Suntrol Celebrates 45 Years in Business

February 26th, 2020 by Emmariah Holcomb

Founded in 1975 and led by John Hansen, Suntrol is a Veteran- and family-owned business that still calls Cleveland home. What started with a small shop born from a passion for classic car restoration, has evolved to become the Midwest leader in the window film industry, according to the company.

“When I first started in this business, there were five film options,” Hansen recalls. “People could choose from smoke, bronze, silver, light opaque or black opaque. That’s it.”

Hansen says the most exciting changes have included the advent of films for solar control and energy conservation, as well as a wide array of printable, and security films.

“If you can dream it, you can probably do it with film,” Hansen said. “Branding, murals, cityscapes, typography, dry-erase boards, wall banners, alternatives to wallpaper, wraps, photographic applications, you name it.”

When asked, Hansen reflected on what’s next for window film.

“This is the most exciting time in the history of the industry,” Hansen said. “There are new optically clear films that darken when exposed to sunlight. Films that transition from clear to frost to enhance privacy. Cloaking films to protect sensitive information and internal operations, and other solutions are in development.”

After 45 years, Hansen and his team have weathered the most challenging times and celebrated the best of times, and they say the future is exciting.

“Because of our dedication to our customers, community and the environment, we’re still around,” Hansen said. “These three things have served as cornerstones for our company culture along with hard work and trustworthiness, and that’s a great recipe for success. We’ve come a long way, and we’ve got miles to go. We look forward to what the future holds.”


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