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Andria Theatre


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 Read more

Building Relationships and Signs with Contractors


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 Read more

Animated Signage Ignites Attention


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.  Read more

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!


Indigo Signworks Purchases 44 Sign Company

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INDIGO SIGNWORKS PURCHASES 44 SIGN COMPANY

ST. CLOUD, MN – Indigo Signworks is proud to announce the purchase of 44 Sign Company in St. Cloud, MN. 44 Sign Company is a St. Cloud based, family owned, full-service sign and large format graphics company established in 2010. Indigo Signworks welcomes Kevin Johnson, owner of 44 Sign Company, his sign-world expertise and 27 plus years of customer service, to join the sales staff in St. Cloud. This merger will create an Express Graphics division at the St. Cloud office, utilizing the knowledge-base and equipment coming over to our St. Cloud office.

Indigo Signworks CEO, Bernie Dardis said, “The merger of 44 Sign Company and Indigo Signworks is a great opportunity to bring together two very talented, experienced sign professional teams into one organization. We are honored to have Kevin Johnson join our company. His dedication and passion for the sign industry and for the business community of St. Cloud and Sauk Rapids is an inspiration to our team.”

Kevin Johnson said, “From the start of my career in the early 80’s I have been focused on customer service and exceeding expectations. In 2010 when I started 44 Sign Company, one of my goals was to be the best known and respected sign and graphics company in central Minnesota. I am proud to say that this goal has been achieved by the merger of 44 Sign Company with Indigo Signworks. The name 44 Sign Company came from a motto of mine “Forward Always Forward,” and this merger is a significant step forward.”