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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.

Lykins-Signtek pursues growth in Charlotte County

Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Collier and Lee County have long been our main stomping ground, and over the last few years we have supported the expansion of our loyal customers into new developments in Sarasota and Manatee County. Charlotte County is now experiencing rapid change as well and we believe Lykins-Signtek is the perfect partner for county and municipal services, developers and businesses in Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, Babcock Ranch and surrounding areas. We are excited and very pleased to announce we have appointed an independent sales representative for Charlotte County, Wes DeMott. Wes is based in Punta Gorda and will be dedicated full-time to develop and assist Lykins-Signtek customers in this area. He brings many years of experience in construction and aluminum materials as well as first-class business development and customer service skills. We believe he will prove to be an invaluable local resource for our clients. Wes can be reached at wes@lykins-signtek.com or 239-595-6154.

Peace, Love, and Signs

Posted on Friday, February 16, 2018

We realize the last few posts in our Blog discussed various issues resulting from Hurricane Irma, so it is high time for something more uplifting. This is the week of Valentine’s Day and we got to make a few signs that warm our hearts. A Happy Valentine to everyone!

An unhappy experience for all of us, despite the added business

Posted on Friday, December 08, 2017

Dear Customer, we want to apologize. We have been flooded with requests to repair street and traffic signs, mailboxes, and business signs damaged by Hurricane Irma. Since September our team has been working long hours including Saturdays, to reset or retrieve, evaluate and quote, fabricate and weld, prep and paint, and reinstall signs throughout Southwest Florida – in addition to handling “normal” sign orders. Our second yard is filled with hundreds of signs pending repair and it seems that every time we return one batch to a community, another two join the pile.
Needless to say, many of you – our valued clients – are starting to grow impatient and enquire regularly and ever more forcefully about your signage. Please know that while you may not see any progress from your vantage point, we are returning neighborhoods and communities back to normal every day and this will happen with yours as well.
We were all caught by surprise by the magnitude of the damage Irma inflicted on trees, fences, and signs, and we admit it took some time for us to get “into a groove” to handle the logistics with some efficiency. We have hired extra personnel, including through staffing agencies, but have found finding candidates challenging too: lots of landscaping, construction and trade companies are hiring for the same reasons. To make matters worse, we face challenges getting adequate supplies of some materials as Irma has stretched certain supply chains beyond the breaking point.
We cannot adequately express our deep gratitude for you calling us first, for your trust in our ability to “fix this”, for your patience and understanding in the face of long delays; but we want you to know we are fully committed to getting through this as fast as humanly possible. Our sincere apologies for at times being unable to provide meaningful information on completion dates, but we assure you that you are not forgotten.