Our history

Our story is one of a father and son starting from nothing in 1997, to become one of the leading wholesale manufacturers of illuminated graphic systems in Europe, relentlessly pushing the possibilities of experiential graphic design in collaboration with the University of Sarajevo.

1994

Provis Foundation

Following the Balkan Wars, Mustafa and his son Sasa founded Provis as a father and son team with a production area of less than 400 square feet and three employees. They focused on building credibility, respect, and trust among their suppliers and customers through ensuring the highest quality and customer service. They understood if they treated their partners right, chances are, they’d be successful too.

1998

First Investment

Looking back on it, it was insignificant. But for a company starting from the ashes of war, it was a big milestone to add 500 square feet to our office and future headquarters..

2004

Expanding European Presence

Through participatioin in leading industry trade shows and conferences in Western Europe, Provis began to understand the potential of its products. Over time, this led to many successful wholesale relationships with leading sign fabricators in Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Sweden, and Dubai among other geographies — markets that expect nothing less than the highest product quality and customer service levels for multiple location signage rollouts.

2006

Konzum

Konzum, the largest grocery retailer in Southeastern Europe with more than 700 store locations, chooses Provis as its preferred signage fabrication and installation partner.

2007

Expansion and New Facility

Provis reinvests its earnings into prioritizing the acquisition of property, plant and equipment to continue to scale up to meet market demand. In 2007, the planned renovation of newly-acquired buildings was completed, including inspirational office spaces for our project management, design, and engineering teams.

2009

New Product Development

Provis advances the design standards for low-profile trim-less letters, including LaserLetter™ (cast acrylic letters with embedded LEDs with letter strokes as narrow as 2mm) and TrueTrimless™ (fabricated aluminum returns with trim-less illuminated acrylic face flush to letter returns), which quickly grow in popularity in Western European markets.

2012

Cartier

Provis becomes the preferred wholesale fabricator of illuminated in-store display signage for the Cartier brand in Barcelona, New York, Moscow, Dubai, among other flagship retail locations around the world. This multiple-country program experience allows Provis to fully integrate its enterprise resource planning (ERP) optimization systems with its project management and customer relationship management (CRM) systems, ensuring program dates are always met on time, every time.

2014

New Production Center

Provis breaks ground on construction of a new state-of-the art production facility that adds 10,000 square feet to its production capacity. Every consideration is given to design and equipment layout to optimize production flow and manufacturing output following Lean manufacturing principles. Provis adds powder coating capability to its existing in-house coating capabilities..

2016

New Programs

A big growth year: Provis was awarded many new contracts for multiple-country signage rollouts, for brands including Samsung, Oracle, Adidas, Estee Lauder, and Sparkasse Bank, among many others.

2020

North America Launch

Sasa Smajlovic, founder and CEO of the Provis group of companies, in partnership with Kenan Hanhan, former Vice President of Gemini Sign Products, together co-found Provis Graphic LLC, a USA-incorporated company established to support Provis Graphic partners in North America.  Provis Graphic LLC establishes its base of operations in Minneapolis, a hub for the retail design and fabrication industry.  In Europe, the Middle East, Australasia, and now the US, Provis Graphic leverages its strategic relationships with dedicated suppliers, research and development partners, experiential graphic designers, and sign fabricator-installers, to maximize architectural design possibilities for the world.