At Bartlett Signs, business is looking up.
The locally owned, multi-generational sign company has been a fixture in the Erie-area community for more than eight years, but this past year has been truly groundbreaking.
In 2017, the company was able to build a 12,800-square-foot facility in the Fairview Industrial Park. The $950,000 project, which secured financing through the Erie County Redevelopment Authority and First National Bank, gave the company the opportunity to expand its offerings and its geographic reach.
President Kent Bartlett says, “This project has enabled us to hire more people, to buy more equipment and to help us grow, which is exactly what we are doing.”
The investment resulted in the retention of 15 employees with the commitment to hire five additional employees in the next three years — and more in the future.
Experts indicate that the sign industry is positioned for growth, as commercial signage is one of the least expensive and most effective forms of advertising. Many agree that commercial signage is an affordable and highly effective tool in influencing customers’ and potential customers’ opinions about a business.
A recent survey by Ketchum Global Research and Analytics reveals that almost 70 percent of American consumers indicated that the quality of a company’s sign reflects the quality of the business.
“As they say, you’ve only got one chance to make a great first impression,” says Bartlett, “and we’re here to help our customers accomplish that.”
Bartlett Signs services the tri-state region, developing and manufacturing signage for retail businesses, manufacturing properties, schools, churches, medical facilities, professional office spaces, as well as residential, commercial and industrial developments. Organizations turn to Bartlett’s team for their needs, because they have the knowledge and expertise to handle sign projects of all sizes, and because Bartlett Signs also has worked with a wide range of local, regional and national companies to design and develop custom sign solutions.
“We are a growing company, but we have not outgrown our personal service,” explains Bartlett. “This means that whether you know exactly what you need, or don’t know where to begin, we’ve got you covered. We offer a full spectrum of high-quality products and services to get you the professional results you deserve. We make it easy, and we’re here to guide you every step of the way.”
In fact, Bartlett Signs has the versatility to handle any size sign project, whether it’s for a single location or major multi-site project. The company’s signage products include everything from window lettering, illuminated signs and LED message centers to channel letters and interstate signs.
“Our specially trained staff uses state-of-the-art equipment to create high-quality signage that meets your exact specifications,” says Bartlett. “We specialize in eco-friendly, custom sign design, fabrication, installation and lighting maintenance. We also have the largest fleet of specialized sign installation cranes and equipment in the tri-state area. Whether your sign is 190 feet or 6 feet, we can install it.”
Commercial signage can be a transformation for any organization, and Bartlett Signs is certainly behind the scenes making it happen. The company even donated and installed the new sign in front of Erie High, replacing the Central Tech sign, one that represented a new beginning for the Erie area.
Says Bartlett, “Whether it’s a school, business or housing development, these signs represent the best of a community, and we are proud of the role we play in that.”
For more information, visit www.bartlettsignserie.com.