WE ARE ONE SOURCE OUTDOOR. Formetco’s story begins with a hardworking Pennsylvania farm boy whose courage and determination helped galvanize an industry. Nearly 50 years ago, in 1968, our founder Larry Garrett was working for Armco Steel when they decided to sell their entire billboard division. Although many people at the time saw this as a risky venture, Mr. Garrett looked past his initial apprehension and saw something they couldn’t – potential.
With 15 years of sales experience and a Masters in metallurgy, his extensive knowledge and entrepreneurial spirit made him the perfect candidate to make an offer and assume any risk. An agreement was reached with Armco on a Friday and by Monday morning, a business phone had been installed in the Garrett’s basement. He decided to name his new business Formetco (Formed Metals Company) as a memento of a past forged in American-made steel. Of course, the hard part now was deciding how to tell Mrs. Garrett.