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Lykins-Signtek acquires SignMasters in Nokomis, FL

Posted on Friday, January 10, 2020

Under its new ownership, our company is seeking to expand its geographical reach and strengthen its presence in Charlotte, Sarasota, and Manatee counties. We are pleased to announce the acquisition of SignMasters of Nokomis, FL. SignMasters, also doing business as Artisan Signs, has provided signage to the local community in Nokomis, Venice, Siesta Key and Sarasota County for over 30 years. Following this acquisition, Lykins-Signtek will greatly enhance the product offerings of SignMasters with its own capabilities, including electrical signs, pylon signs, street signs, residential and commercial mailboxes, and much more, while clients will continue to enjoy easy, local access to sales, design, and existing production resources.
SignMasters’ former owner, Jon Priestap, will stay on for the near term to help ensure a smooth transition. We are also excited that Dan Godlewski, a Nokomis resident. has agreed to join us in a Sales and Business Development role. Dan can be reached at dan@lykins-signtek.com.
We welcome the team at SignMasters into our company and look forward to the opportunity to meet its clients.

New ownership brings new opportunities for Lykins-Signtek!

Posted on Sunday, October 20, 2019

As of October 10, 2019, our founders have handed over the keys to Project Combo, a company on a mission. Project Combo (which will continue to operate the business under the Lykins-Signtek name) recognized the technical capabilities, quality reputation, and strong relationships built over the years by our founders Pete Lykins and Steve Stephenson and their entire team, and intends to build on those to set the company on a growth path into new geographical areas and product lines. Pete Lykins stays on as Vice-President, in his familiar role of technical mastermind, while Steve Stephenson will enjoy stepping back into well-deserved – and undoubtedly very active – retirement. We will miss you and wish you the best, Steve!
With new ownership come computer hardware and software updates, cloud-based invoicing, some extra hires – and a new logo! We look forward to the opportunities ahead.

Need service for your sign? Ask Russ!

Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2019

Lykins-Signtek has always serviced signs of its own manufacture, but also local signs for national brands or signs made by others. We repair, repaint, refurbish, modify, remove and move signs; replace tenant panels, lettering and graphics, fix lighting problems or upgrade to LED lighting, reface channel letters and much more.
While our Sales staff have handled service requests in the past – and will happily continue to do so for their customers – we have recently appointed Russ Hopkins as Service Advisor with the primary responsibility to take care of your service needs. Russ has extensive field installation and service experience with our company, including electrical, painting, and boom truck work. He will come on site for a (free) evaluation, provide a quote, and manage your service project, coordinating with our Production and Installation teams as needed so you have a single point of contact throughout the project. Call Russ at 239-594-8494 (office) or 239-273-4517 (mobile).

Freedom Eagles: retiring American Flags with dignity and purpose

Posted on Thursday, May 09, 2019

Lykins-Signtek sells dozens of flagpoles every year, projects we truly enjoy – especially when we raise the American Flag for the first time upon installation. Of course flags do not last forever, so when we were contacted by the Freedom Eagles, an organization that collects American Flags for proper retirement and disposal, it was an easy decision to support them with some of our resources. We’ll let Mr. R. Butcher of the Freedom Eagles explain their initiative better than we can:

Once again, “Thank You” and the staff for all you have done for the Freedom Eagles.
It is nice to know that there are folks who believe in our cause. We now retire 4/5000 Flags a year and most of them are collected with people using our Flag Boxes, located throughout our community. Of these:
1. Approx. 1000 of these are given to some of the local funeral homes to be retired with a Veteran when they are cremated. No greater way to retire the American Flag than to be draped over a Veteran (who was willing to die for the Flag) at the time of cremation.
2. We furnish Flags to be retired on Flag Day at Freedom Park.
3. The rest of them are taken to the airport where they are retired in a proper and respectful manner.
Your kindness and thoughtfulness are greatly appreciated.

Our sincere thanks to the Freedom Eagles for this service!

Another Pulte “Built to Honor” home completed for a wounded veteran and his family

Posted on Monday, April 08, 2019

Since 2013, PulteGroup and their many suppliers, contractors, and partners have built over 50 homes nationwide for veterans wounded in combat through their “Built to Honor” initiative. Every year, we are proud to support this program locally with signage. This year, US Army Sergeant Howard Appleby of Cape Coral, a veteran with two tours in Iraq, was handed over the keys to a new, mortgage-free home in Babcock Ranch. More info is available here. Our most sincere thank you and congratulations to Sergeant Appleby and his family!

Maybe our largest signs to date?

Posted on Monday, February 25, 2019

Lykins-Signtek has worked with Miromar Development Corporation on various types of signage for many years. A long-delayed plan to install a directory sign at the Miromar Design Center on Corkscrew Road finally became reality and we set out to build the massive 25 ft x 20 ft wall. Our electrical sign workshop is fairly spacious but it was an interesting challenge to fabricate, paint and assemble the 5 large pieces (base, body, top, and 2 columns) that make up this sign.

Soon thereafter, we completed a 25 ft long illuminated cabinet sign for Avow Hospice‘s resale shop – not nearly as large as the Miromar sign, but the narrow nature of this cabinet made it look very very long indeed!

Finally, our fabricators enjoyed creating a 22-ft tall wall-mounted double-sided illuminated cabinet sign for the new Marco Island Fire Station (a DeAngelis Diamond Construction project) – which was installed next to the 25-ft wall-mounted flagpole that we also provided.

We love projects of all sizes so don’t hesitate to come to us with your oversize ideas!

Sometimes Simplicity is Beautiful

Posted on Monday, February 25, 2019

Our team creates hundreds of signs of all shapes and size, of many colors and materials. Yet when an apparently simple sign such as this one for the Spa at the Naples Grande Hotel sat in our photo area a few days ago, everyone commented on how beautiful it is. We built this 3 ft x 4 ft sign out of 1.5″ cedar with 1/4″ acrylic letters painted brilliant metallic gold (the gold color does not show well on the picture). It has an “Old School Craftsmanship” quality to it that our employees immediately appreciate. We take pride in our product and love what we do!

Clients can be fun too

Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2018

We’re completing a project for a loyal client who is apparently pleased with their sales representative’s Jim Geiger efforts and surprised him with this little jpg. A pretty good representation of Jim although he usually wears a proper shirt, at least in the office!

A perfect assignment for an important day

Posted on Friday, September 14, 2018

Pure coincidence or….? One of our installation teams installed a flagpole at South Seas Club in Marco Island and proudly raised Old Glory on the fateful date of 9/11.
We will never forget. Thank You.

Our condolences and a heartfelt thanks to the Pulte family and company

Posted on Monday, March 19, 2018

Last week we learned that Mr. William (Bill) Pulte, founder of the PulteGroup home building company, passed away at the age of 85. We never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Pulte but we have worked closely with his company for many years now. Lykins-Signtek was founded in 1999 and owes a substantial part of its early growth to Centex which merged with Pulte in 2008 to form the nation’s largest homebuilder at the time. Pulte has continued to rely on us to provide mailboxes and all types of signage in its many Southwest Florida developments and we value the relationship very highly. We extend our most sincere condolences and deep gratitude to the Pulte family and employees.