Para-Gear would like to thank all of our customers for their support over the years!
We are now celebrating Para-Gear's 54th year of doing business!
We thought we would tell our valued customers a little about the humble beginnings of our company.
Para-Gear Equipment Co. Inc. was founded in 1960 by Lowell Bachman. He was born and raised in Chicago and at the age of 20 entered the military. Lowell was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division and later on transfered to the Special Forces. While still in the Army Reserves Lowell Started Para-Gear.
The original location was a 4000 square foot building, divided in half, situated near the intersection of Foster Ave and Broadway Ave in Chicago, Illinois. Back in the Prohibition era, mid 1930's, the building was used as a Speakeasy called the Nights of Paris. It was operated by the Purple Gang out of Detroit Michigan, and the building was also used for Bootlegging. After that, it changed names to the Cuckoo Club which for many years was a legitimate bar, and later still became the Drift Inn. When the building was purchased Para-Gear occuped one half, or two thousand square feet which it began remodeling to its needs. The biggest challenge was to fill up all of the bullet holes in the building, walls, ceiling, floor, and roof from its colorful past.
In the mid sixties Para-Gear expanded to the other half of the building making it 4000 square feet. In 1974, Para-Gear moved to its current location at 3839 West Oakton St in Skokie, Illinois, which is 17,000 square feet. Wih additional purchases Para-Gear now occupies an additional 6000 square foot of warehouse for backup inventory. Skokie, Illinois is located 12 miles north of downtown Chicago and borders the northern Chicago city limits. In its history, Para-Gear has been very fortunate to have employees who have worked here for many years, even as long as 30+ years. It has grown well beyond its humble beginnings and to date has sold to well over 125 countries in the world. From Australia to Zimbabwe.
Para-Gear also publishes the largest skydiving catalog in the world, which is currently numberes at 255+ pages. It also has the largest skydiving equipment website which along with the catalog contain all of the latest in parachutes and skydiving equipment. You can purchase a catalog at any time, or request a Free copy with your order.
We look forward to being of help to you in your needs for Parachutes and Skydiving Equipment!