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A Wildfire-Inspired Sign Design

At KORT, we know adding a channel letter sign can improve a company’s visibility. We’ve also seen how ADA wayfinding signs have improved people’s lives at work and at home. But every once in a while, a very special sign project comes along. This article is about one of them. The Mackenzie family owns a …

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New vs Refurbished? It Depends.

Frequently we get asked to fix up an existing sign as opposed to producing a new one. Especially those that still have fluorescent lights. LEDs have come down substantially in price, use less electricity and don’t need to be replaced as often. A majority of the time when we visit one of these signs, the …

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How much red tape does it take to put up a sign?

You would think that if you’re replacing an old sign with a nice, shiny new one, you’d be able to make it the same size and put in the same place. Oh no, says the city of Minneapolis. Especially in the historic North Loop of the Warehouse District! When Penco move to the arts district …

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Professionally Designed Signs of All Kinds

Sometimes people ask us what kinds of signs we make. All kinds! It’s hard to answer because there are so many different types of signs, and so many different ways to go about making them. Most of what we do is custom-designed and manufactured, either totally in-house or using a range of outside resources. We’ve …

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Yard Signs – A Quick Way to Get Business

Yard signs aren’t just for political parties – they’re great for Pampered Chef parties too! Or jewelry, candles, kitchen containers or any kind of in-home selling service. We recently asked a local company to give us a quote on new doors for our house. Three hours later – and an education in steel vs. fiber …

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When Do You Need a Sign Permit?

When Do You Need a Sign Permit?Whe For outdoor signage, you almost always need a permit. In fact, did you know that in most cities, even hanging up a temporary banner on your building or putting a banner flag out on the corner will require a permit? In the city of Minneapolis, sign permits are …

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Keeping the lights on

If your New Year’s resolution is to stay in business, we hear ya. There are a lot of challenges in owning or managing a business in today’s competitive environment. Things can change at any minute, so you must be proactive to keep the lights on. We can’t address all your business issues, but when it …

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Why Custom Signs Take Time

People are often surprised to hear how long it takes to create a sign – let alone the estimate. But unless you’re asking us to reproduce something that’s been done already, we have to start from scratch. Unlike banners, yard signs and posters that can be estimated based on common sizes and materials, permanent indoor …

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