Made in America: Technology Integrator Salutes Severtson Screens
Over more than 25 years, Severtson Corp. has grown to become a global leader in innovation and quality. Severtson Corp. was created in 1986 in response to the U.S. Air Force’s need to find both a quality optical coating and a uniform application process for domed simulator screens.
In March of 2011, Severtson Corp. announced the opening of a new production facility in Mesa, Ariz., which is capable of manufacturing giant cinema screens. The addition of this new facility, with its state-of-the art robotic application system, increases the company’s production capability. It also increases the number of screen sizes available to a wide spectrum of venues, including IMAX theaters, museums, churches and homes.
Severtson Screens designs and manufactures several different models of home theater and pro A/V screens and other related products in the U.S. The screens, such as the SAT-4K, TAT-4K and SēVision 3D GX projection screens, are made from American materials and assembled and coated with American products. Severtson makes small screens for home theaters and large screens for commercial movie theaters. The screens can be as large as 60 feet tall and 100 feet wide.
For instance, the Air Force Museum Theatre, located inside the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, recently installed a 60-foot x 80-foot SēVision 3D GX projection screen in its recently renovated 400-seat theater. “As
a U.S. company, we are proud that the
Air Force Museum Theatre chose our SēVision 3D GX projection screen for its renovated theater,” said Severtson COO Kirk Severtson.
Severtson Corp.’s headquarters and three manufacturing facilities are located just outside of Phoenix in one of America’s biggest suburbs, Mesa, Ariz. Why did Ron Severtson pick Mesa to start the world’s premier movie screen business? Simple. That’s where he raised his family. Theoretically, he could make more money if he moved the whole business to China, but a love for America and a love for his hometown keeps Ron Severtson firmly settled in Mesa. The business actually started in Ron’s kitchen, expanded into his backyard, and then moved to a nearby industrial building. Demand for Severtson’s product soon had the company working for large corporations and military organizations in more than 40 countries. As more space was required, Ron found additional buildings in Mesa that met those needs.
Because of the efficiency of its manufacturing processes, Severtson Screens has always been able to run its operations with a relatively small workforce. Today, Severtson Screens has 17 employees. At Severtson Corp., employees are made to feel like family. Maybe that’s because most of them are family—literally.
Mesa, Ariz. has been the Severtson family’s home since the 1960s. The company’s employees live in or around the greater Phoenix metro area, and the company buys most of its manufacturing supplies from local businesses. Severtson Corp.’s products are also bought, sold and installed by several local companies. All of this strengthens the local economy and is one of the ways the company gives back and makes America a better place to live. “We also take pride in sending our workmanship out to countries all over the world, planting a little bit of Mesa, Arizona on every continent except Antarctica,” said Ron Severtson, “and don’t think we’re not working on that, too!” •