Quality Visual Presentation Products Since 1924
No matter what visual presentation product you select from Neal Slate Co. – from our standard writing boards and tackboards, to our custom conference systems, – you can order with confidence, knowing you will receive products that meet our commitment to unequaled quality and service.
Full Range of Products
Neal Slate Co. has whatever you need for visual presentations – bulletin boards, marker and chalkboards, display cases and demountable partitions – with the options and materials you desire. We will meet your specifications… and your budget.
Heavy-duty, high-quality construction
You can count on our precision-built products to be durable and stand up to years of use. All our writing surfaces come with a lifetime warranty.
We can design a custom solution for any unique presentation product or configuration, regardless of size or scope.
Experienced, customer-focused staff
Our talented staff makes sure every customer, no matter how large or small, receives responsive and attentive service. Our factory-trained personnel are available to install all the products offered by Neal Slate Co.
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W.E. Neal Slate began operation in 1923 by Wallace Edwin Neal. He had traveled to Minneapolis from his home town of Boise, Idaho to accept a job in sales with the Minneapolis Natural Slate Co., part of Northwestern School Supply Co. Shortly after he started, the parent firm folded and rather than seeking a new job, Ed Neal contacted the two slate producing firms in Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania that Minneapolis Natural Slate Co. represented and convinced them to let him start a new company. The new firm, W.E. Neal Slate Co. sold slate blackboards and other slate product; roofing, flooring window stools, mausoleum slabs, laboratory table tops, etc. later Ed began offering installation service and added cork tackboards to the line.
Ed and his wife Ruth had two children, Nancy and Wallace, Jr. (Walley). The family and the business had some tough times financially in the 1930’s depression years and also during World War II, when few schools were built. During one of those years, the business total income was $85.
In 1948, Ed employed his son-in-law, Neil (nick) Sorenson and in 1952, Wally joined the business. The firm was incorporated in 1955. Ed Neal retired in 1963. In his 40 years of building Neal Slate Co., Ed established a reputation for fairness and a good commonsense approach to running a business. Ed Neal was also active in the construction industry as a director and treasurer of the Minneapolis Builders Exchange and was the first chairman of the Twin Cities Area Construction Building Practices Code. Wally Neal was president from 1964 to 1974 and in 1978 the company was purchased by John Nord and Gene Ziemer.
From the mid-1950 to the present time, the company expanded its’ product line to a full line of visual display boards, display cases, demountable partitions and installation of those products. W.E. Neal Slate Co. has developed into a strong regional company.