San Diego Business Journal

Sign Co.’s Vision Is to Make Others Look Good

It Capitalizes on an Experienced Workforce, Lean, U.S. Manufacturing By Brad Graves Originally published April 6, 2017 at 1:03 p.m., updated April 6, 2017 at 1:03 p.m.
   

Maria Linan works on a sign at Federal Heath. The company has five manufacturing plants, all in the U.S., including a 42,000-square-foot Oceanside plant.

Maria Linan works on a sign at Federal Heath. The company has five manufacturing plants, all in the U.S., including a 42,000-square-foot Oceanside plant. Photo by Jamie Scott Lytle.

FEDERAL HEATH VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS

CEO: Kevin Stotmeister

Revenue: $178 million in 2016; $148 million in 2015

No. of local employees: 80

Investors: Sole investor is Wisconsin-based Hendricks Holding Co. Inc.

Headquarters: Oceanside

Year founded: The business traces its lineage back to 1901

Company description: Sign maker and provider of installation services

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President and CEO Kevin Stotmeister left, and VP of Sales and Marketing Daniel Belling at Federal Heath Visual Communications stand in the Oceanside plant. The company does signs for businesses that have 200 locations or more. Digital signs make up 5 percent of the company’s revenue, but that number is increasing.

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Lupe Camiro works on a sign at Federal Heath. In the past, the company had a complicated ownership structure; now it is 100 percent owned by Hendricks Holding Co. Inc.

— There is an “Alice in Wonderland” quality to the Federal Heath Visual Communications factory on North Avenue in Oceanside...

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