YESCO Fabricates And Installs New Signs At Southern Utah University

YESCO, the 101-year-old company known for creating, repairing and maintaining internationally recognizable signs, announces the fabrication and installation of new digital signs for Southern Utah University (SUU) in Cedar City, Utah.

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The signage installed by YESCO includes three new double-sided video display kiosks with six Samsung 55-inch OHF screens at The Beverly Sorenson Center For The Arts on the SUU campus. These signs will provide information for events at the Engelstad Shakespeare Theater, Southern Utah Museum of Art and Randall L. Jones Theater.


  • It took YESCO 344 man-hours to complete the sign project.
  • To ventilate each display and prevent it from overheating, the enclosure is composed of 100-percent aluminum with internal baffles separating the intake and exhaust air.
  • Each display features a pedestal, enclosure for the video screen and rooftop.
  • The original signs were installed in 2016.

southern utah university yesco“YESCO was grateful for the opportunity to design, fabricate, and install these new displays at Southern Utah University,” said Kelly Harward, custom account manager, YESCO. “Our client is very pleased with the results.”

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AkzoNobel Rebrands Sign Finishing Business to Grip-Gard

AkzoNobel Automotive and Specialty Coatings (Troy, MI) has renamed its sign finishing business from Sign Finishes by AkzoNobel to Grip-Gard, the long-standing name of AkzoNobel’s sign finishing product line.

The brand refresh includes a new visual identity, color palette and typography that will be rolled out over the coming months.

Grip-Gard cans will be modified with redesigned labels that incorporate a color-coding system. Also, AkzoNobel recently launched a revamped website for the Grip-Gard brand with improved functionality for mobile devices.

For more information, visit

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Two Free Workshops to Prepare Sign Pros for 2021 Sign Manufacturing Day

Need to find the next generation of workers, but not sure where to start? The 2021 Sign Manufacturing Day, to be held Friday, Oct. 1, builds a bridge between your company and local community, technical and high schools.

Two free workshops, sponsored by the International Sign Association, will help you understand how to reach teachers, students and your community and to make the most of those connections.

Set Your Company Up for Success
Aug. 24 at 2 p.m. EDT

This workshop will help you utilize your ISA-provided toolkit to maximize your success in reaching teachers, students and your community through various platforms.

Maximizing Your Engagement
Sept. 16 at 2 p.m. EDT

This workshop focuses on the day of the event as well as how to keep the energy of Sign Manufacturing Day going year-round.

To register for the workshops, visit

For more information about Sign Manufacturing Day, contact Allie Kunc at

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Roland DGA ECO-UV 5 Expansion

Roland DGA (Irvine, CA) has added the colors orange and red to its ECO-UV 5 inks. This GREENGUARD Gold-certified line is for the company’s VersaUV LEC2 series of roll-to-roll, UV printer/cutters. Also available in CMYK, gloss, white and primer, ECO-UV 5 inks adhere to a range of coated and uncoated media, including vinyl, paper, foils and clear film.

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Here’s How You Buy Time with a Complaining Customer

WHEN TO USE IT? A client calls with a complaint or question, you’re not ready to respond, but promise that you will. Don’t tell them to call you back. Follow-up phone conversations should always be initiated by you — not the customer. Don’t forget to call when promised.

SOURCE: Karen Leland and Keith Bailey, Customer Service for Dummies

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Piedmont Plastics to Open New Location in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Piedmont Plastics®, a premier wholesale distributor of plastic sheet, rod, tube and film, is pleased to announce that it will be opening a new branch location in Chattanooga, Tennessee this fall.

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This new location will mark Piedmont’s 51st branch in North America and fourth location in the state of Tennessee. The Chattanooga branch will operate as a full-service distribution facility with a comprehensive inventory, cut-to-size services, routing capabilities, and local delivery options.

“We are proud to be expanding our coverage in the Chattanooga market,” says Randy Blankenship, Region Manager at Piedmont Plastics. “This new branch location will allow us to better serve our existing customers in the area, as well as provide us with the means to facilitate further growth in this region.”

The new Chattanooga location will enable Piedmont Plastics to serve more customers with the same business philosophy that has driven the company’s growth for many years – local stock, local decision-making, and excellent customer service.

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On the Map: Penn Station’s New Spandrel Graphics

By Jeff Wooten

To provide commuters and passengers with better access to the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) Main Concourse and New York City Transit subways, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Construction and Development Company (MTA C&D) put together the recent design and build of the East End Gateway entrance at New York City’s Penn Station.penn station graphics

This towering glass and steel, A-frame canopy, located at 7th Avenue and 33rd Street, is an architecturally impressive achievement that now provides the LIRR Concourse with a “true entrance,” as multitudes of daily visitors now traverse its three state-of-the-art escalators and a stairwell.

The underside of the glass and steel canopy forms a compound curved shape, known as a “spandrel,” and the East End Gateway’s spandrel is composed of sixty individual steel panels of varying sizes.

However MTA C&D officials also wanted to find a way to incorporate an additional immersive, dramatic effect for this particular spandrel.

Their solution was to commission a spectacular, 1,988-square-foot map of metropolitan New York made up of sixty-five printed sections covering the East End Gateway spandrel that would enhance the experience as well as further brand the entrance. This massive interior graphic features detailed geographic information from West Point, down the Hudson River to Staten Island, and out to the Robert Moses Causeway on Long Island.

“When riding the escalator, there is the sensation of traveling through the interior of a three-dimensional painting, several stories high,” says Carol Smith, president and creative director of Creative Source, Inc., one of the companies involved in the design and installation of this experiential, transformative graphic illustration. (Note: See the sidebox below for all the companies that worked on this project).

Located in the heart of Manhattan, Creative Source, Inc., is a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) multi-disciplined design firm that has been around for thirty-five years. Their wide roster of clients includes Fortune 500 corporations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.

“We design thoughtful, intelligent brand identities that are consistently articulated to support a brand—from its strategy, name, and logo throughout all marketing communications, including digital, PR, and social media,” says Smith. “Our success lies in our ability to create visual shorthand to convey a brand’s essence and then make sure [that] its unique personality is unswervingly articulated.”penn station spandrel graphics

Creative Source has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). In fact, the company designed the iconic gold-and-blue MetroCard for the organization twenty-two years ago.

Global engineering consulting firm WSP USA was the prime consultant and program manager for this spandrel graphic project, and they brought Creative Source onboard as a sub for it. As part of the team, WSP also retained the implementation team from Duggal Visual Solutions for the client, MTA C&D. This team fostered a close collaboration from conceptual design through the completion of construction. Skanska USA, under the developer of the project (Vornado Realty Trust), implemented the construction utilizing Duggal as their sub. “Fortunately we’re accustomed to working on an integrated design team with multiple players,” says Smith.

Design + Build

Creative Source designers knew that they were going to need to come up with a dramatic design experience on the East End Gateway spandrel that would benefit the enormous size of the entrance. This funnel-like shape of the spandrel surrounds the 72-1/2-foot-long escalators (with a vertical rise of 29-1/2-feet) and stairway, between the shoulders of adjoining arches and the ceiling above.

“Above the spandrel is a ‘bright and welcoming’ glass and steel canopy,” says Smith, noting that this architectural motif not only introduces natural light into the station environment but also offers a prime view of the iconic Empire State Building.

The company drew up two design choices at the project’s onset. The first featured a map of Manhattan and the five boroughs, while the other displayed the greater metropolitan area. The MTA C&D selected this latter design because of its aesthetic composition and its inclusivity for most of Penn Station’s ridership.

To create the selected map design, Creative Source based it off a satellite view of the greater New York City Metropolitan area. They also used portions of the surrounding suburbs of Long Island and Westchester extending around the sides and encompassing a portion of the LIRR ridership communities.

The design had to accommodate the double compound curve of the Spandrel’s surface to include as much of the region as possible without distorting the image. Mena Henry from the Duggal team (Proptogroup) explains, “A map is defined as a ‘diagrammatic representation of the earth’s surface.’ The keyword is ‘representation’, since the earth is round, and maps are flat.

“This has always been the ultimate challenge for mapmakers around the world, because any 2D representation of the earth’s spherical surface is inevitably a distortion—an imperfect attempt to flatten the three-dimensional world we live in.”

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The design team went through several different iterations of how “zoomed in” or “zoomed out” the scale of the map should be. “All the moving pieces had to constantly be balanced and readjusted to ensure the integrity of the finished product, as any changes to the scale or the complex lighting design had cascading impacts to the color palette,” says Anthony Delimitros of SPA International, a company that also shares office space with Creative Sources, Inc.

Creative Source developed dozens of blue palette variations designed to ensure the piece would “pop” and provide passengers with a “wow” factor as they enter or exit.

The Creative Source team was already facing a tight schedule to finish this project on time and on budget, but throw the COVID-19 pandemic into the mix, and they faced unique challenges related to scheduling and “mapping out” logistics. Not only were rigorous protocols and safety measures implemented to protect their team, but social distancing and travel restrictions added even more difficult hurdles to the requisite on-site planning process.

“Despite the inability to meet the team in person, we remained on schedule,” says Smith. “The team held regular virtual meetings. We had to be creative with our use of photography and software to show how various iterations of the design might look from different distances and under changing lighting scenarios.”

“The gigantic size of the graphic file required us to utilize a super computer, in order to handle the amount of detail needed,” says Delimitros.

Even with all the tight COVID protocols in place, the different teams involved in this project were still able to fabricate and install a physical mock-up of the design that Creative Source came up with for viewing at Duggal’s Brooklyn, New York facility.

Creative Source designers ended up mapping the tri-state area onto a flat plane with design and fabrication studio Proptogroup remapping that representation onto a doubly curved parabolic surface using UV mapping.

“When the UV mapping system is successfully projected on a 3D surface using 3D modeling software, it allows for the manipulation of the final visual field while maintaining parametric relations,” says Henry. “This means that the spatial relationships between Penn Station and the Brooklyn Bridge and Coney Island, for example, are all preserved.”

Duggal Visual Solutions has tremendous experience fabricating and installing large-scale graphics, and they explored and tested several different methods for fabrication. Each varied in terms of cost, durability, ease of installation, feasibility for curved surfaces, and the ability to show visual detail.

WSP USA, SPA International, and Creative Source researched several methods including the use of special paint with custom stencils, dye-sublimation printing onto metal sheets, and printing onto film.

“Every detail was vetted and discussed with the team—including the size, shape, color, and position of the fasteners to make them as invisible as possible,” says Smith. “The goal was to create an iconic graphic that is cost effective and durable without compromising the visual integrity of the design.”

The East End Gateway spandrel at Penn Station is composed of sixty individual steel panels of varying sizes. The map graphics were printed onto 3M Envision™ Wrap Film LX480mC because of its durability, while a matte laminate adds extra UV protection to them.

penn station graphics“Special care was taken during printing and production to match the colors on each panel exactly,” says Smith. “Installation was carefully executed by matching the position of the graphics precisely on each panel.”

The teams involved also had to take into account the sheer volume of commuter traffic passing through Penn Station. On a typical pre-pandemic day, this equates to 650,000 passengers. “Using an innovative design-build approach, construction was completed without train service disruption and minimal impact to the overall passenger experience,” confirms Smith.

Experiencing the Reaction

The end-result has been awe-inspiring, taking this ceiling to another level.

Smith notes that its colors and graphic style create a powerful, modern design aesthetic at the 33rd Street entrance. “For visitors just arriving at Penn Station, the map serves to welcome them to New York as they ascend up into the city via the new entrance,” she says. “For departing passengers, it depicts the greater region and popular commuter destinations.”

This East End Gateway project also served as a beacon to the New York spirit as well, as it was also dedicated during a ceremony last December to the essential workers who depended on the region’s mass transit system and those who kept it moving.

All Photos: Creative Source, Inc.

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Mactac OODLES Media Meets Newest Elevator Wrap Compliance Requirements

Mactac® Distributor Products announces its Mactac OODLES multi-print wall media has earned UL 10b and 10c certification, meeting the latest compliance requirements for out-facing elevator door applications.Mactac OODLES

Compliance is necessary for any elevator wraps being used in the healthcare industry, such as in hospitals and other care facilities. Earlier this year, The Joint Commission, a leading accreditation and regulating body in healthcare, changed the fire rating for elevator doors, requiring the UL 10b and 10c certification to apply graphics materials on outside-facing doors. Compliance is also recommended for outdoor elevator graphics in schools, universities, hotels, and other similar buildings and facilities.

“Customers can now confidently apply Mactac OODLES media to elevator doors within these settings and have peace of mind knowing that they are in compliance with the required safety standards,” says Amanda Smith, Product Manager, Mactac Distributor Products. “The certification adds to the versatility OODLES media already delivers.”

IMAGin® wallNOODLE®, ROODLE®, and permanent wallNOODLE also meet ANSI Class A, NFPA Class A, and ICB Class 1 for flame spread and smoke density, tested under ASTM E-84. Additionally, OODLES media is phthalate-free.

Designed for removable wall graphic applications on smooth, flat surfaces, wallNOODLE (WN628) and ROODLE (RO628) offer superior print performance and are compatible with wide-format solvent, UV, and latex printing, as well as screen and offset printing. They feature a 6.0-mil semi-rigid white vinyl and a high-performance 90# SuperFlat™ liner for easy handling. ROODLE is ideal for graphics requiring flush edge printing and wallNOODLE is Mactac’s original, customer-favorite wall mural/poster stock.

Certification also applies to Mactac’s permanent wallNOODLE (PN628), which features a permanent acrylic adhesive for long-lasting decals, signage, and wall graphics.

For more information on Mactac Distributor Products’ innovative pressure-sensitive solutions for the wide-format printing industry, call 866-622-8223, email or visit

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Cushing Expands Services to Include 3D Laser Scanning

Cushing (Chicago), a graphic imaging service provider, has added 3D laser scanning to its construction and project management services.

The company invested in a Trimble X7 3D scanner, which works in both interior and exterior environments. Features include automatic registration, HDR imaging and laser pointer. This allows for scan and BIM data to be referenced, registered and refined in the field. It produces both photogrammetric and LIDAR scans.

In addition to its scanning services, Cushing will also lease the scanner by the day and week. For a consultation, email or call (312) 266-8228.

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New MUTOH VJ-1638UH/VJ-1638UR Mark II Printers

MUTOH VJ-1638UR Mark II Printer
MUTOH VJ-1638UR Mark II Printer

MUTOH America, a leader in wide-format inkjet printers, cutters and inks, is launching the next generation of UV-LED printers, the VJ-1638UH Mark II and VJ-1638UR Mark II. They combine with VerteLith™, MUTOH’s new genuine RIP software, to create dynamic output, producing the best-possible gradients, skin tones and vivid colors.

VerteLith optimizes the performance of the VJ-1638UH Mark II and VJ-1638UR Mark II printers and features i-WeaveUVEX 2 Intelligent Interweave Print Technology, MUTOH Clear Tone half tone technology, MUTOH CYMK wide color gamut ICC profile and auto-generation of Pantone© coated/uncoated spot colors. These state-of-the- art MUTOH technologies streamline workflow, increase productivity and deliver high-quality output at faster production speeds.

The VJ-1638UH/VJ-1638UR Mark II printers include:
• Staggered dual print heads with UV-LED lamps on both sides.
MUTOH UV-LED inks, which allow printing on transparent/colored media with a 6-color CMYK+White+Varnish configuration
• Multi-layer printing capability

MUTOH VJ-1638UH Mark II Printer
MUTOH VJ-1638UH Mark II Printer

The VJ-1638UH Mark II is a hybrid printer with the capability to print on rigid substrates as well as roll media, while the VJ-1638UR Mark II prints on roll media only. A 66lb take-up system is standard on the VJ-1638UR Mark II: The 66lb and 88lb take-up systems are optional. The VJ-1638UH Mark II 66lb, 88lb and 220lb take-up systems are all options on this printer model.

VerteLith is bundled with FlexiDESIGNER MUTOH Edition 21 and is included free of charge with VJ-1638UH Mark II and VJ-1638UR Mark II printers, representing a $2,199.00 value. Other MUTOH models will be supported by VerteLith later in the year.

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