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R.J. Thomas purchases Holton Custom Signs

Monday, September 13, 2010

Steve Thomas, left, President of R.J. Thomas Manufacturing Company in Cherokee is pictured welcoming Denny Holton, owner of Holton Custom Signs, to the R.J. Thomas Manufacturing Company Family. R.J. Thomas Manufacturing Company recently announced the purchase of the Cherokee sign manufacturer business from Holton. Photo by Mike Leckband
July tornado, shared services lead to sale

R.J. Thomas Manufacturing Company of Cherokee has announced that it has purchased local sign manufacturer Holton Custom Signs.

Steve Thomas, president of R.J. Thomas, and Denny Holton, owner of Holton Custom Signs, made the official announcement last week..

"We do a lot of business with Holton now" said Steve Thomas, "with custom plaques and engraving and signage on our park products. These value added services help to sell our products. Denny has other products and services that we think can integrate well into the park industry also."

"This purchase is something that Steve and I have discussed several times over the last few years," said Denny Holton. "The sale will provide new avenues of growth for both of us. It opens up the park industry to the sign business and it adds new product and services for R.J. Thomas Manufacuturing to sell."

Thomas added, "We will continue Holton's services to his customer base, as well as build sales with our base."

Even though Holton will be relocating his sign shop to the R.J. Thomas Manufacturing facilities south of Cherokee, both Thomas and Holton emphasized that the current products and services that Holton Signs has offered will still be available.

This lineup includes: truck signage and lettering, vinyl and magnetic vehicle graphics, digital printing, logo design, banners, store front signs, pole signs, electrical signs, plaques, engraving, murals, roadside signs, and many other forms of custom work.

"It's important that everyone knows that we are continuing our full service in the sign business," added Holton.

Customers can continue to call Holton at his current number 712-225-2550. Approximately Oct. 1 the sign shop will relocate.

"At that time new and existing customers can reach Denny by calling his 225-2550 phone, or by calling R.J. Thomas Mfg. at 225-5115," explained Steve Thomas. "Both numbers will work for customers. We can offer Denny some reception, customer service, ordering and invoicing support so he can concentrate on design and production."

"This is a natural fit for R.J. Thomas to expand the demand for our products by adding value to them. And it is the right time because of the unfortunate chain of events that struck Holton signs with the tornado on July 22," explained Thomas.

Denny Holton will be an employee of R.J. Thomas and the sign shop will operate under the R.J. Thomas Manufacturing Company flag.

"Many things are about to change," said Holton. "But my commitment to creative design and quality products will never change. My company motto has always been 'Fast, Friendly, Professional Service' and that will remain the same, too."

Denny Holton has been in the sign business since 1983. He started his own business in his garage and gradually expanded into his 4000 sq. ft. building on Riverview Drive in Cherokee. He has sign customers across Iowa and into other Midwestern states.

Holton said the tornado-damaged building on Riverview Drive that housed Holton Custom Signs and other businesses will be put up for sale.

R.J. Thomas began operations in 1959. It manufactures park, street and camp site products. It's Pilot Rock brand products can be found throughout the United States and in many other countries.

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