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Quint Creative Signs, Peachtree City Foamcraft produce wayfinding signage for Ohio school system.

The Piqua City Schools athletic program’s wayfinding signs were showing signs of harsh wear from the hazards of riding lawnmowers and some clever, if youthful, vandalism. Staring down the cost of new signage less than 10 years after the initial investment, the client had a “must” for the next fabricator – something that would last.

Crafted by Quint Creative Signs (Piqua, OH), the new signage should last 15-20 years, according to owner Brian Quinter. And this signage represents a trend not only in youth athletics, but in the way that healthcare agencies see themselves.

Quinter says it’s increasingly common to see rival healthcare providers sponsoring stadia and athletic departments. The healthcare organization typically pays to be considered a sponsor, he says, as well as for branded signage at the sponsored facilities.

Quinter’s team contracted the fabrication of three wayfinding signs to Peachtree City Foamcraft (Tyrone, GA), where the signs’ blocks were crafted from EPS foam with the company’s Poly-Armor™ hard coat and sprayed with a light stucco refinish.

So, why foam instead of block and concrete? Quinter says the results are durable, lighter-weight and cost roughly half of what he’d otherwise spend. And he has five words for others looking to evaluate quality of similar signage. Ask for a sample, then “take a hammer to it.”

Finally, because students sometimes express their creativity in destructive ways, Quint Creative manufactured each rider panel out of Grimco’s MAX-metal (aluminum bonded to a polyethylene core), using an HP Latex 335 to digitally print vandalism-proof lettering, which was then laminated.

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