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ISFA FABRICATOR PROFILE: The L.E. Smith Company

The L.E. Smith Company, based in Bryan, Ohio, has a long history with a unique background and forward-thinking philosophy toward business that allows it a distinctive perspective of the industry and has earned it much success.

Founded in 1950 as a provider of metal edging for countertops, L.E. Smith now fabricates an estimated 10,000 custom solid surface and laminate countertops every month. About 60 percent of its sales are in the commercial arena.

L.E. Smith was founded in 1950 by Lawrence

In 2005, Steve and Joe sold L.E. Smith to

The current leadership team at the company

At that time, the company was selling metal

this day. Over the years, and generations,

E. (L.E.) Smith, with the help of his wife, June. molding edges for countertops. June was an

artist who also opened several art stores selling her work and the work of local artists. Their

combined work ethic, creativity and innovation helped build a strong foundation for the next

their five children, who own the business to it has continued to evolve, and now is a countertop fabrication and installation

powerhouse, producing approximately 10,000 countertops every month.

includes Laura Juarez, CEO and chairman, Mari Ivan, president, Brian Smith, director of sales and one of the third-generation owners, and Christine Wheeler, director of fabrication and services.

generations. And, as such, it has remained family-owned for three generations now.

By 1970, the company had grown and with

the invention of solid surface, it expanded to become one of the first DuPont™ Corian®

distributors in the United States. In the late

’80s, Steve and Joe Smith took the reins from L.E, and became sole owners in 2001. Under their leadership, as the second-generation owners/executive team for the company,

L.E. Smith also grew to become one of the

largest custom laminate manufacturers in the Midwest.

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(Left to right) CEO and Chairman Laura Juarez, President Mari Ivan, Director of Sales Brian Smith, one of five third-generation owners, and Director of Fabrication & Services Christine Wheeler head up the leadership team behind The L.E. Smith Company.

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Countertops & Architectural Surfaces is the official publication of the International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA). It contains th...

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