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amer28

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About amer28

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  • Name
    Lance Mueller
  • Company
    American Sign & Lighting Co
  • Job Title
    OWNER
  • City & State
    Delaware
  • Gender
    Male
  • Interests
    Work, work, work.

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  • Company Type
    Full Service Shop

Quick Company Info

  • Contact Number
    302-856-3400
  • Address
    715C South Washington St
    Milford, Delaware 19963 U.S.A.
  • Equipment
    1 - 80 ft, 1 - 55 ft, 3 - 35 ft crane and bucket trucks. All shop and field equipment for fabrication, installation and service of signs and parking lot lighting.
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  2. Had a large stock of 15mm neon boots (to cover electrode and GTO on a bendback for example) so has been a long time since we purchased them. Pricing of $42 - $50 per hundred ? ANy better $/supplier? Thanks, Lance
  3. Greetings and thanks for any help. First off, we did not sell this message center, merely trying to help a new customer that bought one and now seems to be stuck. I figure that this must be happening across the country so maybe this will also help others. If there is a thread already addressing this please direct me. Got a call from a church that their message center was not operating properly. When Tech arrived said only labels he could find were "AS LED" and "Alcon Technologies". Looks like AS LED is the manufacturer of the message center (or maybe they just slapped their label on) and Alcon is the manufacturer of the transmitter and receiver. Does anyone have a contact number for these guys or a source for parts if in fact they are out of business. Of course already looked on line with no luck (found an Alcon company but they dont know what were talking about). More importantly, with all the message center start ups and then they go out of business, is there anything to do besides tell the customer "sorry, you got screwed and now you need to buy from a Dactronics or Watchfire, etc" Thanks for any help. Lance
  4. Greetings and thanks for any help. Anyone have success/failure with ProSign, Sign Search, Adwords, etc. Was anything worth the $ spent? Has anyone used any of these services and calculated the total cost vs any sale? Again, thanks for any help.
  5. Any help would be appreciated. Anyone have a good employee handbook or access to one that is specifically to our trade? Lots of employee handbooks out there but I have not seen one for Sign companies. Need things like "responsible to drive professionally" "not use comany stock or trucks to service other than company customers", you get the picture. Again, thanks for any help.
  6. Thanks very much for all replies. To be clear, we would never, ever try to cut any company out of the business they gave us. We follow the Boy Scout Motto here, simply - ... trustworthy... loyal...etc.....BUT many of these non-competes read this way. This leads me to the answer that hit closest home: "But to say you basically cannot exist in the market because you may possibly solicit some nameless generic customer that they may or may not actually have I believe is related to the precept of the Void Contract.....How about if they made you sign a contract that said you would smash your truck into a fence weekly as part of your work schedule. Would it be enforceable ? It is a void contract from inception. Could they sue you and win? You can sue anyone for anything in our present society but I doubt any court would hold that scenario up and award damages. This would also get into the area of enforcing ""Unjust Enrichment" and the legal system, in my past experience, doesn't do this." It seems to me though that the answer above about "the precept of the Void Contract" and " into the area of enforcing Unjust Enrichment" seems pretty reasonable. Without giving us the names of the customers and also saying we can’t do business with “the customers (again, not named) suppliers” it could be any and every brand and retailer. Considering they are not using us exclusively, and their contract does not say so it seems even further reasonable. Anybody else have any actual experience with this line of the question or more feedback on if this clause has any weight since it is so vague and far-fetched? THANKS AGAIN
  7. Greetings and thanks for any feedback. We do a lot of work for national sign and maint service companies. The wording on the non-compete part of the contract for many of them, if you read them carefully as we do, is pretty vague and draconian at the same time. Could be dangerous for our/your business and heres what I mean. How do you handle this but also do work for these national accounts? Please realize I know the "reasonable"intent of this part of the contract is so we dont try to simply go direct to corporate XYZ and say "we are doing service work for you so lets just cut out ABC National Service out and save you some money". That is wrong and we will never do that. But the way it is worded does a lot more. Non-compete says something to the effect of "you will not do business with our customers or any of their other suppliers for 2 years or we will sue you for $". 1 - They do not list who their customers are. 2 - how can anyone know who their customers suppliers are? 3 - we do interior lighting, exterior lighting and sign work for different national vendors so we may be doing sign work for one national maint company while interior work for another. If you sign off on one of these (and a lot of them say some form of this) it seems that either you cannot do any work for any other company or some nutty company lawyer at least has a case if you do. Stupid boiler plate clause but its there - what do you do?
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