A True Story

From modest beginnings, through honest hard work and adhering to small town values, Gemini is now the world's largest wholesale manufacturer of dimensional letters, logos and plaques. 

1963-1964: From humble beginnings.

Jim and Sharon Weinel purchase Gemini for $150 and a pile of assumed debt. They set up shop in a rented garage in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, determined to build a successful company on the simple philosophy of effort, detail, quality and fair price. 

1965-1967: The foundation is built.

Production expands into formed plastic letters. Gemini prints its first catalog—a one-page, typed flyer. Jim traverses the Upper Midwest calling on customers while Sharon builds their mailing list.

1968: Trial by fire.

After several years of promising growth, fire burns Gemini’s building to the ground, taking with it the company’s inventory but not their spirit. Uninsured but undeterred, Jim and Sharon start over. 

1969-1972: Renewed for growth.

Emboldened by its loyal customers, Gemini is re-born from the ashes. Just four years later, they need more space. Seeking to build their own facilities and a growing workforce, Gemini relocates to the small town of Cannon Falls, Minnesota. 

1979: Going international.

Production expands beyond Minnesota and national borders when Gemini Canada is established. 

1981-1983: The first of many.

Gemini continues to fulfill their customers’ growing needs by installing their first plastic sheet extruder. A new plant opens in Decorah, Iowa. The first injection-molded letters are produced. Gemini publishes their first Technical Guide.  

1984-1995: Continued evolution.

Gemini invests in plants in Taylor, Texas and Fallon, Nevada. Evolving to new technology and products ahead of demand, they install their first laser to cut acrylic. Their first foundry opens, and anodized letters are produced, followed by installation of the company’s first waterjet cutter. Gemini is established as the industry’s leader in dimensional letters.

1996-2006: Making headway.

In response to growing demand for Gemini's precision manufacturing services, they expand their North American manufacturing footprint by starting up their Farmville, Virginia operation.  Meanwhile, Gemini broadens its capabilities with the introduction of TrimCap, architectural plaques and laminated products. They recognize the need for sustainable practices and products with the completion of an acrylic reclamation process. Broadening its international production again, a new fabricated letter plant opens in Mexico.

2007-2012: New strides.

Gemini takes advantage of exciting technology advances, installing a metal cutting laser and selling its first LED-lit letters. They complete a large plaque foundry in Iowa and introduces their new Duets brand, a full line of premium rotary and laser engraving substrates. 

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2013 to today: Looking forward.

Gemini celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2013. They remain steadfast in their principals of premium quality at a competitive price, backed by the strongest guarantee in the industry. Gemini continues to earn the respect of the industry because they listen and respond to their customers’ needs.