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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 Read more

Indigo Signworks Welcomes Jackie Ewoniuk to Office Manager Role


Indigo Signworks Welcomes Jackie Ewoniuk to Office Manager Role Jackie Ewoniuk (pronounced EV-a-nek) has joined the Indigo Signworks team as the Bismarck Office Manager.  Previous to joining Indigo Signworks, Jackie spent the past six years running the Human Resource department Read more

Spirits of Nisswa Liquor


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 Read more

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.

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.


Indigo Signworks Announces Brian Ochocki as CFO

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Indigo Signworks Announces Brian Ochocki as CFO

Indigo Signworks announces the addition of Brian Ochocki as CFO. As a senior leader with over 20 years of finance and operations experience across multiple industries, Brian brings a proven track record of strategic executive leadership.

“Brian’s impressive track record and expertise, combined with his experience helping transform businesses to drive financial growth and value, made him the ideal choice to be our new CFO,” said CEO Rick Schomburger.  “As we continue our growth plan, we are certain Brian’s ability to partner across all levels of the organization will expedite our progress while laying the groundwork for future strategic investments and acquisitions.”

Brian joins Indigo from Holiday Companies, where he served as Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis and later as Vice President of Energy, Logistics and Transportation. He began his career as an auditor at the Big Four accounting firm KPMG.  Brian also held several finance leadership positions at Northwest Airlines.

“Indigo is at an exciting time as it looks to build on its long history of quality customer service.”

Brian expressed, “Indigo is at an exciting time as it looks to build on its long history of quality customer service.  I am thrilled to join the Indigo team and look forward to working with both Indigo’s employees and investors to continue to advance the company’s growth.”

Brian resides in Minneapolis, MN, and is currently based at Indigo Signworks’ Fargo office. He will ultimately be based in Minneapolis, where Indigo plans to establish its headquarters. Brian holds a BSB in Accounting from University of Minnesota and an MBA in Finance from Indiana University.


Indigo Signworks Welcomes Beth Nelson to HR Director Role

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Indigo Signworks Welcomes Beth Nelson to HR Director Role

Beth Nelson has joined Indigo Signworks as the Human Resources Director. Beth is responsible for aligning human resource strategies with business objectives. Known as a collaborative leader with expertise in talent management and development, Beth has spent 16 years in HR.

“I am very proud to announce Beth Nelson as the new Human Resources Director for Indigo Signworks. Beth comes to us as an accomplished leader with years of experience in a wide variety of human resource roles,” said CEO Rick Schomburger. “The most important asset at Indigo isn’t something you can put your hands on. It isn’t our equipment or the physical plant, and it isn’t data, technology or intellectual property. The most valuable part of Indigo is our employees and any plans to move the business forward will start there.  With Beth’s leadership a solid foundation is now in place.”

“The most valuable part of Indigo is our employees and any plans to move the business forward will start there.  With Beth’s leadership a solid foundation is now in place.”

Beth expressed, “This is very exciting time to be a part of the Indigo Signworks family.  I am committed to providing a positive work environment with equal opportunity for all employees.  I look forward to serving the Indigo Signworks employees who are the company’s most valuable resource.”

Beth began her Human Resources career in the United States Army, where she worked for 24 years.  While in that role, she developed, provided counsel and implemented programs, policies and procedures.  After retiring from the US Army, Beth worked for Caesarstone Technologies in Richmond Hill, GA, a start-up manufacturing facility in US within the executive team to develop a workforce plan to align with business strategic plan as Plant Human Resources Manager.

Most recently, Beth was Division Employee Relations Manager for Coca-Cola Bottling Company United in Savannah, GA.

Originally from Dickinson, ND, Beth and her husband Michael have returned to her roots where she will base in the Indigo Signworks’ Fargo office.  Beth graduated from Webster University in St. Louis, MO, with an M.B.A. in Human Resource Management.


Indigo Signworks Recruits New CEO – Rick Schomburger

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Indigo Signworks Recruits Experienced CEO – Rick Schomburger

 

Indigo Signworks, a leading design, build and install signage company that serves major retail and commercial brands, announced they have recruited Rick Schomburger as their new CEO.

According to Indigo Signworks’ Executive Chairman, Denny Chandler, “It is with great pleasure to have Rick join our team. Rick is an accomplished business person and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have him take the helm to lead and accelerate our growth initiatives. His impressive skills and leadership style fit nicely with who we are today and where we are heading.”

Rick began his career by applying his engineering degree as a Project Manager at Universal Scheduling Consulting. He broadened his operating skills as a Plant Manager at Cooper Tools and then Director of Operations at Tyco International, where he led lean initiatives in a complex operational environment. Rick’s executive leadership experience began as the COO of Weiser Lock and President Global Manufacturing Solutions for Masco Corporation, and then as General Manager at Rain Bird Corporation. In 2007 he parlayed his skills into entrepreneurship when he personally acquired Solana, leading it through the recession downturn and growing it into the premier landscaping, hardscaping and signage company in Arizona. He recently sold Solana and now sees Indigo as the perfect fit.

“I am very excited to be a part of the Indigo Team…. this is the place for me to best utilize my education and experience.”

“His expertise in operations, design-build-install businesses, acquisitions and his demonstrated leadership skills were exactly what we sought,” added Chandler.

Rick expressed, “I am very excited to be a part of the Indigo Team. Having spent time with both the management team and the Company’s investors who are looking to expand, I became convinced that this is the place for me to best utilize my education and experience.”

Rick is originally from Pittsburgh, PA and currently lives in Tucson, AZ with his wife Cheryl. Rick will initially be residing in Fargo and he and Cheryl will eventually relocate to Minneapolis where Indigo plans to establish its headquarters. He earned his engineering degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and his MBA from the University of Arizona Eller College of Business.

 


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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Welcome Michael Rodenwald to Indigo Signworks St. Cloud!

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A Big Welcome to Our Newest Team Member, Michael Rodenwald!

Michael RodenwaldWe’re delighted to announce the newest addition to our Sales Team out of our St. Cloud, MN office. Michael Rodenwald handles both custom signage and corporate sign sales for the Minneapolis Metro region. Mike’s depth of knowledge in the sign industry started in 1998 when he attended M-State Technical College in Detroit Lakes, MN, where he went through the Sign Lettering & Design program. After graduation, he started working for Leroy Signs of Minneapolis, MN in the layout and vinyl graphics department. His education continued with on-the-job training within different aspects of the sign business: letter fabrication, pylon and monument fabrication, wiring, as well as installation.

In 2013-2014, Mike was a familiar face to our Indigo Signworks’ family while he worked in our Install Crew out of the Alexandria, MN office. Mike’s hands-on knowledge of the complete sign process from design, manufacture, installation and project management is an invaluable addition to the St Cloud Market sales team as we continue to grow that direction. We couldn’t be happier to have him back on team Indigo!

Michael lives in the town of Saint Martin, MN where he and his wife Alyssa are raising their two boys; Parker (10) and Degan (7). In his spare time, you’ll find Michael at the lake, or in the woods hunting.


Minnesota National Bank Updating their Signage upon their New Branding

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MN National Bank Signage Updates

Minnesota National Bank’s history dates back to 1902 when they were known as the Merchant’s National Bank of Sauk Centre. In 1987, the bank was sold to a group of local owners to become First National Bank. In 2008, they merged with Lake Country State Bank and were renamed Minnesota National Bank, retaining the tradition of being a community bank with expanded offices in Sauk Centre, Long Prairie and Pelican Rapids, Minnesota. MNB is in full-swing updating their signage to match their new branding. MNB, along with HTG Architects, out of Eden Prairie, MN, then made contact with Indigo in early 2015 to discuss fully updating the entire Long Prairie location’s signage needs.

Long Prairie, MN

Minnesota National Bank, Long Prairie began the process of a building renovation, which in turn, evolved into a new branding signage package. (see photos below) During the initial conversation with HTG Architects, we had to discuss the best way to overcome structural obstacles of the existing building to try to implement individual channel letters on an outer wall, as there was no access for wiring behind it. It was decided to move forward with a hinged retro frame LED illuminated cabinet on the building front, and refurbishing the existing cabinet on the back of the building. The pylon sign covered multiple elements of our industry with routed push-thru acrylic letters on the top portion, back to back 15.85mm Daktronics displays, LED illuminated cabinets with rigid dividers and stud mounted PVC address numbers on the base cladding. They were very pleased with the halo effect of the push-thru look night illumination on the top routed aluminum faces.

Pelican Rapids, MN

With the completion of the Long Prairie location, we then approached the image at their Pelican Rapids location. After a number of discussed options, they decided to replicate the Long Prairie pylon for that location. It’s currently in production (see photos below) and hope to see it up before Christmas. With a second electronic message center location, the Daktronics cloud-based control suite was converted from a local access to a shared control for multiple locations. This will allow them to edit and publish presentations already created from branch to branch with the same matrix size message centers.

Sauk Centre, MN

Lastly, their new 3-story building currently under construction for their main branch office in Sauk Centre will have incredible exposure for their new image, located on the entrance corner of the Super Walmart. The pylon will incorporate the same elements as their previously fabricated structures with a few added tenant panels, three large LED illuminated wall cabinets, some directional signage, and two entrance monuments. (see photos below) The completion of this project will tie all the branches together with an updated first-impression and Daktronics software.

It’s truly been a pleasure to work with them as well as HTG Architects on these projects!


Delivering Freaky Fast Signature Service to Jimmy John’s

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Jimmy John’s has Freaky Fast Service, Indigo Showed Them our Signature Service.

When you think of Jimmy John’s Sandwiches, what comes to mind? Tasty sandwiches, of course. But how about those “Freaky Fast” commercials of theirs? They all pretty much share the same theme, a customer has a need, and Jimmy John’s pulls through with their service to save the day. Why am I having you think about sandwiches? Maybe you have a rumble in your tummy, and it’s time refuel your body, I don’t know. What I really want you focus on is this: Service.

“Indigo Signworks is a sign company satisfying the image and identity needs of customers by delivering high quality sign products with exceptional service.”  That is our branding statement, the foundation for what we stand for here at Indigo. Diving in deeper, I want to use a recent sign project between Jimmy John’s and Indigo to give an insight to our “Signature Service.”

Indigo Signworks satisfies its customer’s needs through exceptional customer service – delivering on time, on budget, with a high degree of personal accountability – “Signature Service.”

Jimmy John's Channel LettersA New Jimmy John’s Sandwich Shop

Jimmy John’s Sandwiches was opening a second location in Minot, ND inside the new Southside Plaza strip mall. Having worked with Indigo Signworks on his 5 other North Dakota locations, Travis Vannatta, Franchise Owner of Jimmy John’s, contacted our offices for fabrication and installation of his new signs; a set of channel letters, a directional sign and vinyl graphics for the tenant panel on the Plaza’s main ID sign. There is nothing out of the ordinary about this sign package, but it’s the execution that is worth looking at:

The Minot office received fabrication and installation orders on a Friday. The following Wednesday, Travis & the local JJ’s store manager stopped in to visit with Bob Smesrud, Minot’s General Manager, to check on the progress of their signage. It was essential that the channel letter portion of the package was to be installed that week. Bob had the sense that the customers were set for disappointment. While there, Bob brought them into the fabrication shop and was able to show them that their entire sign package was all but ready to install after only 3 days in-house. They spent some time with them on the details of construction of their product and the customers left reassured.

“We had about a week and a half to have everything done in a short amount of time, I was impressed it all got done and how great everything looked!” – Travis Vannatta, Jimmy John’s.

The next day the channel letters were installed and ready for Jimmy John’s opening day, and the rest were installed just a couple of days later. Shortly after completion, a gigantic platter of Jimmy John’s Sandwiches showed up at the office, enough for everybody! It is such a great feeling to have satisfied customers! This happy ending can be chalked up to a team effort executed without incident.

Oh and by the way, the Southside Plaza sign in the photo below is one of our creations too!

Experience your own Signature Service with Indigo!

 

Signature Service: Giving our customer assurance of quality, accountability & responsibility.

Contact one of our 6 conveniently located offices today!


Prairie Stone Center

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Sign Builder Illustrated: Prairie Stone Center

Checkout the upcoming issue of Sign Builder Illustrated where Prairie Stone Center pylon sign was highlighted!

Placing the design focus on the EMC (by Watchfire), along with a structure complementary to the Shopping Center (with help from Signs by Benchmark), made for a successful and visual appealing final product for Prairie Stone Center in Fargo, ND.

Prairie Stone Pylon EMC

Prairie Stone Center Pylon