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Federal Heath Sign Company LLC

the petroleum giant establish its new brand. Federal
Heath will be installing signage for more than 2,000 of
its gas stations, Stotmeister says. "It's one of the exciting
things we have going on right now," he adds.

Chicago Roots
Founded in 1901, Federal Electric Company was the largest electric sign company in the nation, and the first and
only of its kind.
Two executives from Chicago Edison Company, John
F. Gilchrist and John H. Goehst, were looking for new
revenue streams for selling electricity. They came up
with the idea of inserting incandescent lamps into porcelain and steel signs. These became the first electric signs
to be used as advertising messages in Chicago.
Joined by James M. Gilchrist, the three entrepreneurs
went on to found Federal Electric Company Inc. Federal Heath can trace its history to these three founding
fathers. Through the decades, the company experienced
unparalleled growth as technological advancements be-

Employees replace neon
lights with LED lights for
the Vitamin Shoppe.

came available. "We have evolved from traditional signage," Stotmeister says. "We have a lot of different market segments."
The company has enjoyed double-digit growth in the
past few years. In terms of revenue, it has seen a 20.3 percent increase from 2015 to 2016. "The last four years have
been the biggest in the company's history," Stotmeister
says. "I'd like to think that it's because we're doing a good
job for our clients."
Federal Heath has roughly 750 employees along with
about 3,000 subcontractors in its network. It operates
manufacturing plants in Oceanside, Calif.; Euless, Texas; Jacksonville, Texas; Delaware, Ohio; and Racine, Wis.
The largest out of its five plants is the Delaware location,
which encompasses roughly 200,000 square feet.
"We expanded it this year," Stotmeister says. "We virtually almost doubled our square footage. It originally
had about 100,000 square feet."
In addition, Federal Heath operates two call centers, one in Daytona Beach, Fla., and the other in Houston. From these two locations, the company dispatches
and manages maintenance services throughout the entire United States.
That includes exterior sign maintenance, repairs of
parking lot lighting, and upgrades and energy-efficient
solutions such as LED retrofits or conversions. mt
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