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Signs Manufacturing™ sign company builds and installs quality Sunburst LED Displays™ school signs, and services all school signs, since 1979.
LED Digital Electronic Message Center Signs and Video Displays are also known as LED Signs, LED Displays, Display Signs, Digital Signs, Jumbotron Signs, Changeable Signs, Changeable Letter Signs, Scrolling Signs, Marquee Signs, Message Boards, Electronic Billboards, Display Boards, and Readerboard Signs or Reader Board signs, among many others.
Electronic message centers and video displays help your company many ways:
Turn drive-by traffic into walk-in customers!
Research shows that you have 3 seconds to attract a passer-by’s attention and communicate your message. An electronic message center will make your message stand out from the crowd of signs around you. Even displaying the time and temperature can give a viewer valuable information which they will associate with your business. Combining that capability with animated messages, possibly in color, can really drive your sales up, 15% to 150%!
Even the Federal Government has determined that signs containing electronic message centers are safety enhancing devices, not traffic hazards! This is why they are used on roadways to communicate with drivers.
The importance of signs in helping a company to survive was recently underscored when the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), with their NxLeveL for Entrepreneurs training program, which is available in 40 states, added an entire week to their program to present more deeply "…the importance of signs and their impact on a business…"
Choose your location(s) wisely (and receive your landlord's approval of your signs package BEFORE you sign your lease.)
City Signs Ordinances, and Landlord Lease Restrictions, can doom a company.
Most City Sign Ordinances can be accessed by visiting our "Permits & Approvals" page, after accessing our "Installation & Service" page, if you care to learn about them without our help. However we have worked with them for so long we know most of them by heart.
Remember the axiom "Location, Location, Location!" The supreme importance of "location" is the numbers of potential customers that will see your signs...and be able to read and understand them. Very important design and marketing considerations.
If you are located in the Dallas/Fort Worth "Metroplex" in Texas the Texas Department of Transportation has probably counted traffic in front of your new location. Go to www.dfwinfo.com/trans/data/tcins to see how many vehicles will see your signs every day! Other regions have similar information available.
Amazingly, 25% of a company's street's traffic does not normally travel on that street.
With 18.6% of the entire US population moving each year, your sign will be constantly seen by MANY potentially new customers.
The Signs Manufacturing™ On-Location Sales Team
No matter what types of signs you are interested in, our sales team, consisting of 11 highly-trained factory-employed individuals, is at your beck and call.
Let us meet with you in your office, or at your new signs location, or home, or anywhere.
You will probably have a firm quotation for what you want during our meeting; certainly no more than a day later.
Visit Our Unique Sign Lighting Laboratory and LED Video Display Showroom
Unique in the entire sign industry, Signs Manufacturing™ built an 85’ by 50’ (over 4,000 sq ft) indoor sign lighting laboratory for testing the longevity, visibility, and effectiveness of all the lighted signs we manufacture.
We have opened our laboratory to the public, for FREE, adding an LED Video Display Showroom because we realized how important one would be to consumers.
You must determine which LED spacing is best, so that your sign will be successful, considering how you will use it. Therefore, 6 mm, 8 mm, and 10 mm 481-trillion-color LED Video Display signs are always available for you to compare to monochrome and 4-throusand-shade display signs.
Don't buy a sign from a drawing when you can actually see and compare real signs.
Live Demonstrations of Signage Features
No one else, sign company or not, can offer you this unique opportunity. Be sure to take advantage.
Free On-Site Demonstrations
Arrange an on-site demonstration today! Demonstrations are available in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and all of North Texas.
View first-hand the importance of everything we discuss on the pages that follow.
BIG Business Booster
There is no question that LED electronic message centers and video displays are the signage communication wave of the future. Local advertising has never been cheaper because of them.
Every store has a need to promote special events, sales, sponsorships, etc.; either at their store location and/or at local sports events, parades, church and school events.
If your storefront is not located where you can have a permanent messaging sign, or you need to advertise at multiple locations (like the kid's soccer game), the question is, HOW?
This question has been answered with “The LED Sled™” pictured above, Sunburst Displays™’s new portable self-powered LED electronic message center and video display.
Local companies have never before been able to be so creative, to think so far outside the box to gain a competitive advertising advantage.
“To rent, or to own, THAT is the question.” (sorry Shakespeare.) How often do you need to promote your business?
If you are a multi-location business you need to own one of these! Some location ALWAYS has special needs or opportunities. Or a new store under construction.
If you’re not in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex you absolutely need to own one because you are too far away for us to rent you one!
Using Our Website to Learn About Sunburst Displays™
Your sign forms that very important "first impression" your potential customer has of your business. Your sign must always look nearly as good as it looked the day it was installed so that you survive; don't give potential customers a worsening impression of your business as your sign ages.
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! Not bad for a sign company serving North Texas. (We placed the website online in 1999, and have been improving it ever since.)
Click on the "Technical Details" tab to the left to learn about the intricacies of an LED digital electronic message center.
Also discover how we make each sign to last; including the use of CNC manufacturing, rust-proof metal, structural-steel frames, high-end automotive paint, high-impact plastics, and most importantly, sophisticated protective coatings. All our signs include these many hidden features, critically important to you but often ignored by competitors so they can make more money. We even add self-cleaning properties. Click on the "Construction Details" tab under "Technical Details" to learn more about these features.
With an electronic message center you are leaving your computer out in the Texas rain, ice, heat and cold, and tornados and hurricane-force winds are trying to blow it away. Sunburst Displays™ are Built in Texas, for Texans, by us.™
But, it takes more than purchasing an excellent sign for your success. It must be installed properly, and someday in the far future hopefully, it will need to be serviced. This is why it will be important to you that WE manufacture, install and service your LED electronic message centers!
Please use and enjoy this website, the largest information resource about electronic message centers on the internet, in conjunction with our Corporate website www.SignsManufacturing.com, created so you can learn about all types of signs and how you can control their affect on your image.
We believe that if you're a knowledgeable purchaser there's a real good chance you'll become our customer.
Summary - Sunburst LED Displays™ In a Nutshell
The Special Features and Benefits of Sunburst LED Displays™
The Benefits of Buying Sunburst LED Displays™ Factory-Direct
You need answers to these questions before you buy (anything from anyone.) Don’t be a naïve consumer.
* 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.
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.
Guaranteed Highest Quality...Guaranteed Lowest Price™
As detailed on the pages that follow, everything will be done to make your sign look better, and last longer...Guaranteed.
Sunburst LED Displays™ also guarantees that our price will be the lowest price you can obtain on the products described in this website; now or anytime during the next 90 days.
If you are offered a lower price by someone else we will match that lower price PLUS give you 10% of the difference.
Many people selling LED Displays don't, or can't, talk about how and why the sign they are selling is built the way it is. Click on the "Specifications" tab under "Technical Details" to go to a page designed to help you ask the right questions.
Cost and Pricing Information
Sold wholesale FACTORY-DIRECT to our customers.
Notice, too, how dealing directly with the manufacturer will save you additional thousands of dollars in sales/use taxes!
The detailed construction and installation information below, and on tabs to the left, is very important in developing a sign that will accomplish your goals.
Please contact us to develop an exact plan to meet your particular needs - for free (see our "Design Center" page.)
Our professional staff will usually have exact quotations, and exact scale drawings of your signs installed on your building or property ready for you the same day we meet with you. (Much faster than the 2 1/2 week average in our industry.)
If you are planning for the future, please bookmark our website as a "Favorite" so you can find us when you are ready.
You May Qualify for a "Better Than Free™" Sign
Dependent on your location, Sunburst Displays™ may be able to offer you INCOME from a FREE pole, pylon, monument sign, or electronic message center.
Click on the "Cost" tab on the left for details.
Why Buy Factory-Direct, and from a State-Licensed Company?
Why not buy from a Sign Dealer (also called a Sign Broker or a Sign Store?) There are literally hundreds of 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 him the most?
Do you think you could meet your needs asking for the cheapest car he can buy?
Why would a sign dealer (sign broker or sign store) be any different? Remember, they are merely buying a sign from a manufacturer, maybe foreign, to resell to you, usually to resemble a drawing, making the most money they can.
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 dealers, 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, UL listed manufacturer, our name is on all our signs. Just like you, we can't afford to have a bad sign destroy our reputation. 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 http://www.tdlr.texas.gov/LicenseSearch, 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. 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 ****-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. ****-a-**** 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."
Chris Jennings, Jimmy Johns
Why Should I Buy from Sunburst Displays™?
Signs Manufacturing™ is an excellent sign company, we make great signs.
But just being a good sign company does not necessarily mean that a company can install and service Electronic Message Centers. They may be able to weld, install fluorescent lamps and roll paint, but can they build, program and service a computer?
Digital LED electronic message centers are very complicated computers, remotely served by other computers, use proprietary software programs, and are not what most sign company employees, or electricians, understand.
But because these signs are electrical they must be installed by a qualified electrical sign company or an electrical contractor.
We are the largest electronic message center manufacturer in North Texas; one of only 3 in the entire State! And we are State licensed as both an electrical sign contractor and as an electrical contractor.
We know what we are doing when it comes to Electronic Message Center fabrication, installation, and service. We even carry all parts in stock for immediate replacement if something fails.
A large part of our business is repairing mistakes other sign companies and electricians made installing signs they bought and resold to their customers.
"We paid $34,000 for a full-color LED message center from Wal**** Signs & Lighting. It took them 11 months to get it installed. It is now 4 months old and has never worked in full-color mode. They don't know how to make it work. Can you fix it?"
Jack Miller, Grace Point Church
Electronic Message Centers are usually built into additional signage, not installed by themselves (see our "Design Center" page!) Doing so makes them less expensive and more effective at the same time!
But most electronic message center manufacturers do not manufacture additional types of signs.
Sunburst Displays™ makes more than electronic message centers. We manufacture, install and service church signs, school signs, apartment signs, park signs, governmental signs, architectural signs, etc. Interior signs as well as exterior signs.
We manufacture road signs and building signs including channel letter signs (internally lighted with neon, Solarbrite™ LEDs, the new automatic color-changing SpectraLites™ LEDs, or externally lighted with first-surface LetterLites™ LEDs), neon signs, wall sign cabinets, pole signs, pylon signs, monument signs, message centers, PinLights™ LED signs, architectural signs, plastic lettering, metal lettering, trim-cap lettering, awning signs, plaques and more!
We champion brighter, energy-saving solutions that save our customers money while protecting our environment.
We have lots of experience. Click our "Design Center" tab to learn how we can help you - for free - design signs that will meet City, State and Landlord sign restrictions, and your needs.
The Value of “Listed" Signs
Virtually ALL cities, as well as the State of Texas, adopt the National Electric Code as law.
The National Electric Code (NEC) requires that for electrical, structural, and installation safety all electrical signs be "Listed" (tested and labelled with an appropriate Listing Mark.)
Certification (testing and labelling) organizations acceptable in the USA to test to the multitude of Standards signs are required to meet are determined by OSHA.
For you the Listing Mark is insurance. It means that the sign has been tested to insure that it is structurally and electrically safe, and will be installed properly. You benefit from the knowledge that it is not solely us telling you that our signs are safe, this is what the testing laboratories and the US Government says also.
Will your sign be tested and approved for safe use in a Wet (Outdoor) location? Not if it’s not Listed!
Underwriters Laboratories (“UL” Listing Mark) and Intertek (“ETL” Listing Mark – originally Edison Testing Laboratory founded by Thomas Edison) are the premier certification organizations and 80% of all things electrical are tested by them.
If the sign you are purchasing does not have a ETL or UL Listing Mark label the sign is probably not legal to install, anywhere in Texas. There are a few local city ordinance exceptions.
Intertek is over twice the size of UL, and has a greater global presence. UL is the largest in the USA. We have both companies test and apply Listing Marks to various signs.
Whether it's channel letters, a wall cabinet sign, a monument sign, pole or pylon signs, electronic message centers, video displays, neon or other electric signs Intertek and Underwriter’s Laboratory pose the toughest design, structural, electrical, and installation standards on the products they approve.
We are the 9th oldest UL Listed Manufacturer in North Texas. (File #UXYT.E149959)
To see if a manufacturer is a UL Listed electronic sign manufacturer go to http://database.ul.com/cgi-bin/XYV/template/LISEXT/1FRAME/ccnsrch.html and enter "UYFS" in the "UL Category Code" box, replacing "%ccn%".
To see if a manufacturer is an ETL Listed sign manufacturer go to http://etlwhidirectory.etlsemko.com/WebClients/ITS/DLP/products.nsf/ and enter "UL-48" in the search box.
We are the third oldest ETL Listed sign company in Texas. ( File #4007685) (One of the two older companies makes lighted scoreboards, the other makes lighted office door signs.)
There are many sign companies that pretend to be Listed, but are not!
Incidentally, ISO (International Organization of Standardization) Standards, such as ISO 9001, are NOT electrical Listings (similar to a UL or ETL Listing) that allow a sign to be installed in Texas. That said, components in our electronic signs also meet ISO 9001 and 2008 standards.
Underwriter’s Laboratory and Intertek do NOT judge the appearance, appeal, or the longevity of a product. This is why our many years of experience serving international, national, regional and local customers, and our investment so that we can apply the knowledge we’ve gained, will give you a superior product which will impress your customers for years to come.
Free Factory Tour
Come and see the array of equipment and tools, and the facility dedicated to making good signs.
Contact a sales consultant to arrange a plant tour.
State Licensed Sign Installation and Sign Service
We are a full-service sign company. We provide sign site surveys, sign permits, sign installation and sign maintenance services for electrical and non-electrical signs for our customers as well as other sign companies. We 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.)
We serve and have installed signs in the Texas cities of Addison, Aledo, Allen, Alvarado, Anna, Argyle, Arlington, Athens, Aubrey, Avalon, Azle, Balch Springs, Bedford, Benbrook, Blue Mound, Bonham, Briar, Bridgeport, Buckingham, Burleson, Caddo Mills, Canton, Carrollton, Cedar Hill, Celina, Cleburne, Cockrell Hill, Colleyville, The Colony, Combine, Coppell, Corsicana, Crandall, Crowley, Dallas, Dalworthington Gardens, Decatur, Denison, Denton, Desoto, D/FW Airport, Dido, Duncanville, Eagle Mountain Lake, Edgecliff, Ennis, Euless, Everman, Farmers Branch, Farmersville, Ferris, Flower Mound, Forest Hill, Forney, Fort Worth, Frisco, Gainesville, Garland, Glenn Heights, Granbury, Grand Prairie, Grapevine, Greenville, Gun Barrel City, Haltom City, Haslet, Highland Park, Hillsboro, Hudson Oaks, Hurst, Hutchins, Irving, Italy, Itasca, Jacksboro, Joshua, Justin, Kaufman, Keene, Keller, Kennedale, Kleberg, Krum, Lake Dallas, Lake Worth, Lakeside, Lancaster, Las Colinas, Lawson, Lewisville, Little Elm, Longview, Mansfield, Marshall, Maypearl, McKinney, Melissa, Mesquite, Midlothian, Milford, Mineral Wells, Mount Pleasant, Mount Vernon, Murphy, Nevada, Newark, North Richland Hills, Ovilla, Palmer, Pantego, Paris, Parker County, Pelican Bay, Pittsburg, Plano, Ponder, Princeton, Prosper, Quinlan, Quitman, Red Oak, Rendon, Richardson, Richland Hills, Rice, River Oaks, Roanoke, Rockwall, Rowlett, Royse City, Sachse, Saginaw, Sansom Park, Sanger, Seagoville, Sherman, Silver Creek, Southlake, Springtown, Stephenville, Sulphur Springs, Sunnyvale, Terrell, Texarkana, Trophy Club, Tyler, University Park, Van Alstyne, Valley View, Watauga, Waxahachie, Weatherford, Wedgewood, Westlake, Weston, Westover Hills, Wheatland, White Settlement, Whitney, Wichita Falls, Willow Park, Wills Point, Wilmer, and Wylie.
ZIP Codes 75001 thru 76958.
Area Codes 214, 254, 430, 469, 682, 817, 903, 940, and 972.
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.
Please visit our four-building manufacturing campus (Two sets of joined buildings.) (2017 commercial drone photo.)
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. 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!
Signs Manufacturing's Four-building Manufacturing Campus prior to our 7,500 sq. ft. expansion (2001 photo courtesy of Bing.)
Weekend photo showing Signs Manufacturing's 2004 Building Expansion, taken during our 2009 re-roofing project (Courtesy of Google Earth.)
E-Mail Specials & Newsletter Blog
Occasionally Signs Manufacturing™ will have excess production on certain sign types, or discounts on installation or service exceeding our standard LIFETIME* WARRANTY 20% discount.
Or, we have information about Signs Manufacturing™, or the sign industry, we would like to share.
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Texas' Success Story
The Dallas/Fort Worth "Metroplex" continues as the fastest growing large city area in the United States, year-after-year. It is the fourth fastest growing such area in the world. As fast as in China or India!
Dr. Mine Yucel, Vice President and Senior Economist for the Federal Reserve Bank in Dallas, reports that more people are working in Texas than ever before.
North Texas is expected to gain over 4,000,000 new residents in just the next 4 years! The economy HERE remains healthy! Well over 100 new businesses are started in just the D/FW Metroplex every week.
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