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MC Group, Icon merger creates one of biggest brand implementation firms in U.S.

BY Marianne Wilson

MC Group and Icon, two of the nation’s leading providers of brand implementation solutions, have merged to form one of the largest and most well-rounded organizations in the industry.

“This has been an exciting process as we are strategically combining two of the largest players in our industry,” stated Tim Eippert, CEO, MC Group. “Both MC Group and Icon have strong signage businesses at their core. We can expand on those complimentary capabilities while now offering MC’s fast growing energy solutions products, including lighting, to Icon customers and Icon’s construction and refresh/remodel products to MC’s customers. It’s a big win for our combined customer bases.”

The combined company will continue to operate under both brand names in the near term with plans to consolidate under one name in the future. MC Group’s location in Mentor, Ohio, will serve as the new corporate headquarters for the combined organization. Icon’s headquarters in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, will be retained as a significant base of operations.

This is an exciting day for Icon, our employees and our customers,” noted Kurt Ripkey, president and CEO, Icon. “We have always respected MC Group, their team, and their products and services. Culturally we are also a great fit for one another which will make the integration of our organizations a success. Our combined talent, technology and industry expertise is game changing for our customers.”

MC Group’s Eippert will serve as CEO, supported by Ripkey as president and chief revenue officer and Dave Walters (MC Group) as president and COO. The three executives bring with them nearly 100 years of combined industry leadership experience.

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