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THE GROWTH OF TONINI CHURCH SUPPLY CO. Established 1883 or Earlier WE PLEDGE ANEW OUR EFFORTS TO PROVIDE THE BEST IN VALUE, SERVICE, COOPERATION AND FRIENDLY RELATIONS WITH OUR CUSTOMERS. 1883- FOUNDER FERDINAND TONINI Tonini's is still owned and operated by the 4th and 5th generations of the Founder's family. 1955 Completely remodeled, purchased 2 buildings. AND THIS IS OUR MODERN 25,000 SQUARE FOOT FACILITY TODAY. 1883 Our great grandfather founded the business on Green Street. 1904 Relocated to 636 So. Shelby Street. 1908 Expanded to 636-638 So. Shelby Street. Photo shows Great Grandpa with his one employee. 1955 Further expansion was necessary. We purchased adjacent property and increased our addresses to 636-638-640-642 So. Shelby Street. The first floor was completely remodeled and the walls between buildings were breached to unify the store area. Property at the rear of our parking lot, 730 E. Gray Street was purchased for our candle warehouse. 1957 New space was constructed for our accounting department. 1962 The entire 4 building complex was converted to store and ware housing. 1992 Purchased land in a new suburban shopping center and constructed a modern, spacious building for store and warehouse. 2018 The 5th generation of the Tonini family joins the ownership group. Tonini Church Supply Co., one of the oldest firms of its kind in the United States, still operates under the principles of our founder, Ferdinand Tonini. Although Edward (2nd generation) held that the store was founded in 1866, the year he was born, the Rev. Clyde F. Crews, in his book An American Holy Land, lists Tonini's as a major merchant in church goods advertising in a German language newspaper dated January 30, 1884. The business was first established as "Ferdinand Tonini". For his son's 25th birthday, Ferdinand changed the name of the business to "F. Tonini & Son", thus incorporating both individuals in the name of the firm. In the early 1960's, we formed a corporation and changed the name to "Tonini Church Supply Co.", to better identify our type of business. This gives us over 136 years of customer service and we continue to grow each year. Over the years we have maintained the principles of good, sound business practices of excellent service, integrity, quality and guaranteed satisfaction. CANDLE WAREHOUSE NOT SHOWN IN PHOTO or earlier 1908 638 So. Shelby 1992 966 Breckenridge Lane 1883 546 Green Street "Liberty Street" 1904 636 So. Shelby "Serving Churches into a 3rd Century" 570 1-800-626-3545 TONINI

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