Claridge Products

The premier glassboard and whiteboard manufacturer.

Claridge Products and Equipment was incorporated in Chicago, Illinois in 1947. The founder, E.A. Clavey, named the company Claridge from the first part of the Clavey name combined with Ridge, from Park Ridge, Illinois, where the family lived at the time.

In 1953, a manufacturing plant was opened in Forsyth, Missouri, while the sales office remained in Chicago. The first manufacturing facility was a 2,000 square foot converted cheese factory, later expanded to 3500 square feet.

The Move to Harrison, AR

In 1955, with the business flourishing, it was moved to Harrison, Arkansas, due to proximity to the railroad and the quality of the labor market. Eight employees made up the original Harrison workforce in one 20,000 square foot building. In 1956, the sales office was moved from Chicago to Harrison as well.

The original Claridge chalkboards were made from slate, but transitioned to Duracite, a chalkboard surface painted an baked into hardboard. In the late 1950s, porcelain enamel steel chalkboards were developed and in 1962, with help from DuPont, Claridge developed a technique called Vitracite, a process that used aluminized steel with a fired-on opaque glassy coating. In 1962, Claridge Extrusion was opened to provide a reliable source of extruded aluminum for trim and other chalkboard elements. Ten years later, the wood shop was created.

The Introduction of LCS

Always an industry leader, Claridge introduced and produced the first markerboards, called the LCS or Liquid Chalk System, to the United States at the AASA show in New Jersey in 1973. The markerboard quickly replaced the chalkboard and the resulting demand led to another expansion of the Claridge facility.

Throughout the years Claridge has continued its leadership position in new product development offering all types of chalkboards and markerboards, including glass which was introduced in 2008, and expanding its core to include mobiles, horizontal and vertical sliding units, enclosed bulletin board cabinets, trophy cases, and so much more.​More than 500 employees make up the Claridge team, including several with more than 45 years of service.

Claridge Today

In January 2021, Skylark Private Equity Partners purchased Claridge from the Clavey family and made significant investments in the business, including two new manufacturing facilities in Harrison and in Corona and expanded the leadership team to guide the business into the future.

In addition to the primary manufacturing facilities in Harrison and Corona, Claridge is now the only writing surface manufacturer with a network of service centers throughout the United States. In 2022, Claridge Products introduced a new brand, Calyx by Claridge, to work alongside its thriving construction products division. Calyx by Claridge focuses on design-centric commercial interiors and furniture while Claridge concentrates on work completed through general contractors and architects on public bid contracts, largescale renovations and remodels and new construction projects in the commercial, K-12, higher education and hospitality sectors.

Distribution Centers Address Phone Number
Central Divison 805 Cottonwood Road, Annex 3 Harrison, Arkansas 72602 800-434-4610
Western Division 250 Klug Circle, Corona, California 92878 951-734-6262
Service Centers Address Phone Number
West 250 Klug Circle, Corona, California 92878 951-734-6262
South Central 480 Wrangler Dr. Coppell, Texas, 75019 800-364-2422
Midwest 516 South Hicks Rd. Palatine, Illinois, 60067 847-991-8822
Ohio Valley 7105 Global Dr. Louisville, Kentucky, 40258 502-466-2022
Northeast 40 Whelan Road East Rutherford , New Jersey , 07073 973-928-2060

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