IRIS Ltd. was established in 1980 with the
idea that a company specializing in photo ID equipment and related supplies could gain a strong
position as experts in those fields. Today, we maintain that standard by providing quick delivery on
a HUGE INVENTORY of stock items and supplying many hard to find items.
IRIS was founded in March 1980
by Ned and Susan Gehris in their home in Leesport, PA. An early relationship with Polaroid Corp. as a photo ID Dealer, several Pennsylvania state contract awards, and a high degree of customer service were key elements in the early success of IRIS. After 15 months of early growth, conversion from a Sole Proprietorship to a Corporation status was necessary and IRIS Ltd., Inc. was established on June 26, 1981. Continued growth resulted in a move to 341 Park Road, Blandon, PA in 1989 due to requirements for additional employees and more space for shipping, receiving, and warehousing.
In March 1990, IRIS Ltd., Inc. - Capital Region was formed to develop business south of the Mason Dixon line and early activities focused on the Baltimore/Washington Corridor. The combined companies became commonly known as The IRIS Companies and a larger presence was developed throughout the east coast states.
The mid and late 1990's were watershed years as the photo ID card industry changed from Polaroid film-based systems to various types of PC-based electronic imaging systems. The IRIS Companies continued to thrive by focusing on innovative solutions to best meet customer requirements, delivering prompt, efficient service, and committing to larger inventories of standard products to ensure timely delivery schedules.
Continued company expansion and the commitment to stocking larger amounts of product necessitated the company to consider a new business facility tailored to conduct operations more efficiently. Ned and Sue Gehris purchased a commercial tract of land in 1996 and commenced building a custom facility at 901 Park Road, Fleetwood, PA in 1997. The IRIS Companies moved into the new building in May, 1998. The new facility allowed the company to aggressively promote and develop the business in an increasingly competitive business environment.
In late 2007, The IRIS Companies enhanced its' focus on the customer with the promotions of Lindsay Gehris-Napoli and David Gehris to Vice Presidents. The new positions have allowed IRIS to expand and enhance the sales team to better take care of customers and expand into new markets. Along with the traditional photo ID market, the company is now positioned as an industry leader in the sports, concert, and special event credential markets.