We’ve come a long way since our founding in 1988. And to think that it all began with 3 guys in a garage making window archways in their spare time. From a 400 sq. ft garage to over 30,000 sq. ft of manufacturing space, our story, like most successful small businesses, is fueled by passion, hard work, and sacrifice. After 28 years in business, we still take the time to remember where we came from.
The Beginning: In 1988, Mike Barry, a framing contractor, developed window archways due to the many problems he experienced building these in the field. After patenting his idea, he set up a business with George Goodwin & began making window arches in his spare time for framing contractors in Southern California.
Growth: For the first sixteen years, Mike & George slowly began building their business by word of mouth. With the immediate success of the window arch, Mike began developing soft archways, half-circle archways, elliptical archways, balcony rims, barrel ceilings, & dome ceilings. By the end of the 1990s, Mike & George had become the benchmark in Southern California for prefabbed archways & ceiling kits.
Plant Expansion: As the 1990s came to a close & the Southern California market became saturated with prefabbed archways & ceiling kits, Mike & George began looking for growth opportunities. In 2004, Mike & George licensed Matthew, Wesley & Russell Scott to begin manufacturing their patented product line in Oklahoma. Servicing both the Oklahoma City & Dallas/Fort Worth markets, the Scott brothers, after 8 months in Oklahoma, relocated to a larger warehouse in Dallas/Fort Worth, TX.
New Blood & New Approach: With the advent of new blood, the Scott brothers stepped outside the word-of-mouth marketing approach that had been the foundation of growth since 1988. For the first time, Archways & Ceilings began to exhibit at local builder shows & look for alternative marketing approaches that would help them take their local business to a national business.
From Local to National: In the face of the Great Recession, the Scott brothers were forced to make the biggest & most strategic decision they’ve ever encountered: whether to down-size & ride out the recession, or expand nationally. They chose to expand nationally by formulating a new business plan & revamping their website. Every aspect, from measuring, installing, & drywall was broken down into quick & easy steps with detailed instructions. Web traffic exploded & sales continued remarkable growth as videos & newsletters gained traction. The national dream had been realized.
Internationally to Canada: As the Scott Brothers worked to expand & build a customer base nationally, several builders in Canada began to inquire if they could get archways & ceiling kits in Canada. Over the course of a few months, Archways & Ceilings became a Non-Resident Importer with the Canada Revenue Agency & added several local reps to help promote their products in Canada, thus, effectually allowing them to do business in Canada as if they were Canadian.
Do-It-Yourself Line of Products: Since 1988, Archways & Ceilings has been predominately a direct-to-builder manufacturer. As more & more Do-It-Yourselfers called with requests for quote & orders, the Scott Brothers built 4 kits that were specifically designed, flexible, & easy enough for Do-It-Yourselfers (www.ArchKit.com). In 2013, Home Depot began selling these 4 kits online, & the Universal Arch Kit became an instant favorite, & continues to get amazing reviews with a solid 4.9 out of 5 rating.
Bigger & Better: In early 2014, the Scott brothers moved down the street to double the size of their manufacturing plant along with them increasing their investment in automation equipment to expand product development & reduce labor cost. As a result, several new products have been added to their robust product line: astroid curve soffits, elliptical groin vaults, range hoods, fireplace canopies, & the Cyclorama Infinity wall.
From Good to Great: As the Scott brothers product line continued to grow, they decided it was time for a new website that could give their builders’ a better experience along with giving them a robust infrastructure that could automate monotonous tasks. In October, Archways & Ceilings launched a new website with 8 archway kits, 12 ceiling kits, & 6 wall design kits with an easy-to-use interface that puts the freedom of complete customization in the hands of their builders and contractors.