United Visual, founded in 1949, is a full-service audio/visual, video
and computer display dealer primarily serving business and educational
privately held corporation, headquartered in Itasca, Illinois,
we are known for our close, personal relationships with our customers.
Equipment sales are just a part of the United Visual story. Our a/v systems division
has won several national awards, including the grand prize for
conference rooms in the Best Presentation Rooms 2000 competition.
We have a thriving rental division known for high-impact staging
of projection, lighting and sound. Our service department is factory
authorized for nearly everything we sell and key to the high satisfaction
our customers express.
United Visual was founded in 1949 as United Visual Aids Service,
a partnership between the Carlson and Stribolt families. The business
was designated as the Midwest service center for Kalart Victor,
a major manufacturer of 16mm projectors at the time. The small
650 sq. ft. storefront on Addison Street in Chicago, pictured
here, was not only a place of business, but also home to the Carlson
family, including their first three children.
As the company grew, it expanded and overtook the storefront next door, doubling
its size. By the time it incorporated in 1961, United Visual was
a major supplier of audio/visual equipment and service to a large
educational base of customers in the Chicago area.
Current industry leaders including Eastman Kodak, Sony, Bell & Howell, Dukane, Standard,
Newcomb and Da-Lite had selected United Visual to be their authorized
dealer and service center for the Chicago market. In some cases
these firms selected United Visual as the exclusive reseller of
their products in the area.
Growth continued during the 60's and 70's and by 1976 United completed construction on
a new building in Bensenville, Illinois, near O'Hare airport.
The new facility was nearly four times as large as the original
storefronts in Chicago. United
continued its expansion, entering into the rental industry serving
the numerous hotels around O'Hare and providing in-house rentals
at two resorts.
With the introduction of VHS video recorders, affordable color camera technology and
most recently LCD projector technology, United Visual has continued
to grow. Customer support, however, remains the primary focus
of the company. A major expansion in 1996 moved our headquarters
to Spring Lake Business Park in Itasca, Illinois, pictured at
the top of this page.
Certification and Participation with the ICIA
United Visual is proud to have achieved the International Communications Industries Association's (ICIA) Certified AudioVisual Solutions Provider (CAVSP) company certification. The premier trade association for the professional AV communications industry, the ICIA grants CAVSP status to ICIA Member companies whose technical, sales and customer service staff have obtained individual Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) certifications along with advanced certifications in systems design and system installation.
United Visual is committed to the investment in the ongoing education of our staff and our customers share in the dividends of expert solutions and unrivaled customer service when they trust in United Visual.
As an ICIA AVolved organization United Visual is dedicated to the AVolution Standards of Excellence, which includes the commitment to providing complete customer satisfaction with all United Visual AudioVisual Solutions.
Sales and support
United Visual is an authorized dealer for over 75 leading equipment
manufacturers, including Sharp, Sony, Epson, Panasonic,
AMX, Crestron, Pioneer, 3M, Bretford, Mitsubishi, Philips, Tandberg
Draper, Da-Lite, Elmo, Electro-Voice, Luxor, Dukane, Eiki, Magnavox,
Shure, TOA, Extron, Zenith, Stewart , Van San, Bose, Califone,
Telex, JBL, Winsted, Anchor Audio, Hitachi, Eastman Kodak, Atlas/Soundolier,
and many others.
Our sales specialists are very experienced and can help you choose the ideal system for your particular need, whether you are looking for a single LCD projector or DVD player to a full turnkey integrated audiovisual system with full warranty and maintenance agreement.
Our customers include
Fortune 1000 firms, school districts and universities and a large
number of small and medium sized businesses.
Uniteds service goes far beyond single-item sales. We can
design and build a complete, permanently-installed a/v system
for your conference room, boardroom, classroom or training center.
Our systems are known for their reliability and ease of use, and
we have a reputation for the quality of our repair and support
In 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001 and 2002,
United systems were chosen among the best in the nation in competitions
sponsored by Presentations and Training magazines.
Were the only systems integrator in the Illinois/Wisconsin/
Indiana area so honored in all of these years.
At United Visual, we service everything we sell. We are an authorized
service center for most major lines of audio/visual, video and
computer projection equipment. Our service department is staffed
by experienced, factory trained technicians. We are known for
our one-day evaluation of LCD projectors, for our extensive summer
preventative maintenance program for area schools, and for our
uniquely affordable service contracts.
United Visual is well-known as a rental supplier, serving over
35 hotels in the Chicago and Milwaukee areas, plus hundreds of
businesses and schools across the country. We offer
a complete selection of audio, video and computer projection equipment
at competitive daily and weekly rates.
Ask our customers
The best way to judge a long-term supplier is to talk to its customers.
If you have any question about United, well be glad to send
referencesbut we're confident you'll like what you hear
when just asking your colleagues. Those that have used us will
tell you: United Visual is a firm worth doing business with.