614.444.3333
The Clock Is Literally Ticking

The Clock Is Literally Ticking

…19…18…17… Today the clock is literally ticking, counting down the days between March 14th and April 3rd, the last day you can enter the “Take Your Best Shot” photo contest. After the ambient media campaign’s success last year, The South Campus Gateway reinstated their 150 sq ft branded basketball backboard on N High Street for March Madness 2017. The popular forced-perspective photo prop is intended to give the illusion of pedestrians dunking hoops, and pictures posted to any social media with the hashtag #HeyGateway are entered to win a pair of two-day tickets to the Buckeye Country Superfest to catch the likes of Keith Urban and Kenny Chesney in concert. Creativity counts though, so make it fun and convincing! But really, this year, the clock is ticking in more ways than one. This year the backboard has been upgraded to include a working LED shot clock! After managing this exciting and challenging sign project last year (see “Not Your Average Slam Dunk”), DāNite Sign Company’s Michael Cox, Sr. wanted to add a new and exciting element to the backboard that had been kept in storage since 2016. To be more accurate, the fabric backdrop, hoop, net, and giant styrofoam basket ball were safely kept at a UHAUL self storage space, but the backboard frame was too big to fit inside the storage space and had to sit behind DāNite’s manufacturing facility. This year, when the “sign” was re-installed, an LED shot clock was added above the 15′ x 10′ backboard in order to suggest the urgency of a real shot clock. Cox programmed the LED message center to continuously cycle backwards from thirty to zero in red...
What’s the Score with the Huntington Park Scoreboard?

What’s the Score with the Huntington Park Scoreboard?

On Saturday, January 14th, two DāNite Sign Co. crane crews worked together to remove the “The Columbus Dispatch” letters from Huntington Park’s iconic scoreboard. DāNite Sign Co. originally engineered, built, and installed the Dispatch sign for the Grand Opening in 2009 for what has become  the No. 1 ranked ballpark. As the 12′ tall “D” was hoisted over the scoreboard and lowered to street level on Neil Avenue it was a bittersweet moment of nostalgia-meets-progress. After 8 seasons, it’s hard to imagine what might fill the empty void this year. But the Columbus Clippers’s scoreboard won’t stand empty for long, and the DāNite Sign Co. team has assisted in the planned replacement. As recently reported in a Columbus Business First article titled “Dispatch sign comes down at Huntington Park after sponsorship pullback“, Clippers President Ken Schnacke stated, “WBNS-TV and radio affiliate 97.1 The Fan, still owned by the Wolfe family that sold the Dispatch, will take over the $6 million, 20-year sponsorship” of the scoreboard. Naturally, with change in sponsorship comes change in signage. Through collaboration with the new sponsors, DāNite Sign Co.  designer Thad King and Project Manager Michael Cox, Sr. have produced a creative solution to the challenge of integrating the existing scoreboard and message centers with the branding of the new sponsorship. Sometime in March of 2017, the DāNite Sign Co. cranes will return to install a 15’ tall by 43′ 6″ long 1oTV “10NEWS” sign cabinet in the dominant sponsor position. The existing left side electronic message center had previously represented the changing body of a “newspaper”. It will now, in a fitting technology upgrade, become a “cell phone” with The Fan’s logo emblazoned above a...
Field Trip to DāNite Sign Company

Field Trip to DāNite Sign Company

Everyone loves a good field trip! According to the International Sign Association (ISA), “Some 2,630 students of all ages visited sign, graphics, and visual communications companies as part of Sign Manufacturing Day 2016. The event is sponsored annually by the International Sign Association in conjunction with the National Association of Manufacturers. This year, 46 locations opened their doors to students throughout the U.S. and Canada. DāNite Sign Company was one of them!                            Students from the Eastland Career Center and Southwestern City Schools got to tour DāNite’s 33,000 sq ft facility and see examples of the diverse variety in trades required in the production a single sign. From administrative and sales staff, project managers, estimators, graphic designers, engineers, steel workers, welders, electricians, painters, printers, crane operators, service techs, and helpers, it takes all sorts of skilled tradesmen and women working together towards a common goal of excellence to produce each and every sign. Many students claimed that the filed trip was an eye opening experience and expressed interest in pursuing a career in the sign industry. Mission accomplished!   http://danitesign.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/CHANNEL-COIL-MACHINE-VIDEO.mp4   The International Sign Association reported in a press release on their website:  “We’ve seen companies make hires as a direct result of participation in previous Sign Manufacturing Day events,” said Lori Anderson, ISA president and CEO. “This program, and the ongoing relationship that it affords participants to develop with local community colleges, technical schools and high schools, will go a long way toward addressing the challenge of finding skilled workers.” DāNite Sign Company can attest to that!     After Sign Manufacturing Day last year,...
This is exciting…

This is exciting…

Well this is exciting… DaNite Sign Company dominates the cover of the Matthews Paint brochure. We are proud to use this high performance paint, made especially for the sign industry!...
Signs of Early Voting

Signs of Early Voting

Early voting started on October 12th in Ohio. But before the casting and counting of ballots could begin, the Franklin County Board of Elections had one heck of a hurdle to cross in updating an existing, rusting pylon sign to something worthy of hailing the droves of citizens who would cast their 2016 General Election votes. DāNite Sign was up to the challenge. They took a nasty, deplorable sign and made it great again! All joking aside, this was truly a sizable undertaking. The nearly 34′ tall sign at 1700 Morse Rd in Columbus had been in disrepair for years.  There were three signs in one, really, and each one was 6′ 6″ tall and 25′ long with concave cabinets! Sometimes it’s hard to grasp the size of something until you get on top of it. And sometimes you don’t get a real grasp on the enormity of something until you bring it indoors. These signs dominated DāNite’s 33,000 square foot administrative & manufacturing facility! On Monday, Oct. 10, one day before a dozen eager first-time voters pitched their tents in the parking lot to be the first in line to exercise their civic duties & rights, DāNite Sign Company arrived to install the massive signs on the tri-pole structure. As planned, it was completed before early voting commenced. The difference was like night and day! Or Day and Night… DāNite is proud to say that they gained the co-operation of various government entities and a private entrepreneur to complete this project on time. Special thanks go out to The Stonehenge Company, Franklin County Board of Elections, the Columbus Department of Zoning and Building, and...