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Sheldon Laboratory Systems was founded by a teacher in 1898. A century later, we’re still in the classroom.

Our founder, E.H. Sheldon, began his career as a woodworking teacher and was always looking for ways to improve the learning experience for his students. That passion led him to invent a rapid-acting vise, which was quickly followed by benches and eventually a line of laboratory furniture and furnishings for the school market.

While the diversity of our product line has expanded over the years, our focus on education has remained constant. Today, Sheldon Laboratory Systems offers thousands of products designed specifically for school laboratories and other classroom settings, ranging from elementary through the university level.



E. H. Sheldon builds and sells a rapid-acting woodworking vise he invented while teaching manual training in Louisville, KY.

1900 – 1910

Sheldon begins building benches to accompany his vises when manual training and domestic science are added to the curriculum of many schools.

Initial production is handled by a Chicago woodworking shop, but the high-quality product soon results in more orders than the supplier can produce. Sheldon sets up his own factory in a Chicago loft.

E.H. Sheldon’s brothers Henry and Thomas join the business.


The company is moved to Muskegon, Michigan in response to an offer of larger manufacturing facilities.


The MISSCO Corporation acquires the E. H. Sheldon Equipment Co. and moves its 80-year-old operation to its present location in Crystal Springs, Mississippi.


Sheldon Laboratory Systems has trained generations of skilled cabinet workers and attracts the most qualified engineers, becoming a leader in producing innovative equipment for science education in the K-12 school market, as well as the university and research levels.

Sheldon holds a large number of patents as a result of their commitment to product development. Today Sheldon upholds this commitment to development, and our reputation for quality is second to none.

Sheldon is proud to be closely associated with the following organizations and certifications:

  • National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
  • Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI)
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
  • National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
  • Science Equipment & Furniture Association (SEFA)
  • Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI)
  • Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified


Take a look below to see photos of Sheldon, past and present. With over 120 years of experience, Sheldon offers superior efficiency, serviceability, and appearance in institutional furniture.