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Some Good News

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. Please download and share this infographic on how our industry is making a difference. 

Here are some stories we are reading about the work you are doing. Additional stories can be found on the Sign Research Foundation website. 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.

Plaskolite Helping to Produce Critical Face Shields for Frontline Workers
The manufacturer's polycarbonate sheets are being used for partitions, protective barriers and face shields to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Piedmont Plastics Provides Needed Materials and Solutions for Local Communities
Polyester, polycarbonate films and more materials for use in face sheilds will provide solutions focused on the safety and protection of essential workers and preventing the spread of infectious disease.

AGS Works with Local High School to Manufacture Face Shields
The sign manufacturer teamed up with Kohelet Yeshiva High School to make 1500 masks for its healthcare clients.

Federal Heath Converts Manufacturing to Support Medical Teams
Federal Heath recently converted manufacturing capacity in order to build protective equipment for the medical industry. Just a small way for Federal Heath to give back and slow the spread of the virus when we need it most.

All Signs, Inc. Manufacturing Unique Mask Clips to Reduce  Elastic Pressure on Ears
For healthcare professionals with over the ear masks, All Signs, Inc. is manufacturing unique clips to relieve some of the pressure of the elastic on ears.

Summa Americas Manufactures Masks and Other Personal Protective Equipment
Working to protect the people on the front lines with the materials they need the most. The company's video showcases laser cutting of the materials being created.

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.

Signs of Hope and Thanks
SpeedPro in Chicago is manufacturing "Signs of Hope and Thanks" to spread hope and raise money for those on the front line of the COVID pandemic.

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."

Image 360 in Fort Collins and Columbia Coming Together to Fight COVID-19
Businesses around the world, including Image360 Columbia and Image360 Fort Collins, are coming together and finding innovative ways to minimize the impact of COVID-19 while supporting our community. 

FASTSIGNS in Earth City Giving Back
Another FASTSIGNS center giving back during these trying times.

Image360 Supporting 2020 Grads
Image360 Lake Charles has been busy printing Custom Yard Signs and Banners for 2020 graduates.

MultiCam Providing PPE to Medical Professionals
MultiCam is shipping thousands of the MultiShield per day and now delivering on over 10,000 medical gowns, also featured on The Ellen Show

Kieffer Starlie Providing Medical Mask Clips
Kieffer Starlite collaborating on a product to meet the needs of frontline workers.

ISG Producing Several Pieces of PPE
Realizing the need to expand services, ISG is now producing PPE.

Sign Tech Adapting to Pandemic Needs
A look inside as to what Sign Tech in San Diego is doing amid the pandemic.

Nova Polymers Customers Fighting Back Against COVID-19
Several customers are doing their part in the fight against COVID-19. 

Ruggles Sign Producing Sneeze Guards
Take an inside look on Ruggles' production of sneeze guards.

PrincipleLED Manufactures UV-C LED Sterilizer
A San Angelo lighting company manufacturer has a product that can kill viruses and bacteria on surfaces in seconds.

L&H Companies Doing Their Part
L&H Companies is providing 3D printed facemasks for local healthcare workers.

Persona Takes Active Role in Keeping People Safe
The coronavirus pandemic seemingly is affecting everybody, but Persona Signs of Watertown, S.D., and its employees are working to make things a little more bearable in this extraordinary time.

Sign of hope: Ramsay Signs Updates Portland Rose Festival's Sign
The Portland Rose Festival announced Thursday that the iconic neon rose sign is being updated by the original designer, Ramsay Signs, to offer a positive message to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

LED display manufacturer donates thousands of masks
ThinkSign, a LED display manufacturer in Louisville, is sending out masks to healthcare providers in need. So far, the company has sent out 5,000 surgical masks and 1,000 N95 masks.

Vomela's COVID-19 Contributions
Twin Cities-based Pioneer Press featured some of the work The Vomela Companies are doing to combat the effects of COVID-19 in our communities.

Duggal Visual Solutions Employee Making Face Shields
Brian Renaldo works at Duggal normally in account and project management, now he is at the Duggal Greenhouse in the Brooklyn Navy Yard making face shields.

From Medical Gowns to CDC Billboards, Cooley Group Is Making It Happen
Cooley Group, a Rhode Island manufacturer that makes engineered geomembranes, building products and commercial graphics, has taken on many roles in supporting the response to COVID-19.

Sign Company Hosting Free Meals and Masks Weekly
Every Friday in May, Bakers' Signs is giving out free meals and masks to the community, while accepting food donations for local families during business hours.

Also, a special thanks to these companies producing PPE and other products to aid the fight against COVID-19:

A&C Plastics Allen Industries Baker Sign and Service
bluemedia Century Sign Builders ColoGraphics
Companion Systems Davis Signs & Graphics Gemini
GSG Identity Signs Metro Sign Company
Meyer Sign NGL Supply Plastic Trading International
Poyant Signs Rainbow Sign & Banner Royal Sign
SignComp Silicon Signs Simple Signs of Cape Cod
Ultimax Urban Sign The Vomela Companies
World Wide Sign Systems