Odd Ball Industries is a four-generation family business founded in 1960 by Clarence Kopp (a.k.a. Grandpa Cappy). Grandpa was working in the industrial supply business, and he found that his customers often needed discontinued or custom-made items. Always looking to please his customers, Grandpa began to design and fabricate these items in the small machine shop in the basement of his home, and thus Odd Ball Industries was created.
Several designs are patented, and early notable customers include the New York Stock Exchange and the United States Postal Service. Odd Ball’s line of ligature-resistant safety products was begun by Laurence Kopp, also as an off-shoot of the industrial supply business, whose customers included several psychiatric hospitals in the New York metropolitan area.