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History

Celebrating over 45 years of building innovative and high-value products

THE
BEGINNING

March 29, 1968
Bill Duren (in the background), owner of Cygnet Films, talks with a production assistant during shooting for a training film. Cygnet Films, which was based in Chippewa Falls, became Spectrum Industries after Duren's death.
-Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Historical Society, WHS-83140

With the purchase of Fischer Laboratories in Carol Stream, Illinois, Spectrum expands into the film processing business and begins reproducing 16 and eight-millimeter film for the education market, which continues for the next 30 years.

March 29, 1968
March 29, 1968

THE 1980's

The acquisition of Jewel Metal Works brings metal fabrication to Spectrum with their line of aquariums and terrariums.

The Johnson Street wood manufacturing facility is purchased as well as Hallie Wood Products, which propelled the manufacturing division to the next level. By the end of the 80’s, the division is manufacturing custom store fixtures, point of purchase displays, and two lines of office furniture.

THE 1990's

The corporate office moves to Chippewa Falls and a new era begins for Spectrum as operations are consolidated to concentrate on manufacturing.

March 29, 1968

THE 2000's

As educational institutions transition to laptops, computer lab furniture demand decreases and Spectrum responds by developing carts for laptops, netbooks and teleconferencing, and lecterns for multimedia presentations.

As products evolve, so does Spectrum’s distribution model. We develop key partnerships with regional and national resellers, which creates a new generation of products.

March 29, 1968
March 29, 1968

THE 2010's

Flex InSight Desk
March 29, 1968
March 29, 1968
March 29, 1968
March 29, 1968
March 29, 1968

Collaboration newsletter is launched to keep resellers up-to date on latest products, news, and specials

February 2015

Spectrum website is newly redesigned and launched creating the Reseller Portal to give our resellers necessary tools to help sell our products.

Spectrum changes sales model to Reseller only, allowing Spectrum to focus on supporting Reseller and Partners.

June 2016
The River Street Building
The River Street Building

2017

THE FUTURE

Spectrum celebrates over 45 years of building innovative and high-value products and services for diverse markets. Spectrum’s commitment to customers has never been stronger and the excitement for new markets and products will lead us into the future.