416 Liberty St                             815-942-4173

           Morris, IL 60450               fax: 815-942-8103

 

           710 Jefferson St                        815-722-6656

           Joliet, IL 60435                  fax: 815-722-2438

 

 

        In March of 1936, J.L. McGrath left his position as a typewriter service technician with the Underwood Typewriter Company to begin his own business.  In the early days, his inventory consisted of one typewriter at a time until he sold enough to stock multiple typewriters.  With the help of his wife Irene, his business gradually grew to the point of handling most of the typewriter business in Will and Grundy counties.

 

        In 1960, J.L. and Irene's daughter Priscilla married Robert Borgstrom.  When Robert finished his service in the U.S. Navy in 1964, he and Priscilla returned to Joliet to take over the family business.  In 1965, Robert opened a branch of McGrath Office Equipment in downtown Morris.  Jim Provancal was hired to manage the Morris store, while Robert continued to handle the Will county business from the Joliet store.

Robert and Priscilla Borgstrom

        Today, McGrath Office Equipment is managed by the four sons of Robert and Priscilla.  Bob Jr. and Mark manage the Joliet office at 710 West Jefferson Street.  Chris and Jeff manage the location on Liberty Street in downtown Morris.  McGrath's has grown from a true "Mom and Pop" store to an affordable supplier of everything for the office.

 

The New Generation:  

Mark, Chris, Bob Jr. and Jeff Borgstrom

        As the typewriter business has changed over the past 75 years, so has McGrath Office Equipment.  Today, McGrath Office Equipment supplies area businesses with copy equipment - full color and black & white, as well as printing, faxing, and scanning equipment all supported by factory and network trained service personnel.  Additionally, McGrath's has become the area's leader in office furniture.


        From special pricing on office machines and office supplies to a complete furniture layout of your office, McGrath Office Equipment continues to provide everything for the office since 1936.

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