Becker's has been around a long time!
Our company was founded in 1928 by Charles J. Becker, Sr. Charles, Sr. was working as a sales representative for a school supply company. His customers were the parochial schools in Eastern Pennsylvania. Then, during the Depression, Charles Sr.’s employer fell on hard times, and the company was dissolved. Charles Sr., however, had already developed strong relationships with his customers, and he wasn’t ready to say goodbye to them. So he just continued to book orders. His suppliers took those orders as collateral, and he slowly accumulated an inventory. Charles Sr. saw this as an opportunity to start his own company. He founded Charles J. Becker & Bro., Inc.
The “Bro.” in the name was Charles’ brother George. As Charles Sr. and George built the business, they were also building their families. Charles Sr.’s sons Charles Jr., Albert Sr., and Fred finished school and served in the military. Charlie and Al served in the Navy during World War II, while Fred served in the Army during the Korean War. Then after World War II, in 1946, they joined the family business. The three sons continued the strong work ethic and complete focus on customer satisfaction that their father had instilled in them. In those early days of the business, Charlie, Al, and Fred shared one car – taking turns on the road, visiting customers. The business continued to grow, as word spread about Becker’s special approach to personalized service and treating customers like family.
In the 1930s and 1940s, we primarily sold school supplies to parochial schools. The first big expansion was in the 1960s and 1970s, when we entered the private pre-school and kindergarten market. The next milestone was in the early 1980s when we published our first catalog. In the early 1990s, we opened our first retail store, which was actually in our corporate office in Philadelphia. In the 2000s, we built our shopping website ShopBecker.com.
The company’s management is now in its 3rd generation – with Charles Sr.’s grandson George as President and Al’s son Al Jr. as Vice President. The 3rd generation is hands-on at all levels of the company and works hard to earn your business every day.
"Because we are a family business, relationships are important to us and we strive to treat each customer with personal care and respect. It is a true honor to serve the educational community and to get to know so many dedicated teachers and administrators. We cherish the loyalty many of you have shown to our company over the years, and we vow to do our best to keep you coming back!" - George J. Becker, President
Whichever way you enjoy shopping – on the web, through our catalog, or visiting our retail store – Becker’s looks forward to serving you.