The STARC Story
2012 – Tim Hebert founds STARC
Tim Hebert was always concerned about the amount of dust, debris, and the time he had to dedicate to temporary containment on his sensitive or patient occupied healthcare renovation projects. Tim saw an opportunity to create a much better solution than traditional drywall. His concept was a modular, reusable temporary containment system that exceeded ICRA Class IV requirements, looked great, and was quick and quiet to install. With confidence in his idea, he founded STARC in 2012 and worked to create a business plan and patent.
2014 – First Sale
In early 2014 Tim hired Bruce Bickford, an experienced mechanical engineer, and product developer, as the company’s first employee. Within months they successfully prototyped and tested STARC’s initial product, bringing to life the industry’s most innovative durable temporary dust barrier and containment system – RealWall™. Their first significant sale was to Children’s Mercy Kansas City.
2015 – Product Adoption
Knowing that driving awareness through sales and marketing was crucial, Tim hired Chris MacKenzie, who brought significant sales experience. By the end of the year, STARC Systems began shipping RealWall to leading healthcare institutions throughout the United States and ramped up production to meet increasing demand.
2017 – Outside Investment
Given the growth and potential of the company, Blue Heron Capital, based in Richmond, VA, invested in STARC to support Tim’s plans to scale the company. To manage the company’s growth, Chris Vickers was hired as CEO, bringing senior leadership, product, and marketing experience.
2018 – Building on the Foundation
Over 2018, sales growth continued to accelerate. STARC added experienced managers and expert team members, increased production capacity, expanded marketing, and enhanced product innovation.
2019 – Continued Growth
RealWall continued to grow rapidly throughout the U.S. Later in the year, the company introduced its newest containment solution, LiteBarrier™, the most durable, best looking, and easiest to use product solution in the lightweight containment category.
STARC is used across all 50 states and internationally with the leading construction firms in healthcare as well as non-healthcare verticals such as commercial office, education, data centers, biotech, and government.
None of these efforts would be possible without the incredibly dedicated team that we have working across the company. It is the team’s motivation and expertise that is enabling us to continue to evolve and grow as the nation’s leader in temporary containment.