The History of Piel Associates

Piel Associates got its start in the late 1970s when Al Piel, living in Stelle, IL, joined a community business that produced ‘stellewood,’ a unique picture frame moulding made from Scandinavian plywood. This marked the beginning of Piel Associates’ journey in the picture framing industry.

Over the next decade, Piel Associates expanded its product lines to include more picture frame moulding options and machinery. By the mid-1990s, Piel became a distributor for AMP, further establishing its reputation in the industry.

In recent years, Sue Freudenthal acquired Piel Associates, integrating it into her art materials business. With Donna Bies joining in 2013, the company continues to serve both new and long-standing customers with a wide range of wood, MDF, and polystyrene moulding lines. Additionally, they distribute products for AMP, Fletcher-Terry, and Cassese.

Located in the Chicagoland area, Piel Associates remains dedicated to helping customers find the perfect materials for their woodworking and picture framing projects, ensuring successful and high-quality results every time.