History of Custom Grafix & Tire-Covers.com
Starting in June 1977 returning to Dallas from Kansas. Stephen and Marlene Foster entered the Van Customizing business in their driveway. Needing a tire cover for their first built custom van found that it was hard to find anything that would match the van they were building. Hello the light went off, there was a need for someone to make some products for this growing industry so we started making plain tire covers and window curtains. Our first customers were the local RV suppliers and custom van shops in Dallas and Fort Worth, then like business around Texas. In the mid seventies we hired our first outside sales rep who helped us sell all over central and south US.
In the eighties we branched out to new car dealers across Texas. At that point we also started manufacturing curtains and van seats for the van customizing industry across the south. Around that time we also made drag parachutes for the racing industry. A little while after that we got into making the wing coverings for ultar light Aircraft, seat Covers and seat belts. Doing this while still making tire covers grew our company to thirty employees and we bought our first computer.
In the nineties the company moved to Clearwater Florida and concentrated mostly on the tire cover business. Around 1997 we opened our first on line sales of tire covers even before shopping carts were invented and Tire-Covers.com was started. In 2005 Custom Grafix was incorporated and changed to Custom Grafix Industries, Inc. We settled in Largo Florida and set up shop. At that time we opened our first professional shopping cart for national use. Not long after that we started making slip on bar stool covers. We feel we have been one of the leaders in these industries because every thing we do other companies copy. Not long after we started selling on Ebay and Amazon.
Our company was the first tire cover company to offer Design your own tire covers and digital printing. In the late 2000’s we expanded to manufacturing for licenses for the National Football League, Major League Baseball, National Hockey League and 52 colleges till all of that business went to China. Then we expanded our sales to include tire cover jobbers, drop shippers and stores around the US.
Our goal and our mission is to always be a leader in this endeavor and to supply all in need industries with the best products and services as possible.
Stephen C Foster CEO
David W Foster President
12571 66 th St. N.
Largo, Florida 33773