United Stationers

Largest distributor of business products.

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2200 E. Golf Road
Des Plaines, IL 60016
Employees: 5,550
CEO: Richard Gochnauer
Stock Symbol: USTR

Website: http://www.unitedstationers.com

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United Stationers Inc. is North America's largest broad line wholesale distributor of business products. Subsidiaries of the company include: United Stationers Supply Co., Lagasse & Sweet, Azerty Inc.,

The company has the industry's broadest product line with 40,000 items from more than 500 manufacturers. Main product categories include traditional office products, office furniture, technology products, and janitorial and sanitation supplies. 

United Stationers has more than 20,000 resellers, including office products dealers, mega-dealers, contract stationers, office products superstores, computer products resellers, office furniture dealers, mass merchandisers, mail order companies, sanitary supply distributors, drug and grocery store chains and e-commerce merchants.

The company has an extensive distribution network: 35 United Stationers Supply Co. distribution centers, 32 Lagasse/Sweet distribution centers that serve the janitorial and sanitation industry, two Azerty distribution centers in Mexico that serve computer supply resellers, and two distribution centers that serve the Canadian marketplace. This integrated network allows United Stationers to provide same- or next-day delivery to more than 90 percent of the United States, and major cities in Canada and Mexico.
The company also has the largest office products catalog featuring over 27,000 items.

In 2004, United Stationers reported revenues of $4 billion and net income of $89.9 million.


The company was incorporated in 1922 under the name Utility Supply Company. During the early 1930s, the Company published its first office products catalog. The concept was such a success that the business was further expanded with the opening of its first retail store in 1937. In the early 1950s, in addition to its catalog and retail operation, management recognized growing opportunities in the office products wholesale business. In 1970, the company opened its first state-of-the-art distribution center. As time passed, the Company found it difficult to compete as both a retailer and wholesaler. So, in 1978, the retail operations were sold and the Company began to operate exclusively as an office products wholesaler.

United Stationers went public in 1981.

In 1984, United Stationers established MicroUnited to capitalize on the growth in the computer supplies sector. The company's MicroUnited division focused on the distribution of peripherals and supplies to computer products resellers.


Health Care Coverage
United Stationers offers comprehensive Medical and Dental Benefits for all eligible associates and their eligible dependents. Coverage begins after 30 days of continuous employment. The available plan options may include an HMO and PPO.

Medical and Dependent Care Reimbursement Accounts
Eligible associates may elect to designate a portion of their income to these reimbursement accounts. These accounts allow participants to save dollars on qualified medical and dependent child or elder care expenses by paying for them with pre-tax dollars.

Life Insurance/Accidental Death and Dismemberment
The Company provides associates with life insurance, as well as accidental death and dismemberment insurance, at no cost to the associate.

Dependent Life Insurance
Life insurance policies are provided to eligible spouses and dependents of United Stationers' associates at no cost to the associate.

401(k) Savings Plan
The United Stationers 401(k) Savings Plan's main features are:

- Participation after six months of continuous service.
- 12 investment options from Fidelity Management Trust Company.
- Company matching contributions equal 50% of Before-Tax contributions, up to 6% of base salary.
- Before-Tax associate contributions up to 25% of salary (subject to certain IRS limits).
- After-Tax associate contributions up to 10% of salary (subject to certain IRS limits).
- Catch-up contributions up to 10% of salary (subject to certain IRS limits).

Pension Plan
United Stationers offers a Pension Plan to all of its non-union associates who are at least 21 years of age and who have completed one year of service. A normal retirement pension is equal to 1% of annual compensation for each year of service, to a maximum of 40 years of service. Benefits in this plan vest in full after five full years of service.

Tuition Reimbursement
Associates who have completed six months of service may be eligible for education reimbursement assistance for work-related courses.

Associate Purchases
Associates may purchase, at Company cost, any regular stock item that the Company carries, provided the item is for their personal use or for that of their immediate family. The associate is eligible after 30 days of continuous service, and all purchases will be paid for by automatic payroll deduction, or personal check as permitted by state law

The Company provides time off for relaxation and recreation, based on length of service. These days come in the form of holidays, vacation and/or personal days.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
United Stationers offers an EAP to its associates free of charge. Through this confidential service, associates and their immediate family members can obtain professional short-term counseling, referrals and/or reference materials to assist them with a wide range of personal or family situations.

Updated December 15, 2005

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