Housewares industry veteran Joseph Warren, founder of manufacturers representative firm Joseph Warren Inc., passed away August 6th. He was 89.
A graduate of Loyola University of Chicago, Warren began his career with Ekco Products in Chicago and was later transferred to their plant in Geneva, New York as personnel manager. He worked in the field for a total of 23 years for several companies. His last job was with Allied Products Company, a fortune 500 company, as vp/human and industrial Relations. He left to go into business for himself in 1972, he and his wife opened a kitchen specialty shop they kept for 13 years called the Kitchen Boutique, in Long Grove, IL.
In 1976 he established the representation firm of Joseph Warren Inc., with a showroom in the Chicago Merchandise Mart, serving stores in five Midwest states. Warren’s son Christopher has taken over the running of this business although Joe remained fully active in the Corporation.
He is survived by his son Christoper R. Warren of McHenry, IL, daughter-in-law Carol A. Warren of Fontana, WI and three grandchildren Michael S. Warren of Fontana, WI, Jennifer L. Warren of McHenry, IL and Daniel J. Warren of McHenry, IL.
Donations may be made to Angels Grace Hospice, W359N7430 Brown St., Oconomowoc, WI 53066-1120.