We have been in business for 20 years now. However, we were not always called SoftSpace. We have evolved many times in the last two decades. The company was born from humble beginnings in Portland, Maine in what seems like a life time ago.
In 1994, the company was created by Gloria Clark, John Mesko, and Steve Andrews. The company name was “FMC CADD”. We did CAD drawings and facility mapping.
In 1998, we began discovering that there was a huge demand for our work to be printed on paper. Instead of continuing to send people elsewhere, we evolved and became “FMC QUAD”. We introduced printing and copying. We also introduced the first color scanner to the state of Maine. This was a major hit and business began to boom!
A couple years later, our business kept changing with the demands of our customers. We would adapt to any request. Before long, we were not only using CAD to map for companies, but we were developing and manufacturing exhibits for our clients to attend trade shows. These demands gave birth to “FMC Exhibit Fabricators”.
We started to realize that this is where we were supposed to be. This began to take over most of our business. So in 2001, “SoftSpace” was born. The business began to grow as our client base expanded across the county.
In 2006, the owners decided that it would be greatly beneficial to move the company to the mid south where we would be able to reach the rest of the country easier. So that is what we did. We moved the company to Columbia, TN and created a rental inventory at the same time. From Tennessee we could reach 90% of the country in a 3 day ship. This is when we became “SoftSpace South”.
Our business continued to grow for the next 6 years as we moved from building 10’x10′ and 20’x20′ booths to 60’x80′ and larger. This hit a point where we were doing a lot of work hand in hand with the people who were putting on the events that our clients were attending. So in 2012, SoftSpace bought an event management company called “Premcor”. This was an amazing addition, and we love hosting trade shows!
We have had good times and bad times. It’s all part of business, but it is also part of growing. We will never stop trying to make our team better and more equipped to help you. We will always try to push innovation and make us unique so that we can help you stand out from your competition. With that being said, we would like to introduce the “T3 SoftSpace Smart System” It is a completely toolless form building custom exhibits, counters, hanging signs, and much more. You do not need a single tool. We encourage you to take a closer look at it in the exhibit section of the “What we do” tab.
Thank you everyone who has made it possible for us to be where we are now. You have all made it possible for us to have a SoftSpace history, and future!