Ag contracting business acquires Platte, Chamberlain sign companies, to merge Sept. 1
The businesses will operate out of a new location in Platte after the merger is finalized.
PLATTE, S.D. — A Platte-based ag contracting company has announced the purchase of two local businesses in a move aimed to stimulate growth and revitalize Platte’s Main Street.
Summit Contracting — a full-service farm construction company in Platte that boasts specialized crews and support staff who focus solely on their area of expertise — announced the acquisition of Platte’s Signs 4 U as well as Chamberlain’s Dozy's Signs.
Signs 4 U, founded by Platte’s Jonna DeHaan, has operated out of a location behind the Lyric Theater since it’s inception in 2011. The company specializes in signs, banners, equipment and vehicle logos and more.
Dozy’s Signs started nearly three decades ago, when Chamberlain’s Doug Dozark and Todd Priebe began hand-painting signs in Dozark’s basement in Preibe’s father’s barn. Today, they are leaders in digital banners, billboards, LED message centers, pylon signs, interior and exterior lighted signs and vinyl graphics.
The acquisition will merge both companies into Summit Contracting effective Sept. 1st, a move that Summit Contracting said will “create several opportunities including business growth, new jobs and revitalization of an existing building on Platte’s Main Street.”
Signs 4 U and Summit Contracting have had a close working relationship over the years, with Signs 4 U supplying vinyl graphics and business signage for Summit’s various locations and equipment.
“I am happy to have my sign business continue with such a reputable company,” DeHaan said. “I know Tyler and the Summit team will continue to support my existing customers.”
Signs 4 U’s DeHaan will remain with the business during the time of transition, though Gretchen Munger, a Platte native, will become the new manager effective Aug. 1, when she and her daughter, Presley, will relocate to Platte in time for the school year.
Dozy's Signs’ Priebe will continue as a lead salesman, while Tess Ringling, a graphic designer, will continue her role on a part-time basis while completing her education at Southeast Technical College.
Summit Contracting offered Ringling a tuition reimbursement deal if she agrees to return as a full-time graphic designer in the future. After 18 years, another employee, Chelsie Reddick, has decided to hang up her scissors, but will join the team as a customer service representative, instead.
“It’s amazing how well this has come together, certainly did not envision Summit getting into the signage business, but we see this as a great business opportunity for our staff and the Platte community” said Tyler Samuelson, CEO of Summit Contracting. “Both companies have provided great service to many businesses in the area, we want to continue to serve those customers and reach new customers. The merger of these two companies allows us to offer a greater variety of sign products for business and individual needs.”
In addition to the merge, Summit Contracting will has also garnered ownership of the former IGA building in downtown Platte. The 7,000 square foot building is just the right size for the staff, install team and equipment necessary.
“We are excited to give the building new life and support economic growth on Platte’s main street,” Samuelson said.
Pending a brief remodel, the merged companies will move into their new home in early September. Priebe will work remotely from Chamberlain, ensuring continued service and products are available to the Chamberlain area.