Company: Burkhart Advertising
Markets: Indiana, Illinois
Headquarters: 1335 Mishawaka Avenue, South Bend, IN 46615
If you’re driving through a small town in Indiana chances are you’ll see a good looking Burkhart steel monopole bracketing each end of town and another Burkhart monopole strategically placed in the middle of town. Burkhart was started by Charles B Burkhart in 1964 when he placed “I believe in South Bend” signs up around the struggling community.
Today Burkhart operates a poster, bulletin and transit advertising plant which covers 38 counties in Indiana and Illinois. Burkhart is privately held and run by third generation Burkhart family descendants.
There’s a nice post on the Burkhart website about the use of billboards to boost tourism in Plymouth, Indiana.