Rockstar of the Quarter: Pete Thomas

Rockstar of the Quarter: Pete Thomas

​​​And Creative Sign Rockstar of the Quarter goes to…. Pete Thomas!

 

Position:  Sign Fabricator

Trait of Extreme Awesomeness:  Credibility

 

What his co-workers have said about him: 

 

“Pete does a great job of setting a high bar.  He is a good communicator, team-orientated and a nice role model.”

 

“Pete is dedicated to his craft.  He is always the last one here in the shop.”

 

Pete joined the Creative Sign Fab Team in June of 2016 and has been a consistent contributor of the department ever since.

 

Congrats, Pete!  Thank you for all your hard work!

 

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New Design Loft + Upper Offices

New Design Loft + Upper Offices

New year, new Design space!  Our Design Team’s long-awaited migration to our Design Loft + Upper Offices is finally here.  With fun graphics and signage everywhere, as well as new mood and color match friendly lighting, our self-proclaimed Sign Nerds are settling in and getting inspired in their new space.  Swing by Creative Sign for a tour of our facility and make sure to stop by the upper level!

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Our giant glasses are made from budget-friendly Gatorfoam, painted to match our accent wall.  Tiny nails hang up our Chemmetal laminate samples that flutter in a breeze.   And for those unfamiliar with the sign industry, “a box on a stick” is what we call a boring pylon sign.  (Our Fab team hates building boxes on sticks, and our Design team hates drawing them, so bring us your challenges and let our masters work!)

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Our own projects always take the back burner when we are crazy busy with customer projects, so we are happy to finally wrap this one up!  It was an amazing group effort.  Thank you to all that helped make this happen:

Demolition:  Tim Roffers, Amanda Schwartz, Bill Vandermause, Nicole Mattson, Timothy Porter, Greg Wilson

Painting:  Amanda Schwartz, Bill Vandermause, Nicole Mattson, Timothy Porter, Bridget Novak, Chris Carr, Pete Thomas, Bobbi Johnson, Elizabeth Kirsteatter, Derek Fuller

Printing:  Joe Bott

Graphics Install:  Bailey Schulte, John Slaby, Amanda Schwartz, Bill Vandermause, Bobbi Johnson

Routing:  Andy Heyrman

3D Printing:  Jay Mathu

Sign & Counter Painting:  Bill Prokash

Counter Install:  Greg Wilson

Sign Install: Bill Vandermause, Sean Barrett, John Slaby

Flooring:  Mike Thomas, Andy Parshen

Flooring/Trim:  Ray Polomis

Lighting/Electrical:  Thomas Electric

Tech Assistance:  Technology Architects

General Help:  Greg Wilson, Brian Meyer, Tim Schultz, Peyton Czarapata, Darrin Kuhn

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What a difference paint and vinyl can make!  Our Upper Offices were formerly our neon room… so we’re giving a nod to its past life with some neon signs we came across during clean up.  Every square inch needed a paint job – stairs and corrugated ceiling included!  But the work was worth it.  Graphics color matched the vinyl applied to our PMS staircase and full vinyl prints were applied to all doors.  Bright, graphic colors, playful signage, and raw metal accents make this new space into a shrine to the sign industry.  Even an unused tube turned into a Mario pipe and a utility room panel is decked out with glow in the dark LOTR vinyl.

 

It’s really a shame we don’t have any fun here….

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Rockstar of the Quarter:  Andy Heyrman

Rockstar of the Quarter: Andy Heyrman

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And Creative Sign Rockstar of the Quarter goes to…. Andy Heyrman!

 

Position:  Director of Channel Letters & Routing

Trait of Extreme Awesomeness:  Personal Performance

What his co-worker has said about him:  “Dude is crazy knowledgeable!  He is a go-to resource whenever there is a question on our capabilities and sign construction.  A lot is asked of him and he is more than up to the task.  He has done a great job seeing the bigger picture, helping make workflow optimized and efficient company wide.”

 

Andy joined the Creative Sign team in 2016 as a CNC Router Technician and by 2020 he was heading up both the Routing Department and Channel Letter Department.  His contribution and leadership has helped Creative Sign become what it is today.

 

Congrats, Andy!  Thank you for all you do for our team!

 

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New Equipment in 2021

New Equipment in 2021

2021- a year of new toys!  Creative Sign has added a lot of new equipment to their arsenal this year to help our people do their very best work – and do it efficiently!

 

Our Channel Letter Department grew with the addition of our Channel Letter mezzanine, which helped make room for our new SDS Channel Bender SXP, Trimmer, Sander and Stitcher.  Now we can offer our customers the sleek look of trimless channel letters!

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Our Graphics Department welcomed a bevy of new equipment this year as well!  Director of Graphics Joe Bott shows off our new Canon Colorado 1650 with Gel Ink Technology, Colex SharpCut Pro SX1732 5’x10’ Flatbed Cutter & Router, Colex C364 Laminator, Summa Plotter (now unboxed and being subjected to undignified post-its while it speeds through its vinyl cutting), an X-Rite Spectrophotometer for excellent color matching, and a rollover laminator.  Wowza!

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Company-wide we are enjoying the new upgrades in our system and computers as our new tech company Technology Architects took stock of our computers and system this past year and continue to upgrade our machines to keep us current and running strong!

 

And thanks to Be’s Vending for our fancy new vending kiosk!

 

With all of these investments, Creative Sign is looking forward to pumping out even more great signage for our customers in 2022.  A big thanks to all our amazing team members that help us achieve higher and higher goals with each year, always striving to improve efficiency, product offerings, and the customer experience!

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Rockstar of the Quarter: Jessie Niles

Rockstar of the Quarter: Jessie Niles

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And Creative Sign Rockstar of the Quarter goes to…. Jessie Niles!

 

Position:  Sign Consultant / Service Coordinator

Trait of Extreme Awesomeness:  Work Commitment

What her co-worker has said about her:  “Jessie is one of the hardest working people at our company, along with one of the most diligent workers I’ve ever met.  She is constantly trying her best to exceed expectations while managing an enormous workload.”

 

Jessie joined the Creative Sign team in in 2020, when a number of companies were feeling the pinch and laying off workers.  She soon found that the workload for her position at Creative was high and quickly began to balance multiple projects and additional responsibilities.  She’s a member of the Creative Sign Safety Team, took on the Service Coordinator position, and covered for multiple people while they were on vacation and leave over the summer. 

 

Her thorough and helpful nature soon helped her gain respect and love from so many of her co-workers across many departments and positions.  “Jessie is a workhorse salesperson who never shies away from helping others and will take on anything!  She’s thorough, organized, and great to work with!  Definite Rockstar material!”

 

Congrats, Jessie!  We’re so happy to have you on our team!

 

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