In 1989, owners Tom and Mary DeVries opened their FASTSIGNS sign and graphics center. The location opened with just 1,200 square feet in the Westerville Plaza. Over the years, the location has doubled in size, eventually getting to the point where the center was simply out of space. Tom and Mary made the decision to build a whole new facility. Westerville FASTSIGNS now occupies 6,000 square feet of a 10,000-square-foot building in the Brooksedge office park.
The DeVries were looking for a new community bank that provided the "personal touch". They love how everyone at Heartland knows their names!
The DeVries are constantly aware of what innovative technologies are coming into play in the sign and graphics industry - all of which are being created to meet the growing demands of the sign-buying public. “Technology is constantly changing and we always seem to be looking to buy new equipment,” says Mary. “Deciding when and what to buy is a challenge, but it increases our capabilities and the quality of our products has improved.”
Every year brings new advances in technology, introducing a variety of printers and sign-making equipment that produce projects faster, more accurately and affordably. The original concept for FASTSIGNS was to utilize computer technology to provide an alternative to hand painted and screen printed signs and graphics. “When we started in the business 24 years ago, all we did was cut vinyl and apply it to different substrates,” says Tom. “Today, 90% of what we do is printed full color graphics. Technology continues to drive our business with flatbed printers and high speed cutters allowing us to fulfill very large orders in a relatively short amount of time.”
Heartland “Lends” a Hand
Mary and Tom really appreciate Heartland Bank for all their help. They were able to finance their new printer at a great rate and refinance their building at a lower rate then what they were currently had. They were looking for a new community bank that provided the "personal touch". They love how everyone at Heartland knows their names!
Involvement in the local business community has played an important role in how the DeVries run their business. “It has been amazing to see the wide variety of customers we've acquired over the last 24 years at our Westerville center,” says Mary. They are involved in supporting a variety of local charities and causes and believe that it’s vitally important to give back to the community that has supported them and their growth.
The DeVries sum up their experience of small-business ownership by saying, “We couldn’t have chosen a better business if we could have foreseen the future 24 years ago. We want to make sign buying simple for our clients. Our cutting-edge technology ensures consistent quality for every sign project, from start to finish. We can’t wait to see what the future holds, and know the next 24 years will be just as exciting!”
The products produced by FASTSIGNS centers have increased dramatically over the years. As the center’s customer base grew, the demand for products increased. FASTSIGNS has proven to be a good outlet for products other than simple signs. Today they sell tradeshow booths, dimensional letters and logos, screen-printing, large format digital printing, custom ADA signs, building suite signs and directories, traffic signs and much more. FASTSIGNS has become a virtual one-stop shop for almost any sign and graphic product.
For more information, the Westerville FASTSIGNS® center, located at 654A Brooksedge Blvd., can be reached at 614-890-3821 or www.fastsigns.com/44.
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