Over 80 Companies Will Participate in Sign MFG Day '19
ISA's Sign Manufacturing Day continues to showcase the diverse career opportunities in the sign, graphics and visual communications industry. This year, 88 companies will open up 92 locations. The event is held October 4, though some companies will select another date to better accommodate local school schedules.
Each year in October, companies in the sign, graphics and visual communications industry host facility tours to encourage students to explore exciting and diverse career opportunities within the industry.
The International Sign Association and The Wrap Institute in partnership with Justin Pate will build on the successful ISA Wrap Experience to provide ongoing programs that further expertise and advocacy for wraps professionals.
A significant federal court case has been decided that could change the way that signs and graphics are regulated. In Thomas v. Bright, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed that the government cannot distinguish between on-premise and off-premise signage because it is an unconstitutional content-based distinction.
Quarterly Economic Report Shows Lower Commodity Prices and Uncertainties Impacting Industry Segments
The sign, graphics and visual communications industry is expected to face a tightening market in 2019 and perhaps under-perform in 2020, the report anticipates. The second half of 2019 will be marked with uncertainty and potentially a flattening of several specific industry sectors. But bright spots include a surprising drop in steel prices—well below the 25 percent tariff premium—and lower pulp prices. The overall global economy faces uncertainty, with struggles in China and Brexit-related concerns in Europe. Closer to home, gross domestic product topped 3 percent in the first quarter, but is expected to weaken throughout the rest of 2019 into 2020.
Working with career and technical educators is crucial to ensuring the sign, graphics and visual communications industry has the skilled workforce it needs to expand and maintain its place as one of the fastest growing industries in the world.
Four years ago today, the Reed v. Town of Gilbert's unanimous ruling affirmed that sign regulations cannot be content-based, and since forced thousands of communities across America to revise their local ordinances to make sure they don’t violate the First Amendment rights of sign users.