CHICAGO - Gordon Sign, the nation’s oldest sign company and an ongoing turnaround story, was selected to represent Colorado at a recent Made in America Product Showcase at the White House.
Gordon Sign was joined by other small manufacturers, such as the Alaska Bowl Company, Eddie Heath’s Crab Pots, and the Colonial Flag Company, along with such iconic brands as Campbells Soup, Steinway, and Stetson, in exhibiting their products on the South Lawn and West Wing of the White House. The event featured manufactured products from all 50 states.
A proclamation signed by President Donald Trump said Made in America Day recognized the vital contributions of American workers and job creators. Trump attended the event, along with Vice President Mike Pence, several cabinet members, and a number of members of Congress.
Former TMA Chairman Tom Kim, CTP, president of Gordon Sign, joined the company’s CEO, Max Fulton, in representing the company at the event. Kim was part of a local group of investors that bought Gordon Sign in 2014 from a private equity firm that was considering shuttering the business. Kim said the company was distressed in part because of lingering issues in the sign industry stemming from the Great Recession. Noting that the company was in need of new leadership and direction, Kim brought on Fulton, a turnaround veteran, who led a rebranding initiative and spearheaded other initiatives to turn around the company.
Founded in 1904, Gordon Sign designs, manufactures, and installs custom signage, including directional and wayfinding signs, monuments, channel letters, electronic message centers, and tenant displays, all of which can incorporate elements of neon lighting. Its clients have included the Denver Broncos, Wendy’s restaurants, and United Artists Theatres. The company has 43 employees, 10 of whom have been with Gordon Sign for more than 30 years.
About Turnaround Management Association
Turnaround Management Association (TMA) (turnaround.org) is the leading organization dedicated to turnaround management, corporate restructuring, and distressed investing. Established in 1988, TMA has more than 8,300 members in 55 chapters worldwide, including 32 in North America. Members include turnaround practitioners, attorneys, accountants, investors, lenders, venture capitalists, appraisers, liquidators, executive recruiters, and consultants, as well as academic, government, and judicial employees.