Made in the USA

Today is “Made in the USA Day” … a celebration all our employees fully support.

For 135 years, L.J. Smith has been making hand-crafted stairway system parts, pieces, and full systems in our locations throughout America. Since 1885 our innovative company has developed new products, solutions, and stylish rail systems for residential and commercial projects across America.

Our History

Back in 1885, a gentleman named L.J. Smith began making staircases and stair parts in Pittsburgh, Pa. He moved his family to Conotton, Ohio in 1911 and continued his business as L.J. Smith and Son. There they created meticulously-crafted circular stairways for large homes throughout the south.

Following the death of L.J. Smith in 1942, the company continued to thrive under the leadership of his son. In 1977 the Smith family sold the business. As demand for the sophisticated and more modern stair systems continued, the company moved into a larger manufacturing facility in Bowerston, Ohio in 1989.

Moving Forward

Since 1991 L.J. Smith has made many strategic acquisitions to stay on top of new stair system trends and bring people what they want.

Our company now has four manufacturing and distribution locations (in Bowerston, Ohio; Corona, Calif.; Ball Ground, Ga.; and Puyallup, Wash.). Three additional distribution facilities are located in Salem, N.H.; Houston, Texas, and West Valley City, Utah.

When NOVO Building Products purchased L.J. Smith in 2018, additional distribution locations --- in Zeeland, Mich.; Chesapeake, Va.; Allentown, Penn.; Lakeland, Fla.; and Dallas, Texas --- were added for our company’s products.

We’re Here for You

The "one-stop shop" for everything needed to create a showpiece stairway, L.J. Smith creates products that are "on trend" and crafted with unsurpassed strength and beauty. Our company introduced the "systems approach" of ordering stair parts in 1983. Whether you need a traditional, contemporary, or modern stair system, we continue to serve as the industry leader by meeting your exact needs. 

Today, L.J. Smith is the largest stair parts manufacturing company in the country. We pride ourselves on being on top of the latest design trends. And, we will always continue to bring new, creative, and inventive products to market. Made in the USA, by American workers.

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