When Neal Caldwell, a mechanical engineer by trade, and his wife, Alice, built their Williamsburg-reproduction home in Knoxville, TN, they started with a vision, their sleeves rolled up and a lot of moxy. Through trial and error, Neal put his training to the test and developed several products to help establish his yard and garden on land that so many others had written off. The marriage of his professional talents, his passion for gardening and the inspiration to make his family’s house a “home” resulted in the birth of Dalen Products, Inc. in 1975.
After 45 years, Dalen proudly manufactures and markets Neal’s first patented product, the Tomato Tray, as well as over 75 other products. Throughout its history with retail and catalog partners, Dalen has dedicated itself to helping gardeners improve their lifestyle through unique, highly innovative, and quality products.
Much like a well-tended yard or garden, Dalen’s foundation, vitality, prosperity have been dependent on careful and persistent cultivation. Remaining true to the values and principles that brought this company to where it is today is not only part of our rich heritage, but also our roadmap for success in the years to come!
Across two generations, Dalen Products, Inc. has been dedicated to the preservation of our planets’ vital resources. Wherever possible, we seek to maximize the consumer and gardening experience, while seeking to minimize waste. Whether it’s designing our products to be more earth-friendly, installing automatic lighting systems in our offices to conserve energy, working with our local and global community in philanthropic efforts, or working with our customers to reduce the impact of packaging and freight waste, we continually strive to establish a legacy of both excellence and social responsibility for today, and, more importantly, tomorrow.
Throughout its history with retail and catalog partners, Dalen has dedicated itself to helping gardeners improve their lifestyle through unique, highly innovative, and quality products. As an organization with a serious commitment to non-negotiable principles and values that guide major decisions and govern workplace behaviors day by day, Dalen firmly holds true to honest business practices, a respect for its local community and a philosophy of consumer-driven innovation and marketing. With these principles at heart, Dalen is passionate about building an excellent organization, and providing all gardeners and customers with excellent products and services. Serving and caring for its employees also includes creating a positive working environment, and investing heavily in the lives and careers of its people.
Dalen is also a major contributor in the community in which it resides, giving back no less than 10% of its annual profit to community efforts.