Our modern 1.2 acre (under roof)
production facility, with both high and low dock doors, is
located on a 3 acre concrete pad; the additional area
being used for parking and "clean" outside storage.
One-half acre is planted greenbelt.
Please visit our four-building production “campus,”
two sets of attached buildings. Photo courtesy of Google Earth.
If you are seriously considering buying from someone else we suggest
that you also visit their location to observe if they can actually do
what they say they can; or at least “Google” their address.
Our addresses are 4540, 4550, 4560 and 4610 Mint Way, Dallas, TX
A lot of competitors who present themselves as manufacturers actually only buy and resell signs, working out of a house, office building, small warehouse, or storefront!
They may have a fancy website with lots of photo-shopped pictures,
Signs Manufacturing Corporation's Four-building Manufacturing Campus (Two sets of joined buildings) prior to our 7,500 sq. ft. expansion (2001 Photo courtesy of Bing.)
Weekend photo showing Signs Manufacturing Corporation's 2004 Building Expansion, taken during our 2009 re-roofing project (Courtesy of Google Earth.)
Free Factory Tour
Come and see the array of equipment
and tools, and the facility dedicated to making good
Contact William Watson to arrange a
plant tour. Click our "Contact
Us" tab to the left for location and contact
History of Helping Our Customers Succeed
"Thank you for your patience. It's been a pleasure working with you and your team on this sign. You get things done when you say you are and are infinitely patient with the many changes my tenants wanted. You are now my only source of signs and I'll refer anyone who needs a sign to you." Thu Nguyen, Bluebonnet Plaza
Signs Manufacturing™, a Watson Family
owned and managed corporation, has been building quality
signs and shipping them worldwide since 1979.
Signs Manufacturing™, as used in this website, refers equally or individually to Signs Manufacturing Corporation, Signs Manufacturing and Maintenance Corporation, or Sunburst LED Displays, LP, all Watson family entities.
Three Family members are licensed
electricians (two are Masters), each with over 30 years experience in every
phase of the business. One member holds both Master Sign Electrician and Master Electrician licenses, at one time the only individual in Texas to do so.
Some competitors brag
about their “combined experience.” Several years ago we figured ours;
it is well over 1000 years “combined experience.”
Every adult member of the Family has a University business degree (1-SMU, 2-UT, 2-CSU.) Our educations and experiences cause us to look at the sign business differently.
principal owner of Signs Manufacturing™, a university-trained marketing professional, formed several
successful businesses for large and small corporations, and
was heavily involved in the marketing and advertising
necessary to make a business successful, prior to starting
Signs Manufacturing™ with the Family.
He saw an opportunity to build a sign
company serving local and regional businesses that
understood marketing issues, a huge void even today, to
help customers become successful.
We understand what it takes to make a
business successful, so we develop "looks" and processes
that benefit our customers by giving them continuously
better, more productive signs at continuously lower
Sunburst LED Displays™,
PinLights™, Sunburst LED Displays™, LetterLites™ and SpectraLites™ Channel Letters, and solar powered signs, are current examples.
Underwriters Laboratories has evaluated our sister products PinLights™ and LetterLites™ and they have been approved for use in outdoor, damp and wet location signs.
UL Approval #E345252.
They are the only approved individual LED first-surface lighting products.
As the manufacturer we are very proud of this.
An example of our dedication to helping our customers succeed is this website. It IS the definitive source on signage information, ranked by Alexa® in the top 0.05% of ALL websites in the world, the top 0.01% in the USA! (We placed the website online in 1999, and have been improving it ever since.)
Signs Manufacturing™ has always been a
leader in the development of new technologies for the sign
definitely recommend you and Signs Manufacturing™ to anyone looking for a
quality product and great service."
Art Smart Art School (in a letter to her Sign Consultant)
Our family's manufacturing, electrical, electronic,
computer programming, and IT backgrounds often prove
invaluable to our customers, particularly those with or
desiring Electronic-Message-Centers. We can write/modify computer programs
in many languages.
Our experiences servicing many brands of LED signs led to our realization that we could build a better LED sign for Texas, and the creation of Sunburst LED Displays™. We installed our first message center (an incandescent time & temperature) in 1987; we manufactured and installed our first electronic digital LED sign in 1990.
The people at Signs Manufacturing™ are
proud that we were the first (and remain the most)
automated channel letter production facility IN THE WORLD.
Signs Manufacturing™ helped design the equipment that every
very large sign company now uses to produce channel
letters. (Accu-bend serial number 1 is on display in our Modern Sign Museum.)
We have manufactured illuminated
channel letters from 7 inches to 25 feet tall (the largest
channel letter ever made, we are told!)
suppliers tell us that we are the largest custom sign
company in North Texas.
We have an extremely loyal workforce.
All of our key artisans have been with us for at least 10
years; some 30 years!
we have created has been featured in several national
magazines, as well as newspapers, movies and commercials.
We are also proud that we have
repeatedly been chosen to conduct training seminars for
Cities Sign Inspectors.
Several generations of the Watson
family are directly involved in the everyday management of
the Company. Our "Senior" Watson has over 45 years
experience in sign and electrical design and manufacturing
We are virtually the only sign
company in any of the 97 "Metroplex" cities multi-licensed
to manufacture and install signs as well as provide
Signs Manufacturing™ can be totally responsible for installing, wiring, and maintaining your signs and lighting if you choose.
If there is a problem, our modern, radio-dispatched service
vehicles, cranes, and ladder trucks keep signs and lighting working and
advertising for you.
Signs Manufacturing™ is the only
company in the Metroplex regularly inspected by
both Underwriters Laboratories and Intertek, and approved for the
manufacturing of UL or ETL listed signs - meeting the highest
design, structural manufacturing, electrical, and
installation standards in the world.
Signs Manufacturing and Maintenance Corporation is a Veteran-owned business.
"We bought our sign from a great guy. Unfortunately he died, and now our warranty is worthless because his business closed. No family to continue the tradition. Fix our sign."
Maurice Feldman, Pine Creek Cleaners
Why Buy Direct from Signs Manufacturing?
have enough to worry about opening up a new business, don't worry about your
sign company too!
There are literally hundreds of Sign Dealers (also called a Sign Broker or a
Sign Store.) Why not buy from them?
Would you give a car dealer $10,000 and tell him to buy you the best car
he can for the money, sight unseen (or from a drawing?) Don't you think you would get the car that made
the most profit?
Don't expect a sign dealer to buy you the best
quality sign, or even the best value. Remember, they are
merely buying a sign from a manufacturer to resell to you, usually to resemble a
drawing, making the most money they can.
You need to know
ALL of the details on how your sign will be manufactured, and how it will be installed.
It needs to meet YOUR needs, not the seller's profit goals. What is he
telling the manufacturer you don't need so he can make more money?
Believing "...a sign is a sign" gets you a Yugo instead of a Cadillac.
Remember the Yugo? They didn't last very long, either.
Also, most sign companies, sign brokers and sign stores cannot legally install
or service an electric sign. Ask to see their license.
Ask to see a manufacturer's license also. A few are not licensed to do
electrical work, either, they also have to hire other companies to install the
signs they make.
Now, who provides the warranty? The manufacturer, the installer, the
salesman, anyone? If the sign was installed illegally
do you think they'll honor their warranty? Did they REALLY obtain your
City sign permit? Is the sign even safe?
As a large, both UL and ETL listed manufacturer, our name is on all our signs. Just like you,
we can't afford to have a bad sign destroy our business. We have to care,
particularly with our Lifetime Warranty*.
If you wonder if a sign-seller can legally install and
service electrical signs through-out Texas go to
enter "Electricians" in the "Inquire by License Type" box and the name of the
sign business or person in the "Inquire by Name" box. If they
are not licensed they can not.
So someone can sell you signs and not be licensed to install or service them. You may have to have this done. But unless the electrical signs
you buy are "listed" (U.L. or E.T.L. usually) they won't
be allowed to be installed in Texas, a State of Texas Consumer Protection Safety Law designed to insure that signs are safe to use, with a few local city
ordinance exceptions. It is not illegal to sell them to you, however. Buy carefully.
"I had a **** (sign company) right across the street … that store's out of business now … I found out they hired some other company to build and install our sign and they did a really #@%&&$ job, the thing has never lit right. **** Corporate won't do anything, they say the closed store was an independent franchise, and the sign builder/installer won't fix it, they say we weren't their customer. I need you to come out, tell me what it will cost to get the thing working properly and get it fixed."
The Importance of 30+ Years in the Sign Business
Why is it important to you that Signs Manufacturing™ has been in business under consistent management for 30+ years?
Over the many years we made mistakes, and had to correct them. We heard about and observed a lot of mistakes made by others, and learned from them.
Very importantly, because of the Family's educational, technical, and electrical backgrounds, we tested and evaluated thousands of metals, sign components, plastics, and coatings, and selected the best to use in making specific signs that will look better, last longer, and use less energy. This website explains in detail the results of this testing.
We also selected the best, most accurate, construction techniques and equipment. We even helped invent newer, more accurate ones.
Do you want your sign made by someone who learned from 30+ years of making signs, or from someone who still has to learn?
Products We've Introduced to Use on Signage
"All sign companies do the same thing!" Our customers say that other sign companies use this line a lot when asked to explain what they do differently to make their signs superior.
Through years of research we have introduced many quality products to use on signage. Most remain unused by other sign companies because they have no idea where to obtain them. Some of these products are:
Sunburst LED Displays™ LED Sign Format
NEW WindowVision™ - the latest
concept in storefront marketing.
Vacuum Ceramic Microsphere Coatings
Waterproof Whole-Sign Interior Coatings to Protect Electronic Components and Wiring
Flame Suppression Coating Systems
Spray-On Metal Coatings
Optical Brighteners for Plastics
UV Protective Coatings for Plastics
Self-Cleaning Sign-Face Coatings for Plastics
Vandal Resistant Coatings
Reduced-Atmosphere Electrical and Component Testing
High-Heat Electrical and Component Testing
Sign Service™ App
State Licensed Sign Installation and Sign Service
We are a full-service sign company.
sign site surveys,
services for electrical and non-electrical signs for our customers as well as other sign
provide this work in Dallas, Fort Worth (DFW), and ALL of
North Texas and Northeast Texas.
State Sign and Electrical License Numbers: TECL17503, TSCL18015, TSCL18016.
Our technicians are also
Quality Certified Signs™ certified. (Click the "Installation
& Service" tab for details.)
Area Codes 214, 254, 430, 469, 682, 817, 903, 940, and
Serving Collin, Cook,
Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Fannin, Franklin, Grayson,
Henderson, Hill, Hood, Hopkins, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman,
Lamar, Navarro, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell, Tarrant,
Titus, Van Zandt, Wood, and Wise Counties in Texas.
We also have signs in 43 different
states, and 6 other nations.
The Benefits of Buying Signs Factory-Direct
You need answers to these questions before you buy (anything from anyone.) Don’t be a naïve consumer.
Can you view all sign types before you buy?
Can you view your sign as it is being made?
Will the people who built the sign install it?
Are the people who will install the sign factory-trained?
Is the sign seller (broker) responsible if the sign is not installed properly?
Is the sign installer responsible if the sign is not installed properly?
Does the sign seller (broker) provide free Warranty service?
Does the sign installer provide free Warranty service?
Does the sign manufacturer provide free Warranty service?
Does the sign seller (broker) control the manufacturing and installation time table?
Are there 2nd and 3rd party profit markups?
Is the sign installer working for you, or the factory, or only the sign seller (broker?) Who is legally responsible? Who has the financial ability to remedy accidents and omissions? Single-source responsibility is best. Product liability insurance is good, too.
The Additional Benefits of Buying Our Sunburst LED Displays™ Factory-Direct
Does the sign manufacturer provide free training?
Does the sign seller (broker) provide free factory training?
Do you call the sign seller (broker) with technical/usage questions?
Does the sign factory provide free technical access?
Is there one place to call for ALL services?
Where is Tech-support located? Hours (local time?)
Where do you obtain training for new employees?
We come to You
Can you customize your sign?
* A poorly installed EMC can void a factory warranty, leaving YOU to haggle responsibility with the installer and sign seller (broker.) For instance, without a separate grounding electrode being installed during the installation of most LED signs the manufacturer’s warranty is void. Will you know if your installer doesn’t install a grounding electrode? Problems will probably begin to occur months later.