Severtson Screens Celebrates 30th Anniversary

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Wed, 09/21/2016 - 12:31 -- Nick Dager

“Severtson Corporation started in 1986, literally in our house,” said founder Ron Severtson. “Better known now as Severtson Screens, our first job was with Arizona’s Williams Air Force Base in response to the Air Force’s need to find both a quality optical coating and a uniform application process for the interior of their domed flight simulators.”

Demand for Severtson’s product soon had the company working for large corporations and military organizations in more than 40 countries. In an effort to address the safety concerns of the day’s solvent-based optical coatings and remain competitive in the world market, Severtson continued to refine his formulas. His work led to the introduction of Severtson’s 3D optical coatings in 1988.

“In the early 1990s, a contract with IMAX Corporation brought Severtson into the cinema screen industry,” Severtson continued. “To meet the challenge of the larger screens, a robotic application system was designed that could be used to coat screens on site. In 1998, Severtson applied its optical coatings to [what was then] the world’s largest cinema screen, 103 feet by 129 feet, in Sydney, Australia.”

In 2003, Severtson launched its own line of home theater/Pro AV screens with a basic fixed-frame screen. The company later expanded the line to include a screen for every need. Kirk Severtson, vice president and CTO, explained, “By using the same optical coatings used on our large cinema screens, the home theater/Pro AV line delivers outstanding performance in both 2D and 3D formats.”

By 2009, Severtson had become a full-service cinema screen manufacturer.

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