ABOUT US  |  History

Through the years, GSI has enjoyed many successes – and encountered a few bumps in the road as well, like we all do. One of the best stories is also one of our first.

It was the summer of 1983. Preparation was underway for the installation of a mammoth sign on top of the Wachovia building in downtown Greensboro, NC.  Wachovia was GSI’s biggest client at the time and everyone was excited. Rob Kisstoth, now owner and president of GSI, was new to GSI as a designer/draftsman at the time and had helped to design the structure --drawing out every angle and bolt in detail.  An audience of colleagues, clients and friends had gathered. A major intersection was blocked off in all directions and two huge cranes in the center of the intersection had the signs strapped down to a large flat bed trailer for off-loading.

As the crowd watched the events unfold and the crane began to lift the first sign, it became frightfully clear that one strap was not secured correctly. Before anyone could do anything the crane had lifted the sign on one end -- and suddenly keeled over and fell sideways into the street. The noise was tremendous as all that aluminum and steel hit the street … neon glass breaking into a million pieces and rolling down the street!

Despite this misfortune and being new to the business, Rob saw a vision. By the summer of 1989, Rob bought the company and became President.

GSI only had 12 employees in 1983; we now have 35.  Some of the same principles Rob learned and benefitted from back in the summer of 1983 are still at the forefront of what GSI is all about today.

“GSI’s strategic goal is to provide quality signage products & services for niche markets. To create a place where there’s an opportunity for anyone who has the passion and commitment to learn and grow to fulfill their potential and dreams both professionally and personally. To exceed customer expectation through attentive customer interaction, superiorly designed products and motivated professionals.”
– Rob Kisstoth
GSI Team, 1983; Rob Kisstoth, far right.