1889: Matthews begins as a retailer of health science books in St. Louis, MO
1905: Medical instruments were added to the product mix
1945: Sam Marcus purchases Matthews Book Company
1950’s: Sam’s son John joins the firm and the company starts to sell books on a wholesale basis
1970: John Marcus becomes CEO
1987: Med-Book POS is introduced to the health science industry
1989: John sells 30% of the company forming an ESOP for the employees
1994: Matthews Book Company receives the St. Louis Small Business Award from St. Louis Commerce Magazine
1996: Employee ownership increases to 42%
2002: Matthews opens a second warehouse facility in New Jersey
2004: Employee ownership increases to 75% and Linda Nash is appointed CEO
2004: Matthews purchases McCoy Health Science Supply
2007: The Company hosts the first annual Matthews Retail Vendor Show
2011: Matthews acquires International Wholesales Supply
2012: Matthews acquires Landmark Distributing
2012: Matthews acquires Star Distributing
2012: Matthews Group of Companies is now 100% Employee-Owned
2013: Matthews consolidates book distribution & customer service operations to one location out of St. Louis Missouri
As a creative, growth and profit-oriented company, Matthews will involve all of its employee-owners for the primary purpose of not only meeting but exceeding the changing service requirements of our customers in order to be perceived as the finest seller of health science educational materials in our served markets.
Matthews Book Company is a unique organization focused on success through the individual accomplishment of each of our employee-owners and the performance of the company as a team. To emphasize our culture of teamwork, we have removed the word “management” from our internal vocabulary. Our organizational chart has been inverted, and we refer to our executives, managers and supervisors as “coaches”. Likewise, in addition to being an employee-owner, each of us is also a “player” on the Matthews team. This philosophy encourages strong individual performance supported by powerful teamwork. Coaches are taught to guide, educate, support, and empower- not dictate and control. Such an environment gives each of us the opportunity to thrive and reach our full potential. If each individual employee-owner is successful, the success of Matthews will certainly follow.
We believe great people drive our success. Apply today for the opportunity to join an employee owned company
Matthews Book Company provides equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all employee-owners and applicants for employment. No person shall be unlawfully discriminated against in employment because of race, religion, color, sex, age, physical or mental disabilities, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, status as disabled or Vietnam era veteran, or any other protected group status in accordance with application federal laws.