We started out in 1896, supplying rugged canvas tents to prospectors heading north to Alaska during the gold rush.
Business was good and the company kept growing. We plugged along like that, building tents and growing a little, for a few decades.
Then the government called, in need of lots of tents and tarps for the troops during World War II. So we grew some more.
Next, we started buying our competitors to increase our production efficiency, and buying state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment to improve our product quality.
Ever since our current president, Scott Campbell, took the reins in 1984, we’ve been making acquisitions and expanding our products offerings.
- In 1985, Scott acquired Seattle Tent & Fabric Products, which was established in 1897, and was the largest competitor of Puget Sound Tent & Awning. The Rainier Wall Tent, first sold in 1897 by Seattle Tent, served as the inspiration for changing our name to Rainier Industries.
- Camp Lewis Tent & Awning, which was established in 1911, was acquired in 1993.
- In 1994, Olympic Sign was acquired, solidifying Rainier’s expansion into the sign and graphics industry.
- In 1995, operations were moved to our 72,000 square foot facility in Tukwila, Washington.
- Highflying Banners, a company specializing in Sunbrella appliquéd banners, was acquired in 2002.
- Later in 2002, Rainier entered into a joint venture with Display Products, a company specializing in visual merchandising and digital wall coverings. That joint venture is known as Rainier Displays.
- We continued to expand in 2004 with some exciting growth, including the purchase of the Markham Company in Orlando, Florida, an acquisition of Barrett Windows rigid window patent, an acquisition of our competitor in retail awnings and screens, EGE Sun Systems, and the purchase of Nesting Bird Yurts.
- We moved into our 140,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility in July of 2008
- Rainier acquired Wave Guide Technologies in 2008 and began manufacturing retractable screen systems.
- 2009 started with the acquisition of Sunblockers NW, a screen and awning retailer in the Seattle marketplace and also the aquisition of The Big Print, a large format digital printing company also based in Seattle and well recognized for their Biographix™ product line.
- 2012 saw two exciting acquisitions: Big Ink, a Seattle company well known for vehicle wraps and other graphic projects; and The SEC Group in Wilsonville, Oregon, expanding our presence in the commercial tent business.
And in 2013, we opened the doors of our new facility in Statesville, North Carolina, where we manufacture Rainier screens and awnings for our dealer network on the east coast.
We like to brag about our years of experience and extensive product offerings, but we know that it takes more than a long history satisfy our customers’ high expectations.
We make it our goal to give every customer the “WOW!” experience – we work hard, have fun, and we’re easy to do business with.