Since 1988, East Coast Umbrella has been quietly building a solid reputation in the casual industry, manufacturing a high-quality line of custom umbrellas and cushions out of its 68,000-square-foot complex in Laurel Hill, North Carolina. Now, the company is poised to expand its name and its success even further – with styles, services, and merchandising options designed to meet the needs of any customer.
Offering products featuring exceptional design and construction along with unparalleled customer support, East Coast Umbrella focuses primarily on patio and beach umbrellas, but its manufactured line extends to custom outdoor furniture cushions in acrylic and vinyl mesh. What’s more, the family-owned company is a distributor for Outdura brand fabrics, as well as other brand name acrylics, enabling customers to fulfill a variety of outdoor furnishings needs all from one source.
No order is too big or too small for East Coast Umbrella to handle. The company will ship umbrellas to customers in any quantity desired, from a single umbrella to hundreds. The cost per umbrella in large quantities is just slightly higher than imports but offers the advantage of American made.
A range of sizes and styles make up the company’s line, including models in fiberglass, wood, and heavy-duty commercial-grade aluminum. All are manufactured to the highest quality; for example, the thickness of the aluminum center pole is double the thickness of standard umbrellas. Plus, the company developed an exclusive fiberglass frame that dramatically improves the umbrellas’ ability to withstand severe weather conditions.
“A couple of years ago, we saw a distinct need for a frame that would hold up better in wind and weather,” says DeWayne Day, Vice President. “So we designed our own fiberglass frame, which almost immediately became our best-seller. Since its introduction, we have seen a 75 percent reduction in repairs from wind damage. At the same time, we also designed the ribs to clip into the hubs, so users can easily replace them and not have to throw out the whole umbrella.”
Our newest addition to our product line, the solar Illumishade™ umbrella, is one that we think is a smart answer for the restaurant industry. As more and more restaurants are offering beautiful outdoor dining areas, we offer a heavy duty commercial grade solar umbrella that shades during the day and illuminates the dining table at night.
All umbrellas in the company’s line are made with 100 percent acrylic fabric from Outdura and other quality fabric brands. It is the best fabric in the outdoor industry for longevity and durability. For added appeal, our in-house graphics department is on the cutting edge of outdoor advertising using digital prints and applications of graphics that you can only find at our facility. We can customize your umbrellas with any logos or full umbrella prints that you can dream up.