Almo Corporation, the parent company to Almo Pro A/V, announced the 75th anniversary of its founding in 1946. The company will celebrate by serving 75 different charities and hosting in-person and virtual celebrations in conjunction with key company and industry events.
They kicked it all off with the release of this video yesterday:
Celebration: Honoring How Far Almo has Come
In 1946, Albert Margolis and Morris Green founded a wholesale distribution firm in Center City, Philadelphia. They named the company using the first two letters of their first names. Al was listed first so the company name would be in the front of the Yellow Pages phone book, the primary means of advertising at the time. They sold replacement parts for radios and televisions to the dealer service trade through a number of branches in the Mid-Atlantic states.
Over the course of 75 years, Almo has grown from a team of two to a third-generation, family-owned business with more than 650 employees, nine distribution facilities and 2.5 million square feet of warehousing space. This supports its major electronic, premium appliances, professional AV and e-commerce fulfillment business segments.
“Family, Innovation, Integrity and Teamwork (FIIT) are at the foundation of our company,” Gene Chaiken, chairman of the board, Almo Corporation, said. “People are what make companies great and Almo is comprised of passionate, hard-working and caring people who bring meaning to our business and our relationships. We remain steadfast in our ability to be a value-added distributor for many years to come.”
Almo has multiple celebrations planned throughout the remainder of 2021, primarily during the following in-person and virtual events:
- Almo’s Pro AV National Sales Meeting (August)
- Almo’s E4 Experience Boston (October 7)
- AVIXA’s InfoComm 2021 (IC21) (October 27-29)
- Almo’s E4 Experience Dallas (November 30)
- Almo’s E4 Evolution (E4v) Virtual (December)
“75 years ago, two friends gave their names to a dream — what started as their dream became their legacy,” Warren Chaiken, president and CEO, Almo Corporation, said. “We are proud to still be running strong at 75 years and are especially thankful for the partnerships we’ve gained and maintained along the way. We look forward to celebrating the milestones that have molded and shaped Almo Corporation into the company it is today.”
75 Charitable Partnerships: A Diamond-Studded Year of Giving Back
Serving others has always been at the heart of the Almo business model. In fact, all Almo employees receive an annual paid “Do Good” day to focus on a philanthropic endeavor of their choice. This year, Almo is selecting 75 organizations to provide time, talent and donations to, including:
- St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
- American Cancer Society
- Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House
- American Red Cross
- Michael Vergauwen Scholarship Fund (AVIXA Foundation)
- The Block Gives Back – Food Insecurity in Philadelphia
- Penn State Food Bank
Almo has a long history of promoting sustainability projects to reduce its footprint on the environment and to give back to local communities. Initiatives include adding motion-sensing lighting in its warehousing space and offices, replacing warehouse facility rooftops with solar panels and converting its forklift fleet from propane to “eco-performance” electric. These measures are significantly reducing Almo’s electric usage and lowering energy costs.
“This three-pronged approach is already making a dramatic impact in our ability to create a sustainable business model that minimizes our environmental impact,” said Ed Gibbons, senior vice president, Almo Corporation. “As we move forward, we will pursue new opportunities that allow us to continue contributing to the environment, particularly as it relates to our employees, partners, customers and communities.”
Recognition: Almo Named “Top Workplace” by The Philadelphia Inquirer
For the eighth time, Almo was named a “Top Workplace in the Mid-Size Business Category” by The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Greater Philadelphia Region’s most prevalent news source. Results are based solely on employee feedback of company values, encouraging ideas, feeling connected, learning opportunities, motivation and confidence in company leadership.