESS.

  • 1975

    Publisher Promotion and Fulfillment (currently PPF) was founded to serve publishers.

  • 1975

    ESS opened an office in Europe.

  • 1976

    Valley Joist was acquired.

  • 1977

    H. Wilson Company, Chicago, was acquired.

  • 1977

    EBSCO Media quadrupled its size by moving to a new location.

  • 1980

    EBSCO Reception Room Subscription Services was established to provide subscription savings to professional offices.

  • 1980

    EBSCO Telephone Sales (currently EBSCO TeleServices) was created to provide promotional and research capabilities to publishers.

  • 1980

    PRADCO (Rebel Lures) was acquired by EBSCO. Cordell was then acquired by PRADCO.

  • 1981

    EBSCO Subscription Services established a Regional Office in Sydney, NSW, Australia.

  • 1982

    EBSCO moved to a 134,000-square-foot International Headquarters.

  • 1982

    Moore-Cottrell, a subscription agency, was acquired.

  • 1984

    NSC International was purchased.

  • 1984

    EBSCO Publishing was created to provide a serials reference book to the library community.

  • 1986

    EBSCO Electronic Information (now part of EBSCO Publishing) was initiated to develop and produce electronic information products.

  • 1987

    Popular Magazine Review (currently Magazine Article Summaries) was acquired.

  • 1988

    McAinsh of Canada was purchased as part of CANEBSCO Subscription Services.

  • 1992

    Luxor was acquired.

  • 1992

    Hill Library and Information Services of New Zealand was purchased as part of EBSCO Subscription Services.

  • 1992

    Vulcan Industries combined all operations into a new 168,000-square-foot facility.

  • 1993

    Majors Scientific Subscription division was acquired as part of EBSCO Subscription Services.

  • 1994

    EBSCO went online with its first home page on the World Wide Web at www.ebsco.com.

  • 1994

    EBSCO Industries, Inc., celebrated its 50-year anniversary.

  • 1995

    Magazine Express, EBSCO’s first division to offer subscriptions directly to consumers, was acquired.

  • 1995

    Northeast Looseleaf, manufacturer of vinyl and case-made binders, was acquired as part of Vulcan Binder & Cover’s operations.

  • 1995

    Offilib, the major journal and book supplier to the French research community, consolidated operations with EBSCO Subscription Services’ French Regional Office.

  • 1995

    EBSCO Information Services (EIS) formed to provide libraries with one source for quality information-related services and products.

  • 1995

    The Web version of EBSCONET® Online Subscription Service debuted, offering a variety of subscription services via the Internet.

  • 1996

    Alys Robinson Stephens, wife of EBSCO Founder and Chairman Emeritus Elton B. Stephens, passed away February 5 at age 86.

  • 1998

    Valley Joist celebrated the grand opening of its second manufacturing facility in Fernley, Nevada.

  • 1998

    EBSCO acquired Modern Muzzleloading, the manufacturer and marketer of Knight Rifles and its subsidiary, Green Mountain Rifle Barrel Company, Inc.

  • 1998

    Wayne Industries, Inc., a sign manufacturer, was acquired by EBSCO.

  • 1998

    EBSCO TeleServices acquired Telemarketing Network, Inc. (TNI), in Cayuhoga Falls, Ohio.

  • 1998

    EBSCO Development Company was formed and began plans for a traditional neighborhood development called Mt Laurel.

  • 1999

    Vulcan Information Packaging acquired ImageSource, based in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

  • 1999

    PRADCO Outdoor Brands acquired Outdoors America, Inc., manufacturers of Code Blue deer scents and attractants.

  • 1999

    EBSCO acquired NoveList, the leading advisory service in the U.S. that helps readers locate fiction books by title, author or subject classification.

  • 1999

    EBSCO acquired the Berlin-based Lange & Springer subscription agency and mail-order bookseller.

  • 1999

    EBSCO was recognized by the Newcomen Society of North America for its growth and influence in the various industries in which it operates.

  • 2000

    EBSCO Information Services introduced EBSCO Book Services, which sells books via the Internet.

  • 2000

    EBSCO acquired Tinker Business Forms in Pelham, Alabama.

  • 2000

    Four Seasons/Vitronic acquired Murphy Brothers Fine Crystal, located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

  • 2000

    PRADCO Outdoor Brands acquired Carry-Lite Hunting Decoys and Accessories, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

  • 2001

    Insurance provider S.S. Nesbitt & Co. of Birmingham, Alabama, was acquired.

  • 2001

    EBSCO acquired J.M. Stewart Corp. of Sarasota, Florida, which specializes in sales and marketing for church, school, government and municipal signs.

  • 2002

    EBSCO acquired Summit Treestands, manufacturer of climbing treestands and related hunting products.

  • 2002

    EBSCO acquired Vulcan Outdoors (now called Grand View Media Group), the outdoor publishing arm of Vulcan Publications.

  • 2003

    Moultrie Feeders, manufacturer of wildlife feeders, game cameras and other hunting products, was acquired.

  • 2003

    Siegel Display Products, literature and tradeshow display direct marketer, was acquired.

  • 2003

    RoweCom, global subscription agency, was acquired.

  • 2003

    Whitston Publishing Co., bibliographic database provider, was acquired.

  • 2003

    CINAHL Information Systems, nursing and allied health database, was acquired.

  • 2004

    Dixon Brooke named chief operating officer with plans to succeed J.T. Stephens as president in 2005.

  • 2004

    Allen Powell succeeded Dixon Brooke as EBSCO Information Services General Manager.

  • 2004

    EBSCO acquired Putman Media’s Processing magazine as a part of Grand View Media Group.

  • 2004

    EBSCO acquired Ehlert Publishing’s sportsman’s group of magazines, which includes Bowhunting World, Archery Business and the Black’s Directories, as part of Grand View Media Group.

  • 2004

    EBSCO celebrated its 60th anniversary.

  • 2005

    Admanco, Inc., promotional products supplier, was acquired as part of Vitronic/Four Seasons.

  • 2005

    Global Point Products, consumer and game camera supplier, was acquired.

  • 2005

    Flow Control magazine was acquired as part of Grand View Media Group.

  • 2005

    EBSCO Founder and Chairman Emeritus Elton B. Stephens passed away February 5 at age 93.

  • 2005

    Dixon Brooke succeeded J.T. Stephens as EBSCO president effective July 1.

  • 2005

    SPORTDiscus™ sports information database was acquired by EBSCO Publishing.

  • 2005

    EBSCO Publishing expanded its medical reach by acquiring Health Library™, Natural & Alternative Treatments™ and Evidence-Based Complementary Medicine™.

  • 2005

    EBSCO Publishing acquired DynaMed®, an evidence-based clinical reference tool.

  • 2005

    EBSCO acquired Crown Products, promotional products supplier.

  • 2006

    EBSCO acquired NTP Media, Inc., business-to-business publisher.

  • 2006

    S.S. Nesbitt acquired LMJ Corporation, independent insurance agency.

  • 2007

    EBSCO Publishing acquired historical reference databases, America: History & Life and Historical Abstracts.

  • 2007

    ANB Insurance Services, independent insurance agency, was acquired as part of S.S. Nesbitt & Co., Inc.

  • 2008

    EBSCO acquired Hallmark Data Systems, subscription fulfillment company.

  • 2008

    Lindy Little Joe, sportfishing products company, was acquired as part of PRADCO Outdoor Brands.

  • 2008

    Money Lures, producer of soft plastic lures, was acquired by PRADCO.

  • 2008

    EBSCO acquired Minerva, a subscription service agency in Austria.

  • 2008

    NN&I, B2B magazine publisher, acquired as part of Grand View Media Group.

  • 2008

    Independent Insurance Agents acquired as part of S.S. Nesbitt.

  • 2008

    Fairwaters Tackle Company, saltwater tackle manufacturer, acquired as part of PRADCO.

  • 2008

    NISC, Inc., reference database publisher, acquired as part of EBSCO Publishing.

  • 2009

    Salem Press, reference works publisher, acquired as part of EBSCO Publishing.

  • 2009

    Mundi-Prensa, subscription services provider, acquired by EBSCO Information Services.

  • 2009

    World Textiles, a database covering the textile industry, acquired by EBSCO Publishing.

  • 2010

    NetLibrary databases, eBook and eAudiobook platform, acquired by EBSCO Publishing.

  • 2010

    SAGE Criminal Justice Abstracts and Communication Abstracts acquired by EBSCO Publishing.

  • 2010

    EBSCO was named a green business by the Birmingham Business Alliance.

  • 2010

    EBSCO Sign Group formed EBSCO Digital Signage.

  • 2011

    EBSCO Publishing acquired H.W. Wilson Company, one of the oldest library information providers.

  • 2011

    MCM Group, licensed promotional products distributor, acquired by EBSCO Industries.

  • 2011

    Ergonomics Abstracts, database covering the field of erogonomics, was acquired by EBSCO.

  • 2012

    RLG Databases acquired by EBSCO.

  • 2012

    PEMSoft, medical research reference business, acquired by EBSCO.

  • 2012

    Strategic Employee Benefit Services of Alabama and International Assurance acquired as part of S.S. Nesbitt & Co., Inc.

  • 2012

    British Education Index acquired as part of EBSCO Information Services.

  • 2012

    Moose River Media, green and agriculture industry media company, acquired by Grand View Media Group.

  • 2012

    Millennium Leather acquired by Vitronic Promotional Group.

  • 2012

    American Thermoplastic Company acquired by Vulcan Information Packaging.

  • 2012

    Printwise Technologies acquired by EBSCO Media.

  • 2012

    SSR Communications acquired by Grand View Media Group.