To say we came from the land of ice and snow wouldn’t be the whole truth.
Once Upon A Time...
Bob Mueller and Will Komassa meet, thanks to “legendary” Milwaukee area dive-bar cover band Chapter 2, with Bob playing guitar and Will filling in for the band’s regular sound guy.
Will inundates Chapter 2 with new lighting, leading many members of the band to curse his very existence – thanks to heavy, bulky lighting fixtures.
Will, as his flamboyant stage alter ego, Little Willie Snowpants, takes over as “Guy Behind Microphone” for Chapter 2.
Back home in Brookfield, Wisconsin, after being on the road with Chapter 2, Blizzard Lighting is born from the mind of Will Komassa, with the goal of delivering professional lights to tons of performers overlooked by other companies – and doing it for less.
The first ever Blizzard Lighting product, the Flurry™ Wash, is sold. The company launches a website, and Uncle Bob’s Music in West Allis, WI, becomes the first Blizzard Lighting dealer.
May, 2010: Bob joins Blizzard Lighting as Will’s partner. The company occupies most of Will’s basement, including a modest but effective, two-man quality control/shipping/processing area devoted to video presentations for Blizzard’s fledgling product line.
June, 2010: Blizzard Lighting sells its first Puck™ RGB light fixture, an instant hit thanks to its great price point, reliability, compact size, high output and ingenious design, which makes it perfect for uplighting.
September, 2010: Out of the basement and into the garage. Through a fall and winter of sub-freezing temperatures and scorching sales, Blizzard fully envelops Will’s tiny house, with cars banished to the driveway as operations take over every nook and cranny of the Komassa household.
Blizzard Lighting outgrows its garage space and leases its first office in Germantown, WI. By the end of the year, the company sells its first million dollars worth of products.
We move again, to Waukesha, WI, into a “cavernous,” 2,000-square-foot warehouse. It’s full in two months, and we end up taking over the whole building shortly thereafter. *sigh*
The company debuts its first battery-operated uplighting fixtures, the Puck™ RGB and RGBA Unplugged™. The Puck™ 3 Unplugged™ comes shortly thereafter and sets the standard for battery-powered uplighting fixtures.
The Torrent™ 90’s release marks the first truly cost-effective, professional-grade LED moving head on the market – with output rivaling discharge lamp fixtures, plus virtually zero maintenance, no heat and a 50% weight reduction.
Although they met and dated before Blizzard Lighting began, Employee #1 (Will) marries Employee #5 (Katy)! Woohoo!
Blizzard Lighting’s first appearance at NAMM 2013 in Anaheim is a massive coming-out party. But, we’re apparently a little too rowdy for the NAMM establishment, as we’re banished from the exhibit halls and into the arena for next year’s show!
The company moves a whopping 10 blocks to a 10,000-square-foot facility. The company passes $5 million in sales by November.
The 25,000th Puck™ fixture heads out the door!
The SKYBOX™, HOTBOX™ and ROKBOX™ EXA debut at NAMM 2014 to rave reviews. All three fixtures set new benchmarks for entertainment lighting with 6-in-1 LEDs and unmatched dimming.
In a single month, almost 9,000 Blizzard Lighting products ship out from our headquarters to customers all over the world – the most ever so far!
Travis Wetzel becomes our first annual Basement Hero, the official video reviewer for Blizzard Lighting DJ products.
The company moves again, another 5 blocks, from 10,000 to 40,000 square feet of combined warehouse, office and showroom space!
By the way, did we mention we can tell the future?
Yup. That's right. A few sentences here about where we're going and our plans for the company, because we're totally transparent and we're confident in our future. Yeah. Partners go crazy for stuff like that. Mmmhm. Or, you know, we could be normal and talk about our mission statement. Or something.
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