Spanning four generations over eighty-five years, Crawford Material Company remains family owned and operated. Our staff is dedicated to providing a quality product and ensuring customer satisfaction.
During the depression in 1933, Art Wind was working as a mechanic and like many others, found himself laid off. Art and his wife Lucy took a risk with the money they had saved and opened a building material supply company. The name comes from the original street that it fronts, Crawford Ave, which was later changed to Pulaski Rd.
In the beginning, a sale meant they could eat. A few years later, Crawford Building Material Co. was given the opportunity to supply cement for the construction of the Schwinn Bicycle plant in Chicago. With great success, Art and Lucy met the demands of this project and Crawford Material Co. was on its way.
In December 1959, Art and Lucy's son, Warren, returned from college with his wife, Rhea, to work for his parents. Within a few years, Art retired and Warren took over the business. Warren expanded his product lines and added computers to meet the growing demands of his customers and the industry. In 1974, he incorporated the company, changing the name to Crawford Material Company. In 1990, Warren retired from Crawford to devote full attention to his other company, "Glashaus Inc.", the importer of Weck Glass Block.
Warren's sons, Stuart and Steven, took over operations of Crawford Material Co. His youngest son, Scott, opened "Glashaus Spain", a European importer of Weck Glass Block. Steven's son Jocko joined Crawford Material in 2010.
Today, four generations later, Crawford Material Co. is still family owned and operated. Over the years, new product lines have been added and improvements in material handling techniques have been developed. Crawford Material Co. still understands the importance of providing a quality product to their customers in a timely and courteous manner.
The tradition continues, Crawford Material Compnay perserveres as Chicago's brick and mortar supplier. The owners and staff at Crawford Material Co. take great pride in ensuring customer satisfaction, just as Art and Lucy did in the beginning.