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Draper's History

Draper has manufactured quality products since 1902.

Small-town values, worldwide leader

Draper Inc. is headquartered in Spiceland, Indiana, a Henry County town of about 800 people located 40 miles east of Indianapolis, Indiana.

  • The company was founded by Luther O. Draper in 1902 to manufacture window shades for schools, and that was Draper's primary product for the next 60 years.
  • In 1918 Mr. Draper was joined by his son-in-law, Elmer Pidgeon. Mr. Draper later became a prominent state politician and Elmer Pidgeon assumed management of the company in 1938.
  • Elmer Pidgeon's son, Luther, joined the firm in 1940 and became its President in 1960. He continued in that capacity until his death in July 2004.
  • In 1957 Luther Pidgeon secured a patent on an inexpensive classroom projection screen, marking Draper's entry into the screen business. Today, projection screens and related products are an important part of Draper's business.
  • Draper-manufactured products closely related to projection screens include rear projection display systems, video projector lifts, AV mounts and structures, and presentation easels.
  • In 1989 Draper introduced FlexShade Systems, a second line of window shades designed for the commercial market.
  • In 1994 Draper entered the gymnasium equipment market. Today, the company's gymnasium equipment products include basketball backstops, gym dividers, wall pads, volleyball equipment, batting cages and wrestling mat hoists.
  • In addition to its Spiceland, Indiana headquarters, Draper, Inc. has sales offices in Placentia, CA and in Blackwood, Gwent, United Kingdom. Draper also has three wholly owned subsidiaries: Draper Group Ltd., a sales and warehouse facility in Corby, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom, and two manufacturing companies in Sweden: Draper Europe AB, a leading European projection screen manufacturer, and SMS Smart Media Solutions AB, a leading European provider of video projector and flat screen mounts.
  • The company is owned and managed by the descendants of Luther O. Draper and has enjoyed steady growth for the past 117 years.
  • Draper products are shipped to dealers throughout the United States and more than 100 foreign countries.

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