HISTORY OF THE FIRM
Neiman & Company was founded in 1965 by Harry Neiman. Neiman’s initial target market was Class A office buildings. By meeting the need for difficult to find upscale signage, and with a focus on quality product and excellent customer service, Neiman & Company’s first year sales totaled $50,000. In 1969, Bob Hoeller came on board as a young apprentice, and would eventually become a full partner in the operation. By the mid 1970’s, as the operation expanded, numerous capabilities were added, including screen printing and custom fabrication. With its wider offerings, the company acquired several key corporate accounts and looked forward to a bright future.
By the 1980’s, custom architectural signage was a well-established and maturing industry. More sophisticated designs were in demand, and signage was now included as part of the building trades. Neiman & Company had established itself as a valued resource throughout the Southern California marketplace, when Will Raksin, a young cabinet and millworker, joined the crew and enhanced the firm’s skill base in 1983. Rounding out Neiman’s varied offerings was the acquisition of a California State Contractors License in 1988 to allow for the addition of installation services. The company’s client base had diversified further and included hotels, Class A office buildings, corporate end users, and theme parks.
The passage of the U.S. Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 presented new challenges to the entire industry. Neiman & Company led with the development of new Braille manufacturing methods, while also employing industry icon Hanley Bloom. Hanley worked tirelessly and proved instrumental in defining how the new regulations would apply to signage.
In the early 2000’s Neiman & Company purchased an industrial building in the Van Nuys Airport corridor. The 17,500 square foot facility more than doubled the firm’s manufacturing space, allowing for a paint booth, a mixing lab, and a welding booth, as well as comfortably accommodating its more than 50 employees. By now Neiman’s client mix included all market sectors. During the Great Recession of 2007, while several competitors had to close their doors, Neiman & Company applied the principles of fiscal discipline and kept its doors open for business
The 2010’s presented both new economic challenges and new opportunities. Greater pricing pressure and increased costs demanded a constant pursuit for greater efficiency, while technology drove a dynamic era in environmental graphic design and importance in the built environment. At Neiman & Company, longtime key employee Will Raksin was promoted to General Manager in 2013. In 2014 Neiman & Company was honored with the prestigious Arrow Award from the SEGD, the standard bearer for environmental graphic designers nationwide. Sadly, 2015 & 2017 marked the death of our owners, industry icon Harry Neiman and his longtime partner Bob Hoeller, with ownership assumed by Harry’s beloved daughter, Morgan. The late 20-teens saw Neiman add 3D and flatbed digital printing to its array of capabilities. The impact of the Covid19 pandemic in 2020 has redefined both Neiman and its client’s operations. With signage fabrication deemed an essential industry, Neiman continues operations, while taking all precautions to ensure a safe work environment for our employees, and continuing to provide quality product and develop appropriate solutions for our client base. As we celebrate our 55th Anniversary, we look forward to a return to normal, and another half-century of excellence!
Neiman & Company endeavors to maintain a green attitude by implementing sustainable, Earth-friendly business practices. Included in our companywide green practices are:
| Recycle scrap metal and acrylic materials
| Recycle bottles and cans
| Recycle printer cartridges
| Keep electronic records
| Sell, donate or repurpose obsolete furnishings,
tools & equipment
| Properly dispose of electronics, cardboard, pallets, spent paint & chemicals through legitimate recycling service providers
| When available, purchase supplies and materials
which include post consumer content (for
example in packaging products)
| Change out of all fluorescent bulbs to LED bulbs
provided by LADWP
| Install and use Matthews Ultra Low VOC paint
materials on our products
| Use bee friendly means to relocate rather than
exterminate bee hives on property
AFFILIATIONS & CERTIFICATIONS
Nova Polymer Preferred Fabricator
SEGD, Industry Member
Vista System Preferred Dealer