Our History

The History of MJ Kellner

Over the last nine decades, MJ Kellner Foodservice has evolved into a successful multi-dimensional full-line Foodservice, Equipment and Supply distributorship and continues to experience growth under the leadership of William (Bill) Kellner, the third generation owner. He is preceded by his father, H.J. (Hack) Kellner and grandfather, Maurice J. Kellner, the founder of the company.

MJ Kellner's roots lie in its separate Contract Division. This division of MJ Kellner has been extremely successful and is known as one of the leading contract foodservice suppliers in the country. The Contract Division focuses its specialty on providing foodservice goods and services to prison, mental health and veteran's facilities on a contract basis in 12 different states.

The Present
Along with the Contract Division, we have made a commitment to provide quality food and quality service to our independent operators. Our Foodservice Division has been our fastest growing division in the recent years. Our service area begins in Springfield and radiates out more than 100 miles in every direction.

We are committed to providing our customers with excellent service, top quality products and competitive pricing. To assure we accomplish our goals, we partner with suppliers that are known and trusted throughout the industry and employ a sales force that come from the foodservice industry and bring with them an extensive wealth of knowledge.

Using this knowledge and experience we serve our foodservice community with a fresh, unique approach. We know what it takes for a family-owned business to not just survive but to thrive in an extremely competitive world. Our focus is on the quality and service they depend on to keep their business running successfully. We want to make a difference not just on the invoice but in the life of the business they nurture every day.

In 2012, MJ Kellner announced another expansion and commitment to our operators by creating our Equipment and Supply Division. We offer a full line of in-stock small-ware and table-ware and can also deliver large equipment right to your door. Building a new kitchen or looking to redesign what you already have? We have an expert designer on staff that can work with you and your contractors to get the right measurement and the right flow in your new workspace!

We are very proud of all the MJ Kellner Divisions

The Future
Bill Kellner has had many offers from other companies to buy the business from him. He has steadfastly said no, and will continue to keep the company independent. Since he has no heirs coming into the business, Bill has initiated an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan). This will be executed over a number of years with the employees gaining increased ownership in the company. The Kellner family has and will always have great loyalty to their employees, their customers and the heritage of their independent business. This action insures that the company will always remain independent. As the only local family-owned foodservice distributor in the Springfield area, we will continue to expand to meet the needs of our customers. Think of MJ Kellner for all your foodservice, equipment and supply needs. We are here for you today, tomorrow and into the future.


(217) 483-1770
(217) 483-1771
M.J. Kellner Co.

5700 International Parkway
Springfield, IL 62711

MJ Kellner Foodservice proudly serves a 100 mile radius of Springfield, IL including Peoria, Champaign-Urbana, Bloomington, Normal, Decatur, Effingham, Jacksonville, Collinsville, Taylorville, Pekin, Mt. Sterling, Pittsfield, Carlinville, Alton, Litchfield, E. St. Louis, Jerseyville and their surrounding areas.

Order Online


Not a Member?

Apply Now

Proud Member of

Join our Newsletter

Best food distributor in Central and Southern Illinois Search Engine Ranking & Positioning By MiramarOne