Federal Heath Sign (Oceanside, Calif.) is celebrating its 115th year in the sign industry. It was established as Federal Electric Company in Chicago on March 25, 1901, as its founders saw the opportunity to use electric signs and incandescent lighting for advertising messages.
In the following decades, the company's growth mirrored the nation’s growth, expanding and responding to the needs of business and commerce. Several variations were made to the company name as a result of mergers and acquisitions, which brought an ever-expanding list of capabilities, talent and expertise to the company.
From signs for the first drive-through service station in 1905 manufactured by Federal Electric to neon signs in the 1920s, and electronic freeway signs in the 1960s and Las Vegas spectaculars in the 1980s and 90s, to technologically advanced digital printing and imaging today, the company has consistently been at the forefront of innovation and customer satisfaction.
“Although our current legal entity dates back to the 2003 combining of Federal Sign and Heath & Company, we do trace our routes back many paths to March 25th of 1901," says President and CEO Kevin Stotmeister. "We have succeeded and thrived all these years simply because our many, many clients trust that we will do what we say we’ll do and our many hundreds of employees have created a culture of continuous improvement while embracing change every single day."
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