Back in 1995, Jon Daniels found a webpage that was selling mild steel rings for making chainmail at $0.03 per ring. He thought that was a little high and he emailed the company offering to supply them with rings at $0.01 each. They accepted and he started manufacturing 1 type of ring. Jon next formed a relationship with a respected website called "The Chain Mail Connection" (it has since closed up shop) and he began to sell rings through them. Over the years our selection has greatly improved and the business has expanded.
TheRingLord.com is now about a 10 person (it varies), 12 + machine company with access to dozens of maillers for finished projects. The 5000 + sq ft factory is staffed 7 days a week and operates 24 hours a day 5 out of 7 days. We make the majority of the products we sell. This allows us to offer great prices and custom service!
2003 (April) - The Ring Lord employs over 10 maillers to create 4 huge banners for The Tower of London in London, England.
2003 (April) - a 3rd ring machine (Sam) begins operation, 3rd full time employee and a part time employee are hired for the night shift.
2003 (October) - a shopping cart is launched and 1300 more sq ft of wire storage is built.
2004 (March) - a full time shipper is hired to improve shipping speed and customer service.
2004 (May) - a 4th Ring machine is purchased
2004 (Sept) - an additional 2600 sq ft facility is built, another manufacturing employee hired and a punch is ordered for making scales and punched rings.
2004 (Nov) - an industrial welded mesh making machine arrives. The machine makes 22 ga 5/32" ID welded fabric
2005 (May) - Scale manufacturing is brought in house
2005 (July) - a 5th person is added to the manufacturing staff to keep up with production demand
2005 (September) -a second industrial welded mesh making machine arrives. The machine makes 24 g 3/32" ID welded fabric
2005 (Nov) - a second shipper is hired to keep up with packaging demand
2006 (Oct) - a second and larger lathe is purchased to improve tool manufacturing both for in house and for sale.
2006 (Nov) - 1300 sq feet of space is converted from wire storage to manufacturing area; 800 sq ft is added for wire storage
2007 (Apr) - another full time staff member is added in the manufacturing area.
2007 (May) - a third industrial welded mesh making machine arrives. The machine makes 22 g 5/32" ID welded fabric and we call him Biff.
2007 (Sept) - a 4th and 5th industrial welded mesh making machines arrive. One makes 24 g 3/32" ID and one makes 22 g 5/32" ID welded fabric
2007 (Sept) - 2 welded mesh seeming machines are purchased for the welded machine made fabric
2008 (Sept) - 500 sq ft addition is added to the factory for office, lunch room and storage
2009 (March) - CAM a CNC ring machine is added to our ring making machines
2009 (April) - an automatic weigh and bagging system arrives in house - we now pre-package most rings to make our shipping process faster
2009 (September) - M2 a CNC ring machine for tiny rings is added to our ring making machines
2010 - this year was spent doing efficiency improvements and training managerial staff. Our 10th year as TheRingLord went by so fast we forgot to celebrate!
2010 - a new an improved saw cutting rig and system is developed in house allowing for improvements to make rings shinier and cleaner!
2011 (May) - another CNC ring machine is purchased.
2011 - MailleTec.com is born! 3 former employees purchase our finished chainmail fabric product line and create a company. We created a fabulous alliance with them whereby we can focus on our core ring and scale products - and they can focus on the finished fabric!
2012 (Sept) - Bernice developed a new way to pick orders that makes it difficult to make an error. It involves an android app, voice codes for the products and bluetooth barcode scanners.
The Ring Lord is:
Name: Jonathan Daniels
Roles: Owner - Marketing, Buyer, R & D, Manufacturing