Established in 1892 by Edward Gornell, E. Gornell & Sons, Inc. has long been a respected company in the westside of Chicago, Illinois. The company quickly established itself as a brush engineering firm and manufacturer, taking pride in its ability to turn a customer's simple drawing into a high-quality product. As the company's turn-of-the-century advertisements read, "Send us a diagram or sketch of the brush desired. We can duplicate or modify any style brush from a sample, blue print or sketch."
Brought into the business at a young age by his father, Edward, Raymond Gornell was a grammar school student when he began delivering packages for the family business. As he grew, he nurtured the business and eventually became president and owner. The business quickly grew to be a well-respected company with a reputation as a custom designer and manufacturer of brushes.
Mr. Gornell helped turn E. Gornell & Sons, Inc. into one of the oldest and most successful brush companies in the United States with exports worldwide. His employees, some having been with the company for more than 30 years, described Ray as "loyal, kind...a gentle man." At the helm for more than 30 years, Mr. Gornell passed away on November 17, 1998 at the age of 83.
The Company Today
We still remain much as we were in 1892: family operated and run by son-in-law Gus Treslo. We have come a long way since the handcrafted work that was done in 1892. Today, our company has the latest computerized and automated equipment for high-speed production of quality brushes. Changeover times are greatly decreased, allowing us to manufacture small quantities with minimal setup charges.
E. Gornell & Sons, Inc. is large enough to handle any size job. However, our goal is not necessarily to be the biggest brush manufacturing company but to be the best in service and quality. We pride ourselves in achieving both of these for over 100 years. We are one of the most respected companies in the industry.
|• The Greater North Pulaski Development Corporation
• Illinois Manufacturers' Association
• The Management Association of Illinois
|• U.S. Chamber of Commerce
• American Brush Manufacturers Association