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alltex last won the day on May 3 2022

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  • Birthday 09/19/1967

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    ALLTEX Signs
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    Dallas, TX
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    Full Service Shop

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    972 278 7446
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    2213 Executive Dr.<br />
    Garland, TX. 75041
  • Equipment
    Full fabrication. Service and Installation.

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  1. I can vouch for Brian. He's the only shop I use.
  2. We all know times are tough. How do y'all feel about your local Sign, Metal, Plastic Supplier transitioning into selling direct to the public? I like many other sign shops have added Social Safety Barriers to their portfolio. What's your alls take on this? Example, I was just talking to my main metal wholesale supplier. The CSR told me to check out their new line of Barriers. Needless to say she got a polite earful from me. I for one am not going to compete with my suppliers. When this CV19 bs is over. Will they start selling pre built cabinets, or offer channel letters direct to the public as well? Erik, this isn't in any form directed to you. You've always been upfront with your sign/supplier sales. This is directed towards the big guys who have always sold only to resellers. I will not be giving them my business for eternity.
  3. Watchfire is making their own LED's, modules, and drivers in the USA?
  4. There's work arounds, but it depends on the on the thickness of alum you chose. You can tap .125 thread stud, then weld. Or go with 3/16 or a 1/4". Or you could buy a stud welder.
  5. One day at a time here in Dallas, TX. I shut down for 1 day, the first day our State was supposed to shut down. I went to check the mail at the shop that afternoon. Everyone of my neighbors were open, and working. So I said screw it, we're working. With the exception of 1 job, all of our fab jobs were put on hold. So I decided I was getting into the Social Safety Barrier biz. Luckily with our contacts and customers, that has kept the shop somewhat busy. We're not building cheap double stick tape ones. We're fabricating like we do our signs. We still have our service/install biz that's been keeping the install crews somewhat busy. As far as seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. IMO that tunnel got a lot longer. A couple of our on hold jobs came back to life this week. But they're no longer what we originally contracted. Pole signs vanished, 1 instead of 3 signs for buildings, you get the drift... We got in on the PPP. So we've been supplementing hours with that. We'll use it when we need it to fill in any upcoming gaps. Positives? My shop is clean and organized, just like the recession times in '09-'10. Our trucks are clean, and serviced. Negatives? I won't spend my savings again keeping folks employed, covering insurance, and daily biz expenses. I've found peace with that decision if I'm faced with it. I love owning my own biz in the good and even bad times. However I'm done spending money in hopes that everything will go back to the way it was. I'm not giving up anytime soon. Things are kind of looking up, if you look real hard for the positives.
  6. I think I've gotten 20 emails from vendors today since the news dropped. SMH... Now their being the MSM for the ISA. ?
  7. I guess I'm old and stuck in my ways. I'm done with the trade shows. With the interweb I can view more sign related products in an afternoon, than they can fit into 20 convention centers. Granted I can't climb on the pic or test them through my monitor. That's what the outside sales reps are for. They bring their wares to my front door. I did enjoy the parties, seeing old acquaintances, and meeting some new folks. I've chosen to dump that cash establishing new customers, and maintaining our existing base as of late. Y'all have a blast!
  8. Are you wanting something to attach to Panel Boxes, Contactors, or a Switch? I have one of these devices on all of my trucks. I call them Apprentices. :)
  9. RIP. I enjoyed his posts over the years.
  10. I replaced my old 4 x 8 last fall. With a new 5 x 10 Accu Cut from Computerized Cutters in Plano, TX. Since I'm 5 miles from them, I worked a pretty sweet deal. I upgraded the spindle to a 5hp. Then they actually ended up upgrading, my upgraded spindle, to a 7hp. (I guess it's what they had on hand) Man this sucker is quiet. We were able to pick it up on our trailer. I have a fork lift at the shop, so it was easy peazy getting it in place. I didn't get the vacuum table. I Had a newer one on the old machine, and it's ridiculously loud as well. Take your time, and work them down in pricing. Time is your friend. I scored mine for $22,700.00
  11. "They're just doing the jobs, Americans wont...." I see crap like this, all over TX. Low bid wins once again! I seriously doubt this fool works for a licensed company. This is the guy who worked at a sign biz for 12 months, bought a used 33' bucket truck, and now is a Sign god.
  12. Sooner or later they (employees) always take advantage of a great situation. I allow my employees to build small projects for themselves, not for resale. If they need something for their kids team, a B Day, Anniversary... I'm cool with that. I let them work on their vehicles, borrow a trailer and truck to move. But when it comes to money, regardless of the amount. If it's happening in my shop, it's my money.
  13. That channel letter pic has another fail. Can't terminate the LED module wire as shown. It must have a small whip beyond the module, and both wires have to be capped, via wire nuts.
  14. Oh well, we're still in the 20th century here. Amazingly, we're still able to build channel letters, without a channel machine. Probably 50% of our channel letters are welded, and use neon for illumination. If I was chasing business, and needed to build a low cost product. In order to compete with with the nationals. I suppose I'd buy one.
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