ADA Signs Wholesale and Signs PDQ have been working together for over 20 years to bring our clients the best TRUE wholesale prices on custom ADA Signs.
Over the years, we have become experts on creating, customizing and installing ADA compliant signage.
Signs PDQ was, and still is, a full service sign shop based in Ohio. We’ve been providing all sorts of custom business signs, ranging from banners to building signs to electrical signs to Vehicle wraps and graphics to yard signs to traffic signs … and the list goes on and on, for many years!
Naturally, a very important part of our sign product capabilities list is ADA Compliant Signage with Tactile and Braille. Why is ADA compliant signage so important? Federal, State and Local laws require all businesses to post ADA compliant signs, thanks to the The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a Federal Law ensuring that those with special needs have proper access to public places and facilities.
Initially, we didn’t manufacture our own ADA compliant signs at Signs PDQ. Like many sign shops, we reached out to wholesalers to cover the ADA sign portions of our sign projects. Unfortunately, we found that our sign shop would lose money on the ADA portion of our sign projects because the wholesale companies weren’t charging us true wholesale prices, even though we were buying large quantities of their signs.
We understood the cost of creating signs and we understood that the ADA compliant signs had to have special features and meet specific requirements, but why couldn’t we get high quality custom compliant ADA signs at true wholesale prices? We were happy to take on projects requiring ADA compliant signs, but, since we couldn’t get true wholesale prices, Signs PDQ would sometimes have to forgo profits on certain portions of large sign projects. Like everyone else, we have bills to pay, too. We searched everywhere for a real ADA sign wholesale solution, but we didn’t have much luck.
Don and Brenda O’Toole, the owners of Signs PDQ, did what they always do when faced with a roadblock, they found a way through it. ADA Signs Wholesale was born. Don, Brenda and their team already knew a great deal about ADA Signage compliance, but they studied everything they could find about ADA rules and regulations. Additionally, they purchased and mastered the equipment needed to create custom ADA compliant signs.
Today ADA Signs Wholesale and Signs PDQ sells custom ADA and Braille business signage to Northeastern Ohio, including: Cuyahoga County, Lake County, Akron and Cleveland, Ohio… and to any business through the world. Let us guide you through selecting and installing ADA compliant signage for your business.
We offer Laser Engraved Signs at ADA Signs Wholesale and Signs PDQ!
A laser engraver and a rotary engraver adds to the product line that Sign PDQ wholesales to the sign industry. We now can also engrave using metal, acrylic and wood. The advantage of this quality machine is not only the product line but it speeds up the process of producing engraved signage. This engraver works in conjunction with our original engraver. The original engraver produces the braille section of ADA signage using the raster braille method. These two machines work hand in hand to speed up production of all projects both big and small. Check out this picture of laser engraved signage.
General Contractors are putting together bids in order to come up with their best total dollar amount in order to win the bid. Having a competitive bid from subcontractors in a timely fashion is what they are looking for. Pre Bid meetings and Bid due dates are on the bid request form. Attending Pre Bid meetings is an excellent way to meet people representing the General Contractors.
Typically, a sign in sheet will be present. Obtaining a copy of it is a great way to find out who to market to. Attending a Pre Bid meeting gives you a heads up about the project. Looking over the sign specs and possibly the plans before the Pre Bid meeting is a good idea.
This is a good opportunity to find out the answer to your questions. Yes, you may have more questions later. Another reason to have a great relationship with the General contractors. Throughout this process remember YOU are the sign “expert”. You may not know the answers but you can certainly find out. Signs PDQ is happy to help with questions you may have. Don’t forget…EVERYONE attending the Pre Bid meeting will need signs!!! Make contact, get connected, stay connected!
You’ve registered with General Contractors, filled out their Pre – Qualification sheet and hope to receive bid information. Invitations to bid will ideally arrive via email.
Signs PDQ is involved with the Builder’s Exchange in Cleveland, Ohio. We have found this to be an excellent source for General Contractors to get connected with us in order to send ITB’s (Invitation to Bid). Signs PDQ frequently receive invitations that include links for the specs and plans. These links have really simplified the process. Utilizing the link that is provided will save time and money.
The Builder’s Exchange also summarizes the sign opportunities several nights a week. This will help you stay on top of what you are currently bidding on, what you have previously bid on and future bids. If you’re going to do the work to bid on a job you want to get it in front of all the General Contractor’s that will be bidding. Attending pre bid meetings will help you find out who is bidding the project.
This is a GREAT NETWORKING EVENT! The room is full of companies that will need signs! Some GC’s will email you directly and may want to know if you plan to bid. It is always a good idea to respond to their requests when possible…thus building a relationship with them. Looking over the specs and plans to review if the signs needed are signs you can provide and install.
Be sure to take note of the bid due date. We have found that this date sticks and although it may occasionally change, it rarely does. For more information check out ADAsignsWholesale.com.
Matching Existing ADA Signs
You have a customer that needs a few ADA signs to match existing signs. Signs PDQ can certainly help. It is ideal if you can obtain a live sample for us to match. If this isn’t possible take a photo of your sign from the front and side view. This will help us determine how the original signs have been built. Next you can go to Rowmark.com to locate color matches. As you know, the color you see on your screen may not be exactly the way the end product looks. It will be close…but may not be exact!
Signs PDQ or Rowmark can provide you with a hard copy catalogue. There is a possibility that the sign we are duplicating is back painted a custom color. You can refer to the Sherwin WIlliams color chart. We would suggest your customer signing off on the chosen colors. Once colors are in place we will need to know the quantity, size and text. If frames are involved Signs PDQ can certainly recommend a vendor to duplicate the frame. Standoffs are treated the same way. The photo you take needs to reflect all of the features of the current signs.
You have now been marketing to General Contractors and Project Managers by attending Pre-Bid meetings, contacting them for pre-qualification forms and following up with an occasional call or email. You are now hearing about bids and GC’s are reaching out to you for bids. The plans for these bids need to be obtained.
The Builder’s Exchange is a great place to begin. Many cities have the BX and will offer a trial week so that you can begin to understand what they have to offer. Once you have the plans in hand (or on your computer!) you want to read the specs to be certain this is a project you want to move forward with. There will be various sign types on the spec sheet. Now you will want to go to the Bid/Drawings section of the bid sheet. The category I am speaking to is the interior room signs…ADA signage.
Typically there will be several sign types that you will see drawings of. Each drawing will be labeled with a specific letter or shape. You will find this on the interior drawing of the building. Look for a door schedule that will total up each sign type separately. If this schedule exists…YOU’RE IN LUCK because the signs will be counted for you! No door schedule?
You will be counting the various signs. The next step is formulating your results on a spreadsheet. Email your info to email@example.com We will get back to you Pretty Darn Quickly! Read more about the process of increasing your companies bottom line at ADA Signs Wholesale.