ISA’s Sign Manufacturing Day a huge success – and it’s growing!

Students tour Montreal Neon Signs (Laval, Quebec) as part of the ISA's Sign Manufacturing Day 2017.
Students tour Montreal Neon Signs in Laval, Quebec as part of the ISA’s Sign Manufacturing Day 2017.

There’s no denying that finding the next generation of workers is a challenge for the sign, graphics and visual communications industry. But in October, more than 3,700 potential employees walked through the doors of ISA-member companies in Canada and the U.S. participating in Sign Manufacturing Day 2017. They left with a better understanding of the sign, graphics and visual communications industry – as well thoughts and hopes of a potential career. In fact, multiple companies reported that students completed applications soon after the tours ended. Here’s some of what students had to say:

  • “This tour got me thinking about a career in the sign industry.”
  • “Seems like a nice place to work.”
  • “Each job that I saw was yet another profession that I was unaware that existed and it was very eye opening.”
  • “I was amazed at the complexities of sign manufacturing. I am strongly considering this field.”
  • “I would love to work in this industry. I can weld and do wood work. I would love to know more about this company.”
  • “When do I start?”

In all, some 62 ISA member companies opened up 67 locations throughout Canada and the U.S. Now in its fifth year, Sign Manufacturing Day, held the first Friday in October, continues to grow exponentially. Companies participating in 2017, which included over a dozen Canadian companies, were:

Accurate Signs, Mesquite, TX

AD/S Companies, Corona, CA

AGS, Exton, PA

Allen Industries, Greensboro, NC

Arrow Sign, Oakland, CA

ASG (Advance Sign Group), Columbus, OH

Baker Signs and Manufacturing, Conroe, TX

Blanchett Neon, Edmonton, AB

DaVinci Sign Systems, Inc., Windsor, CO

Day Nite Neon Signs, Dartmouth, NS

Design Center Signs, Tyler, TX

Design Communications, Ltd, Orlando, FL

Design Team Sign Company LLC, Savannah, TN

Enseignes Plus, Châteauguay, QC

Faces, Pelham, AL

FDC Graphic Films, Inc., South Bend, IN

Federal Heath Sign Company, LLC, Racine, WI

Federal Heath Sign Company, LLC, Euless, TX

Federal Heath Sign Company, LLC, Oceanside, CA

Federal Heath Sign Company, LLC, Jacksonville, TX

Federal Heath Sign Company, LLC, Delaware, OH

Gordon Sign Co., Denver, CO

Hansen Signs, Moncton, NB

Hilton Displays, Greensville, SC

Howard Industries, Fairview, PA

IdentiCom Sign Solutions, Farmington Hills, MI

ISF Sign Specialists, Indianapolis, IN

Jones Signs, De Pere, WI

JSJ Electrical Display, Fairfield, CA

KAPCO, Kent, OH

Kieffer|Starlite, Sheboygan, WI

Lewis Sign, Buda, TX

LNS Legacy National Signs, Dallas, TX

LSI Industries, Inc., North Canton, OH

Mattatall Signs, Ltd., Dartmouth, NS

Media Resources, Inc., Oakville, ON

Midtown Signs, LLC, Kansas City, MO

Midwest Light & Sign, Farmington, MO

Montreal Neon Signs, Laval, QC

North American Signs, South Bend, IN

Pattison Sign, Penticton, BC

Persona Inc., Watertown, SD

Poblocki Sign Company, Milwaukee, WI

Poyant Signs, Inc., New Bedford, MA

Pride Signs, Cambridge, ON

Ramsay Signs, Portland, OR

Robert Amerding Company, San Jose, CA

Schurle Signs, Lawrence, KS

Scott Paragon Signs, Richmond, BC

Selkirk Signs & Services Ltd, Cranbrook, BC

Serigraphics Sign Systems, Inc., Golden Valley, MN

Signarama (Corporate), West Palm Beach, FL

Signs by Crannie, Flint, MI

SIGNSTAR, Tampa, FL

Signtech Electrical Advertising, Inc., San Diego, CA

Skyline Sign Services Ltd, Edmonton, AB

Sleek Advertising Ltd, Regina, SK

Spectra Advertising, Concord, ON

St. Clair Signs, Taylors, SC

Steel Art Company, Norwood, MA

Stone’s Signs, Saint Charles, MO

Superior Electrical Advertising Inc., Long Beach, CA

Think Digital Signs, Edina, MN

ThinkSign, Inc., Louisville, KY

YESCO, Las Vegas, NV

YESCO, Salt Lake City, UT

Ziglin Signs, Washington, MO

It’s not too early to start thinking about the ISA’s Sign Manufacturing Day 2018, scheduled for October 5. Participating companies are provided with a toolkit that helps them connect with area educators, and assists them in showcasing the diverse careers available in the sign, graphics and visual communications industry. To express interest in participating, please email workforce@signs.org. (Editor’s Note: It’s organizations like the ISA and others who provide valuable services to our industry. Unfortunately, their efforts are too often not recognized or publicized. We’ll continue to highlight all industry organizations in this space and we congratulate the ISA on another very successful event).

 

 

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.