Behind the Scenes: Here’s Your Sign, Alerting You To Road Construction With Geyer Signal [VIDEO]
ST. CLOUD -- This week in our "Behind the Scenes" series on WJON, we alert you to road construction with the help of Geyer Signal.
Drive along most Minnesota roads this time of year and you'll see thousands of orange construction signs that are built right here in St. Cloud.
Chris Albers is the shop supervisor and says other than the common "Road Work Ahead" signs the company creates their own signs using a computer and vinyl printing.
"Most signs I will buy as a blank border in the fluorescent orange and then I can design and make it the type of sign I need for that week," says Albers.
The work begins by digitally designing the frame work before it's sent to the printer. Once it's printed it's then carefully placed on the signs needed for that job.
"So we roll the vinyl down and then with some steady hands we find our line, put the vinyl down and roll it on the sign, then take a little glass cleaner and now it's ready to become a detour route marker," says Albers.
Albers says they have thousands upon thousands of signs around the shop and depending on the order it can take several hours to make. Which doesn't include cleaning and repair.
"Every sign usually gets cleaned with glass cleaner before it goes out and a lot of times washed when it comes back in," says Albers.
This time of the year the crew can put in around 80 hours a week. Albers says he enjoys his job but asks that every driver pay attention to the orange signs.