Company History

Our Story

Company founder John Thomson’s lifelong passion for all things mechanical became a business when a parking solution was needed for his own home.  The stately, 1936 home suffered an extremely narrow driveway, complete with a majestic-but misplaced-250 year old California Oak tree in front of the garage. It all created a tight space which made maneuvering his SUV nearly impossible.  John began looking for an answer to his vehicle-access predicament, and it came in the form of a turntable.

Dissatisfied with the cost, designs and manufacturing quality available on the market at the time, John set out to create a superior revolving system. His vision became Carousel USA, a company dedicated today to producing the most innovative and superb residential and commercial turntables on the market.

Based 20 miles northeast of Los Angeles in Irwindale, Calif., Carousel USA develops all products in-house with a fully-staffed team of engineers specializing in mechanical, hydraulic, electrical and electronic design. Using the latest in high-tech computer equipment and software tools –including Computer-Aided-Design (CAD), 3-D mathematical modeling and ANSYS Finite Element Analysis (FEA)– Carousel USA takes great pride in the craftsmanship showcased in each one of its uniquely-designed, custom turntables.

Our History

First a seedling in concept, Carousel USA was germinated by a majestic Engelmann oak tree growing in front of founder John Thomson’s home garage.

Although big and beautiful, the threatened-tree species’ position complicated vehicle-access to Thomson’s 1936 stately home –which also suffered from an extremely narrow driveway. The conditions created a tight space, making it nearly impossible to maneuver cars, let alone SUVs.

In 2004, Thomson began seeking a solution to the at-home parking predicament. The answer –turntables– was simple, yet revolutionary. Dissatisfied with the cost, designs and manufacturing-quality of the models available at the time, Thomson decided to create a superior revolving and rotating system –a vision that became Carousel USA.

Based 20 miles northeast of Los Angeles in Irwindale, Calif., Carousel USA develops all products in-house with a fully-staffed team of engineers specializing in mechanical, hydraulic, electrical and electronic design. Using the latest in high-tech computer equipment and software tools, Carousel USA takes great pride in the craftsmanship showcased in each one of its uniquely-designed, custom turntables.