The American Dream is alive and well at Paragon Picture Gallery, Albertville,
AL. In 1970, a young couple named Wendell and Bonnie Glassco saw an opportunity
in something very simple: Making inexpensively priced homes beautiful. Today the
company is among the largest framed art manufacturers in the country, with
corporate showrooms in High Point and Las Vegas and a sales rep network that
extends from coast to coast.
Wendell and Bonnie Glassco’s Carousel Decors began in 1970 as a business that
provided decorative accessory packages to the manufactured housing industry.
Within five years the business was able to acquire a local competitor, Paragon
Decors Inc. The name stuck.
Eventually, Paragon’s own need for affordable framed art in the required colors
and subject matter took the business in a new direction that would profoundly
shape its future. In 1979, the company began manufacturing its own framed
Soon, Paragon began exploring opportunities in the wholesale gift and furniture
markets, and found a need for well designed framed pictures at affordable price
points. In 1981, Paragon Picture Gallery, a new division dedicated solely to the
production of framed art, was born.
Around this time, the second generation joined the family business. Lendell
Glassco today is President. Malanta Glassco Knowles is currently Vice President
of Marketing. Vince Glassco, who is currently Propac President, followed a few
years later. By 1989, the company’s steady growth in the wall décor area made it
time to phase out of the decor kit business—which had proved to be a fantastic
foundation for an ever-evolving company.
Throughout the 1990s, Paragon grew its business through innovation, value and
service. Early in the decade the company began manufacturing high-end wall
décor, which led the way to new types of wall décor including decorative
mirrors, canvas transfers, oil paintings, decorative wood plaques, wrought iron
and framed objects.
In 2005, Paragon moved into a new 150,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art
manufacturing facility to accommodate the company’s continued growth. What
started as a small mom and pop business has achieved national prominence in the
home accessory industry.
Winner of four coveted ARTS Awards, including this year's 20th ARTS Award for
excellence in wall decor, the company employs around 1000 team members.
Paragon’s diverse product line features more than 2,000 SKUs marketed through
two corporate showrooms, and four showroom-based manufacturer sales agencies, as
well as independent representatives.
Paragon's success can be traced to a dedication to a business philosophy that
has remained unchanged throughout the years. Paragon’s goal is to offer
beautiful products at affordable prices, work hard to achieve operational
excellence, and most of all - develop mutually beneficial relationships based on
honesty with our employees, salespersons, customers, vendors and others with
whom we associate.
With Paragon, “Where there’s a wall, there’s a way.”