President's Message

Ali Salehi, President

Welcome! Columbia Manufacturing has been in existence since 1877 and has a long history and tradition of innovation, quality and customer service in a variety of different products that include bicycles, mopeds, baby carriages, exercise equipment, military products, medical devices and the finest school furniture made in America. Our founder Henry Pope had 1,500 patents to his name and Pope engrained this culture of quality and innovation in generations of Columbia employees that followed him. We are proud of our heritage and brand. We are proud of our accomplishments and achievements in the school equipment market and dedicated team members who have spent many years at our Westfield facility. We operate in a 300,000 sq. foot plant that is up to date with an award winning state of the art, closed loop plating line, various modern robotic and automatic welding and painting lines.

Columbia is known for its options and colors. We are known to be the king of hard plastic but we are also a leader in soft plastic supply chain as well with four distinguished lines, Omnia, Silhoflex, Classic Comfort and Capella. These various options satisfy every budget and most discriminating of tastes. Our Columbia's firsts are plenty and include trademarked Spec-Flek™ frame finishes, first patented hinge rod lift lid units, first integrated and patented ganging devise in folding chairs, first integrated lumbar support in soft plastic chairs, first armor glide in the market, first to introduce curved teacher's desk drawer surfaces, patented book bag hook design, trademarked Tech Rite™ tops, first to introduce designer colors in hard plastics and many more. We have multiple and exclusive sources for hard and soft plastic products. We produce the largest and strongest book boxes in the industry. We were the first to introduce see-thru book boxes and the first to introduce ABS clear book boxes to the market.

Columbia is the sole manufacturer of cantilever frames with 11 ga. Steel and 360° brazed foot extension with over mold glides rather than using plastic glides like other manufacturers. We are very proud of our brand, culture, dealers and team members. It would be our pleasure to be able to meet and exceed your expectations in whatever requests you may have.

Ali Salehi, President