American Signcrafters Founded
In 1979, Jeff Petersen founded TJ Signs the predecessor company to what today is known as American & Interstate Signcrafters. It was a modest beginning. A tiny 500 sq. ft. bay within an auto body shop in New York was home and a 1950's vintage boom truck was used for installations. Jeff's vision for a national sign company was fueled by quality workmanship, hands on project management, and superior products. Today American Signcrafters is known coast-to-coast and employed by Fortune 500 companies and industry leading organizations.
The company prospered and moved to a larger shop to service a growing customer base.
TJ Signs began subcontracting national work for retail chains, moving to a larger shop. Wide-scale integration of computers into the signage business began, for example, with Gerber 4b introduced to cut vinyl and plot layouts.
The company expands by building a 5,000 square foot shop, adding salespeople, stopped subcontracting and landed national chain accounts.
The company built a neon plant to handle increased volume and expanded the shop to 10,000 square feet. A custom spray booth was built and installation vehicles were added to the fleet.
Jeff Petersen bought out partner Tim Burns. The company was renamed American Signcrafters, a more appropriate name for the vision of a national sign company.
American Signcrafters acquired South Florida-based Interstate Sign Systems, which ultimately became Interstate Signcrafters. American Signcrafters in New York became a union company, enabling it to operate more freely with higher level clientele. The beginnings of the company’s banking niche began with a number of regional banks.
A new 25,000 square foot plant was built in Florida. It would ultimately grow to 40,000 square feet across two buildings. Both plants were outfitted with state of the art equipment for sheet metal and the latest computerized graphic equipment and systems.
American Signcrafters New York moved into a 20,000 square foot facility for our first $20 million conversion.
As business continued to grow, a 28,000 square foot building in Islip New York was purchased. The acquisition, included 3 acres of property, provided room to grow.
A strategically located 20,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Little Falls NJ was added.
The renowned Barclays Center in Brooklyn New York became American Signcrafters’ first large multi-million dollar stadium signage project.
Today the company consists of three high capacity fabrication plants with state of the art manufacturing and installation equipment. Independent sales teams operate in New York and Florida. The organization employs approximately 130 and has sales north of $25 million.