In the basement of Kurt and Karen Riemenschneider's Grandville, Michigan home, a small idea was beginning to grow. This idea was to create a unique and superior line of stretch wrap equipment. At the age of 31, Kurt received his first patent for his invention called the "Highlight Handwrapper." With patent in hand, Kurt decided to enter the industrial packaging machinery field. Highlight's modest goal at this time was to produce and sell 20 handwrappers a week. Soon, with the added help of four employees, Highlight began to blossom. The spring of 1981 gave birth to the company known today as Highlight Industries, Inc.