Family Operated Beginnings to Global Expansion
It all started with window treatments. Joe Hyman (known as Papa Joe) started a family business in New York City in the 1930’s. He brought the first bamboo blinds into the U.S. and popularized them across the country. Since then, bamboo roman shades and venetian blinds have remained a staple of our business today.
In the 1950’s the family moved to Los Angeles, CA and became one of the early trading pioneers by importing products from the Far East for national distribution. Working with early DIY and hardware stores, the business began to grow by installing venetian blinds in army barracks and becoming a supplier to the Sears Catalogue.
In 1976 Lewis (Lew) Hyman (Papa Joe’s son) and Wolfgang Moeller made their first trip to China and founded Lewis Hyman Inc. in El Segundo, CA. Opening an office in Taiwan for sourcing, Wolf and Lew traveled extensively to the Pacific Rim, India, and Europe. They also created a strong customer base on the west coast and built a company that became the foundation of what you see today.
Jim Hyman, Lew’s son, joined the family import business in 1980. He had a vision to innovate new products and expand distribution nationally. To help drive this vision, and support Home Depot and Lowes, Robert LeBlanc opened an East Coast based office and distribution center in Atlanta, GA in 1986. With this new office came dramatic growth, as the era of “Big Box” retailers began.
With the passing of Lew Hyman in 2006, Jim Hyman became CEO, Robert LeBlanc became COO, and Wolfgang Moeller transitioned into a board advisory role. It was a time of transition for the team, and a time to continue to build on the founding principles of the company.
Under a new company, LH Licensed Products, Inc., we acquired the Vanish brand for cleaning products and began licensing the highly recognized brands of Kathy Ireland for decorative shelving and Honeywell for Safes, Door Locks, Paper Shredders, and Security products. With a 93% consumer recognition rate, the Honeywell brand continues to lead our global expansion.
Lewis Hyman, Inc. and LH Licensed Products, Inc. rebranded under the company name Hyman Inc. to unify communications and alignment. Our global expansion continues to be driven by world-class brands and an innovative product portfolio that includes Safes, Door Locks, Shelving, Window Coverings, Pet & Laundry Care, Paper Shredders and Garden Products.
Hyman Inc. now has offices in California, Georgia, North Carolina, Portugal, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. We continue to support our diverse portfolio of customers in over 70 countries around the globe.