Fri Mar 8, 2024


National Small Business Week Winners


ESCO Manufacturing & Stein Sign Display are thrilled to announce their recognition as the Family-Owned Small Business of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) South Dakota District Office. This prestigious award not only honors our dedication and hard work but also highlights the lively entrepreneurial life that thrives within South Dakota.

With over 90,000 small businesses in South Dakota, being selected as the Family-Owned Small Business of the Year is a true testament to the passion and commitment we have poured into our company. Stuart Stein, along with our entire team at ESCO and Stein Sign Display, is deeply honored to receive this recognition.

This award is particularly meaningful as it highlights South Dakota's unique landscape of family-owned businesses. South Dakota claims the highest percentage of family-owned businesses in the nation, making our state a center of entrepreneurs. 

At ESCO and Stein Sign Display, our 120 employees take great pride in our family-owned legacy, which has been the cornerstone of our success for 3 generations. From our humble beginnings in Watertown to our current standing as industry leaders, we have remained persistent in our vision of creating a WOW experience for our team members, customers and communities. 

Winning the Family-Owned Small Business of the Year award confirms our commitment to excellence and motivates us to continue pushing the boundaries in our industry. We are grateful to the SBA South Dakota District Office for their recognition and support, as well as to our loyal customers and dedicated employees who have been so important in our journey.

For more information about ESCO Manufacturing & Stein Sign Display and our commitment to creating a WOW experience, please visit our websites &

Thank you for your continued support and partnership. 

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Our company has used ESCO Manufacturing for many years for our wholesale electric sign needs. They have manufactured many different types of signs for us over the years. We have had the same sales rep for many years. That says a lot in itself about the company. They have never let us down and always delivered a quality product in a timely manner. They are very competitive and always have great ideas to help us with design and installation. I highly recommend them, they won't let you down
Justin Helmke
JH Signs
Our account rep has been with us from the start of All State Signs. Throughout the years we have come to rely on ESCO's extensive product knowledge and fast turn arounds to fill our customer needs. ESCO has always been a reliable source for our company, and as we grow, we will continue to rely on their terrific customer service and quality products.
Beau & Raean Bilbrey
All State Signs Great Falls, MT
ESCO Manufacturing has been our channel letter fabricator for over 12 years. They are an exemplary company that manufactures high quality products and we have been completely satisfied with their customer service. Their staff is knowledgeable and able to handle any request. We are happy to recommend their services.
Jerry & Marlene Sandmann
Sandmann Signs & Electric Inc.
I have used ESCO Manufacturing for the better part of 20 years as an outlet for sign projects when we are overloaded and have seen nothing but the best of Quality, no shortcuts on the manufacturing process and as always very easy to work with sign professionals.
Kirk Ronning
Indigo Signworks
We have worked with ESCO Manufacturing with many of our projects and have had great results. Our account rep has been great to work with providing ideas and giving us a great product. It's been a pleasure to work with ESCO and I highly recommend!
Christian Guenther
AP Design
My companies have worked with ESCO for many years. We have collaborated on many projects, receiving professional knowledge and products in a timely manner. From answering an install question while on the job site to planning and discussing initial project concept sketches, ESCO has always been able to offer me the know-how to offer my customers a professional experience! Thank you ESCO!
Cathy Krommenhoek
Total Motors
From the sales to fabrication, to shipping, and accounting departments, the entire process has been seamless. At any given time we can see exactly where our job is in the process. Over the years, your team has displayed nothing but professionalism. Thank you, ESCO, for being a vendor we can count on consistently. We look forward to our relationship continuing!  
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