EBSCO Industries

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

EBSCO Industries, Inc.
Founded1944 (1944)
FounderElton B. Stephens 
HeadquartersBirmingham, Alabama, USA
Key people
Bryson Stephens
David Walker
RevenueUS$2.8 billion (2017)
Number of employees
5,000 (2006)


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's business activities include information services (EBSCO Information Services), outdoor products, manufacturing, general services, publishing services, and real estate.[6]


  1. "The largest private companies". Forbes. November 9, 2006.
  2. "EBSCO Industries, Inc. - History". Ebscoind.com. Archived from the original on 2013-09-03. 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.
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