History

Rodgers Wade is one of the longest continually operating fixture manufacturers in the industry, and one of oldest established businesses in the State of Texas. The company has navigated changes in ownership and market demands by putting customers first, and this single-minded focus continues today.






1856
Rodgers Wade established as a manufacturer of fine furniture in Paris, Texas

1900s
The company thrives as Paris grows into a rail hub and one of the largest cities in the state, and survives a fire that devastates the downtown center in 1916

1965
An ancestor of the current owner rescues the company from potential liquidation by purchasing the assets and preserving jobs

1980s
Rodgers Wade wins a steady stream of business from the rapidly expanding Blockbuster Video chain based in nearby Dallas, and is soon outfitting stores across the U.S. and overseas

1990s
The company is acquired by Leggett & Platt, Inc., a major industry producer.

2009
With the company once again facing closure as part of a regional consolidation move, the Harper family re-acquires Rodgers Wade.

2010
New management wins significant new retail fixtures accounts in the health and beauty and fashion industries, as well as millwork and casework projects for hospitality customers.

2012
Investments in new equipment enhance quality and productivity.

2013
Sales and production partnerships in the U.K. and Asia open up new opportunities; Rodgers Wade completes major fast-track project for Top Shop and Top Man, a leading edge fashion brand launching its U.S. presence at Nordstrom stores.

2014
Rodgers Wade continues steady growth, meeting the national expansion requirements of major customers and outfitting their flagship stores.

 

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