Gulf Coast Signs of Sarasota, Inc., Florida, Based Electric Sign Company Acquires Images Graphics Specialties of Ft Myers, FL

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Gulf Coast Signs of Sarasota, Inc. (GCS) announced that effective September 14, 2010 it has acquired Images Graphics Specialties (IGS). This transaction will double GCS’ market capitalization throughout United States by fast track penetration into high-end ADA and interior sign market. Within two months all manufacturing operations will be consolidated in Sarasota, FL.

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Acquisition of IGS will strengthen GCS’ market capitalization in the high-end ADA and Interior signs market. Mr. Kutat, owner of GCS stated that we must learn and adapt the best practices of IGS.

Effective September 14 2010, Gulf Coast Signs of Sarasota, Inc. (GCS) http://www.gulfcoastsigns.com, a premier Florida based electric sign company, has acquired Images Graphics Specialties (IGS) http://www.imagesgs.com, a Fort Myers, FL based electric sign company with the reputation for quality and customer service and which has been a significant force in its market capitalization in the ADA and high-end interior signs. This transaction will double GCS’ market capitalization throughout United States by fast track penetration into high-end ADA and interior sign market.

Within two months, all shop operations of IGS will be consolidated at the GCS’ main shop located at 1713 Northgate Boulevard, Sarasota, FL. While GCS already serves the Fort Myers and the Naples market, plans are being developed to maintain local service capability for the Fort Myers market; Hidayet L. Kutat, President / CEO of Gulf Coast Signs of Sarasota, Inc., stated that the long-term business strategy is to maintaining the excellent service customers have received from IGS for many years plus grow our business in this market. Furthermore, Mr. Kutat indicated that a Satellite Sales Office in Fort Myers will be set up in support of its long term plans for GCS to strengthen its market capitalization in the Fort Myers & Naples market. In order to achieve these goals, Mr. Kutat stated that we must learn and adapt the best practices of IGS while instilling the GCS’ core value principles throughout its newly acquired operations.

John Hose, the founder and President of IGS for more than twenty-two years, will join the GCS team as the Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing along with several key IGS Sales & Operations personnel. Hidayet L. Kutat stated: “John and I have known each other for more than seven years. Historically, when it made sense, we shared resources to assure the ultimate customer satisfaction for each others’ customer base. Now that we have joined forces, we will continue on this path, except, we will be more effective for all our customers. Having John as a key executive on my team is an honor; I could not have picked a better person with whom I will have a long lasting relationship in our professional careers. Based on John’s creativity in design, product innovation, and customer focus, coupled with GCS’ strengths in design and manufacturing capability excellence, we are now an unbeatable team”.

GCS is a UL approved electric and non-illuminated exterior and interior sign company, including ADA signs with Braille characters, serving Florida and the United States for more than thirty-five years. Our commitment to ultimate customer satisfaction, through value principles resulted in several recognitions in the recent past; The Hall of Fame - Manufacturing Company of the Year Award in 2008, sponsored by the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County, the Winner of the Small Business Award from the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce in 2007; plus GCS was an Inc. 5000 Honoree in 2007 as one of the fastest growing companies in United States. In 2009, the Company was awarded the Green Business Partnership with the Sarasota County and in April 2010 being awarded the Safety Star Award from the Associated Builders & Contractors, Florida Gulf Coast, was the testimony to GCS’ having an outstanding safety performance, marked by working more than 200,000 hours without a loss time injury. The foundation of the operating philosophy at GCS is based on three value principles; recognition of People as the most important resource and striving to treat them as if they are the customers; implementing meaningful Quality Processes to achieve a first-pass quality in all business processes; and finally, dealing with Safety & Environmental Challenges responsibly. When all these principles are executed to perfection, the GCS team never fails to achieve ultimate customer satisfaction, thereby, earning our customers’ loyalty and repeat business.

Over the years GCS has provided fabrication, installation, or service to customers such as Rooms To Go Nationwide, Dunkin Donuts, Lighthouse Financial Group, Target stores, Race-Trac gas stations, Bealls Department Stores, Dollar General, Gateway Bank of SW Florida, LandMark Bank of Florida, Iberia Bank, as well as working with premier developers such as the Chelsea Property Group, Simon Properties, Centro Properties, and Westfield Shopping Centers, http://www.westfield.com. In recent years, Gulf Coast Signs of Sarasota, Inc. developed a high-end unique application for the 3-dimensional effect of glass displays for MacDill Air Force Base, the US Central Command Building, the Design Center of Americas Stainless Steel look-a-like channel letters, and the 3-dimensional sandblasted look of HDU signs for the Campus Crest Communities, a nationwide student housing development organization.

Gulf Coast Signs of Sarasota, Inc. is a government approved small business and has strong relationships with local and regional construction companies such as Clark Construction, LLC, NDC Construction, Willis A. Smith Construction, Halfacre Construction, WG Mills, Henessy Construction and US Builders, as well as several others in support of their initiatives.

The total sign solution offering at Gulf Coast Signs of Sarasota, Inc. includes custom design, permit code checks, fabrication, installation, and service. Plus the GCS company offers an Extended Warranty program as well as sign cleaning, maintenance, and parking light services.

Gulf Coast Signs of Sarasota, Inc. is a member of the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County, the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, the Sarasota-Manatee Manufacturing Association, the Associated Builders & Contractors, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, the Gulf Coast Builders Exchange, the International Council of Shopping Centers, the Better Business Bureau, and the International Sign Association. For more information about Gulf Coast Signs of Sarasota, Inc. please call 800 741-1916 or visit http://www.gulfcoastsigns.com.

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