Leo I. Leiden began this company in 1941 with an entrepreneurial spirit and 16 years of fine craftsmanship under his belt.
During World War II, Leiden manufactured wooden products used by U.S. Army personnel. After the war, when retail experienced a growth period, Leiden was there helping stores create and remodel everything from the woodwork in large commercial buildings to the intricacies of customized store fixtures.
In 1982 Tom Leiden was recruited to the business by his Uncle Leo C. Leiden. And in 1997, after years of being involved in every aspect of the business, Tom was promoted to president. During his tenure, Tom successfully grew the company year after year by creating a culture within the organization that emphasized customer service. The sales growth of the company, even during difficult years in the U.S., revealed to all of his employees the importance of meeting customers’ needs and making them a priority. It was this focus on customer service that enabled Tom to build numerous long-term partnerships with customers Leiden still has today.
In 2015 Tom sold the company to Melissa Hale and Mike Hopp, whom he proudly dubbed the next generation of the Leiden family and who continue the legacy of “customer service first.”
Today, 80 years after inception, Leiden is a 130-employee manufacturing company serving numerous national and local accounts. Leiden is headquartered in Twinsburg, Ohio, and has manufacturing capabilities both in Twinsburg and Strasburg, Ohio. And we’ve added a second Twinsburg facility to meet our growing client needs, which brings our facilities to a combined total of 210,000 square feet.
Through the years, as Leiden has grown, we’ve maintained our entrepreneurial spirit. And we’d like to think that Leo would be proud of who we are today.