One New Identity Built on Two Lasting Legacies
When MC Group of Mentor, Ohio acquired ICON Identity Solutions of Rolling Meadows, Illinois, it was clear that something special was taking shape. Both organizations had built highly recognizable brands and reputations over the past several decades in our shared and respective fields of expertise. But together, we knew we were taking brand implementation further and higher than ever before.
That’s why we chose the name Stratus.
Before we get into who we are now, here’s a bit about who we were before.
MC Group of Mentor, Ohio — formerly MC Sign, a signage company with a legacy reaching back to 1953 — was acquired by current Stratus CEO Tim Eippert in 1994. Focusing on signage, energy, and maintenance solutions, MC Group began building a national partner network while simultaneously making strategic acquisitions and rapidly expanding its client base and capabilities.
ICON Identity Solutions
Founded in 1931, ICON Identity Solutions of Rolling Meadows, Illinois specialized in signage, in-house signage manufacturing, refresh and remodel services, and signage maintenance for multiple nationwide clients. As a leading competitor of MC Group, it made sense that ICON and MC Group join forces — combining their leadership teams, missions, and capabilities for clients’ success.
What Our Merger Accomplished
Together, MC Group and ICON comprised more than 150 years of brand implementation expertise for some of the largest and most recognizable organizations in the world. Not only did the 2019 merger bring two of the largest national branding companies together, but it brought our people, our capabilities, and our extensive networks together.
With a full portfolio of interior and exterior signage capabilities, energy management solutions, refresh & remodel services, and maintenance programs now available to our clients through a single partner, Stratus became everything companies would need to uphold a strong brand presence 24/7/365 and at every location — whether it’s a few dozen or a few hundred (or more) — throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Our teams joined forces — working together to help brands maintain critical brand touchpoints, reduce their energy utilization and costs, revitalize their facilities’ interiors and exteriors to strengthen customer experiences, and maintain these essential brand elements at all times. And to make it all happen, we combined the proven field partner networks of MC Group and ICON into one of the largest networks in the country, enabling us to execute reliable brand implementation programs anywhere, at any time, and for numerous industries.
More in Who We Are
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