HE SPENT 27 YEARS IN THE AIR FORCE.
WHILE SHE CAME FROM A NURSING BACKGROUND.
BUT THEY DECIDED THE SIGN INDUSTRY SEEMED LIKE AN
INTERESTING CAREER CHANGE.
MADE IN THE NORTHWEST
WHEN STEVE KEMPF RETIRED AFTER 27 YEARS IN THE AIR
HE AND HIS WIFE, MARSHON, DECIDED TO GO INTO BUSINESS
we just starting thinking, 'why not? why not start
your own company? follow the american dream.
THAT LED TO SOME RESEARCH.
AND A LEAP OF FAITH INTO THE SIGN INDUSTRY.
AND THE OPENING OF MOUNTAIN DOG SIGN COMPANY IN 2011.
businesses that are doing poorly need signage.
businesses that are doing well need signage.
so here we are.
WHILE CAREERS IN THE AIR FORCE AND NURSING WERE VERY
SIGNS GIVE THE KEMPFS SOMETHING MORE TANGIBLE TO SHOW
FOR THEIR WORK.
we love what we did, but it's really great to be able
to go into a space, kind of transform it and help
the company have a wonderful, positive, professional
so why did they name the company mountain dog? well,
it's because of this little lady right.
a nine-year-old bernese mountain dog named ella.
we love the outdoors and she's just such a part of
our family, it seemed like a naturally good logo for
we have clients that get very mad if we don't show
up with ella in tow when we're delivering products.
THE KEMPFS AND THEIR FOUR FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES AT MOUNTAIN
DOG DO ALL KINDS OF SIGNAGE.
BUT THEY SPECIALIZE IN INTERIOR COMMERCIAL GRAPHICS.
ESPECIALLY FOR LOBBIES.
you can establish who you are and kind of 'brand up'
as people walk in your door.
THE COMPANY DOES A LOT OF WORK WITH CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES.
doing new buildout for a.d.a.
compliant signage, way finding, braille and raised
things like that.
MOUNTAIN DOG ALSO DOES VEHICLE WRAPS.
every time you drive around town, your car is on.
it's always a constant marketing campaign.
AND WITH STEVE'S BACKGROUND.
FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE HAS BEEN A NATURAL PARTNER.
27 years in the service, i think we have a heart for
our military families around here.
AFTER CONSULTING WITH A CLIENT ABOUT WHAT THEY'RE
LOOKING FOR IN A SIGN...
we present it to our graphic designers, who are brilliant,
and they come up with a wonderful concept.
ONCE THE CLIENT APPROVES THE PROOF.
THE SIGN GOES INTO PRODUCTION.
it's printed and laminated and mounted on some sort
of a substrate.
and generally, it'll be installed in whatever location
the client needs it to be.
MOUNTAIN DOG SAYS IT GREW BY 70-PERCENT LAST YEAR...
we're growing, baby!
...AND IS HOPING FOR MORE OF THE SAME IN 2014.
as long as we can be contributing and helping people
and watching businesses grow, that's kind of what
it's all about for us.
THE REWARD FOR STEVE AND MARSHON'S LEAP OF FAITH.
FOR MADE IN THE NORTHWEST.
I'M DEREK DEIS.
KXLY FOUR NEWS.