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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.

Lykins-Signtek needs Installation and Production personnel – we’re hiring!

Posted on Thursday, October 12, 2017

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.

Hurricane Irma’s effects on Lykins-Signtek

Posted on Thursday, September 21, 2017

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.