Bill Introduced to Curb Federal Prison Industries

(The following was reported by the Specialty Graphic Imaging Assn.) Congressman Bill Huizenga (MI-02) has introduced H.R. 4671, The Small Business Protection Act. The goal of this legislation is to end UNICOR’s government monopoly and force it to compete with the private sector. Currently, UNICOR, also known as Federal Prison Industries, automatically gets its choice […]

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What Does Amortization Mean for Signage?

Amortization concerns the compensation for a sign that is no longer in compliance when a sign code changes. The theory is that, if a sign is allowed to exist for a certain period of time, the owner of it will recoup their investment before the sign has to be removed, which is a way of circumventing […]

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Where Can I Find a Model Sign Code?

Several model sign codes have been published, and many can be viewed in their entirety. Here are a few of them. From The Signage Foundation http://www.thesignagefoundation.org/Portals/0/OnPremiseSignRegulations.pdf From the United States Sign Council http://www.usscfoundation.org/USSCModelOn-PremiseSignCode.pdf From the International Sign Association https://www.signs.org/Portals/0/PDF/pdf2016/Model_Sign_Code_Legal_Tech_Exploration_On-Premise_Sign_Regs.pdf

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Dynamic Digital Signage Market Estimated at 68.3 Million Units by 2019

Berg Insight states that, at the end of 2014, approximately 25.4 million connected digital screens were in use worldwide. The research strategy group forecasts this number will grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.2% to produce 63.8 million units, an approximately 150% increase, by 2019. The 50-page study includes five-year forecasts. To read more […]

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Magazine Surveys Shows Positive Growth for Sign Industry

The annual State of the Industry Report, with regard to internally illuminated signs (cabinet signs, channel letters, outline lighting, etc.), conducted by Signs of the Times magazine, showed positive results for 2014 and a prediction of continued growth for 2015. 80% of the respondents said their sales volume increased from 2013 to 2014. Less than 7% […]

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Gemini Grants $100,000 Scholarships to Incoming Univ. of Minnesota and Michigan Students Wade Swormstedt May 12, 2016

Gemini Inc. (Cannon Falls, MN) has awarded two $100,000 Ross Wagner Engineering Scholarships. The four-year scholarships will go to Matt Moskal, a senior at Cannon Falls High School, who will attend the Univ. of Minnesota. Bjorn Pearson, also a Cannon Falls senior, will attend the Univ. of Michigan. For the full story, go to http://www.signweb.com/content/gemini-announces-ross-wagner-scholarship-recipients

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How Does the Americans with Disabilities Act Regulate Signage?

Undoubtedly, no aspect of any kind of signage regulations is more exacting, or likely to be altered, than those governed by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which was originally enacted in 1990. Primarily, this concerned access for people with disabilities, such as wheelchair ramps, railings, handicapped parking, etc. But it also included stipulations for […]

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ISA Sign Expo Attendance is Second Highest Ever

The International Sign Association Sign Expo, held April 21-23, 2016 in Orlando, Florida, attracted more than 20,000 attendees, the association reports, which makes it the second-largest show in ISA history, and the largest ever held in Orlando. For nearly two decades, the Sign Expo has alternated between Orlando and Las Vegas, and the latter show […]

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