Draper Inc. is headquartered in Spiceland, Indiana, a village of 800 people located 40 miles east of Indianapolis, Indiana. The company was founded by Luther O. Draper in 1902 to manufacture window shades for schools, and that was Draper's primary product for the next 60 years.
In 1918 Mr. Draper was joined by his son-in-law, Elmer Pidgeon. Mr. Draper later became a prominent state politician and Elmer Pidgeon assumed management of the company in 1938. Elmer Pidgeon's son, Luther, joined the firm in 1940 and became its President in 1960. He continued in that capacity until his death in July 2004.
In 1957 Luther Pidgeon secured a patent on an inexpensive classroom projection screen, marking Draper's entry into the screen business. Today, projection screens and related products are the largest component of Draper's business.
Draper manufactured products closely related to projection screens include rear projection display systems, video projector mounts and lifts, plasma display mounts, presentation easels and communication support furniture.
In 1989 Draper introduced FlexShade Systems, a second line of window shades designed for the commercial market.
In 1994 Draper entered the gymnasium equipment market. Today, the company's gymnasium equipment products include basketball backstops, gym dividers, wall pads, volleyball equipment, batting cages and wrestling mat hoists.