SBI Update: November 2011

Vol. 6, No. 21 | November 3, 2011

This Month’s SBI Trivia Question Stumper:

What sign company was recognized by the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce as Small Business of the Year?

Industry News


Print Media Transforms Athletic Facility  

Avery Dennison provides a variety of media to help transform a high school’s athletic center. Get the winning details on this project, which was also featured on an ESPN TV series.

GRAPH EXPO 2011 Hailed a Success  

The recent GRAPH EXPO was marked by an increase in attendance and a packed show floor featuring the latest technologies and products. Get the numbers and reactions to the show here

Commercial Fabrics Producer is Named Manufacturer of the Year 

Find out what company was awarded Manufacturer of the Year by the state of Rhode Island.  

SGIA announces a new partnership with Fresh Artists that benefits art programs in public schools. Learn how your company can get involved

Delcam has launched an all-new Web site for its ArtCAM products. Find out what the new site offers. 

A Sign Company Upgrades its Capabilities

One sign company seeks to improve its printing capabilities by investing in a new printer.

New Appointments
Check in here for the latest appointments and hires from companies in the industry. 
Meetings and Events



December 1-3: USSC Sign World International returns to the Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey. For advance information, call 215/785-1920 or visit     




January 16-18: ASI Show Orlando, the ad specialty industry’s number-one meeting place, is scheduled for the Orange County Convention Center in Florida. For more details, log on to    




March 1-3: The thirty-seventh annual Graphics of the Americas (GOA) will be held in Miami Beach, Florida. GOA is one of the printing industry’s largest, annual combined exposition and education events in the US. To learn how to attend, visit


March 1-3: FESPA Americas 2012 will be taking place in Miami Beach, Florida. For more information, browse   

Digital Spotlight
Rock Star Letters

Learn how one sign maker hit all the right notes with some handcrafted signage for the Lollapalooza music festival.

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This Month’s Trivia Answer:

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce named Creative Sign Designs the Small Business of the Year (with 51-250 employees). For full details on this recognition, check out our November Dispatches Extra.

For in-depth coverage of these topics and other sign industry topics, check out



Coming up in the December USSC Show 2011 issue of Sign Builder Illustrated, feature articles on:


Sign Making Innovation Award Winner Article 

CNC Router Projects 

Digital Printing for Backlit Displays 

LED Modules/Tubes Border Lighting 

Service Equipment Maintenance 

Vehicle Graphics Installation

Video Displays Marketing

Vinyl Lamination   




Coming up in the January 2012 issue of Sign Builder Illustrated, feature articles on:


Special Section: Going Green in the Sign Shop 

Sandblasted/Decorated Cedar/Redwood 

Digital Printing Trends & Technologies 

Monuments Design

Paint Application 

Vinyl Lamination 



Contact your ad sales representative to reserve your space today.


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Tetra MAX LED Lighting System

GE Lighting Solutions’ new and improved Tetra MAX LED systems offer improved brightness as well as a wider viewing angle, allowing you to maximize brightness while minimizing the amount of materials needed in medium-sized channel letters. This channel letter solution is designed for the easiest possible installation and operation.

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Stimpson Self-Piercing Grommets and Washers

Stimpson Self-Piercing Grommets when set with their matching washers, pierce and set in a single action without the need for a pre-punched hole. Stimpson Self-Piercing Grommets and Washers are available in brass and can be furnished with a nickel or dull black chemical finish. They can be set with Stimpson’s “No Hole Needed” tooling or with the existing self-piercing tooling widely available in the marketplace. Stimpson Grommets and Washers are unmatched for quality and supported by on-time delivery and attractive pricing. Please call one of our Customer Service Representatives at 877-765-0748 or visit

TSF-45 is a tough yet flexible product that adds texture, protection, and value to your signs. Use it right out of the can to create the look of wood grain and many other textures. Blend different sign elements or dress up steel poles. TSF-45 is part of a system of adhesives, primers, and texturing products made specifically for Precision Board Plus. Go to or call 1-800-845-0745 for more information.

Going Green? Go LED Power!    Class 2 / UL 879 SAM / UL 8750 (LED Power Source)

Mean Well’s 3,000 Power Supply models have been serving worldwide customers, since 1982. If you are thinking green, Mean Well’s LED Power Supplies have 9 series with dozens of models, which will provide the best power solutions for your needs.

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Free up your CNC router! The Hendrick VSA ACM Duo vertical panel saw is the complete all-in-one ACM solution; providing full rip and cross-cut capacity for panel sizing and auto changeover for channel grooving of aluminum composite panels. CUT | GROOVE | BEND.  

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