The Beginning
The Draper story begins in 1902 with our founder, Luther O. Draper. Mr. Draper's business philosophy was simple—to make a quality product and sell it at a reasonable price. Mr. Draper saw the problem of the sun's heat and glare in schools—the largest buildings in most communities at that time. He addressed that problem by making and selling spring-roller window shades in Spiceland, Indiana, 40 miles east of Indianapolis.
The window shade business grew through two world wars and a depression. Today, Draper offers lines of window shades for the commercial, educational, and residential markets, and is one of the country's largest manufacturers of window shades.
In 1957, Luther Pidgeon, grandson of the founder, invented a new and uniquely durable classroom projection screen. Over time, projection screens and visual communications products have grown to be the largest component of Draper's business.
In 1994, Draper entered the gymnasium equipment market, and is now proud to be the largest manufacturer of gymnasium equipment in the United States.
Today
Today the company is a true global citizen, with sales and manufacturing locations in the United States, the United Kingdom and Sweden shipping products throughout the world.
Draper was proud to receive the 2009 Business of the Year award from the New Castle/Henry County Chamber of Commerce, and in 2010 Draper was one of only seventy companies (and one of only two manufacturers) named one of the "Best Places to Work in Indiana" through comprehensive reports and employee surveys compiled by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.
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