Blue Diamond Athletic Displays, Inc. is a family-owned business based in Downers Grove, Illinois, that designs, engineers and manufactures high-end athletic displays, and is the official media display company for the Boston Marathon®. The business was founded by a husband-and-wife team, Ken and Nell Posmer, two endurance athletes who wanted to create something unique to celebrate athletic journeys and accomplishments. They combined Ken’s thirty years of design and manufacturing experience with Nell’s artistic abilities to create their product, the Stainless Steel Blue Diamond Medal Display.
The funds Blue Diamond Athletic Displays, Inc. received from the 2015 Metro Chicago Exports Grant Program, presented by JPMorgan Chase, were used to augment the company’s website and make information about athletic displays available in six languages.
The enhancements to the website helped Blue Diamond Athletic Displays, Inc. to increase sales by 15 percent and grow their workforce. Today, the company exports athletic displays to customers in Canada, Japan, Mexico, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Guam, and recently received a large purchase order from China.