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Stretch Shapes Celebrates 10 Years, Business Accolades, Expansion & New Products
It’s been an exciting year for Stretch Shapes, marking their 10th anniversary with rewards, accolades, and expansion. With such great progress being made, it’s easy to see the hard work that led them here and the promising future ahead.
CEO and Master Innovator, Niko Mantele started Stretch Shapes with a goal to provide unique solutions for live event professionals. His first design was a metal frame and stretch fabric mandala at Burning Man in 2006, and the idea for Stretch Shapes was born from there.
Officially founded in 2009, Stretch Shapes' mission is to provide AV and Live Event Professionals with reliable, compact, and innovative solutions from fabrics that stretch. And they have done exactly that.
Passionate about creating beautiful experiences through exceptional event decor, Stretch Shapes has been behind the scenes for everything from corporate events to famed music festivals, professional golf tournaments to distinguished international conferences. Over the years, staff favorites have included the visually stunning scenic design for AjiJaak on Turtle Island with IBEX Puppetry and the gargantuan Curved Borderless Projection Screen for the Our Ocean Conference.
Growth & Expansion
Showing no signs of slowing down, Stretch Shapes expanded their warehouse space this year. Moving into an additional bay in the building, taking their total space up to 5 of the 8 bays. When asked about continuing expansion and growth, Mantele laughed, “We’ll keep going until we take over the building! But really, it can be very challenging to go through rapid growth -- scaling up in a creative field and maintaining a people-first approach, while continuing to innovate is not an easy feat. And I have to say, we owe our growth and success to the team.”
Their continually growing team is quickly filling in the newly expanded space. When the company was established a decade earlier, it began with a team of 3. With the addition of 14 new hires so far this year, the team has grown to a total of 34 people, nearly doubling from the year before.
Inc. 5000 — America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies
Gaining prestige for their phenomenal growth, Stretch Shapes was also recognized by Inc. 5000 as one of the Fastest-Growing Private Companies of 2019. Ranking No. 1186 on the list of 5000 businesses, and ranked No. 9 of Fastest-Growing Companies in Oregon, this accolade is no small accomplishment.
The list is based on percentage revenue growth compared between 2015 and 2018 and is composed entirely of U.S.-based, independent small businesses. Demonstrating exponential growth at a rate of 349% over 3-years, Stretch Shapes is clearly a company on the rise.
Inc. Media is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, and this prestigious list has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. Inc. Media also noted that while the companies on the 2019 list have been very competitive within their respective markets, as a whole they are showing astounding growth when compared with previous years.
New Products and Updates
Taking a look at Stretch Shapes’ list of newly released products is a testament to their remarkable growth and development. Flagship products included Flat Panel Sails and Truss Covers, and has grown into an extensive list of stretch fabric solutions.
Stretch Shapes takes their values of engagement, learning, and innovation seriously -- using their acquired knowledge to launch 5 new products in 2019 alone, each providing unique solutions for event professionals.
The first new product of 2019 was the aesthetically modern Event Arches. Heavy-duty frames are made with aluminum to offer lightweight but durable construction and is skinned with a pillowcase style Premium IFR Stretch Fabric. Perfect for video projection mapping and dye-sublimation printing, Event Arches come in a variety of sizes, colors, and other customizable options.
Next to be released was the Borderless Graphic Panels. The ultimate display for printed graphics, the Borderless Graphic Panels are made with a 100% Blockout Stretch Fabric; offering total opacity and zero frame shadowing, the wrinkle-free surface snaps into a SEG frame to create smooth, modern edges. Custom panels are created using dye-sublimation printing and can be made in any size or shape.
One product with the most diverse applications is the recently released Hook & Loop Panels. Although similar to the Borderless Graphic Panels for printing and graphic displays, Hook & Loop Panels are designed to work with your existing frames or surfaces. Available in 3 different mounting options, with sewn-in “loop” strips attaching to adhesive “hook” strips, Hook & Loop Panels provide a simple way to add branding and ambiance without requiring additional framing systems.
Expanding the offerings available for Panel Wall Tiles, two new 3D options have been added - the Triangle pattern and the Diamond pattern. All panel wall tiles have a modular ability that makes it easy to size and perfect for adding Printed Fill Panels - such as printed panels for corporate branding and event graphics. The depth and dimension of 3D Panel Wall Tiles are a great way to add visual interest to stages, backdrops, and even permanent installations.
The most recent addition was the rollout of Truss Banners. Covering a larger than average area of truss structures allows you to easily maximize advertising real-estate with eye-catching displays. Truss Banners are completely customized, making them a bold, beautiful option anytime a large branded surface is needed for your truss.
Whether you’re in need of reliable Truss Covers, searching for fully customized Stage Set Designs, have an idea you’re not sure how to implement, or anything in between, this is one company that is ready to roll out the red carpet service for you, listening with care to help you find the solutions you need.
Where will they go from here? CEO Niko Mantele spoke to their future goals, “As we move into our next phase, likely doubling again in the years to come, our goal is to stay relevant by continuing to innovate customer-based solutions. We are always seeking to learn and refusing to stagnate -- we’ll never have the approach that good is good enough. Our clients need outstanding, contemporary solutions, and we will continue to aim for excellence!”
Reliable, compact, and innovative solutions from fabrics that stretch. Learn more at www.stretchshapes.net.
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