Former North Carolina state Sen. Marshall Rauch founded Rauch Industries in 1952 as a thread manufacturer. Seeking alternative uses for thread, company officials came up with the idea of wrapping thread around Styrofoam balls to make satin ornaments. Eventually, they bought equipment and silver paint and got into the glass ornament business. They claim to be the oldest existing domestic manufacturer of Christmas ornaments.
Rauch’s products include ornamental glass balls, soft goods such as tree skirts and stockings, and seasonal home decor items. The company sells its products to leading domestic merchandisers such as Wal-Mart, Inc., Target, Lowes, Walgreens and other leading drug stores, supermarkets, specialty retailers, department stores and holiday catalogues. The company’s corporate headquarters are located in Gastonia, North Carolina with a distribution facility in Chester, South Carolina. In the past 5 years, they acquired the Christopher Radko brand and currently produce several lines under this brand name.