John Boos & Co. has been a name that is synonymous with high quality products in commercial and residential kitchens for many years. This is owed heavily to their commitment to excellence that is deeply rooted in a longstanding history of innovation and superior craftsmanship.
Conrad Boos founded John Boos in 1887 with an innovative chopping block for local meat markets. (Why was it innovative?) With their headquarters and manufacturing facility located in Effingham, Illinois, most John Boos products are still made in the USA. The Effingham location includes a wood production plant, metal fabrication plant and a distribution facility. With a 125 year history, the wood manufacturing plant’s primary function is turning raw lumber into finished product. The new state of the art metal fabrication plant is UL certified and produces high end custom stainless steel fabrication.
With a company culture steeped in history, it is no coincidence their commitment to environmental stability is a priority as a business practice. John Boos actively exercises air quality controls (HAPS), uses lumber from only abundant, sustainable and renewable timbers (NHLA Member), has an active recycling program and written company environmental policies, and promotes environmental responsibility among its employees and the local community. Although John Boos produces products for the residential market, the majority of products are made for commercial foodservice. You will find the John Boos brand in your local restaurants, seen on your favorite televised cooking shows or in one of five new football stadiums. While John Boos is famous for quality wood cutting boards, you can also find a numerous array of their other product types throughout a restaurant.
Front of the House
John Boos offers a range of products you can find in upscale dining rooms. Solid Hard Rock Maple table tops are available in a variety of stains, sizes and edge finishes. These heavy duty tables are finished with a Tuff-Var finish to provide years of service. Matching counter tops are also available in standard lengths or custom sizes to create a unique dining decor. If you offer table side preparation or menu presentation, John boos offers hundreds of cart configurations to enhance the dining experience.
John Boos Hard Rock Maple wood cutting boards are chosen by world renowned chefs because of their safety and durability. These heavy cutting boards slip less due to their hefty weight and cause less wear on cutlery. Wood has an inherent bacteria growth resistance and some of John Boos cutting boards are NSF listed. Wood cutting boards need to be maintained monthly with an inexpensive oil treatment and can be refinished as needed.
John Boos also offers stainless steel work tables in standard and custom sizes for all of your food preparation needs. The stainless steel tops are available in 16 gauge or 14 gauge thicknesses, and in either 420 or 304 series stainless steel. Work tables have the option of a flat top or backsplash configuration. Wood top work tables are available with either flat or as a “Bakers Table” with a three sided backsplash with coved corners. Also, a sink can be added to a stainless steel table top to create a vegetable prep table. There are many options available for the base configuration of the John Boos work tables; these include open base, shelving varieties, pan racks, and bin stops. Since John Boos is a custom fabricator and UL listed (electrical), they can build a prep area to meet your kitchen workflow needs.
John Boos also offers several options for your kitchen storage. They have a complete line of wire shelving for your dry or cold storage areas. Wall mounted shelves are available in 12” and 16” widths up to 96” long. Aluminum dunnage racks are available for floor storage of heavy bulk items. John Boos also fabricates aluminum pan racks in a variety of configurations that can hold up to 20 full sized sheet pans and are available with a see through plastic cover. Their equipment stands accommodate most countertop cooking line ups and are available in a range of materials and designs. Heavy duty equipment stands offer sturdy support for heavy countertop cooking equipment such as griddles, fryers and char broilers. Heavy duty machine stands are excellent for mixers and slicers. For lighter equipment, John Boos also offers a wall mounted microwave shelf.
The Dish Room
John Boos has a complete line of plumbing and sanitation products for your clean room. Hand sinks are available in several sizes with optional splash guards and faucets. Scullery sinks come in a variety of configurations with one to three sink tubs and up to 36”L drain boards. If you use a commercial dishwasher, dishwasher mounted tables are available for upright or undercounter dish machines. Soil side dish tables include a pre-rinse faucet ready sink. In addition to stainless steel products for the dish room, John Boos also has a complete line of grease interceptors. Grease interceptors are highly recommended in most applications to capture grease that is washed down drains, helping to reduce clogs. In many jurisdictions grease interceptor are required. Wall mounted dish shelves and dish cabinets are also available for drying and storage. John Boos offers mop sink options as well, including a stand alone mop sink closet. If such a product is required by code, you can save thousands in construction costs by utilizing this complete unit in your sanitation area.
John Boos & Co. has developed far beyond its original beginnings of solely producing wood products, but their commitment to quality is still evident in every piece of equipment they manufacture.