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A Really Green Sign

Folks around the sign business are all a-buzz with the latest green technology keywords: Recycled is a big one, so is LED.  The cost savings and ecological benefits of these techniques are plain to see.   Recently, however, a new truly green sign was unveiled  by the Coca-Cola Company. 

A Truly Green Sign

Measuing 60 feet by 60 feet, the billboard helps rid the environment of pollutants by using recycled materials to cradle thousands of Fukien tea plants which filter the ambient air around the sign.   “This billboard helps alleviate air pollution within its proximate areas as it can absorb a total of 46,800 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, on estimate.” says Botanish Anthony Gao.  Each tea plant is capable of removing over 12 pounds of carbon dioxide in a year’s time.  Of course, old Coke bottles were used as recycled planters for each of the 3600 plants.

Fed by drip irrigation, also known as micro-irrigation, the signage system utilizes a highly efficient watering system which also saves in needed fertilizer by allowing the water to slowly trickle down to the roots of the plants. 

Now if only the energy produced by the Fukien tea plants could be used to power some LED lights, and shine the glory of eco-signmaking into the night, we would really be in green heaven.  Until then, read the full story here, or call your friendly CNP Signs & Graphics representative for the next best thing to plant-powered signs.

News Alert – Signs Still Work

Turns out signs on buildings are still attracting the attention of potential customers.  With so many sexy online ways to promote your business, the stout monument sign, the tried and true channel letters and the always reliable building signs have gotten scant attention in the past few years. 

But not because those avenues for business promotion are not working, says USA Today in a recent article.  “Besides being pretty cheap,” says writer Rhonda Abrams, “they’re persistent.”  So many ads on TV or the web appear burn brightly on your computer screen for a few moments, and then they are gone.  Facebook posts, writes Abrams, get pushed down within an hour. 

But signs stick around – especially if they are from CNP Signs & Graphics.  Once they are installed, they don’t need to be fiddled with or constantly updated like so many social media tools.  A sign, once designed and installed, often doesn’t need to be modified or adjusted for years.  And if you’ve got long-lasting LED lights, you probably won’t have to change the lights for the rest of the decade.

World’s Largest Sign Convention

The World’s largest sign convention, The Expo, is coming to Las Vegas later this month.  The International Sign Association (ISA) hosts this mega-convention that features over 1,800 booths. More than 20,000 attendees are expected to attend the event whose key-note speaker this year is retired four-star Gen. Stanley McChrystal.  McCrystal will speak about his four-star management strategy which focuses on openness, teamwork and forward thinking strategies.

The seminar will feature the latest products, technology and applications for the sign industry; from the most sophisticated computer programs to sheet metal fabrication and sign installation equipment and crane trucks.  But one of the largest functions of The Expo is creating networking opportunities for the attendees and exhibitors.  For CNP Signs & Graphics it means connecting with knowledgeable sign installers and servicers across the country to better their serve national accounts.

The Expo will be held at the Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas with educational and networking events on April 27th, and the largest number of seminars of any past ISA convention on the 28th and 29th.  These educational programs include everything from crane operation safety to adapting the wisdom of the Art of War (Sun Tzu’s military strategy book from 590 BC) into your dealings with contractors.  This seminar does not include enhanced interrogation techniques, but negotiation strategies and tips on avoiding conflict.

For more information, visit their website www.signexpo.org