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Acquisition Expands Indigo Signworks Capabilities and Marketplace Lead in the Midwest

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Sign Source Acquisition Expands Indigo Signworks Capabilities and Marketplace Lead in the Midwest

Indigo Signworks has announced the acquisition of Sign Source, Chanhassen, MN. Sign Source is a privately-held sign company dedicated to serving regional and national clients with a strong presence in the Twin Cities marketplace since 1987.

“For over thirty years, the Sign Source team of dedicated employees created exciting solutions, including iconic signs, that helped customers make a major impact on their businesses locally and nationally,” said Indigo Signworks CEO Rick Schomburger. “Together, we will make it even easier for clients to get the signs and services their organizations depend on.”

“For over thirty years, the Sign Source team of dedicated employees created exciting solutions, including iconic signs, that helped customers make a major impact on their businesses locally and nationally.”

Indigo Signworks is a leading full-service custom sign manufacturing company with a strong foothold in North Dakota and Minnesota. The acquisition represents a significant opportunity for Indigo Signworks to increase its ability to meet growing client needs and expand its world-class design, manufacturing and installation services in the Twin Cities.

“After building a strong company culture that is dedicated to meeting clients’ evolving needs and supporting loyal employees, it was important to me to merge with a company that shares the same values, culture and vision for the future. Indigo Signworks offers these, as well as greater opportunities for the customers we serve and the people who work here,” said Randy Herman, Owner of Sign Source.  “Increased production and installation capabilities, along with customer support will mean we can all continue to grow together into the future. I am truly excited for Sign Source to join Indigo Signworks!”

About Sign Source

Sign Source, based in Chanhassen, Minnesota, has been a leading sign company in the Midwest for over 30 years. Sign Source is built around a highly skilled staff dedicated to consistently producing creative, high quality signs, displays and vehicle graphics.  www.sign-source.com


Indigo Signworks Welcomes Matt Brasel as GM of North Dakota

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Indigo Signworks Announces New General Manager of North Dakota

Photo: Matt Brasel, Indigo Signworks General Manager - NDIndigo Signworks announces the addition of Matt Brasel as General Manager of North Dakota.  Matt will be overseeing operations through the Director of Sales and Director of Operations within the region.

Matt brings with him 13 years of senior management experience in the custom sign manufacturing industry, as well as a history in the communities Indigo Signworks serves. His established track record of leadership will guide our Fargo, Grand Forks, Bismarck and Minot locations to deliver a high standard of quality and service to our customers.

Indigo Signworks’ CEO, Rick Schomburger stated, “I could not be happier after successfully recruiting someone of Matt’s experience and professional background.  Matt will play a key role in further strengthening our position in North Dakota with a specific focus in Bismarck and Minot.” 

“I could not be happier after successfully recruiting someone of Matt’s experience and professional background.  Matt will play a key role in further strengthening our position in North Dakota with a specific focus in Bismarck and Minot.” – Rick Schomburger

Matt joins Indigo Signworks from Luminous Neon Art & Sign Systems (Kansas), where he worked for the past 9 years, and served as Vice President of Regional Operations. He was previously President and CEO of Cook Sign Company (Fargo, ND).

Matt expressed, “For the past 35 years, I have had the great fortune to work in the highly creative sign industry.  As my career has taken me from being an entry level shop employee to my current position, it has taught me the importance of employees. Over the course of the next few weeks, I will embrace the challenges and opportunities, but most of all working with the talented employees of Indigo Signworks to better serve our customers.”

Matt, originally from Fargo, ND, resides with his family in Overland Park, KS, and is currently based at Indigo Signworks’ Fargo office. He and his wife Terri will soon reestablish home roots in Fargo, ND. Matt holds a BS in Pre-Medicine from Concordia College of Moorhead and studied Architectural Studies at North Dakota State University in Fargo.


Crane Certification Requirements

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NEW Crane Certification Requirements:

The final ruling is in: OSHA has required that all crane operators must be certified by November 10th.

We are ready!

Indigo Signworks’ employees have been trained & certified!

The foundations of the crane operator certification is simple: to ensure a safe job site. This is something we all can agree on, no one wants employees or others to be injured. When our employees are on a job-site with a crane, we have responsibilities. The certification addresses the four main causes of worker accidents: electrocution; being crushed by the equipment; struck by the equipment or a load; and falls.

Training prepares operators to recognize the principal hazards associated with crane use. Certification has been shown to reduce accidents, save lives and reduce injuries.

What we’ve done to prepare:

  • North American Crane Certification conducted in-person training to prepare employees to pass the certification requirements.
  • Indigo Signworks scheduled written and practical exams that the operator must pass to prove they understand and are compliant with OSHA’s requirements.
  • Employees have been trained and certified company wide.

 

What if you work with a sign company whose crane operators are not certified?

  • OSHA fines have increased dramatically. The maximum penalty for a serious violation increased to $12,471. The ceiling for willful and repeat violations also rose to $124,709.
  • Sign companies who have not completed OSHA requirements will lose time waiting for its certification, potentially delaying client installations.
  • Sign companies who have not completed OSHA requirements will have to outsource installation or only use equipment that is exempt.

Spirits of Nisswa Liquor

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Spirits of Nisswa Liquor in Nisswa, MN   

Indigo Signworks unveils our creation for Spirits of Nisswa Liquor in Nisswa, MN. We were approached in early 2017 by the client after their existing sign was destroyed in high winds. (see photo to the right)  With the customers location on MN Hwy 371 and a traffic count off the charts, we discussed the features and benefits of an electronic message center, and a clean logo and layout to optimize their view.  The customer requested a wooden/stone design combination for the sign structure that would tie into their building and maintain the “Up-North/Minnesota Feel”. Ironically, the wood poles used in their previous sign were a primary reason for the sign’s failure.  So, without any hesitation, Indigo Signworks connected with our vendor partners to devise a faux wood and stone structure supported by direct burial & internal steel frame to achieve the look, yet maintain the structural integrity that the client was expecting from Indigo Signworks.  Of course, the LED illuminated cabinet and the Daktronics 15.85mm message center do the heavy lifting when it comes to the end-goal of erecting an effective ID sign, but the wooden look and stone features of the structure really gives the sign the overall feel that the customer desired.

We are proud of our creation and our staff of designers, fabricators and installers and couldn’t be more excited to have been a part of such a fun display!

“I would like to express my gratitude for the excellent job your firm put forth in regards to our new sign at Spirits of Nisswa in Nisswa MN…. I would recommend Indigo Signworks to anyone looking for a new sign.” – Brian Farrell, Spirits of Nisswa

Brian Farrell, Manager of Spirits of Nisswa commented: “I would like to express my gratitude for the excellent job your firm put forth in regards to our new sign at Spirits of Nisswa in Nisswa MN. Dan Combs, the Design Staff and Engineering Staff persevered thru multiple changes and concepts in order to dial in the perfect design and functionality that we were looking for at a very competitive price. Our requests for multiple concepts and multiple pricing options never slowed the process and Indigo Signworks always delivered on these requests in a timely manner.

The installation crew was professional and courteous to our staff and patrons during the erection of the sign. They completed the task quickly and on time for the 4th of July rush. We have heard great things from our clients regarding our new ID sign… everyone loves it! Thank you so much for your professionalism in this process. We look forward to many years of enjoyment and recognition with our new sign. I would recommend Indigo Signworks to anyone looking for a new sign.”


Indigo Signworks Welcomes Mark Heuer to Sales Representative Role

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Indigo Signworks Welcomes Mark Heuer to Sales Representative Role

Mark Heuer Fargo SalesMark Heuer has joined Indigo Signworks as a Sales Representative. Mark will deliver a professional presentation of our product to Indigo Signworks customers. He will rely on his extensive experience and judgement with over 20 years of experience to plan and accomplish the Company goals and objectives.

“Mark’s proven track record in sales and his years of construction experience make him a great asset to the signage industry.  Indigo Signworks strives to provide creative signage solutions for our customers, and Mark is committed to maintaining a high level of customer care.”  -Brett Waldera, Director of Sales

Mark states, “I still believe in a firm hand shake and a compelling smile; they just might be the main ingredients needed to make a winning situation.”

“Mark’s proven track record in sales and his years of construction experience make him a great asset to the signage industry.”

Mark began his sales career of Territory Management in wholesale distribution, covering a multi-state area, growing sales, meeting & exceeding corporate goals. In his most recent position he managed a 5-state territory for HB Fuller Construction Products, a manufacturer in the construction industry based out of Chicago, IL.  In that sales role Mark had been awarded many high-profile projects including Mall of America 2012-15, Viking Stadium 2015, St Jude’s Hospital, College World Series and Clarkson Hospital these were accomplished by working close with project Managers, Architects, Contractors, Builders and Distributors.  Mark is excited to use his sales experience to add sales growth and gain market share for Indigo Signworks.


Signage Success – The ABC’s of Signs

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Now days, signs have become so commonplace that their importance can be taken for granted. The International Sign Association (ISA) published a study revealing that by adding a sign or updating an outdated sign had increased sales between 2.5% and 7.1%. Wow! Most business owners know they need signage, but too many consider them as merely a marker identifying the business – certainly not a powerful marketing tool. The fact is, on-premise signage is an investment in the success of your business.

According to the International Sign Association, your sign is your #1 marketing tool and should:

  • Attract New Customers
  • Brand the Business
  • Create Impulse Sales

 

Attract New Customers

Research indicates that 85% of your customers live or work within a five-mile radius of your business. But according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 11.2% of the population relocates annually, which means every year you’re losing customers that you must replace with new customers just to break even. The quickest, easiest and most economical way to attract new customers is with signage.

Brand the Business

Your customers are making buying decisions every day based on one factor: who comes to mind. Customers pass your business over 50 times a month driving to and from their daily routines. Your sign should be designed so that it commands their attention every time they pass by. According to Consumer Perceptions of Signage, it’s a necessity for your business to get noticed. 49.7% of American consumers have driven past a desired business without finding it because of a lack of signage. Not only do you need a sign, you also need to consider what kind of impact your on-premise branding gives. That same study revealed that 34% of shoppers associate sign quality with store and product quality.

Create Impulse Sales

Even though many of today’s consumers have the financial ability to spend money, few have the time in which to do that spending. They’re certainly too busy to search for you or wander around comparison-shopping. They are more likely to stop at the first convenient place they see that seems to be selling what they need.

If your sign is going to convince the impulse customer to stop at your business, it must be designed so that the important information is easily recognized at a glance. Make sure the first time someone reads your sign, they immediately understand the most important information: what you’re selling!


Andria Theatre

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Reviving the Historical Landscape of Downtown Alexandria

The Andria Theatre (Alexandria Area Arts Association) has been a part of the Alexandria’s downtown scenery since 1936.  A spire was part of the original building back in 1936.  However, a storm blew it down back in 1974 and was never replaced.  Nearly 43 years later, a new Andria spire was set in place, and Indigo Signworks was proud to be a part of it.

In 2013, Ringdahl Architects contacted Indigo Signworks to discuss renovating the theater’s signage.  After carefully studying a photograph of the building from the 1950’s, Indigo accepted the challenge. The association worked hard raising contributions for restoring the visual impact that Andria Theatre once had.

The first step was the front overhang; it was repaired back in 2014 with a new rubber membrane roof.  Over the next couple of years, enough money was finally raised to get the “ANDRIA” spire, which was installed this past Spring. Not only does it bring back the Alexandria Area Arts Association building’s historic past as a movie theater, it also adds a new attraction to the downtown area.

The renovations are not done yet either.  The association is still working hard to raise money to update the existing illuminated cabinets with their new brand to bring it all together with updated L.E.D. technology.

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Building Relationships and Signs with Contractors

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Building Relationships with Contractors

Developing genuine trust and providing a value beyond the products and services we provide our customers, has always been a foundational block of our relationships at Indigo Signworks. Not only do we work directly with the final clients, we also form business relationships with real estate developers, designers, architects, engineers, marketing firms, general contractors and consultants, just to name a few. With their intimate knowledge of the overall project, working with Indigo Signworks during development and deployment ensures a successful signage package! We really take the time to hear our clients out, learning to understand their needs. Taking their very valuable ideas, suggestions and perspectives, and engaging experienced signage professionals to create a option that will make our client’s new or existing business successful.

Gaining Perspectives

We know that our clients don’t work with signage everyday, as we are not professionals in their area of expertise. As much as we try, we don’t always agree with our client’s perspective. We respect their request, and work to develop concepts that we believe will serve them well.  Our best relationships have come from clients that we have very open dialog, so that we grow to become a proven resource to the way they market their business. Truly great relationships that are most beneficial, don’t come from those that think alike, they come from gaining perspectives from others. We strive to build that kind of relationship with our client, and have been doing that for over two decades.

McKenzie County Law Enforcement Center

One such project Indigo Signworks has recently completed was with Construction Engineers of Grand Forks, ND, for McKenzie County Law Enforcement Center.  Indigo Signworks received an “Invitation to Bid” from Construction Engineers for McKenzie County Law Enforcement Center in Watford City, ND.  Sales representative, Nathan Helm, went right to work after going through all of the signage specifications. The bids were accepted, and Nathan worked closely with Jon Steen, Project Manger at Construction Engineers, during the almost two-year build.

“I’ve enjoyed working with you as well and appreciate how organized you are in your emails and tracking the many changes the architect & owner have thrown our way. It makes my job easier the way you handle those items.”

– Jon Steen, Project Manager at Construction Engineers

You can view more information from the March ribbon-cutting from an article in the Williston Herald.

EXTERIOR SIGNAGE

Installed November 2016

INTERIOR SIGNAGE

Installed January 2017

STENCIL PAINTED DOORS & WALLS

Completed March 2017


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Animated Signage Ignites Attention

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One of a Kind Interior Signage for SMOKE BARBEQUE & BREW

Shooting Star Casino has asked us to be a part of a fun new project at their Mahnomen location.  SMOKE Barbeque & Brew was conceived to replace Whispering Winds Restaurant.  In March of 2017, the doors opened and it has been wildly popular with the Shooting Star patrons.

CREATION OF THE SMOKE SIGN

Indigo Signworks was given a logo concept, and was asked to take on the task of designing and producing a unique sign to help showcase the new restaurant. After some consultation and conceptual meetings, we felt strongly about our concept moving forward and began the engineering and shop drawings to make their new sign a reality.

The new “SMOKE” sign features some fun animations and lighting techniques.  We began with Indigo Signworks exclusive Halo Deluxe lighted letters; layered with a translucent acrylic base and an opaque PVC printed face. This ensured that the letters would light only around the perimeter, giving it the look that the client wanted. Below the main “SMOKE” copy, we utilized a hammered metal laminate on PVC for the “Barbeque & Brew”. This laminate gave the sign that “smokehouse” feel the client was after.

What made this sign truly special was the flame component of the logo. Indigo was asked to create motion and movement to the flame utilizing programmable LED lighting. After careful thought of layout and programing, we were able to achieve an animated flame that gives SMOKE a noticeable presence on a busy gaming floor.

We are proud to continue to provide the goods and services that Shooting Star Casino requests and look forward to their next fun challenge!


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Indigo Signworks Helping Bell Bank Make its Mark in Bloomington

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Bell Bank has Officially Made its Mark in the Metro Area

Indigo Signworks had our hands in helping Fargo-based Bell Bank, as they recently completed the branding of their 15-story Bell Plaza building at 3800 American Blvd. W. in Bloomington, MN. The building was formerly known as Northland Plaza.

Bell Plaza is one of the most prominent buildings along I-494 in the south metro area. Now, Ball Bank can now be seen on the west side of the building from eastbound Interstate 494 along France Avenue and on the north side facing westbound on I-494. As you could see in the video, the signage is massive in size; at almost 7 feet tall and 50 feet wide!

Due to it’s size, location & the building itself, this Bell Bank sign project held a few unique challenges to undertake.

How do we attach these giant letters to this building that wasn’t designed with the intention of hanging letters on the side of it?

After careful deliberation, we decided that a roof mounted structure was the only option. However, it too came with some additional hurdles to overcome. The building didn’t have any of the original blue-prints, and anything we could find about the original construction didn’t match the physical buildout that we were working with. We hired a forensic engineer to help us determine the construction method of the building and the load carrying capabilities of the roof. Our game plan for installation was in place.

How can we manage the timeliness of this project?

Because there was so much back-and-forth regarding engineering and design at the start of the project, we were going to be overshooting our original completion date by quite some time. Not forgetting to mention, all of this was done before we were waiting for the blessing from the City of Bloomington. This process usually takes a week or two, as long as there are no further concerns.

When we received the City’s approval to move forward, it was then a coordination game.

We needed to find companies who can build our mounting structure, someone to x-ray the roof and drill the holes that need to be precisely placed in between cables running through the cement in the roof, someone to lift our structure to the roof. And who will  be willing to help us out with this for three weekends in February and early March on the top of a 15 story building. 

We assembled a great team that communicated and worked very well together. Our team at Indigo Signworks and Indigo Electric went over the project with a fine-tooth comb to ensure everything fit together as it should. Our roofers and construction companies, Rosenquist Construction and Vector Construction, played a huge role in securing our structure to the roof and sealing up the roof’s membrane. Ben’s Structural Construction, who built the letter carrying structure, and A&B Welding and Construction, who transported and lifted our structure and letters, were both so great to work with.