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Our Story

Dowling’s roots reach back to the 40’s, but things really snapped into place in 1986. Some of Dowling’s employees had teachers for spouses, and those teachers, being resourceful as teachers are (wink, wink), gave Dowling’s line an A+ for educational potential. Marriage being what it is, the employees cobbled together various parts and pieces to create the magnetic teaching tools their spouses sought. The spouses and their students used them with great success; other teachers saw them and wanted them; and so on. You know how that goes.

Needless to say, making engaging, educational magnetic products for students and teachers was far more attractive than selling stock screw starters and nail drivers…Voila, modern-day Dowling was born!

Have we come a long way since those early days! Now we encourage lots of tinkering and innovation. And we do our homework to make sure that our products are in compliance with the latest educational standards. In fact, Dowling is led by a former teacher…so we’ve come full circle, and you can be positive that when you purchase a Dowling product, you’re buying the highest quality magnets available for your classroom!

FAQs about Dowling Magnets

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Who is Dowling Magnets?

Dowling Magnets is a (nearly!) 75 year old, family-owned company manufacturing educational magnets and magnetic products for use in the classroom (and at home, for smart kids J).

What types of products does Dowling Magnets offer?

We’ve got a full range of magnets and magnetic products. If you’re looking for something specific, type the keyword or the item number into the search box on our website. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, try browsing the different categories of magnets. If you STILL can’t find what you need, please give us a call at 630-359-9500. We’ve probably got it.

How can I buy Dowling Magnets?

Teachers, parents, grandparents, magnet-lovers and other end-users may shop our website or visit our store locator to find a store near you – just give them a call to make sure the product you want is in stock.

If you’re a retailer and you’d like to sell our products, please contact us.

How do I place an online order?

You can shop online by browsing and adding items to your cart.

How can I contact Dowling?

Give us a call or drop us an email – we’d love to hear from you! You can find our contact info here.

What happens after I place my online order?

Little magnet elves tie on their red aprons and start working very hard. Just kidding! Dowling works through Shopatron to process and manage your order, ensuring that your transaction is convenient, professional, and secure. Shopatron finds the dealer closest to you who can ship this order from stock. Most orders arrive within 3-7 days by ground delivery.

What if I forgot my password?

Don’t panic! Just click the orange “Account” button and you’ll land on our registration page. On the right side, under “Returning Customer” click “Forgot Password?” and we’ll email you instructions for resetting.

What types of payment do you accept?

At our online store, we accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express, Discover or PayPal payments.

Will my credit card information be secure?

Yes. Dowling’s online store through Shopatron is accredited with the Better Business Bureau and embraces its guiding principles. And Shopatron uses industry-standard GeoTrust security to ensure that manufacturers, consumers, and retailers can connect, communicate, and transact with confidence.

What is your privacy policy?

Dowling’s Shopatron service features built-in security measures, including sophisticated encryption and authentication tools, to protect the security of the information that you share with us. Please read our privacy policy here:

Can I place an order and have it sent to someone else?

Yes! After all, everyone loves surprises. To ship to an address other than your bill to address, just type the address into the shipping address form.

Will I be notified of price changes?

Of course! Sometimes our prices do change (for better and worse!) and sometimes we make printing or programming mistakes, but if there’s a change we will let you know before we process your order.

Do you offer gift cards?

We don’t sell gift cards, but you can purchase and ship one of our products to someone else. Everyone loves surprises and we’re sure you have great taste.

Do you have a product guarantee?

We stand behind every product we sell. Please call us at 800-MAGNET-1 to discuss any issues or concerns you have about any of our products and we’ll do everything we can to make it right.

What if I want to return an item?

Changed your mind on a product you ordered from our site? If you aren't delighted with your purchase, you can return a product within 30 days and we will happily refund the purchase price. Click here to read how.