ISA Sign Expo 2014 Recap!

ISA Sign Expo 2014 in Orlando has come and gone, and was a great experience! In case you weren’t able to make it, here are some pictures from the show:

IMG_20140425_151725_242Jim and Jason of Synergy Sign stand at the Coastal Enterprises booth, in front of their project we featured!

IMG_20140424_100951_262Kellie Miller, Executive Account Manager at Coastal Enterprises.

IMG_1910Brad Burnett, Sales & Marketing Associate at Coastal Enterprises




Signwriters Unite in Mazeppa!

Mazeppa Mardi Gras Letterhead Meet was held last week at Mike Meyer Signs in Mazeppa, MN. Representing 4 countries, 100 sign makers braved the cold Minnesota weather for sign seminars, music, meals, and fun. Kellie Miller, Customer Relations Manager at Coastal Enterprises was in attendance and has provided a recap of the festivities:

There was so much amazing talent in the small town of 850! All the beautiful panels, gold leaf, signwriting,                   3-dimensional signs, glass gilding, and truck lettering made it a plethora of the senses. The energy, laughter, conversations, and talent were overwhelming!  It was such a great environment to learn, practice, and try techniques for the first time. (Not to mention build relationships with people from around the world!)

IMG_1213Doug Haffner of Haffner’s Fantastic Creations carves into Precision Board Plus.

A donated sheet of Precision Board Plus PBLT-15, along with numerous samples, provided a great opportunity for attendees to hone or experiment with their carving skills, with many painted, gold-leafed and smaltzed signs coming to life as the event came to a close.

Mike Meyer always puts on such great meets and if you haven’t attended one, you must sign up!

I had an absolutely brilliant time with so many wonderful people whom I’m honored to have as friends.  Thank you Mazeppa! ~ Kellie

IMG_1334Kellie Miller (right) and Cheryl McLean (Blackboard Art) of Australia

For a great local article about the event please click here.

IMG_1246Michael Clark, owner of Clark Signs applies gold-leaf onto a sign made out of Precision Board Plus.

Unknown-1The finished sign!

IMG_1394Another beautiful sign from the meet, built by Rick Dolphens and Adam Scholljegerdes.



Coastal Enterprises Offers New Incentives For Distribution Abroad

Worldwide Demand Creates Global Sales Opportunities For Precision Board Distribution

Coastal Enterprises announces it has initiated a new “International Pathways” program to meet growing demand for distributors in Europe, South America, Africa, Australia, Mexico and Asia. The program identifies immediate Precision Board Plus HDU sales opportunities for distributors currently serving the aerospace, composites, marine and signage industries.

Through state-of-the-art sales and training webinars for distributors and customers alike, a pre-qualified leads program, multi-lingual online resource database, and inventory incentives, International Pathways streamlines bringing a product to market and identifying applications within markets serviced.

“Because the distributors we are targeting already serve the aerospace, composites, marine or signage industries, many of their customers already have applications for Precision Board”, says Kellie Miller, Customer Relations Manager at Coastal Enterprises. “A natural sense of wanting to help your customer only comes with accurate knowledge of the product you are presenting and that’s what we communicate in our International Pathways program.”

As a firmly established tooling board and sign substrate manufacturer, Coastal knows what customers want with a rigid polyurethane board. Precision Board Plus high density urethane (HDU), provides an economical advantage in many applications, such as 3-d signage, prototyping, thermoforming, composite layup tooling, pattern making, model making, vacuum forming, high-temperature composite tooling and tool proofing.

“One of the key benefits of Precision Board is the time it saves over other materials, such as metal, when being CNC machined”, says Danny Lotz, Sales Manager at Coastal Enterprises, “Precision Board HDU also offers more flexibility for design changes, which is becoming increasingly more important as many businesses transition to a LEAN Manufacturing doctrine.”

Precision Board Plus is also an industry-leading sign substrate used for dimensional signage. According to Lotz, “The absence of wood grain, ease-of-cutting or sandblasting, and custom-sheet sizes save a lot of the hands-on labor/bonding time required with other substrates. In addition, because it is certified eco-friendly, Precision Board offers a long-term, sustainable solution that is attractive to both environmentally-conscious customers and sign shop owners.”

Distributors interested in attending a Precision Board webinar, or obtaining more information on available opportunities, should contact Kellie Miller, Customer Relations Manager at Coastal Enterprises, at hdu(at)precisionboard(dot)com.

Coastal Enterprises has been an innovator and leading manufacturer of urethane products since 1973. A large inventory, fast shipping, and comprehensive product line provide a secure foundation for distributors interested in expanding their product line. Coastal manufactures Precision Board Plus HDU, along with a full line of “companion products” including primer, hardcoat, texture finishes, and adhesives. See our press release on PR Web.

Ever Wonder What Happens at a 3-Day Sign Camp?

Last week signmakers got together in Bridgeton, IN. Held in a county known as the “Covered Bridge Capital of the World“, over 50 signmakers from all over the world were together for a creative learning experience. Thank you to Rob Jones, owner of Covered Bridge Signs for putting this whole thing together. Also thanks to Ed Morgan, owner of Branson Cedar Signs for these beautiful pictures!


The Indiana sign camp was held over the course of three days and was an open-minded workshop covering everything from installation, signmaking and finishing techniques to tips for up-selling signs. Part of the beauty of workshops such as these is the wealth of knowledge available from everyone in attendance. Being so close to other talented craftsmen allows for a unique brainstorming of creative ideas, and really lets the goal of helping each other become successful shine through.


Throughout the 3-day workshop, attendees were taught techniques from several well-known people in the sign industry including Dan Sawatzky of Imagination Corporation, Sandy Baird of Windwalker Signs, Jamie and Jody Oxenham of Oxenham Design, Peter Poanessa of Keene Signworx and Kellie Miller of Coastal Enterprises.


 Each attendee received a CNC routed piece of Precision Board Plus PBLT-30 and was able to walk through the steps of building a 3-d sign including priming, painting and finishing techniques. Everyone had a chance to spend time with different instructors and all walked away with something new that was helpful to them.



photo-1.4Sandy Baird from Canada, Kellie Miller, Manfred Didier from Germany and Jody Oxenham, also from Canada.

photo.5Mr. Wray Bassett of Graphic ID


This is the 3rd sign camp held by Rob Jones, owner of Covered Bridge Signs, and the largest yet. If you weren’t able to make it, we look forward to seeing you next year!

Click here to see more pictures of the sign camp taken by Ed!

Multicam East – 3 Day Sign Magic Workshop

MultiCam East will be hosting Dan Sawatzky’s 3 day Sign Magic Workshop in Hackensack, NJ, Jan. 15,16 and 17 2013. Dan shares not only his CNC routing “secrets”, but also the many tools and methods he uses to finish his signs and themed environments.

Along with Dan, EJ Nodurft from will provide instruction on 3D and advanced features of EnRoute 5.

Our very own Kellie Miller will also be there with some excellent tips and hands on training on finishing, bonding and working with Precision Board Plus HDU!

Additional details and registration can be seen here.