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Photo Courtesy of DCL (Fabricator), Design by Poulin+Morris
Photo Courtesy of DCL (Fabricator), Design by Poulin+Morris

Stories of the Industry

Posted: 04/02/2020

During this challenging health and economic crisis, companies in the sign, graphics and visual communications industry are going above and beyond to help other small businesses, healthcare workers and communities show that they are open for business. Thank you to all who are taking part in keeping essential services open, support small businesses and relieve pressures on the global healthcare community.

Here are just a few of the stories we are reading about the work you are doing. Read more here! Send your stories to [email protected] and/or tag it on social media with #SignsMeanBusiness so that ISA can continue to amplify the incredible work and teamwork by you, your employees, and our industry.

Giving Back: Flint, Michigan Shop Offering Signs to Local Restaurants

Signs by Crannie is offering free signs to restaurants during the COVID shutdown. The signs says "Open: takeout only" or "Open: drive-thru only."

Giving Back: Florida Keys Sign Shop Helping Neighbors Communicate

Stan Haines of US1 Graphics in Florida is doing something similar. He started by calling his 10 biggest customers to ask how he could help. The response was so positive, he called 10 more. They asked for help getting the word out that they were still open. He printed up a bunch of banners that say "Locally strong."

Print Manufacturer Producing 5,000 PETG Face Shields Per Day

Sandy Alexander, Inc., a print manufacturer headquartered in Clifton, NJ, elected to convert to manufacturing face shields in all facilities as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. All of its facilities are now providing the shields.

Phase 3 Marketing & Communications Shifts Business Focus to Produce Protective Face Shields and Protection Barriers

Phase 3 Marketing and Communications, which operates three print and fabrication facilities in Atlanta, Dallas and Fairfield, NJ, has created two healthcare personal protective equipment (PPE) solutions, clear rigid vinyl face shields and workplace protective acrylic barriers, to help protect individuals and companies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Graphics Printers Mobilize Globally to Support Public Health

HP print customers are impacting their communities in a variety of ways. One is printing packaging for ready to eat meals delivered to healthcare workers. Another is working with a distiller to create and package hand sanitizer.

Printers’ Impact: Time Printing Solutions Provider Produces Sanitation Signage During Coronavirus Pandemic

Time Printing Solutions Provider is printing signs with CDC recommendations and hand sanitizer stations.

News from the Field: 3M Lights Up Headquarters in Encouragement

3M is producing millions of N-95 masks a month for healthcare workers. 3M is producing 35 million of the needed N-95 masks a month in the U.S., most going to health care workers.

OpenFacePPE: Open Source Blue Print for Manufacturing Face Shields

A group of volunteer engineers and designers in NYC and abroad shares a source for an open sourced face shield prototype. The Open Source Face Shield was in collaboration with the NYU COVID-19 Task Force and many others.

Fabricators Fighting COVID-19 on LinkedIn

AXYZ Automation Group and two of its brands have created a LinkedIn group, Fabricators Fighting COVID-19 to encourage idea sharing.