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Sign Companies Reveal Their Recycling Policies and Details of Their Hiring Practices

Our Brain Squad also dishes on social media and fabrication equipment purchasing.

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Question: Do you or don’t you recycle at your company?

Yes: 68%

  • Shop scraps and old signs. — Heather Jack, FASTSIGNS, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Metals (steel, aluminum) go to the local scrap yard. Office paper, cardboard, etc., go into the local recycling pickup. Ballasts and transformers also go to the scrap yard. — Rocco Gaskins, Abco Signs, Pennsauken, NJ
  • Aside from cans and bottles, we sell our scrap aluminum to a metal recycling company. Our small pieces of ACP, sign foam, etc., are given to the local industrial arts teacher. Our out-of-date vinyl is given to several crafters. — John Miller, Signs By Autografix, Branford, CT

  • Production materials. — Derek Atchley, Atchley Graphics, Columbus, OH
  • Scrap aluminum, steel, cans and paper/cardboard. — Michael Johnson, Henry Graphics, Buford, GA
  • Scrap metal. — Mike Crosley, Northeastern Sign, South Colton, NY
  • All of the above. This is California after all. — Skip Moore, Bill Moore & Associates Graphics, San Rafael, CA
  • Lamps and metal. — Ralph Garcia, Venture Promotions & Marketing, Whitestone, NY

No: 32%

  • We used to recycle acrylic, but the low $$ doesn’t defend storing it for recycling anymore. — Per Asberg, Cogent Signs And Graphics, Laguna Hills, CA

BUZZ SESSION

How many new, full-time employees aged 30 or younger, who are not related to you, have you hired in the past three years?
0
40%
1 or 2
24%
3 to 5
28%
6 to 10
0%
More than 10
8%
Is your company currently experiencing – or do you anticipate soon experiencing – an inability to replace skilled fabricators and/or installers who are retiring/nearing retirement?
Yes
48%
No
36%
Don’t know/hard to say
16%
Which social media platforms do you use for your company (as opposed to just personally)?
Facebook
88%
Twitter
17%
Instagram
50%
LinkedIn
54%
YouTube
15%
Other
25%
What type of fabrication equipment do you plan to purchase next (if not soon, then as soon as you can afford it)?
Digital printer
18%
Vinyl-cutting plotter
9%
Router
14%
Laminator
0%
Crane/bucket truck
9%
Channel letter bender (or other metal-forming machine)
9%
Other
41%
Do you plan to attend the 2021 ISA Sign Expo – Virtual (April 7-9)?
Yes
32%
No
36%
Don’t know yet/haven’t decided yet
32%

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