Founded in 1919, family-owned CalCedar is a leading supplier of wooden slats used in making wood-cased pencils, including art and cosmetic varieties. The company also makes its own brand pencils (California Republic Stationers and ForestChoice) and pencils for other customers. CalCedar's products are sold worldwide. The company has moved its slat production plant from California to China and also operates a factory in Thailand. CalCedar sold its Duraflame log business, which it invented in 1969, to Clorox in 1978 and has exited the supply siding and decking business.
Checks In The Mail, Inc. was founded in 1922. Checks In The Mail makes paper bank checks for business and personal use. The company sells checks throughout the US via telephone orders, direct mail, and its Internet site. It offers more than 200 different types of check designs (religious, cartoons, animals, floral, and others) as well as coordinated checkbook covers and personalized address labels. Checks In The Mail also offers customers the ability to put their personal photos on their checks, labels, checkbook covers, or stationery. It has branched out into security-conscious products such as shredders and fraud-resistant pens.
Founded in 1989, the company is led by Congleton's daughter, chairman and CEO Rebecca Boenigk, and his wife, Jaye Congleton. Neutral Posture designs and makes ergonomic office chairs under the AbChair, Balance, Embrace, and N-tune brands. It also sells keyboard trays and related workstation accessories under the elementAl and StandUp brands. Customers include major corporations and government agencies. Neutral Posture has operations in Texas and Canada. Its chairs were designed by Texas A&M professor Jerome Congleton, whose research was derived from NASA data on the body's reaction to weightlessness.
Perfect Companion is proving to be just that for Thai food conglomerate Charoen Pokphand, one of the world's largest producers of animal feed. Perfect Companion's production subsidiary, S.W.T. Co., makes bird, cat, dog, fish, horse, rabbit, and rodent food under the brands Merry Meal, Vitta Maxx, My Dear Dog, Eureka, and Hamstar. It exports pet food to about 20 mostly Asian countries. The company also sells pet shampoo and pet accessories and offers pet care advice on its Web site. Charoen Pokphand formed Perfect Companion in 2001 to anchor its pet care business.
For over forty years Deflecto Corporation has been a leading manufacturer and distributor in a number of important markets. The inventor of the heat register air deflector, Deflecto Corporation has branched out to become the supplier of choice in the air distribution, dryer venting, office products, and literature display industries.The original commitment to innovation, quality and service are still evident throughout the company. Deflecto Corporation customers have consistently ranked us as the supplier of choice for the many products Deflecto Corporation manufacture. The emphasis on quality borders on obsession and Deflecto Corporation continually striving to bring out new and innovative products. Deflecto Corporation dozens of patents are evidence of Deflecto Corporation commitment.Deflecto Corporation is a division of Jordan Industries, one of North America’s leading private investment companies. The purchase of Deflecto Corporation by Jordan Industries has opened up new opportunities to the company for growth and expansion. Deflecto Corporation commitment is to you, Deflecto Corporation valued customer. Deflecto Corporation hope that Deflecto Corporation products will help you become more productive and Deflecto Corporation quality will ensure you years of trouble free use.
Paul Frank Industries (PFI) the firm has been capitalizing on co-founder Paul Frank's cartoon Julius monkey icon -- and the cute-appeal wave he's been riding -- since the company started in 1997. It also boasts characters Skurvy, Clancy, Sheree, and Worry Bear. Its product lines have expanded from plastic wallets to a themed wardrobe for men and women, children's clothes, bedding, kids furniture, and accessories ranging from eyewear and watches to print towels. PFI also does product collaborations with other pop-icon owners. Its products are distributed through about 20 The Paul Frank Stores worldwide and thousands of specialty stores worldwide.
L'Oreal's success is built on a strong foundation. The world's largest beauty products company, it creates makeup, perfume, and hair and skin care items. Its brands include L'Oreal and Maybelline (mass-market), Lanceme (upscale), and Redken and SoftSheen/Carson (retail and salon). L'Oreal, which owns Dallas-based SkinCeuticals, also conducts cosmetology and dermatology research. With about half of its sales generated outside of Europe, L'Oreal has focused on acquiring brands in those markets. L'Oreal also owns the UK-based natural cosmetics retailer The Body Shop International, which numbers more than 2,550 stores worldwide. The firm's dermatology branch Galderma is a joint venture between L'Oreal and Nestle.
Founded in 1980, Set-N-Me-Free Aloe Vera Co. is a top maker of aloe vera skin care products in the Pacific Northwest. It peddles its products through spas and salons nationwide, as well as through its own Web site. Aloe can't get you out of jail, but according to this company, it can set you free. Set-N-Me-Free Aloe Vera Co. is a personal care and pet care products manufacturer. The company specializes in making and selling items that contain 100% US-grown aloe vera. Set-N-Me-Free Aloe Vera Co. offers body and skin care (body wash, bath milk), hair care, sun care, body wraps, and herbal supplements. Its pet care items include dog shampoos and lotions.
The Aristotle Corporation, founded in 1986, and headquartered in Stamford, CT, is a leading manufacturer and global distributor of educational, health, medical technology and agricultural products. A selection of over 80,000 items is offered, primarily through catalogs carrying the brand of Nasco (founded in 1941), as well as those bearing the brands of Life/form®, Whirl-Pak®, Simulaids, Triarco, Summit Learning, Hubbard Scientific, Scott Resources, Spectrum Educational Supplies, Haan Crafts, To-Sew, CPR Prompt®, and Ginsberg Scientific. Products include educational materials and supplies for substantially all K-12 curricula, molded plastics, biological materials, medical simulators and items for the agricultural, senior care and food industries. Aristotle has approximately 800 employees at its operations in Fort Atkinson, WI, Modesto, CA, Fort Collins, CO, Plymouth, MN, Saugerties, NY, Chippewa Falls, WI, Otterbein, IN and Newmarket, Ontario, Canada.There are approximately 18 million shares outstanding of Aristotle common stock (NASDAQ: ARTL) and approximately 1 million shares outstanding of 11% cumulative Series I preferred stock (NASDAQ: ARTLP); there are also approximately 11 million privately-held shares outstanding of 12% cumulative shares of Series J preferred stock. Aristotle has about 4,000 shareholders of record.
Joseph Turner was founded by former number-cruncher Chris Legard in 1987. Joseph Turner is looking to expand its corrale of stylish devotees without bringing on the bricks. The tailored shirtmaker retails two-fold Egyptian cotton shirts and markets other items of apparel, including ties made of silk from Northern Italy; sterling-silver or gilt-plated cufflinks; cashmere and lamb-wool pullover sweaters made in Scotland; dress and casual shoes; and a variety of accessories. The company's retail operations include catalog and online sales; it does not retail through storefront shops.
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