hat started in a small 1,000 square foot warehouse space with 9 employees who were all family and friends, has grown into a business that proudly employs over 100 employees. Jose Leal began in 1968 in Hialeah, Florida operating as a small manufacturing company for residential custom drapes. Jose and Nidia Leal attended various seminars and drapery shows through out the US and Europe to find the latest fashions in drapery.
It was not until 1990 that Jose Leal Jr. came to work fulltime for his father. As a child, Jose Leal Jr., whom everyone knows as Joe, was always involved in the company. He was 8 years old running around the warehouse assembling tracks and helping his father where he could. Though, Joe had a different vision for the company.
He wanted to expand his horizons and get into commercial work in the hospitality industry. He knocked on various doors and was turned down many times. His motivation and endurance to poses this new market overcame all the obstacles he faced. He was given his first opportunity in 1991 by a major hotel chain.
In 1992, he was given an opportunity by Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and expanded to the revitalization of cruise ships which consisted of commercial drapery & upholstering. From then on, Joe has continued to expand in the manufacturing and fabrication of custom and commercial Bedspreads, drapery & hardware.
In the new millennium Jose Leal Enterprises, again expanded and started its own line of fabrics. In 2004 Jose Leal Sr. transferred his empire to his son to now oversee and mange the whole operation which operates in a facility with over 100,000 square feet.