LARGO, FL & ALPHARETTA, GA, April 8, 2020
Broward County recieved Sneeze Shields from Illinois Avenue Partners LLC, and its portfolio of commercial sign companies (Oakhurst Signs, Viscom Graphics, and Option Signs). These products, made by Americans for Americans, are for the new front line, our service workers, in the battle against the spread of the coronavirus. Oakhurst Signs partnered with Broward County, FL, to provide PPE sneeze guards to its security desk personnel in essential operational facilities. These screens help the citizens of the county safely maintain social distance while accessing vital, municipal services.
“We redirected our manufacturing capacity. For instance, we built these guards to help keep our neighbors and service providers safe during these challenging times,” said Gray Gifford, Chief Executive Officer. “We are in this fight together. The signs that we manufacture create awareness. Our team decided that we could also manufacture products that create safety. It is the right thing to do.”
The companies produce semi-permanent and permanent PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), signage, and Distance Dots™. These items assist businesses across many sectors, including the post office, hospital, retail, grocery, restaurant, multifamily, gas station, construction, financial institution, hospitality, and leisure markets. Core products include:
- Personal protective equipment – screens and guards to limit interaction between employees and customers (e.g., cashier ‘sneeze guards’)
- Distance Dots™ – rugged floor, furniture, and counter dots to guide customers in public areas to maintain at least six feet of space (based on guidance from the Center for Disease Control)
- Signage – custom signage specific to COVID-19 designed to influence behavior and spread awareness
These products reassure, inform, and direct. They serve dual purposes for the employees and customers of critical businesses. They aid in social distancing. They create reassurance by promoting safe, communal behavior.
“We have been moving fast,” said Gifford. The companies created a Web Store within 48 hours of the first call for retail PPE. The store allows for rapid purchasing. So far, orders have come from more than 15 states. Direct purchases via the website are typical, avoiding delays typically involved in governmental and healthcare purchasing. These products can be found and purchased at our website, www.oakhurstsigns.com.
“These are difficult times for businesses, consumers, and people in general,” added Gifford. “Our Tampa, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia teams are determined to fight back. They represent the very best of America. They are braving personal risks and are hard at work to serve our customers, old and new, with safety products and signage. We are in this fight 100%. We are investing our time, equipment, and human capital to this worthy cause.”
In Tampa, the company is lending its laser cutting equipment to local partners to produce medical masks. In Atlanta, the company is supplying intubation boxes and has applied through Governor Kemp’s manufacturing outreach program to produce rolling and stationary PPE screens, beds, and hospital furniture.
About Oakhurst Signs – headquartered in Largo, FL, Oakhurst Signs is a national sign company with a specialty focus on the multifamily segment of the commercial real estate market, including the apartment, campus housing, and senior living industries. Oakhurst offers turnkey solutions to many of the largest multifamily companies in the country, helping establish brands and drive increased profitability. Visit https://oakhurstsigns.com/ to learn more.
About Viscom Graphics – located in Largo, FL, Viscom is a wholesale manufacturer of custom signs. With a specialty focus on ADA-compliant signage, Viscom is a partner to customers ranging from local print shops to many of the most significant sign companies in the country. Visit http://www.viscomgraphics.com/ to learn more.
About Options Signs – located in Alpharetta, GA, Option Signs is a full-service, national sign company, with a specialty in high-end custom fabrication. Option is a turnkey signage partner serving customers across a variety of industries, including the retail, office, municipal and multifamily segments. Visit https://optionsigns.com/ to learn more.