Richards Homewares started in 1939 in Los Angeles by Myron Freelander under the name, Richards Plastic Company. Myron took sheets of vinyl, die-cut them, sewed elastic around the edges and sold them to the dental industry as head rest covers for dental chairs. In 1989, after 50 years, the name of the company was changed to Richards Homewares, Inc., which better described the nature of the business. In 1994, the company re-located to Portland, Oregon, where it could afford larger facilities to handle future growth. Today, Richards boasts hundreds of items and continues to develop new products.
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Richards was the first manufacturer to go off-shore for sourcing, and in the early 70’s grew to become a nationwide supplier to the notions industry.