EBSCO Industries

EBSCO Industries, Inc.
Industry Conglomerate
Founded 1944 (1944)
Headquarters Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Key people
James T. Stephens
Tim Collins
(President & CEO)
Products EBSCOhost
Revenue IncreaseUS$2.5 billion (2015)
Number of employees
5,000 (2006)
Website ebscoind.com

EBSCO Industries is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. It was founded in 1944 by Elton Bryson Stephens, Sr. (hence the EBSCO acronym Elton Bryson Stephens COmpany). EBSCO is one of the largest privately held companies in Alabama, and one of the top 200 in the nation, based on revenues and employee numbers, according to Forbes Magazine.[1]

Company overview

EBSCO was co-founded by Elton Bryson Stephens, Sr. and his wife Alys Robinson Stephens in 1944 to sell magazine subscriptions, personalized binders and magazine racks to the U.S. Armed Forces.[2] They named this "Military Service Company", and over the next decade acquired several other companies that were eventually combined to form EBSCO Industries Inc.

In 2011, EBSCO Publishing took over H. W. Wilson Company.[3][4][5]

EBSCO businesses[6]


  1. "The largest private companies". Forbes. November 9, 2006.
  2. "EBSCO Industries, Inc. - History". Ebscoind.com. Retrieved 2013-08-31.
  3. "EBSCO Publishing and The H.W. Wilson Company Make Joint Announcement of Merger Agreement". hwwilson.com (Press release). June 1, 2011. Retrieved August 24, 2011.
  4. Barrett, William P. (December 29, 1997). "Mousetrapped". Forbes.
  5. "H.W. Wilson Company". The New York Times.
  6. "EBSCO Industries, Inc". Ebscoind.com. Retrieved February 17, 2015.
  7. "Flipster". EBSCO.com.

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