The roots of todays uniView Technologies Corporation
are traced back to 1899 with the founding of the Olive
& Myers Manufacturing Co. and Houston spin-off
Myers-Lottman Co. (later to become Myers-Spalti). Engaged
in the production of quality household furniture and
mattresses for nearly sixty years, they became the two
strongest furniture manufacturers in the Southwest.
While the furniture business grew in Dallas and
Houston, Curtis Mathes and his older brothers were
amassing a reputation for the distribution of automotive
parts and the manufacture of tractor lighting equipment
and automobile storage batteries in the West Texas town
of Plainview. In early 1920, Curtis Mathes organized The
Mathes Company. Building on his experience as a direct
salesman for Philco of Pennsylvania, the newly formed
Company was named a distributor of Philco products for
the West Texas area. However, the Philco radio was so new
that no retailer would take on the Philco line, even in
the bustling city of Amarillo, so the Mathes Company
opened its first retail store. As a distributor and
retailer, Mathes new retail store out-traded,
out-advertised and generally out-valued competition. In
less than a year, the Philco brand moved into first place
in Amarillo and within two years absolutely dominated the
area. This established the Mathes Company strategy of
choosing its territory and always finding a product and
During the 1930's, the Company expanded into
evaporative coolers and safety fans. During World War II,
the Company bought Hub Furniture Co., a supplier of wood
cabinets for Mathes coolers, and focused on the
manufacture of Mathes Mastercraft furniture.
Following the war, the Philco brand was discontinued
and full attention was given to the Curtis Mathes line.
The Company further expanded into plywood production,
residential cooling and heating equipment. With each
addition, the Curtis Mathes organization gained
additional experience in woodworking, metalworking and
electronics, as well as in the business of retail,
manufacturing and distributing.
In the spring of 1955, the Mathes Company was sold to
Glen Alden Co. of Wilkes Barre, PA.
In 1957, Curtis Mathes & Associates purchased a
major interest in the Olive-Myers-Spalti Manufacturing
Co. The new firm, called Curtis Mathes Manufacturing
Company, combined its decades of furniture building and
electronics experience, first to enter the hi-fi business
and, in 1959, the television industry. With these
changes, Curtis Mathes started its tradition of combining
top quality video and audio products housed in fine
furniture. Just four years later, the Company entered the
world of color television, beginning the era in which the
Company became a household name.
Curtis Mathes was the first manufacturer to offer a
completely solid-state product line, with an
unprecedented four-year warranty.
Curtis Mathes, Jr. purchased the company from the
Curtis Jr. began demonstrating what would become
another hallmark of the Company: heavy use of advertising
to position and promote products. That year, an $18
million advertising investment yielded sales of more than
$152 million. Millions of Americans came to know that
Curtis Mathes was..."The most expensive television
in America, and darn well worth it!"
Curtis Mathes established ColorTyme, a home
entertainment rental company, to meet the increasing
demands for quality home entertainment equipment.
The Company began franchising its name across the
country, the corporate headquarters were moved from
Athens to Dallas and the Companys manufacturing
plant in Athens, Texas was sold.
The entire Company was sold and relocated back in
After being sold again the year before, the Company
was acquired by Enhanced Electronics Corporation; on
November 8, the Companys stock was first listed on
the NASDAQ Small Cap Market as CRTM.
Enhanced Electronics Corporation officially changed
the Companys name to Curtis Mathes Holding
Corporation to reflect its commitment to the Curtis
Mathes brand name.
Subsidiary Curtis Mathes Marketing Corporation began
development of uniView technology, a proprietary,
computer-enhanced television technology that allows
viewers to "surf" the Internet, receive faxes
and e-mail, search for movies or other programs based on
subjects, stars or ratings. This unprecedented
convergence of communications capabilities into a single
device set the direction for both the Company and the
home entertainment industry for many years to come.
Curtis Mathes Holding Corporation becomes uniView
Technologies Corporation and restructures to incorporate
two divisions: the Technologies Division containing the
uniView and uniView Xpressway technology, and a new
Curtis Mathes Division containing the Curtis Mathes brand
name. As uniView Technologies Corp., the company
continues the development and implementation of
innovative hardware technologies and solutions to license
for a variety of niche markets including education,
banking, hospitality, telemedicine, home office and
Corporation made three acquisitions: CNS, CNSS and
Network America. These purchases bring the most critical
resource needed for continued growth in the high tech
industry, PEOPLE. The staff in these three companies
enriches the technical level of the company to a new
unprecedented level and allows uniView Technologies to
deliver the only end to end solution. This new company
structure for uniView Technologies now includes the
uniView Technologies Product Group and the uniView
Technologies Advanced Systems Group, with Network America
and CNSS as self contained subsidiaries.