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Fun with LED Neon
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Fun with LED Neon

For more than 100 years, neon signs have blazed brightly, humming faintly as their curved and bent tubes illuminate the...
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Apartment Branding: Everything You Need to Know
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Apartment Branding: Everything You Need to Know

Find out what it takes for your brand to be recognized and remembered with our comprehensive guide to apartment branding.
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Developing wayfinding systems in museums
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Developing wayfinding systems in museums

Good museum wayfinding is essential for thepublic to get the most out of a visit to your museum. in this article we look at best practice for museum wayfinding, from signage to
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The Importance of Signage in Branding Multi-Family Buildings
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The Importance of Signage in Branding Multi-Family Buildings

Believe it or not, when it comes to choosing where to live, attractive branding can make the difference between signing...
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Structural Signage for an Arctic Adventure
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Structural Signage for an Arctic Adventure

Signage plays a pretty important role in Museums. Bright bold colors, interesting graphics, and eye-catching fonts help command visitor attention. ...
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2021 Signage Trends
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2021 Signage Trends

An explosion of technology innovation has fueled and supported creativity across many industries — and the signage industry is no exception....
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The pros and cons of design-build
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The pros and cons of design-build

The collaborative design-build delivery method can save time and money, but experts say there are key factors contractors should consider before making the switch. 
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4 Digital Signage Retail Case Studies and Why They Work – ScreenCloud
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4 Digital Signage Retail Case Studies and Why They Work – ScreenCloud

How retail brands like Lenovo and Soletrader are doing digital signage screens throughout stores, in-store promotions, pop-up events and virtual showrooms.
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Which Types of Media Can Wide Format Printers Print On?
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Which Types of Media Can Wide Format Printers Print On?

Learn more about Which Types of Media Can Wide Format Printers Print On? from the category on Kelley Connect.
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StackPath

 All businesses involved in service and repair should offer maintenance agreements. Well-designed agreements benefit everyone — customers and the company...
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A Year in Review:  Some of Our Favorite 2020 Projects
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A Year in Review: Some of Our Favorite 2020 Projects

Now that it’s behind us, we can look back on 2020 and say, with no irony, that it was certainly...
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Life Cycle of a Sign
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Life Cycle of a Sign

You need new signage for your business and made room in your budget for the project. Great! But… now what?...
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3D printing is adding a new dimension to signage
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3D printing is adding a new dimension to signage

Many companies and brands rely on signage with channel letters to catch the attention of customers. This failsafe marketing method’s...
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Discover the Best Materials for Laser Cut Logos
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Discover the Best Materials for Laser Cut Logos

Laser cutting can have a tremendous impact on brand awareness. Reimagine your brand with these materials for laser cut logos.
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Signage for Financial Institutions
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Signage for Financial Institutions

Banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions reap many benefits from effective signage. Well-designed and placed signs can: Grow outreach...
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Christmas Came Early for Metro Sign
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Christmas Came Early for Metro Sign

Who doesn’t love a new toy? Granted, when we get older, our definition of “toy” changes. As adults, we might...
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Hanging Signs Isn’t Always a Straightforward Task
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Hanging Signs Isn’t Always a Straightforward Task

You’d think a parking garage would be a fairly cut and dry project, with color-coded signs for each level, arrows...
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A Functional AND Attractive Sign Project
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A Functional AND Attractive Sign Project

Whenever a client requests a sign that’s a little different from the norm, the Metro Sign team gets excited. We...
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Behind the Scenes at the Majestic 7 Cinema
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Behind the Scenes at the Majestic 7 Cinema

Lights! Camera! Action! In 2019, the family-owned and operated Majestic Cinemas began a major build-out at the Arsenal Yards shopping...
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Financial Institutions Benefit from Effective Signage
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Financial Institutions Benefit from Effective Signage

Well-designed signage allows companies — including financial institutions like banks and credit unions — to increase brand awareness and build trust...
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Finding Your Way Back to School: Wayfinding Projects Enhance Campus Experience
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Finding Your Way Back to School: Wayfinding Projects Enhance Campus Experience

Effective wayfinding signage goes beyond branding, and it provides far more than directional signage. Think about signage on college campuses....
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Digital Signage Increases Revenue: Then and Now
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Digital Signage Increases Revenue: Then and Now

Many individual business owners, chain accounts, schools and developers (shopping centers) have recognized the advantage of content displayed through digital...
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Now Showing on the Big Screen: New Signs Showcase New Technology
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Now Showing on the Big Screen: New Signs Showcase New Technology

National Amusements' Showcase Cinema XPlus theaters are large format auditoriums with Dolby Atmos™ sound and some of the most advanced...
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Suffolk University: Signs Point to the Future
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Suffolk University: Signs Point to the Future

From a 21-panel, 20-foot high HDP laminate exterior wall fixture to interior signage and vinyl graphics, we are delighted to say...
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Showcase XPLUS Theaters – Advanced Technology and a New Look
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Showcase XPLUS Theaters – Advanced Technology and a New Look

National Amusements' Showcase Cinema XPlus theaters are large format auditoriums featuring Dolby Atmos™ sound and today's most advanced digital projection and...
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Make Bold Statements With Dimensional Signage
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Make Bold Statements With Dimensional Signage

Make Bold Statements With Dimensional Signage Dimensional (also called "3-D") signs are another powerful tool in our "signage expert" portfolio....
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Metro Sign & Awning Announces A New E-Book on the Intricacies of Wayfinding Signage
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Metro Sign & Awning Announces A New E-Book on the Intricacies of Wayfinding Signage

We've written in this space about wayfinding signs more than once, but we're still getting questions about them from business...
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Improving Retail Signage
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Improving Retail Signage

Retail sales depend greatly on giving prospective customers a clear idea of what you're selling, and then making it fast...
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9 Types of Business Signs and Services
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9 Types of Business Signs and Services

If you’ve been looking into business signage, you might have found yourself bombarded with new terminology. Pylon, monument, blade... what's...
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Lasting Looks With LEDs
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Lasting Looks With LEDs

There’s no denying the far-reaching impact that LEDs in the creation of signs. They’ve advanced creativity, and their versatility has allowed firms to lower their SKU counts. Further, color while color LED can be only marginally more expensive than white light and controllers are as easy to install as drivers. Sign-making vendors discuss these benefits and the growing allure of LEDs
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Revitalizing Historic Hudson Mills
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Revitalizing Historic Hudson Mills

A multi-million dollar renovation is underway in Hudson, Massachusetts. Developers are revitalizing the iconic Landing at Hudson Mills for contemporary...
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Important Tips For Restaurant Signage
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Important Tips For Restaurant Signage

Almost every brick-and-mortar business needs good signage. For many companies in a variety of industries, the design above the door plays a major role in encouraging potential customers to step inside.
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See You on the Waterfront
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See You on the Waterfront

If you ask any member of our team about the most exciting part of our work, you’ll likely get the...
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Grainmaker is Bowled Over with Our Signs
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Grainmaker is Bowled Over with Our Signs

“I passed a new place and it looks pretty cool. We should try it.” How many times has a friend...
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Our Spring went to the Dogs (And Cats)
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Our Spring went to the Dogs (And Cats)

In May we were helping brand the National Education for Assistance Dog Services (NEADS) non-profit canine center just in time...
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Six String Grill & Stage
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Six String Grill & Stage

The Briar Group, one of our long-term customers, was looking to open a new restaurant and bar featuring live music...
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The Benefits of ACRYLITE® for Outdoor Signage
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The Benefits of ACRYLITE® for Outdoor Signage

ACRYLITE® LED Signs Light Up Your Business Success ACRYLITE® acrylic by Evonik Industries is a truly innovative improvement on the...
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Waltham Music Hall
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Waltham Music Hall

Face the former Waltham Music Hall, stare up at the facade and you can almost hear the plinking of a...
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Palmer Signs, Baltimore Graphics wrap island-themed vehicle graphics
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Palmer Signs, Baltimore Graphics wrap island-themed vehicle graphics

In the gray and cold winter, we often long for the warm breezes and bright sunshine of the coming summer months. With a punch of color and a tropical theme, 808 Island grill is making a splash around town. Effective vehicle wraps are a great way to grab the attention of potential customers. With a great wrap design team on your side, your business could stand out as much as a tropical truck in the winter.

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Why Working with a Comprehensive Sign Company Helps Establish Your Brand
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Why Working with a Comprehensive Sign Company Helps Establish Your Brand

Your company’s signs, awnings and enclosures do much more than simply tell people where your establishment is located. When designed...
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Delaware Valley Corporation – Case Study
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Delaware Valley Corporation – Case Study

Sign of a Fitting Tribute From putting greens to Bose speaker screens, you’ve seen and touched their industrial fabrics manufactured...
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Exterior Signage for All Seasons
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Exterior Signage for All Seasons

Here in New England, we live with the extremes: from the cold and wind of Nor'easters to the heat and...
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LEDS – Retrofits continue, even as color-changing choices challenge regulations.
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LEDS – Retrofits continue, even as color-changing choices challenge regulations.

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How Signage Can Help Revitalize Cities
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How Signage Can Help Revitalize Cities

City revitalization, specifically in downtown and urban areas, has an affect on the economic growth of a city, its tourism,...
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Awnings, Enclosures, and Operational Advantages
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Awnings, Enclosures, and Operational Advantages

Awning enclosures are a great addition to any business or restaurant. Not only do awnings provide an aesthetically pleasing upgrade...
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Sign Materials Matter: When Plastic is Greener than Wood, and other Environmental Impact Issues
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Sign Materials Matter: When Plastic is Greener than Wood, and other Environmental Impact Issues

Plastics often get a bad rap, but many are environmentally friendly. High-density urethane (HDU) and expanded polystyrene (EPS) are prime...
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How Real Signage Plays into a Virtual World
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How Real Signage Plays into a Virtual World

Earlier this year, a report by the Outdoor Advertising Association of America showed that outdoor advertising not only remains tops...
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Proud to be Part of Paul T. Gilmartin Arena Dedication
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Proud to be Part of Paul T. Gilmartin Arena Dedication

Last summer, the owners of Haverhill Valley Forum expressed interest in working with Metro to dedicate their arena in the...
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Bring Your Brand to ADA Signage
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Bring Your Brand to ADA Signage

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has many requirements for bringing current signs into compliance or when you create new...
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How Many Buildings in the World are LEED Platinum Certified?
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How Many Buildings in the World are LEED Platinum Certified?

We've followed LEED and related architectural and design concepts for years, and always operated with a goal of finding the most efficient operational methods that are effective while having the lowest impact on natural and other resources. Expect to hear more from us on the subject in the coming months. In the meantime, we'd love to hear from our clients and partners, how are you working to make the most efficient use of time and materials?
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How Real Signage Plays into a Virtual World
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How Real Signage Plays into a Virtual World

Earlier this year, a report by the Outdoor Advertising Association of America showed that outdoor advertising not only remains tops...
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West of Chestnut Project a Marvel, Inside and Out
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West of Chestnut Project a Marvel, Inside and Out

All of us here at Metro Sign & Awning send a hearty "Congratulations!" to the team at Dellbrook and everyone involved...
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Designing Innovative Signage for The Center at Innovation Drive
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Designing Innovative Signage for The Center at Innovation Drive

Early in 2015, Metro Sign & Awning began designing a freestanding (pylon) sign for a corporate environment that would re-imagine Tewksbury's workspaces. The...
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Signs of Good Things To Come: In Brockton
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Signs of Good Things To Come: In Brockton

Brockton Enterprise Center: A Plan Comes Together Creating a mixed-use development with residential units, interconnected streets, and dozens of retail...
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Hidden Messages In Signage
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Hidden Messages In Signage

Most communication is simple, with a single layer of meaning. But once you get into the world of graphics -...
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How Cities Develop Signage Plans
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How Cities Develop Signage Plans

Business signage plays an important role in the life of any city, not only because it supports commerce and the...
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Stormwater Garden Signage and the Newest Boston Public Library
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Stormwater Garden Signage and the Newest Boston Public Library

When the Boston Public Library wanted dramatic new exterior environmental graphics - including interpretive panels and engraved pavers - at...
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Put An Improved Face On Your Business – The Benefits of Entry Awnings
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Put An Improved Face On Your Business – The Benefits of Entry Awnings

In a typical building, the glass entry doors and any adjacent windows create more opportunity for unwanted energy loss (in...
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Metro Sign & Awning Approved MHEC Member and Provider
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Metro Sign & Awning Approved MHEC Member and Provider

You've seen our vehicles and team members at various schools, colleges, municipalities and libraries over the past years. North Reading...
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5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Green Signage
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5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Green Signage

There's a lot of talk about "green" these days because many firms are jockeying to position themselves as environmentally conscious...
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Signs That It’s Still A Great Country
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Signs That It’s Still A Great Country

While Metro Sign & Awning has long been happy to call Boston our home, we nevertheless get excited when we're...
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5 Things You Didn’t Know About ADA Signage
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5 Things You Didn’t Know About ADA Signage

The term "ADA Signs" is now in widespread use among architects, general contractors, developers, and signage experts. "ADA" stands, of...
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Metro Sign & Awning Expands Service Area and Capabilities With Acquisition of Custom Designs Signs
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Metro Sign & Awning Expands Service Area and Capabilities With Acquisition of Custom Designs Signs

We are pleased and proud to announce that we have completed the acquisition of the premiere sign company in the...
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Re-Branding An International Chain: Lake Region Medical
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Re-Branding An International Chain: Lake Region Medical

One of our most demanding projects in recent memory has been taking part in the rebranding of a chain of...
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Keeping Up With the Signage Industry
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Keeping Up With the Signage Industry

It's not easy staying current in the fast-paced world of business signage. That's why the team at Metro Sign and...
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Enclosures and Canopies Serve Many Purposes
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Enclosures and Canopies Serve Many Purposes

Did you know that Metro Sign and Awning works with many hotel and restaurant owners to create semi-temporary enclosures that...
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Sunlight Plays A Large Part In Signage Appearance
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Sunlight Plays A Large Part In Signage Appearance

Metro Sign and Awning's designers are expert at managing the many nuances that help create extra value and excitement in your signage. Here's an example…
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Another Way To Improve Signage ROI – Add Quality and Features!

Any business is inherently interested in knowing the return on investment (ROI) for the important actions it’s considering, because doing...
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Our Work At Crossings Hits A Milestone
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Our Work At Crossings Hits A Milestone

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night….” That’s the legendary inscription on the James Farley Post Office...
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Metro’s Turnkey Signage Solutions: The Middleman Doesn’t Work Here
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Metro’s Turnkey Signage Solutions: The Middleman Doesn’t Work Here

In addition to working with individual businesses to handle their signage needs – inside and out - Metro Sign &...
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Inside Metro Signs – Elena Berry, Director of Business Development
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Inside Metro Signs – Elena Berry, Director of Business Development

Signs may be in her blood. Elena started her career managing national accounts at a small sign company in Haverhill,...
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Crossing The MBTA’s Newest “T”
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Crossing The MBTA’s Newest “T”

Our Metro Sign and Awning install crew has been working diligently this week with Suffolk Construction at The Beverly Depot....
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Working With General Contractors – Our Safety Program

It's a little bit too technical for the kind of blog this is primarily intended to be, but for a...
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Helping You Find Your Way Around
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Helping You Find Your Way Around

If you'd watched us work for the past couple of weeks, you might've thought we were going around in circles....
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Much-Needed Signage Facelift For Daikayama Restaurant
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Much-Needed Signage Facelift For Daikayama Restaurant

As Shakespeare wrote (Act II, Scene 2, "Romeo and Juliet"):  "What's in a name? That which we call a rose...
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Waterside Place Opened for Business on January 30, 2014
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Waterside Place Opened for Business on January 30, 2014

The long-awaited opening of the Waterside Place 20-story luxury mixed-use tower is now history. The gala celebration culminating the massive...
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Doing Our Part to Help Boston Grow
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Doing Our Part to Help Boston Grow

Anyone watching NECN, New England Cable News, on January 16, 2014, probably saw its featured story on the Boston metropolitan...
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Metro Sign & Awning 2013: The Year in Review
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Metro Sign & Awning 2013: The Year in Review

What a great year! Despite all the turmoil and difficulties for Boston, the northeastern U.S., and the world at large,...
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Custom Signage Supports Corporate Identity: The Difficulties and Pleasures of Working in Wood
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Custom Signage Supports Corporate Identity: The Difficulties and Pleasures of Working in Wood

Custom Signage Supports Corporate Identity: The Difficulties and Pleasures of Working in Wood When long-time client Pinkergreen, a well-regarded architectural...
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How Much Does a Sign Cost? Return on Sign Investment Calculator Has the Answer

That big sign outside your door – it’s more than just a nameplate for your business. It’s even more than...
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53 State Street, Part 2: Sign Up! (Installation)
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53 State Street, Part 2: Sign Up! (Installation)

Metro Sign & Awning was pleased to partner with Lincoln Property Company, Shawmut Construction, and CBT Architects on the stately...
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53 State Street, Part 1: Design & Fabrication
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53 State Street, Part 1: Design & Fabrication

The Right Sign, Right on Time  Built in 1985, the towering 53 State Street building is tied with neighboring 60...
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