Spherical Concepts, Inc. (SCI) was founded in 1981, by John Szal and Mark Buikema. John Szal continues to serve as the Founder and C.E.O. The process for producing acrylic globes is the same as the process that was used for blowing B52 Bomber covers. The originator of the acrylic globe concept, Robert Farquhar, wanted a better way to teach kids about the geo-political relationships of the world. See-through oceans allowed a "clearer view" of the planet. This also led to the development of astronomy products. The use of clear material allows a true representation of how we actually see the stars overhead, instead of the mirror-reverse image necessary when using opaque materials. Starting with one product and one customer, the Artline product line continued to grow and develop, and now includes over 130 different models.
In 1995, SCI expanded marketing efforts by partnering with the premier reference globe producer in the world, Columbus Globes, for distribution of the Artline product line in Europe. In 1997, the National Geographic Society, selected Spherical Concepts and Columbus Globes to create a three-way partnership to develop a new line of reference globes, and Spherical Concepts was awarded the world-wide license to manufacture and distribute National Geographic Globes. Today, Spherical Concepts proudly offers customers the best of both worlds - the finest contemporary globes and the finest reference globes.
We Bring You The Best of Both Worlds
Spherical Concepts is proud to offer you Artline Globes and National Geographic Globes.
Artline Globes - The Beauty of KnowledgeSM
Along with presenting the most accurate and up-to-date cartographic information, each Artline Globe is truly a work of art. Highly skilled American artisans hand fashion each Artline product for lasting beauty. Each one of our globes progresses through more than forty intricate steps in order to achieve unsurpassed quality. Our state-of-the-art technology allows us to offer a lifetime guarantee of quality and craftsmanship. Each of our hand crafted spheres of the heavens and earth offers a new and contemporary way to see the world, and a source of fascinating discovery for years to come.
National Geographic Globes - No One Knows the World Like National GeographicSM
We are delighted to bring you these extraordinary globes, developed by National Geographic designers and cartographers to be the finest ever offered. Each globe is a work of art, crafted to be beautiful and functional over many years of use. Intricately detailed, the 14" globe offers nearly 5,000 name places. The 12" globe offers over 3,500 name places and the 10½" globe offers nearly 3,000 name places. Each globe features the distinguished, patented National Geographic typefaces, making it easy to read. Whether it is displayed at home, in an office, or in a student's room, a National Geographic Globe is certain to become the focus of attention that brings the experience of geography to life.
You're in Good Company
You will find our products in homes, businesses, museums, and classrooms all across America and throughout the world. In fact, companies such as Barneys, Brookstone, Dayton-Hudson, AT&T, and organizations such as the Museum of Natural History, NASA, and the Rockefeller Institute of Government are just a few examples of satisfied Spherical Concepts' customers.
We are here to support your efforts
Spherical Concepts brings nearly a quarter century of experience as the only acrylic globe company in the world. We are committed to giving you all the support you need to be successful with our products.
John Szal is the Founder and C.E.O. of Spherical Concepts, Inc. John started Spherical Concepts in 1981, after graduating from Michigan State University, serving in the United States Marine Corps, and building his career in the plastics fabrication industry. John is a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers, and has been involved with the International Map Trade Association, the trade association for our industry, since its very beginning - serving on the Board of Directors and serving as President in 1989 - 1990. Spherical Concepts has benefited greatly from membership and involvement in IMTA and John enjoys giving back to the association and the membership.
"Over the years suggestions on colors, design features, cartographic information, and merchandising we have received from our many customers have been a major force in the development of our product line. It is particularly satisfying to see an idea become a physical reality, and to have that product become successful in the retail market place. "
John M. Szal, Founder and
CEO of Spherical Concepts, Inc.
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