Howard Medical Company in Chicago officially began in March of 1978 with an office desk next to the bed of Ross Litton and a warehouse located underneath the stairs of a one bedroom apartment on Chicago’s near north side. The delivery vehicle was a 1974 brown Chevy Caprice that held 12 cases of underpads fully loaded.

When the Chevy would break down Ross would hail a taxi on Lincoln Ave., give the driver a 20 dollar bill, 4 cases of water mats and send him on his way to the University of Chicago Medical Center. 1st month sales exceeded $134.

We moved in 1982 to 427 W Erie which at that time was an 8 story warehouse 4 blocks from Chicago’s Cabrini Greens where we rented the foyer for $100/month.

In 1989 we moved to our present location on Elston Ave once rumored to be Al Capone’s garage.

In January of 2016 – Mark Litton succeeded his father as owner and president of Howard Medical.

Since 2016 we have redoubled our efforts to:

1) Provide the best customer service in Chicago.
2) Present alternate products that allow our customers the opportunity to save money.
3) Make timely deliveries.
4) Try to make a profit.

The origins of the name Howard Medical are steeped in mystery and a deeply guarded company secret, that I will reveal in depth to anyone e-mailing me with an order for underpads.

Ross and Mark Litton
Howard Medical Company in Chicago