Severtson Corporation first started in 1986 with its first job at Arizona’s own Williams Air Force Base in response to the US Air Force’s need to find both a quality optical coating and a uniform application process for the screens of their domed simulators. Working late each night in the family kitchen the company’s founder, Ron Severtson, not only solved the technical problem of uniformly coating a domed surface, he created a product that had the reflective properties the Air Force needed for its simulator program to be successful.
Demand for Severtson’s product soon had the company working for large corporations and military organizations in over 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, Ron continued to refine his formulas. His work led to the introduction of Severtson Corporation’s 3D optical coatings in 1988. By 1989 Severtson Corporation’s optical coatings were safer, more environmentally friendly water-based formulas.
In the early 1990’s a contract with IMAX Corporation brought Severtson Corporation into the cinema screen industry. 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 Corporation applied its optical coatings to the world’s largest cinema screen (103’ x 129’) in Sydney, Australia.