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History

Olon is proud to have served the furniture and cabinet making industries for over 35 years. Our company has grown in that time, evolving to become one of North America’s leading single-source manufacturers of quality component and custom solutions. The entrepreneurial spirit and unwavering commitment to our customers that was the cornerstone of our business in 1981 remains the foundation of everything we do today.

The following is a summary of the major milestones in our history:

Timeline

2015 Olon Acquired Carolina Drawers Inc. of Lexington, NC providing a major drawer product line expansion to include solid wood & Baltic birch plywood drawer components.  New capabilities include domestic kiln drying, rough milling, dovetailing, UV finishing, edgebanding and drawer box assembly.   Olon Jeffersonville launched a glazed molding product offer
2014 Dramatically expanded our US sales force. Developed & launched 4 new NEXGEN™ finishes & announced partnership programs with 3 new TFL partners in the US.
2013 Launched a major 5 Pc Dr. wrapped molding initiative focused on the US market & Western Canada.  Olon Washington developed & launched a new Plywood drawer side program.
2012 Olon Jeffersonville wins major new business with IKEA.  Olon Geneva launched NEXGEN™ LINK25 Formable Laminate for vertical and light duty horizontal surfaces.  This product is an alternative to HPL and is available in complementary matches to TFL and LPL in either 4′ x8′ sheets or continuous rolls.
2011 Launched NEXGEN™ Laminates as an economical, durable alternative to wood available in 150+ stock color/ finish options.  Developed & introduced “Belluno” finish for NEXGEN™ laminates – TFL partners follow with matching finishes.   Relocated & expanded Jeffersonville, IN operations to a new 100,000+ sq. ft. facility to support growth & optimize efficiency.
2010 Developed & launched an entirely new “Natural” (woodgrain) finish for Olon laminates.  Natural finish was presented to and accepted by our TFL partners who launched their own versions of the Olon Natural Finish.
2009 Richard Locke retired & Don Hambly assumed the CEO role.  Consolidated operations in Georgetown, ON and in Geneva, IL.  Olon Washington wins Indiana Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (INSHARP) award in recognition of exemplary safety & health management systems & performance.
2008 Don Hambly joined Olon as President & COO.  Richard Locke remained as CEO.  Divested PVC, Melamine & ABS edgebanding product lines to Dura Edge Inc.  Acquired Creative Products, Jeffersonville, IN., a highly synergistic manufacturer and distributor of custom profile wrapped mouldings.
2007 Olon Washinton relocated & expanded into a new 112,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art manfacturing facility providing significant incremental capacity.   Olon partnered with Huron Capital, a leading private equity firm based in Detroit, MI to recapitalize the business and prepare for organic and acquisitional growth.
2006 Consolidated profile wrapping in Atlanta, GA. to Georgetown, ON.  Expanded manufacturing capacity in Georgetown with purchase of 46 Armstrong Ave.
2005 Consolidated White City, OR. drawer production to Washington, IN.  Washington facility awarded “Business of the Year ” by Daviess County Chamber of Commerce.
2003 Consolidated Mocksville, NC. drawer production to Washington, IN.
2002 Acquired Woodcraft Industries, a manufacturer of profile wrapped moldings based in Atlanta GA.  Relocated the Northbrook IL. laminating facility to Geneva, IL. and opened the St. Charles, IL. distribution center.
2000 Acquired Eurodrawer Inc., a manufacturer of miter fold drawers with manufacturing facilities in Mocksville, NC., Washington, IN., and White City, OR.
1998 OLON is formed – bringing Poly Plast, Laminating Technology and Riverside Labs under one corporate banner.
1998 Acquired Riverside Labs in Geneva, IL.  The company specialized in custom saturation of decorative papers and was a strategic supplier to LTI.
1995 Poly Plast’s Canadian administrative and manufacturing headquarters moved from Brampton, ON. to Georgetown, ON.
1994 Richard Locke restructured the company with the passing of Ed Almeida.
1989 Acquired Laminating Technology Inc. (formerly Pace Industries) in Northbrook, IL.  A producer of thermo fused decorative laminates, LTI was a synergistic addition to the product offering.
1987 Company added the manufacturing of miter fold drawers & continued expansion of all product lines across North America.
1985 Company began manufacturing profile wrapped mouldings.
1983 Poly Plast Edgebanding Inc. formed by Almeida and his business partner Richard Locke.
1981 Poly Plast Sales started in Brampton, ON. by Ed Almeida to supply PVC, polyester and wood veneer edge banding to customers in Southern Ontario.

 

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