Piel Associates got its start in the late 1970’s.

A little Background…

Al Piel was living in Stelle, IL where the residents decided to start up a couple of community businesses, including one which produced a product called “stellewood”.  This was a process of slicing Scandinavian plywood into picture frame moulding.  This was the beginning of Piel Associates.

Over the next decade, Piel Associates added more picture frame moulding lines and products.  In the late 80’s Piel began selling picture frame machinery and became distributors for AMP in the mid 1990’s.


Sue Freudenthal acquired Piel Associates and added the company to her already well-established art materials business.  Joined by Donna Bies in 2013, they continue to service both new and longtime Piel customers.  Although Piel is no longer located in Stelle, it is still in the Chicagoland area and provides product for wood working and picture framing throughout the continental United States.

Their lines have grown to include wood, MDF and polystyrene moulding lines.  They continue to distribute for AMP and have added Fletcher-Terry and Cassese for nails, equipment, and parts.  Mats, backers, and hanging hardware round out their offerings.  Making Piel your one stop shop.

Piel strives to help you find exactly what you need to bring your product to a successful completion.