Our Story

1984

Architecture Student Paul Britten enters a General Motors banner contest in Detroit to win World Series tickets. The hand-painted banner wins the tickets, an audience with GM Chairman Roger Smith and a job for 40’ x 100’ banner that would hang on GM World HQ.

1985

Britten Inc., a custom sign and banner shop opens in Washington, D.C.

1993

Britten Inc. relocates to Traverse City, Michigan, the owner’s hometown.

1996

Britten purchases one of the first ever solvent inkjet printers.

2002

Britten acquires worldwide patent for the BannerSaver. This product immediately becomes a must-have in the United States and Europe.

2003

The acquisition of United States T-Shirt Company (UST) expands Britten’s branding power into the apparel world.

2004

MasterTent is brought into the Britten product family and TentCraft is born.

2009

Ace-Hi Worldwide – one of the most advanced screen printers in the world – is acquired, solidifying Britten’s commitment to high volume, large format POP.

2013

Britten MetalWorks is created to offer clients full-service metal manufacturing and custom hardware capabilities.

2014

Gemba Marketing is formed.

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