Celebrating 50 Years of Embracing Change

Celebrating 50 Years of Embracing Change

Innovation and Effort Have Made Us the Smart Home Company We Are Today

Last night, Barrett’s Technology Solutions’ employees, partners, and clients came together to celebrate a momentous accomplishment: 50 years in business. Our Chicagoland company has grown tremendously both in staff and skill, with combined experience of personnel above 300 years! It is at times like this that it’s nice to take a step back and look out how far our smart home company has come and what the future holds.

Where We Came From

In 1966, the United States was on the brink of a media revolution. Music was exploding in popularity—The Beatles had just released Revolver, The Mamas & the Papas debuted their second hit album, and classic singles like Paint It Black and Good Vibrations were on every radio. On top of that, film productions were becoming more and more sophisticated, with epic films like Doctor Zhivago and The Sound of Music warring for Academy Awards. Between 1949 and 1969, the number of household televisions jumped from less than one million to 44 million.

James R. Barrett saw an opportunity in this media revolution. With the growing popularity of color television, he started Barrett Magnavox, focusing on what was then the luxury brand for televisions and stereos. Over time, he began incorporating more notable brands, such as Mitsubishi and Bowers & Wilkins, in order to provide value for clients. By 1972, Barrett’s company was the second authorized Mitsubishi dealer in America.

Where We Are Now

Today, our company may use different brands, but our commitment to quality service and support has stayed constant. The business has shifted focus away from individual brands and put effort toward creating a full suite of design, engineering, installation, maintenance, and support services for both homes and businesses. Today, the business is rejuvenating itself once again with smart home automation, adopting the latest technology that homeowners want. We work with builders, architects, interior designers, and other professionals to create smart solutions that stand the test of time.

Where We’re Going

We are a company built on change and innovation, and as technology continues to evolve, we’ll be evolving right along with it. We are on the brink of so many new breakthroughs in technology. Virtual reality will soon be able to transform your living room into an exotic resort. Smart technologies will help people live longer in the comfort of their own homes, maintaining independence, health, and safety. Homes will become more energy-efficient, cutting down on waste. And as all of these technologies are perfected, we’ll be there to help our clients make the most of them.

So here’s to another 50 years moving forward!

If you would like to learn more about Barrett’s Technology Solutions’ services for Chicago, Illinois home and business owners, don’t hesitate to reach out.