Graphics shops experience uptick at campaign time

Staffers at local sign companies

Staffers at local sign companies say they often see an uptick in business at election time. Candidates often relied on corrugated plastic campaign signs — such as these, which appeared on Commerce Drive during the election season — to reach voters.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 07:16 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Political campaign signs are coming down, voting machines are folded up and stored until November, and the flood of brochures has ceased inundating local mailboxes.

Primary elections are over and, along with candidates who received voters’ blessings, another constituency of winners emerged from Tuesday’s voting day: graphics service providers.

'BUSINESS DOES RAMP UP'

“The elections do have a lot to do with our business,” Hart Printing manager Viola Owen said.

While business was slower for this primary election, it usually picks up during the fall voting period, owner Ron Hart said. Then, large pressruns are transferred to his Medley Printing sister company in Fort Walton Beach.

“Business does ramp up at campaign season,” Speedee Printing manager Rose Goodwin said.

Signs Galore owner Mike Rutledge said the bulk of his campaign sign business comes from city elections when local candidates like to boast they use local businesses.



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