ISA's Sign Manufacturing Day Draws Record Number of Participants

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Annual event is designed to address the challenge of finding the next generation of workers for the sign, graphics and visual communications industry.

Students learn more about sign production and career opportunities in the sign and visual communications industry at Ramsay Signs in Portland, Ore. in 2015.

"This day launches a year-round effort to raise the visibility of the great career options in our industry.” Lori Anderson, ISA president and CEO.

Sign Manufacturing Day 2016 is poised to be larger than ever, with a record 41 participating companies opening up 47 locations throughout the United States and Canada. Sign Manufacturing Day 2016 will be Oct. 7.

The Fourth Annual Sign Manufacturing Day, hosted by the International Sign Association in conjunction with the National Association of Manufacturers, brings high school, technical and community school students to local sign manufacturing facilities to learn more about careers in the industry. Companies participating in previous years have hired students who attended tours—helping combat a critical skills gap in the industry.

“Sign Manufacturing Day has grown into an amazing event for the sign, graphics and visual communication industry, ISA members and ISA,” said Lori Anderson, ISA president and CEO. “But even more important is the relationship that participating companies have built with local educators, one that pays off throughout the year. This day launches a year-round effort to raise the visibility of the great career options in our industry.”

Companies scheduled to participate in 2016 include:

Advance Sign Group, Columbus, OH
Advantage Signs, Fort Saskatchewan, AB
APCO Signs, Atlanta, GA
AGS, Exton, PA
City Neon, Inc., Morgantown, WV
Colortec Creative Print Solutions, Burnaby, BC
Cummings Resources, Dothan, AL
Cummings Resources, Colton, CA
DaNite Sign Company, Columbus, OH
Datronics, Brookings, SD
Erie Custom Signs, Saginaw, MI
ESCO Manufacturing, Watertown, SD
Federal Heath Sign Company, LLC, Racine, WI
Federal Heath Sign Company, LLC, Euless, TX
Federal Heath Sign Company, LLC, Oceanside, CA
Green Sign Company, Greensburg, IN**
Hansen Signs, Moncton, NB
Howard Industries, Fairview, PA
Impact Signs, Awnings, Wraps, Sedalia, MO
Lauretano Sign Group, Terryville, CT
Les Enseignes Amtech, Joliette, QC
Lewis Sign, Buda, TX
Mattatall Signs, Ltd., Dartmouth, NS
North American Signs, South Bend, IN
Nova Polymers, Bryan, OH**
ORAFOL Americas, Inc., Black Creek, GA
Ramsay Signs, Portland, OR
Ruggles Sign, Versailles, KY**
Serigraphics Sign Systems, Inc., Golden Valley, MN
Sign-Age of Tampa Bay, Clearwater, FL
SignArt Company, Inc., Eau Claire, WI
Signs by Crannie, Inc., Flint, MI
Signs Plus, Bellingham, WA
SIGNSTAR, Tampa, FL
Signtech Electrical Advertising, Inc., San Diego, CA
Sleek Advertising Ltd, Regina, SK
Steel Art Company, Norwood, MA
Stone's Signs, Saint Charles, MO
Twilight Signs and Neon, Bolton, ON
Vantage LED, Onatrio, CA
Warren Sign Company, Arnold, MO
Weitz Sign, Dubuque, IA
World Wide Sign Systems, Inc., Bonduel, WI
World Wide Sign Systems, Inc., Shawano, WI
World Wide Sign Systems, Inc., Carson City, NV
World Wide Sign Systems, Inc., Atlanta, GA
Ziglin Signs, Inc., Washington, MO

ISA has developed a number of resources designed to help sign, graphics and visual communications companies reach out to students on Sign Manufacturing Day and throughout the year. All are linked on the ISA Career Center web page, http://www.signs.org/careers.

** These companies have adjusted event dates due to area school schedules.

About ISA
The International Sign Association (ISA) represents manufacturers, suppliers, and users of on-premise signs and sign products from the United States and 60 countries around the world. ISA and its Affiliated Associations work to support, promote, and improve the worldwide sign and visual communications industry. ISA and its Affiliated Associations work to support, promote, and improve the worldwide sign and visual communications industry, which employs more than 200,000 American workers and has an economic impact of $37.5 billion.

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