Paragon's products are sold through leading home furnishings retailers and interior designers throughout the United States. With 90% of our products assembled in Albertville, AL, Paragon is committed to being a domestic manufacturer, making high quality, stylish products and providing superior customer service.
Paragon’s diverse product line encompasses 2,000 skus and includes framed art and gicleés, as well as decorative mirrors, oil paintings, wall sculptures, wrought iron, shadow boxes and outdoor art. Paragon is also proud to showcase The Studio Collection which includes high end exclusive hand painted art, along with lamps and accessories.
After nearly 40 years in business, Paragon has built an expert team that understands the subtleties, complexities and challenges of selling wall décor in today’s ever-changing marketplace. Paragon's vast selection of fashionably designed wall products gives customers just the right look – at the right price. Paragon was built on superior product, great customer service and open, honest communication at all levels. These are the cornerstones of Paragon’s continued success today.
The American Dream is alive and well at Paragon in 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 wall decor manufacturers in the country, with corporate showrooms in Atlanta, High Point and Las Vegas and a sales rep network that extends from coast to coast.
Wendell and Bonnie Glassco began Carousel Decors, a company that provided decorative accessory packages to the manufactured housing industry. In 1975 they purchased a local competitor - Paragon – and the name stuck.
Eventually, Paragon’s need for affordable framed art in their accessory packages took the business in a new direction that would profoundly shape its future, when in 1979 the company began manufacturing its own framed prints.
Paragon soon discovered an untapped market in the home furnishings industry: a need for well designed pictures at affordable prices. In 1981, Paragon Picture Gallery, dedicated 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 Design and Marketing. Vince Glassco is Propac Images President. By 1989, the company’s growth in the wall décor area made it time to close the decor kit business and focus solely on wall decor.
Starting in 1990, the company began manufacturing higher-end wall décor. Since that time Paragon has added new types of alternative wall décor including decorative mirrors, canvas transfers, decorative plaques, oil paintings, wrought iron, and outdoor art.
The new millennium ushered in growth with the opening of new corporate showrooms in Las Vegas and High Point and a move into a new 150,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. Paragon also teamed with some of the best designers in the industry including Candice Olson, Mark Abrams, Vikki Wiegel, Bobby Sikes and Tim Burney.
In 2010 Paragon made ARTS history by becoming the first wall décor inductee into the ARTS Hall of Fame with their fifth ARTS win. Also that year Paragon acquired high end wall décor, lighting and accessory specialist, Kinder-Harris to bring an added dimension of exclusive hand painted art to the line and to provide lamps and accessories in the market.
Paragon’s commitment to our reps and customers remains strong with the launch of our iPad app for sales representatives in 2012 and the launch of our new website in 2014. The website takes customer service to a new level with order history, account management and order tracking.
Paragon's success is built on 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.
Paragon continues to offer customers more than 2,000 SKUs of beautiful wall decor, lamps and accessories – all backed with the Paragon name.
With Paragon, “Where there’s a wall, there’s a way.”
Paragon operates out of a 166,000 square-feet state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, completed in 2005. Check out the pictures below for an "inside" look at Paragon.