CALZONE CASE COMPANY®
The Calzone Case Company has been manufacturing cases since the mid 1970′s. With roots in the Rock & Roll business, the company and product line have branched out into virtually any and all markets imaginable. Calzone is a family organization with one goal: “To build the highest quality custom and standard cases in the world, at a fair price with on time delivery”. The same care and consistency is placed on each product manufactured. No matter the application, be it for the local musician traveling to his gig or the tactical deployment of military equipment in a life-threatening environment, Calzone builds a product you can depend upon.
Drummer turned entrepreneur Joe Calzone founded the Calzone Case Company in January of 1975 in Norwalk, Connecticut. Along with brother Vin, they embarked on a mission to build the highest quality cases in the music business. Within seven years they had grown the business to a size whereby they outgrew two manufacturing facilities. In January 1983, the company relocated into a thirty thousand square foot building in Bridgeport, Connecticut. This location currently serves as the corporate headquarters as well as one of the manufacturing facility for Calzone Cases.
In March 1985, Calzone acquired its first competitor based in Dallas, Texas. Since the acquisition this location has moved three times, currently occupying a fifteen thousand square foot facility in Carrollton, TX, a suburb of Dallas. This was the first step in their expansion westward.
In July 1990, Calzone acquired Excalibur Cases located in Burbank, California. This acquisition gave Calzone a West Coast presence. The groundwork was in place for their ultimate challenge.
In a bold “David and Goliath” scenario, the Calzone Case Company purchased industry leader Anvil Cases in May 1996. Over six decades ago the company that is now Anvil revolutionized shipping by innovative designs in the manufacturing of reusable transit containers. As a result of their groundbreaking developments they became the icons in their industry. Asking for an Anvil case was like asking for a “Kleenex®” or a “Coke®.”
Calzone’s acquisition of Anvil Cases from the ZERO Corporation doubled the size of the combined Calzone Companies. This combination would comprise the nucleus of the largest fabricated case manufacturer in the world. Economies of scale purchasing, combined databases of case designs and a stronger national support team all contributed to achieving the company’s goals. Manufacturing and customer service facilities are located in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Dallas, Texas and City of Industry, California. The combined strengths of their dealer networks, purchasing power and the interchange of more than a half-century of design information strengthened each location. Improved IS systems were also implemented to assure that the business of doing business became much more fluid and seamless.
In April of 2013 Rob Cooksey, founder of Ascot Cases, contacted Joe to open discussions in regards to a possible acquisition by Calzone of his pride and joy. An agreement was made and, in June, Ascot became a part of the Calzone Case family. Many of the experienced craftsmen who had been the backbone of the Ascot quality joined Anvil’s manufacturing staff in City of Industry. Ascot contributed a unique product line with many interesting features and variations from the traditional ATA style case.
In August of 2015 Calzone acquired the assets of Video Equipment Rental’s (VER) case division. With this came fourteen well trained case craftsmen and women. The assets were absorbed into the Anvil facility and increased capacity by nearly 25%. The additional employees enabled the Anvil, Ascot and Calzone brand cases to be produced and shipped at an even faster pace without compromising quality.
We are proud of our accomplishments through the years, and equally proud of our skilled and committed personnel. They are our greatest asset, and are integral to servicing our customer’s needs. We are the largest and best in the industry – talk is cheap, but after a combined one-hundred and forty years of building cases, we walk the walk every day!