Arden Companies is one of America's leading manufacturers and marketers of outdoor products, household consumer products and professional kitchen textiles. Arden was founded in 1964 in Detroit. Its mission was to provide quality products and services to the retail community. The first products were cleaning pads and laundry bags, made in a factory in Ionia, Mich. Arden s headquarters are in Southfield, Mich., and it has six manufacturing facilities in North Carolina, Indiana, Texas and California with more than 1,000 employees and factory alliances in Europe and Asia. The company is one of the nation s largest suppliers of outdoor replacement cushions and umbrellas. Its scouring products and textiles are sold by virtually every major retailer in the United States and used in homes and restaurants throughout North America.