EPKO Industries is a national, marketing-led organization involved in the sourcing and distribution of commercial wallcoverings, industrial sewing threads and industrial textiles. The company began in the early 1900s as a small textile jobbing company named Louis Kovel and Son. In 1974, the company purchased an Illinois company called A. I. Epton & Sons, a distributor of automotive and upholstery products produced by B. F. Goodrich Company. The corporation then changed its name to EPKO Industries. With offices and warehouses throughout the United States and Mexico, EPKO Industries is one of the largest independent distributors of sewing thread in the world. EPKO Industries is headquartered in Elk Grove Village, Ill.