ISA Sign Manufacturing Day to Include 93 Locations

Students learn more about sign production and career opportunities in the sign and visual communications industry at Ramsay Signs in Portland, Ore.

“The interest in participating proves that this event is providing a solution to that challenge of finding workers.” Lori Anderson, ISA president and CEO

ALEXANDRIA, Va. September 22, 2018

A record number of sign, graphics and visual communications companies across North America will invite students to learn more about career opportunities as part of ISA Sign Manufacturing Day 2018. The event will be held October 5, throughout the U.S. and Canada.**

Sign Manufacturing Day, sponsored by the International Sign Association in conjunction with the National Association of Manufacturers, is now in its sixth year. The event continues to show unprecedented growth, with the number of participating companies up 26 percent over 2017. In 2018, one sign company has had so many schools interested in participating that they have scheduled more than one day to meet the demand.

“We continue to hear companies discuss the challenge they are having in finding the next generation of workers,” said Lori Anderson, ISA president and CEO. “The interest in participating proves that this event is providing a solution to that challenge. Companies have successfully used this day to build year-round relationships with local high schools, community colleges and technical schools, and to hire skilled workers to help grow their businesses.”

Participating companies are provided a toolkit that helps them connect with area educators and helps them showcase the diverse careers available in the sign, graphics and visual communications industry. In 2017, more than 3,700 students visited a sign, graphics and visual communications company as part of Sign Manufacturing Day.

“ISA Sign Manufacturing Day has grown into the program that we hoped it would: a year-round initiative to showcase the excellent and varied careers that our industry offers,” said Alison Kent, ISA’s director of workforce development. “Participating companies and their workers are thrilled to showcase what they do every day. Students and educators are excited to learn more about the industry. It truly is a win-win for all involved.”

Companies scheduled to participate in 2018 are:

Ace Sign Company, Springfield, IL
Acorn Sign, Richmond, VA
Aero Sign & Print, Calgary, AB
AGC Graphics, Pickering, ON
AGI, Virginia Beach, VA
AGS, Exton, PA
Allen Industries, Greensboro, NC
Amor Sign Studios, Inc., Manistee, MI
Apex/Southwest, San Antonio, TX
Archetype Sign Systems, Bloomington, MN
Associated Sign Company, Pheonix, AZ
Atlas Sign Industries, West Palm Beach, FL
Baker Signs and Manufacturing, Conroe, TX
Bluebird Graphic Solutions, Woburn, MA
Brooklin Bulletin Signs, Whitby, ON
Burke Enterprise LLC, Oakdale, CT
Butler Sign Company, Wayne, NJ
Canedy Sign & Graphics, Cape Girardeau, MO
Casco Signs Inc., Concord, NC
Cima Network, Montgomeryville, PA
Comet Signs, San Antonio, TX
Creative Signs Inc., Apopka, FL
DaNite Sign Company, Columbus, OH
Decal Impressions, Cincinnati, OH
Design Team Sign Company LLC, Savannah, TN
Dualite Sales & Service Inc., Williamsburg, OH
Enseignes Geneau Sign, Moncton, NB
Faces, Pelham, AL
Federal Heath, Racine, WI
Federal Heath, Euless, TX
Federal Heath, Oceanside, CA
Federal Heath, Jacksonville, TX
Federal Heath, Delaware, OH
Freeman Signs, Denver, CO
Fresno Neon Sign Co., Inc., Fresno, CA
Gordon Sign Co., Denver, CO
Graphic Components, Greensboro, NC
Grimco Inc, Ashland, VA
Hansen Signs, Moncton, NB
Hilton Displays, Greensville, SC
Huber Wraps, Tulsa, OK
Icon, Rolling Meadows, IL
Identicom, Farmington Hills, MI
Impact Signs, Awnings, Wraps, Sedalia, MO
JSJ Electrical Display, Fairfield, CA
Lauretano Sign Group, Terryville, CT
Leon's Signs, Inc., Tyler, TX
Lightking, Doral, FL
LSI Industries, Inc., North Canton, OH
Mattatall Signs, Ltd., Dartmouth, NS
Midtown Signs, LLC, Kansas City, MO
Midwest Light & Sign, Farmington, MO
Mimaki, Suwanee, GA
Montreal Neon Signs, Laval, QC
Munn Enterprises Inc., Hattiesburg, MS
New Home Media (NHM), Lorton, VA
Nova Sign Group, Williamstown, NJ
Oxford Graphics, Inc., Little Rock, AR
Poblocki Sign Company, Milwaukee, WI
Poyant, New Bedford, MA
Pride Signs, Cambridge, ON
Prismview-A Samsung Electronics Company, Logan, UT
Quality Manufacturing, Saint Paul, MN
Ramsay Signs, Portland, OR
Rea Sign Group Inc., Vaughan, ON
Rite Lite Signs, Inc., Concord, NC
Ruggles Sign, Versailles, KY
Schurle Signs, Lawrence, KS
Sebago Signworks, Limington, ME
Selkirk Signs & Services Ltd, Cranbrook, BC
Signarama (Corporate), West Palm Beach, FL
Signarama Brighton, Brighton, CO
Signarama Evansville, Evansvlle, IN
Signarama Redmond, Redmond, WA
Signarama Riverchase, Pelham, AL
Signarama Torrance, Torrance, CA
Signs by Crannie, Inc., Flint, MI
Signs Plus, Prescott Valley, AZ
Signs Unlimited, Charlotte, NC
Signtech Electrical Advertising, San Diego, CA
Sleek Advertising Ltd, Regina, SK
SMI Sign Systems, Inc., Frederick, MD
Spectra Advertising, Concord, ON
Star Signs LLC, Lawrence, KS
Steel Art Company, Norwood, MA
Stone's Signs, Saint Charles, MO
The Signs & Services Company, Stanton, CA
Trademark Visual, Inc., Pheonix, AZ
Tube Art Group – Seattle Office, Bellevue, WA
Twilight Signs & Neon, Inc., Bolton, ON
Tyson Sign Company, Myrtle Beach, SC
YESCO, Salt Lake City, UT
Ziglin Signs, Inc., Washington, MO

To learn more about Sign Manufacturing Day, visit http://www.signs.org/mfgday or visit ISA’s Career Center, http://www.signs.org/careers.

**Some companies may alter the dates to accommodate school breaks and other issues.
The International Sign Association (ISA) strives to be the leader in shaping and developing the sign, graphics, and visual communications community worldwide.

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