April 26, 2006 - CARROLLTON, Texas, April 25, 2006 — FASTSIGNS International, Inc., a sign and graphics company with nearly 500 locations worldwide, has relocated its corporate headquarters to a larger facility at 2542 Highlander Way in Carrollton, Texas. The new 37,000-square-foot facility is 10,000 square feet larger than the previous facility in Carrollton.
“This new facility gives us the flexibility to grow, and will accommodate our growth plans over the next 10 years,” said Larry Lane, the president of the 21-year-old franchising company.
Located off Midway Road and Trinity Mills Road, the new building houses almost 100 corporate employees as well as a nearly 8,700-square-foot training facility, where owners of FASTSIGNS® centers and their employees attend classes and get hands-on practice with the technology used in the sign industry. Each owner who buys an existing FASTSIGNS® center or who opens a new store is required to attend two weeks of new owner training at corporate headquarters; the owner’s staff also must attend. In addition, ongoing training classes in technology, sales, design, management and other subject areas are held at the training facility.
“With this new training facility, we can increase our class seating and provide more room for students,” said Lane.
The training area includes design, printing and trade show, lecture and production rooms. The computer and lecture rooms can be divided into smaller areas to accommodate different class sizes. Designed to simulate the selling area of an actual FASTSIGNS® center, the lecture room has counters and two sets of “menu boards,” which are mounted displays of the types of signs and graphics typically designed and sold by FASTSIGNS® centers. The room is intended to give students practice in handling the sales process with customers.
Featuring computers with flatscreen monitors, the new computer room has more workstations to provide additional hands-on learning opportunities for students, the company said. The new training facility also features a larger production room, which simulates the production area of a FASTSIGNS® center. The facility includes a vehicle bay where classes can be taught in vehicle graphics – graphics that are applied to business vehicles as a form of corporate identification and advertising.
The facility also includes a 1,056-square foot testing center where new sign-making equipment is evaluated before it is recommended to store owners.
“The new building is an appealing environment to work in, but it does not veer from the image and culture that we have fostered over the past 20 years,” said Gary Salomon, the company founder and chief executive officer. “We still put a strong focus on providing substance and value and on maintaining a positive working environment for our staff and the franchise network.”
The company has centers in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, the United Kingdom and Australia (where locations operate under the SIGNWAVE® name). The phone number is (800) 827-7451 and the website is www.fastsigns.com.
About FASTSIGNS International, Inc.
FASTSIGNS® sign and graphics centers offer a full range of custom sign and graphic products, including large-format, full color graphics; banners; window and vehicle graphics; floor graphics; safety and identification signage; trade show displays and exterior signage. The locations focus on serving the needs of the business community. FASTSIGNS® opened its first center in July 1985 in Dallas, Texas.
View Company Website: http://www.fastsigns.com