Boston Showcase Company History


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1913: Max Starr founds Boston Showcase Company in Roxbury, MA. BSC begins as a fine millwork manufacturer, which includes building showcases, bars, cabinetry, and other carpentry projects.

1948: Milton Starr, the oldest of Max’s four sons, takes over as President. Jason, the youngest son, graduates from Harvard and establishes the distinguished University as the first food service equipment and supplies account in BSC history, a relationship that still endures.

1950’s: While the four Starr boys, including Leonard and Erwin, work in the business, BSC designs and supplies hotels throughout the United States and in parts of South America. BSC also supplies the Mr. Donut chain, which preceded Dunkin’ Donuts.

1963: Anthony’s Pier 4 in Boston opens with the help of BSC, which designed the kitchen and supplied the equipment and smallwares. Anthony’s remains a loyal customer today.

1973 and 1976: Jason’s sons Alan, followed by Jack enter the business. Both serve as Vice Presidents during their careers.

1979: Following Milton’s retirement, Jason becomes President.

1980’s: Through Jason’s close relationships with prominent hoteliers, BSC works with Embassy Suites and Guest Quarters Hotels on numerous projects.

1990’s and 2000’s: BSC continues working with premier individual restaurants including Grill 23, Stephanie’s on Newbury, and Hamersley’s Bistro. In addition to private work, BSC begins working as a kitchen equipment contractor for school, hotel, assisted living and office projects.

2004: The largest project in Boston Showcase Company history, the Boston Convention Center, is completed.

2007: Alan Starr assumes the role of President while his son, Andy, becomes the fourth generation in the Starr family to work at BSC.

2008: BSC completes Davio's and Skipjack's at Patriot Place, the new lifestyle center in Foxboro, MA.

2009: BSC completes numerous projects, including Bistro du Midi in Boston, Verrill Farm in Concord, and IBM in Littleton.

2011: Jack Starr's son, Matt, joins Boston Showcase Company full time and becomes the second fourth generation employee. BSC designs and supplies Milk St. Cafe on Wall Street in New York City as well as managing projects at The Rivers School and Bain Capital.

May 15, 2013: BSC celebrates 100 years in business!