Dale L. Foland started the Lauren Manufacturing Company in 1965 in his garage with less than a $7,000 investment. He served as Chairman of the Board Emeritus for Lauren International, the global parent for Lauren Manufacturing, Lauren AgriSystems, Lauren Innovations, Nurtured Pets, LMI Custom Mixing, StoneKap, and Flite Test, until his passing on January 17, 2016.
Dale worked tirelessly on his vision for Lauren. He pioneered continuous sponge extrusion techniques, developed many of the systems still used at Lauren today, and continuously learned about every facet of the Lauren International businesses. He encouraged employee development, hired people who were strong in the areas he was weak, and made the workplace a fun and welcoming environment.
Over the years, Dale supported many local community organizations. He was instrumental in developing Starlight School, the Tuscarawas County Center for the Arts, and the new technology wing for Kent State University Tuscarawas campus, and he was an active member of the Community Improvement Corporation of Tuscarawas County and the local Chamber of Commerce.