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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 239-595-6154.
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!
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.
As the scope of Irma’s destructive impact on street and traffic signs and business signage becomes clear, as our phones ring off the hook with requests and our yard fills up with damaged signs, there is only one conclusion: WE NEED MORE PEOPLE!
Please check our Jobs webpage for a list of current openings. But in more general terms, if you have, or know of and can recommend anyone with, solid welding, field or booth painting, assembly, installation, or general trades skills, with a quality mindset and a positive attitude, we want to talk!
Our company offers a competitive pay and benefit package, a friendly atmosphere, and – with over 40 employees – long-term career opportunities. Contact Deanna at 239-594-8494 NOW.
We’re finally fully operational! Fortunately everyone here came out of this unharmed and with their homes essentially intact, maybe helped by a company decision to assist our employees with plywood and crews to board up before the storm hit. While one of our facilities suffered significant roof damage, most of the negative consequences of Irma to our business came as a result of the loss of power for 1 1/2 weeks. Within a couple of days we were able to run some essential office systems off our generators, but our welding, painting, and metalworking equipment was down until now.
Irma left a trail of overturned, bent and broken signs throughout Southwest Florida. Our first priority is to assist the communities that rely on Lykins-Signtek for their street and traffic signage to restore this critical infrastructure as much as possible. Our field installation teams have been on the road since Wednesday last week and our yard is filling up fast with signs needing repair. Our supply chain is getting back in gear and our production team is putting the pedal to the metal to catch up on prior orders while responding to the current needs. We ask for your patience and understanding while we go through the steps of evaluation, quote, and repair/replace for each client.
Lykins-Signtek was built on long-term relationships and we’re going to get through this rebuilding effort together. We thank you for your business and will do everything we can to get you taken care of as soon as possible.
Lykins-Signtek supplies signage for the campus of Naples’ thriving First Baptist Church and Academy, and since the football stadium was expanded a few years ago, we have been trusted with the annual installation of banners covering the entire length of the main grandstand. The banners on the north and south side of the press box are nearly 40 and 50 ft long and use high-resolution digital images of the Lions in action. The banners shield the view of the back of the bleachers and provide some shelter from the wind, but most importantly, they set the tone for a great game. Go Lions!
First Baptist Academy Athletics website
A long-standing, local client of Lykins-Signtek asked us to provide all the signage for a major renovation to their Quarterdeck Resort property on Gull Lake in Minnesota. This request came with a very tight deadline and consisted of a number of custom-routed wall-mounted and hanging signs made out of high-density urethane as well as some street signs. The larger double-sided hanging signs were built with a “hidden” internal aluminum structure for support. As part of this project we also had to recreate a classic “Phillips 66” gas station sign, something our production team enjoyed doing for some nostalgic reason! However intricate the signs, they were nothing out of the ordinary for our guys and we built and finished them expediently; what was a bit different was the need to pack and ship them so they would get to Minnesota in pristine shape. Our ever-resourceful Pete Lykins stepped in to help build a custom 10 foot long packing crate, carefully bracing each individual sign, much like framed art. Pete later travelled to Gull Lake himself to supervise the installation of the signs – and hopefully enjoyed some bass fishing while he was there!
(the picture shows a partially filled crate)
Ever expanding its “Island Paradise” theme, Naples Reserve continues to work with Lykins-Signtek to enhance its resort-style amenities with visually engaging signage. We just completed and installed a fun directional signpost in the Island Club pool and beach area and we believe it is one of the most professional ones around. This sign consists of a 12 ft tall (visible part) 6″ painted aluminum post with 19 unique routed and sandblasted cedar directional signs painted in various colors and finished with a clear coat. Each directional sign is attached with custom-routed PVC spacers. The destinations and distances were provided by the client but in keeping with our desire to “do things right”, we wanted the sign directions to be geographically accurate. This goal added complexity to the layout as the position of the signs on the post had to avoid mutual interference while looking esthetically pleasing and staying within the allowable height. We are truly happy with how it turned out and more importantly, so is our client Eecon Construction.