A Proud Past with A New Beginning

In the early 1920's, Fritz Schundler was the first to expand vermiculite commercially in the United States for use as insulation in the meat packing industry and as an ingredient in under-coating materials for cars. Later Fritz Schundler was also among the first to begin importing vermiculite from countries like South Africa, discovered and operated what became one of the largest perlite mines in America, and developed and manufactured FESCO board. His company, The F.E. Schundler Company, operated for many years in Illinois before it was purchased by the Johns Manville Corporation in September 1960.

In 1951, the Coralux Perlite Corporation was founded as a separate company by Otto Schundler---one of Fritz's nephews and a leader and innovator in the American perlite and vermiculite business for 27 years. At the time the company's primary market for these two expanded minerals was as an aggregate in lightweight-fireproof plaster and in insulating concrete used on roof decks. In 1972, the Coralux Perlite Corporation changed its name to The Schundler Company .

The Schundler family grew and expanded the company to become the largest and most highly regarded perlite and vermiculite manufacturer in the US Northeast. Product offerings changed and evolved during this time, and at various points included such diverse items as pre-mixed peat/ perlite, and insulation, fireproofing, and winter traction-aid products. The consistent threads throughout the company’s product history have been perlite, vermiculite, and custom blending.

Following an ownership and management change in 2005, the company entered one of the most challenging periods in its history. However, late in 2013, changes were made to create a new, more effective team including select loyal, long term employees, the Schundler family, and new, motivated, experienced personnel in key positions (profiles of team members will be added to this website in the future).

Since that time, we have made significant improvements across all aspects of the business. The "new" Schundler Company once again offers top quality products and exceptional service at reasonable prices from our ideally located Central New Jersey facility. We are customer, quality, and cost control focussed, and we have demonstrated this over the last year to former and new customers, many of whom have high standards of quality and sophisticated requirements. We look forward to a bright future with additional former and new customers and business partners.

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