Platemakers was founded in Waco, Texas in 1974 as a small manufacturer of basic stamp and engraving products, primarily serving the local area. After one change in ownership, the company was purchased in 1992 by Glenn and Brenda Kolb and continued, as a sole proprietorship, with the same company name.
The company started growing rapidly by the mid 1990’s and a larger facility was needed. Land was purchased in 1996 and new facility was constructed and occupied in January of 1997 and serves as the current location for business operations.
By the year 1999, company growth into the Texas market had expanded dramatically in all phases of the business. Several employees were added and the company changed from a sole proprietorship to a corporation under the name G&B ProMark, Inc.
At present, Platemakers represents Trodat self-inking marking products and is a major distributor/manufacturer of these products in Texas and the southeastern United States. The company was very proud to be selected by Shachihata (X-Stamper) to be a manufacturing partner in 2008 and that phase of the business has seen excellent growth.
In 2010, Hornet Signs of Waco, Texas was acquired which complimented the already existing engraving business with the ability to do much larger and more diverse signage and that phase of the business is also experiencing outstanding growth.
As we look toward 2013, the company is in need of a new home to accomodate the continued expansion of both Platemakers and Hornet Signs and hopes to be settled into a much larger facility by years end.