Retail Stores Have Many Construction Suppliers

January 18, 2012

According to a just-released Apple report on supplier responsibility, at least 156 companies provide materials to help create the company’s products. But it’s little known that an almost equal number of companies contribute materials to create the company’s retail stores. Drawing upon a wide range of sources, IFO has compiled a list of 141 companies both big and small that contribute every last object that Apple store visitors see, and many that they don’t see. The companies are headquartered around the world in at least six countries. The products range from ordinary coat hooks used in the back-of-house, to the specially-formulated, low-iron glass in the stores’ display windows. Some companies, like General Electric (glazing sealant), are a household name. But others, like Pawling Corp. (wall guards), are virtually unknown beyond the world of architects and designers. When building its stores, Apple is very particular about every aspect, either requiring specific brands and models for parts and materials, or providing standard construction material specifications for contractors to strictly follow. Apple’s devotion to design means that step stools, filing cabinets, lighting fixtures and even toilet seats are the same across the entire chain. 

You can also download (pdf) the list of all known products and materials suppliers for Apple’s retail stores. Security-related products are not listed.

  • A & M, work station bracket
  • Aarco Products Inc., whiteboards
  • AFGD Glass, glazing
  • ALKCO Lighting, undercounter light
  • All Steel, break chair
  • Amana/Maytag, refrigerator
  • American Floor Products Co., corner guards
  • American Standard, plumbing fixtures
  • Ansul/Tyco Fire Protection Products, fire extinguishers
  • Arden Architectural Specialties Inc., corner guards
  • Ardex Inc., cementious underlay
  • Armstrong World Industries, acoustical ceiling tiles
  • Art Metal Products, lockers
  • ATK Corp., AV/data rack/sound
  • Aurora Mobile Systems, mobile storage shelving
  • Azrock Industries Inc., resilient tile flooring
  • Bemis Manufacturing Co., toilet accessories
  • Benjamin Moore & Co., paints
  • Best-Rite Manufacturing, whiteboards
  • BGT Bischoff, glass staircase sidewalls
  • Binswanger Mirror Products, mirrors
  • Biofit Engineered Products, drafting chair
  • Bischoff Glass Technologies, raw glass
  • Blumcraft of Pittsburgh., door hardware
  • Bobrick Washroom Equipment Inc., lavatory accessories
  • Bodine Co. Inc., fluorescent light ballast
  • Bostik Construction Products, ceramic tiles
  • Bradley Corp., corner guards
  • Brobrick Washroom Equipment Inc., corner guards, toilet accessories
  • Brocar Products Inc., toilet accessories
  • Burke Industries Inc., resilient flooring base
  • C.R. Laurence Co., Inc., door hardware
  • Chicago Faucet, faucets
  • Claridge Products & Equip. Inc., whiteboards
  • Clarke International, mobile tool cart
  • Construction Specialties Inc., corner wall guards
  • Cooper Lighting, lighting fixtures
  • Cramer Inc., step stool
  • Custom Building Products, ceramic tiles
  • DeBourgh Manufacturing Co., lockers
  • Denstor Mobile Storage Systems Inc., mobile storage shelving
  • Depp Glass, glass staircase treads
  • Doralco Architectural Metals, door hardware
  • Dow Corning, glazing sealant
  • Elkay Manufacturing Co., sinks
  • ERG International, break room table
  • Ergomart, LCD wall mount
  • Fetzer Architectural Woodwork, wood furniture
  • Five Star Products Inc., metal fabrications
  • Flexco Co., resilient flooring base
  • Fry Reglet Corp., drywall moldings
  • FSB, door stops
  • GBC Quartet, cork board
  • General Electric Corp., glazing sealant
  • General Paint Ltd., paints
  • Gordon Inc., final drywall forms
  • Greensteel Div. of PolyVision Corp., whiteboards
  • Guardian Industries Corp., glazing
  • Harry A Lowry & Assoc., acoustic insulation
  • Herman Miller, Genius Bar, training stools
  • Hevi-Duty Nelson, firestop putty
  • Hilti Corp., electrical box pads
  • Hookstore, peg board
  • Il Casone, stone flooring
  • Infinite Peripherals, point-of-sale device
  • IPC Door & Wall Protection Systems, corner guards
  • Isoclima, glass staircase curved panels
  • J.R. Smith, toilet accessories
  • Josam, toilet accessories
  • Just Filing Cabinets, file cabinet
  • Kemlite Co., fiberglass wall coverings
  • Kikukawa Kogyo Ltd., stainless steel
  • Kitchen-Aid, microwave
  • Kohler, plumbing fixtures
  • Kroin, faucets
  • Laticrete Internatioal Inc., ceramic tiles, floor setting materials
  • Laurentide Inc., paints
  • Legrand, electrical floor boxes
  • Linea, kids’ table seat
  • List Industries Inc., lockers
  • Lutron Electronics Co. Inc., lighting controllers
  • Lyon Workspace Products, lockers
  • Mapei Corp., ceramic tiles
  • Marlite, fiberglass wall coverings
  • Master Builders, metal fabrications
  • McGuire Manufacturing Co., drain insulation
  • Mer-Kote Products Inc., ceramic tiles
  • Mercer Co., resilient flooring base
  • MM Systems Corp., drywall moldings
  • MMF Industries, key storage cabinet
  • Moen Inc., faucets
  • NCG Denstor, rolling shelving system
  • Newmat Stretch Ceiling Systems, stretch ceiling system
  • North Glass Safety Glass, storefront glass panels
  • Nudo Products Inc., fiberglass wall coverings
  • Office Star, task chair
  • Olsonite Corp., toilet accessories
  • Osram Sylvania, lighting lamps
  • P & G Industries, lighting fixtures
  • Para Paints, paints
  • Pawling Corp., corner guards
  • Pecora Corp., glazing sealant
  • Penco Products, box lockers
  • Philadelphia Sign Co., signage
  • Pilkington Glass Ltd., glazing
  • Plumberex Specialty Products, toilet accessories
  • PPG Industries, door safety glass
  • Protex Industries Inc., metal fabrications
  • Rejuvenation Inc. – Classic, coat hooks
  • Romark, signage materials
  • Roppe Rubber Corp., resilient flooring base
  • Rubbermaid, service cart
  • Sajo, sink cabinet
  • Schlüter Systems L.P., special tile
  • Seele GmbH, storefront glass panels
  • Sequentia Inc., fiberglass wall coverings
  • Sherwin-Williams Co., paints
  • Sioux Chief Precision Plumbing Prod., water hammer arrester
  • Spacesaver Corp., mobile storage shelving
  • Speakman, faucets
  • Specified Technologies Inc., firestop putty
  • Sump, step ladder
  • Swanstone, mop strip
  • Symmons, faucets
  • T & S Brass, faucets
  • Tarkett Inc., resilient tile flooring
  • TEC Specialty Products Inc., floor tile setting materials
  • Teil Haber Manf. Corp., metal storage shelving
  • Thomas-Swan Sign Co. Inc., signage
  • TOTO USA Inc., plumbing fixtures
  • Tremco Sheet Caulking, acoustic insulation
  • TriPyramid Structures Inc., glass staircase hardware
  • Truebro Inc., toilet accessories, drain insulation
  • USG Interiors, ceiling suspension grid
  • Valley Craft, hand truck
  • Varrisol USA, stretch ceiling system
  • VOLA A/S, bathroom faucet
  • W.R. Bonsal Co., cementious underlay
  • Watts Water Technologies Co., water hammer arrester
  • White Storage & Retrieval Systems Inc., mobile storage shelving
  • Zurn Industries LLC, toilet accessories
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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Joe Clark January 19, 2012 at 0452

The list is quite simply a unordered list or, if necessary (I don’t think it is), a table. HTML has perfectly good structures for both. Your list doesn’t have to be and shouldn’t be a PDF.


Gary Allen January 19, 2012 at 1033

Fair enough…full list added to the post after the break.


ACX January 19, 2012 at 1021

I am so gonna build an Apple Store in my basement now!


Gridwall Display February 1, 2012 at 1025

Seems like a lot of companies to deal with to create a product. It is very interesting to see how companies of all sizes can come together to make this work.


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