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Manufacturer: Angeles   Site of Operations: Pacific, MO
Founder: Claude Tindell   Contact Information:  
Parent Company Angeles Group  
Tricycles Made Since: 1958   Notable Lines/Models: Nursery School Productions
Still in Business: Yes    

 In 1958, Claude Tindell set out to build a tricycle which could stand up to the rough-and-tumble use of a nursery school.  He opened a tiny shop in Los Angeles and sold his heavy duty trikes out of the back of his van.

 

     Gradually, Angeles trikes became known throughout California as the trikes that would last almost forever.  He developed other products and expand his product line.  Some of these, such as the Wagon, became popular and are still produced.  Others, such as the "Bug," never caught on and are part of history.

 

    As the business grew, the demand exceeded Claude's resources and he sold his interest in Angeles Nursery Toys to Don Mitchell, and ultimately to Ross Sackett, a former CBS executive.

 

     Sackett expanded Angeles into national distribution so that its products were available all across the country.  It was during this period, 1978-1984, that school supply dealers began carrying Angeles trikes.  (Prior to this, all sales were direct from the factory to customers)

   

 In 1984, Ray Kelly decided to leave his position as Vice-President of Sunmark and enter the field of educational equipment.  He acquired Angeles with the intention of building a higher quality company by setting new standards for product quality, service, manufacturing, marketing and innovation.

 

    The Pacific plant was opened in 1986 with 15,000 sq. ft. and 8 employees.  As the new standards began to have their effect, business grew and output was expanded.  In 1988, the Los Angeles plant was too small to support the sales, and it was closed.

   

    Angeles Corporation now owns Anthony Bros., maker of the popular Convert-O Bike. Angeles has renamed the line Converto and added some new products. All Converto tricycles and ride-on toys are American made and built to the same quality standard as previously when produced by Anthony Brothers. Angeles has added a couple new models to the Converto line as well. In our online tricycle catalog, you can find a complete line of Angeles and Converto tricycles for sale. 

Notable Features: Heavy duty construction, solid steel disc wheels, extremely rugged.

 

 

All tricycles pictured to the right come from Angeles' 2011 product line and are available in the TricycleFetish.com online catalog. Clicking on the pictures will take you to the product listing page. Or you can view the entire Angeles inventory. Current model tricycles are virtually identical to the tricycles that Angeles has been producing for decades, in materials, quality and function.

 

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