The Trump administration recently placed a 25% tariff on many Chinese goods coming into the United States, including on some components that the sign, graphics and visual communications industry uses for printing purposes. This is a different tariff than Section 232, which placed a 10% tariff on steel and 25% tariff on aluminum in March 2018.
The International Sign Association, the Illinois Sign Association and the Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC), recently hosted the Chicago Sign Summit, where dozens of Chicago-area sign companies met to generate ideas to make the Windy City a better place for the sign, graphics and visual communications industry to succeed.
The sign, graphics and visual communications industry is enjoying solid growth thanks to a strong global economy and the availability of new products, according to the ISA Sign Industry Quarterly Economic Report.
Flexible and reasonable sign regulations make it easier for sign companies to create the kinds of signs their customers and communities will find attractive. And this month's Zoning Practice article will reach thousands of practicing planners.
Working on sign code issues for the industry means taking time away from his business, but it is a sacrifice Ken happily makes. "I've always felt like somebody needs to stand up for the people who aren't standing up. A lot of companies don't realize how this benefits them. Somebody has to do it. I have a passion for it, so I might as well do it."
Craig Campbell, former market manager-graphic innovations for ORAFOL Americas, has joined the International Sign Association as director, strategic initiatives. In his new role, Campbell will be responsible the development of new programs and services and outreach to niche groups. Campbell will begin his new role July 9 and will be working out of the ISA offices in Alexandria, Virginia.