Visit Behrends Group at the 2018 HD Expo in Las Vegas

We’re excited to announce that some key members of the Behrends Group team will be flying out to fabulous Las Vegas to attend the Hospitality Design Exposition & Conference (HD Expo)! Running from May 2 to 4, 2018, this comprehensive show is the leading event for hospitality product sourcing and networking, and we can’t wait to showcase what we’ve been up to and connect with past and future clients.

We’re looking forward to exhibiting alongside the incredible hospitality professionals—including hoteliers, commercial designers, architects, developers, purchasing firms, and product suppliers—that display their products and services every year. On top of building industry connections, attendees will be able to find inspiration as they explore the show floor, learn new ways of design from exceptional industry speakers, and participate in conversations about trends and challenges.

At Behrends, we can design and build completely custom signs that suit your brand, architecture, interior design, and budget. Need help visualizing your signage? Our designers can produce 3D models and renderings to take out the guesswork so you can be confident you’re getting the best product for your money.

As a foundry-based company, we’re able to do things other companies cannot. Casting offers a unique look that’s not attainable using the average sign-manufacturing methods. But it’s not the only method we have in our arsenal—we often integrate modern upcycled material made from post-consumer recycled high-density polyethylene (HDPE) resins. These very popular translucent polycarbonate panel materials work well with our castings. Our shop can cut, mill, and fasten almost any material for signage. Learn more about how we can produce hotel signage that will give your guests the best first impression here.

Stop by the booth to chat with one of our friendly employees about what Behrends has to offer. President and CEO Gen Russo and product consultants Michael Crosswhite and Giovanni Russo will be hanging out at our booth (Booth #1207), and their combined knowledge and creative problem-solving skills will help you find a design solution from our available products.

View our profile in the official exhibitor list, and be sure to star us so you remember to visit.  We look forward to meeting with you at the show and sharing our tradition of high-quality signage!

Address Numbers

Having a dull, worn out address on your home is like wearing old sneakers with a clean suit; it just doesn’t leave a good first impression. Add a little curb appeal to your home with a custom Address Plaque or Address Numbers.  We add elegance, personality and a sense of performance to your home. It’s those little touches that can make a big difference. There are many options to consider when designing an address for your home; for instance installation, whether its mounted to siding, stucco, concrete, brick, a rock or a lamp post. Or maybe its making sure you get the right finish to compliment the hardware or the color of your home. We consider all aspects when it comes to your sign including visibility not only for your guests but for emergency vehicles as well.

Take a look through our galley for ideas and contact us today to discuss your project.

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Dedication Signage: Adding to the Experience of Remembering

Dedication signage is a growing area of the signage industry as more and more organizations place importance on the experience of remembering our shared past. Dedication signage can be oriented around the significance of a specific site, the history of a community, the contributions of an individual to society or can take on the appearance of an outdoor, interpretive museum. Whatever the purpose, dedication signage is all about reconstructing the past and making it present and alive to people now.

Dedication plaques and signage which commemorate the significance of a specific site or honor a person who contributed to a certain community provide a permanent and lasting way to mark these important historical points of memory. These can be as simple as plaques on park benches or in front of a memorial tree which was planted to mark the occasion of commemoration. Or these sites can be more elaborate structures which memorialize multiple characters or widely-significant historical events.

The history of a community can also appear in dedication signage with a particular community group or institution being honoured for its impact on the lasting culture of that area. Groups such as community leagues, post-secondary institutions or other agencies may have been instrumental in developing a neighbourhood’s identity and that should not go unnoticed. Founding members or boards might be named in public spaces constructed for this explicit purpose, or plaques which offer identifying information about place significance to these groups might govern one’s navigation through an area.

Outdoor interpretive museums which are dedicated by municipal or even provincial authorities are another use for dedication signage. Places that are not readily obvious as being important for the community to remember can honour significant people, dedicate buildings or parks, and can create a lasting tribute through the creation of a multiple-plaque narrative that instructs visitors about these places and how to move through them. This shaping of the environment to be socially significant directly affects how people will use a space and the respect imparted to it. Reflection is often encouraged in these places and, as such, the act of remembering creates its own memories in turn. Invoking emotion or nostalgia are very real outcomes of well-designed dedication signs and areas.

There are a wide variety of materials that can be used to fill the purposes of dedication signage. Most often, bronze plaques seem to be the main choice for patrons because of their durability and the tone of legacy that this medium seems to impart. Modern dedication signage, particularly larger memorials, tend to combine a number of material elements and can also include imagery such as etchings, relief portraits and more.


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Custom Metal Letters for Address Signs

Our homes are the centerpieces of our lives and we spend a lot of time, energy and money making sure that we invest quality materials in them so they last as long as possible while remaining stylish and expressive of who we are. As homeowners, we want to ensure that our dollar goes as far as possible but one point that we may overlook is the quality of our metal address signs. We might make sure we get high quality siding or brick work for our homes, but then only invest in cookie cutter letters to display our home numbers. More often than not, these generic numbers are only masquerading as solid metal and are more likely to peel after a single wet weather season.

Solid metal address letters or numbers withstand the test of time and all variants of extreme weather. They are made for wear and tear, exhibiting a durability that impostors simply cannot mimic. Rather than replace cheaper versions year after year and let their poor quality take down the visual appeal of your home, why not invest in quality custom metal address letters only once?

Even if you’ve owned your own home for a while, custom house numbers can be a quick and efficient way to add a little flair to the appearance of your home without the high cost of outdoor renovations or touch-ups. It’s amazing how quickly the curb appeal of a home increases with the simple addition of unique address plates or number design.

The beauty of making this investment with Behrends Group is that you benefit from individual consultation with our design team to take your vision to the next level – your address letters will not simply display your house number but will be an integral part of its overall look and can set an example for the culture of your neighbourhood and community. Different typographies, materials, finishes, sizes and methods of installation ensure that your final product will be uniquely yours: elegant and fresh, graceful and lasting.

Since your actual address is unlikely to change anytime soon, why should your address letters change year after year? Pick something permanent and lasting, and with custom metal letters, let our team put the finishing touches on your house that will make it feel like you are coming home every time you see them.

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The Diverse Client Base of Behrends Group

A lot of people think that a foundry and signage consultancy which has the prestige and experience of Behrends Group would likely only work with larger businesses or corporations but that is simply not true! A large volume of clients serviced have typically been individuals seeking out address signs or smaller projects that we have built our business on. We love working with homeowners, small businesses, large organizations and corporations alike – and we definitely have something for everyone.

The diversity of our clients is matched only by the diversity of products we can offer them – something that being a custom signage business offers us! Because we aren’t using factory formed letters or plaques, we get to customize our offerings to suit your needs, whatever they may be.

Here are some of the ways that a diverse group of people can benefit from what we have to offer:

Consultation:  At Behrends, the first step in any project is learning what our client needs and wants. Exceeding your expectations is where we excel and a large part of this is determining what those expectations are. When initiating a project with Behrends, you are assigned a member of our talented team of consultants depending on your particular needs. These are skilled individuals who are happy to meet with you to learn about your vision, offer insights, and develop a plan for bringing your ideas to fruition.

Design: With full-time designers, you are in capable hands to move from consultation to designing your vision.  Our designers are creative, proficient and adept with the best design technology to give you the latest in signage possibilities. Our team is experienced in executing the highest possible standards for design, developing 3D renderings so you can determine how the signage will fit into your space, and, ultimately, making beautiful, innovative two-dimensional designs into your three-dimensional reality.

Fabrication: Manufacturing is where Behrends Group has built a real legacy. Our production techniques are unparalleled in the industry and with the use of exceptional materials and hands-on artisanal style labour, we have truly set ourselves apart. Every project has the best of technology behind it, as well as the human touch and eye for perfection.  Our fabrication staff has a combined experience of at least 205 years – something that can only happen when you have long-standing employees that work hard to make incredible designs into signage that exceeds expectations every time.

At Behrends Group, we don’t just get you a sign and expect you to have the time or patience to deal with it! Our approach is to offer assistance working with consultants and designers to see your dream become a reality, build and execute that vision, and install the final product to your tastes and desires. We are an idea-to-install company and we take pride in offering our professional services every step of the way.

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Behrends and the Arts Community

Behrends Group has had a long-standing connection to local art communities and as time goes on, this connection only grows stronger. Artisans in our right, we are proud to uplift and commemorate the work of other arts organizations and groups in our municipality. Using our talents in design and craftsmanship make this process all the more rewarding. Our artisan work contributes to the overall arts culture of our community and is the perfect combination of creative spirit and cooperative efforts.

Behrends has been able to craft achievement walls which commemorate the valuable contributions of artists in our community, as well as donor walls which strive to recognize the important role that patrons play in supporting the arts as well. These commemorative designs are beautifully crafted and serve as their own installations, reflecting the beauty of the work that the artist-patron relationship brings into the world.

At Behrends Group, we not only have our own team of highly talented designers and craftspeople who bring artistic visions to life. We also work directly with artists in the community and make their sculptures and installation pieces through lasting custom metals. Examples such as the McMaster memorial sculpture or the birds which adorn the Fallen Soldiers memorial showcase how we collaborate with high-profile members of the arts community to bring their work to life. Our lasting metals and exceptional experience with foundry techniques mean that their painstaking work is preserved perfectly the first time, every time.

We also support the arts in more subtle ways, including designing and fabricating the signage which adorns buildings that house important arts venues for music and theatre. An exquisite example of this is the new Citadel Theatre Marquee sign which operates as a visual point of reference in the Edmonton downtown arts core. Passersby are drawn in by the custom design work and recognize the high-quality of theatre production that exists inside the building, simply based on the presence and prestige afforded by their signage.

There are many ways that Behrends Group is connected to the arts community as such: not only are we artisans and designers with decades of experience shared between our entire team, we also bring the visions of other artists to life, recognize their patrons and adorn arts houses to engage their audiences as well. At Behrends Group, we are all about the arts and you should be too!

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