About Us - The long and winding road
Montana Lettering Inc, formerly Montana Wooden Lettering Inc., began business in 1999, being one of the first companies on the internet to produce and sell wooden letters for sign making. With no formal training in woodworking or the sign business, we actually got our start after creating from scrap wood, a wooden sign for the gateway at our modest Montana homestead, which we hoped would earn us a few dollars doing computer repairs. Folks would stop by and compliment us on the sign we made and asking us to make signs for their homesteads. We did so by cutting up the old abandoned farm house next to our property, turning all the usable wood into sign letters.
From humble beginnings ..
Orders for our goods trickled in at a slow but steady pace and pretty soon, having exhausted all the usable wood on the property next door, we were forced to buy wood. Then, in March of 2001, Nick Harder, reporter for the Orange County Register, Ca., came across our website and ran an article on us, without our knowledge, permission or input and making up everything he didn't know about us, all the while "quoting us", and characterizing us as "just a guy cranking them out for reasonable prices". The article was syndicated across the nation, picked up by the NY Times, The Chicago Tribune and a host of other newspapers. The phones started ringing off the hook!!
Orders came in from every state in the union and even overseas, and it wasn't just homemakers and crafter's. We got orders from Conoco, mahogany letters for their boardroom, the Hard Rock Cafe and even Disney Studio's. The US Military were a large purchaser of our letters, and we made signs for all branches. To our knowledge, our wooden letters are still in service worldwide, from the U.S. Embassy in Brussels, Belgium to the US Air Force Academy in Colorado, Ramstein AFB in Germany, and Osaka AFB in Japan. We provided letters to the Royal Air Force, a few US Navy ships at sea, and just about every major Army and Air Force base in the United States.
In 2002 we became a distributor for Gemini Sign Products Sales continued to grow and in 2006, we decided to go back into manufacturing directly. Our products now included cut sheet products such as Aluminum, Brass, Bronze, Copper and Stainless steel along with acrylic and metal face acrylic
We manufactured our own products and continued to distribute Gemini products up till 2016. We had now become senior citizens it was decided to sell the manufacturing side and return to an easier life as a distributor. We continue to provide stellar service to our customers, many of which have been with us through the years and continue to order their products through us. What better way to know that we are providing customers with the sales and support that all customers deserve. Whether you are an old friend, a returning customer or a new prospective customer you can rest assured that we will treat you right and value each and every one of you.
THANK YOU !
Our apologies but the videos below are very old and low quality
Machining Stainless Steel on the Hurco Mill
Edges of aluminum letters from the CNC Router proving that machining with routers do not make rough edges, bad machinists do.
Cutting 1/4" solid copper on the CNC router
Machining the Global Terminal plaque from 1" thick solid aluminum plate
Letter S from above video, White baked enamel sign in Service at Hunters Creek in Orlando Fl.
The finished plaque after painting and polishing
Above, a solid Bronze plaque. All the material is removed to a depth of 1/8" leaving all the letters and borders raised. A pebble finish coating is applied into the recessed areas and the raised areas are polished to a high sheen.