Chattanooga-based PlainView LED, which specializes in digital signage, is expanding operations with a new assembly plant at 2802 Belle Arbor Ave.
The 10,500-square foot facility was purchased March 24 of this year. Renovations on the building were completed in just 45 days.
Moving forward with the expansion during an unprecedented time in the United States was not an easy task, said officials. However, the PlainView LED team made themselves available to customers, all the while taking safety measures and maintaining social distancing.
“The ‘pause’ in the economy allowed us time to devote 100 percent attention in improvements, inventory and streamline [the] assembly process,” said Derek Markey, COO of PlainView LED. “We expanded our operations as others slowed down.”
Work on the plant is nearly complete and production will begin in early June. Plans for the assembly plant have been underway since 2018. The expansion marks PlainView LED’s official move to assemble their products in the United States.
Dealer partners and billboard operators have already installed PlainView LED products coast to coast, from Philadelphia to Washington state.
Interviews for assembly technicians and an assembly plant manager are underway.
“I knew 10 years ago when the first digital signs began to hit the market that this is where the sign industry was going, and I wanted to be part of it,” said Todd Plain, CEO of PlainView LED. “After selling digital signs for the past 10 years all over the United States, I’m excited to expand our company and begin assembling our own digital signs in my hometown of Chattanooga.”
The company has also developed its own proprietary software, Spotlight. The software allows users to enjoy a more intuitive approach to creating and scheduling their content on both large and small format digital signs. PlainView LED has also developed an Underwriters Laboratories (UL) approved smart module.
PlainView LED’s Signature Series LED Smart Module allows the company to seamlessly build digital billboards, digital business signs, scoreboards, and electronic message centers using the same product and parts.
ictured are (top) a 14 foot by 48 foot large format digital sign and (bottom) a 10.5 foot by 36 foot large format digital sign assembled in PlainView LED's Chattanooga plant.