Sikorsky approached SIGNLite in March to develop new large scale exterior signage

indexSikorsky approached SIGNLite in March to develop new large scale exterior rooftop signage for their facility in Stratford CT. Lockheed Martin Company recently acquired Sikorsky thus the need to meet an aggressive deadline for new internally illuminated building signage reflecting both the Sikorsky & Lockheed Martin Company names with large scale logo graphics.

We custom fabricated 6′-6′ tall face-lit LED channel letters with 35′ tall x 76′ wide star shape logo strategically attached to a rooftop frame structure also built by SIGNLite creating a massive 110′ wide sign!

“With serious effort and teamwork on behalf of SIGNLite‘s fabrication and installation teams, we were able to engineer, permit, manufacture & install this signage ahead of schedule”

-Senior Project Manager John DeTulio

4200 Sign Project Ranks among company’s largest

SIGNLite celebrated the completion of one of the largest projects in its 49-year history when it installed the last of over 4,200 signs in the Stamford Town Center’s massive nine-level parking garage in October.

“We were approached by Whiting Turner Contracting Company earlier this year to put together a comprehensive package for the City of Stamford’s new ‘pay-by-space’ garage,” explained Mark DeTulio, SIGNLite Vice President. “The project included the individual space signs as well as pay stations, code of conduct and parking rate signs.”

Coupled with the sheer size of the project was its strict timeline: six weeks to fabricate and install the signage. SIGNLite worked hand-in-hand with Whiting Turner to meet the aggressive timeframe. “To successfully complete a project like this takes extensive project management, organization and a lot of hard work” said DeTulio. “Mission accomplished!”

Signage worthy of Yale Art Gallery

whister2SIGNLite has proudly produced exhibition photos and signage for the Yale University Art Gallery for many years, providing the quality and attention to detail essential for this world-class client. The North Haven, CT, company’s current project was for an exhibition of work by American artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler, most famous for his oil painting of his mother, though celebrated in this collection for his etchings.

“It’s wonderful to be showcasing our work in honor of an artist who was a master of etching and printing processes and techniques,” said Elaine DeTulio, SIGNLite president. “I wonder what Mr. Whistler would think of our computerized printing and fabrication processes today.”

The 120” by 132” photo of Whistler was printed on a new 3.5 ml vinyl film that features a high-tack, pressure-sensitive adhesive that sticks to challenging surfaces. Thick polished brass, stud-mounted letters and painted-black acrylic stud mounted letters were used for the headlines, along with matte black vinyl wall text. These were all carefully hand-weeded, covered and installed by SIGNLite’s fabrication professionals.
For more information on the exhibit, which runs through July 19, visit

Bridgeport Hospital teamed up with North Haven, CT’s SIGNLite to ensure their new parking garage is easy to navigate.

CaptureParking garages can be a challenge for any driver: Where is the entrance? What floor did I park on? How do I get into the building? Bridgeport Hospital teamed up with North Haven, CT’s SIGNLite to ensure their new parking garage is easy to navigate.

SIGNLite, specialists in parking garage signage, created both interior and exterior signs for the Parking Pavilion at the hospital. “Our years of fabrication and installation experience with parking garage signage makes us a good fit for this signage program,” explained SIGNLite founder John DeTulio. “Our certified welders and shop fabrication team, working out of our North Haven facility, are dedicated to a quality product.”

In all, SIGNLite produced and installed 188 parking garage signs of various sizes, including floor level identification with directional information, overhead directional signs, elevator identification and more.

“This is a perfect example of a project where form and function have got to be in sync,” said SIGNLite’s president Elaine DeTulio. “Many of the people using the garage may be under duress, and having clear signage will make the parking experience less stressful.”

The North Haven company’s Senior Project Manager Bob St. John worked with general contractors Gilbane Building Company, Providence, RI, on the project.

That’s how we do it!

Take a few minutes and see how the Smith Haven Mall got a beautiful, new, LED-lit sign.  A special thank-you to SIGNLite’s Jorge Robles for producing this piece!


Beautiful Pieces of Art

photoIn addition to signs of every shape and size, SIGNLite’s craftsmen also create corporate sculptures. Here is one of 45 panels of a custom-made aluminum frieze created by SIGNLite from a design by noted architects Barry Svigals & Partners. The beautiful pieces hang in Goodwin College, East Hartford, CT. SIGNLite’s expert team applied random orbital finishes in different patterns, and hand-formed and finished various shapes of leaves, creating an illusion of movement when the sculpture reflects sunlight.


See examples of SIGNLite’s other beautiful pieces of both free-standing and wall art. 

SIGNLite enhances rest stops throughout Connecticut

When the State of Connecticut decided to spend $178 million dollars statewide to completely make over rest areas throughout Connecticut, SIGNLite was the company they chose for all of the signage.

SIGNLite was brought in to design, fabricate and install the sign program,” explained Mark DeTulio, one of the company’s owners. “These designs will be seen throughout this area for generations to come.”

The project, which includes expanded facilities and the addition of Subway and Dunkin Donuts, was announced in April and is scheduled for completion by spring, 2013. The Merritt Parkway, with its famous art deco bridges, is listed as a National Scenic Byway by the U.S. Federal Highway Administration.

Yale-New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael Rebranding

Because of a trusted partnership that spanned over 25 years, SIGNLite was Yale-New Haven Hospital’s first choice to help rebrand the newly acquired Hospital of Saint Raphael. The two combined New Haven healthcare providers, under the nationally acclaimed Yale-New Haven Hospital name, formed the fourth largest medical center in the country. SIGNLite was charged with creating and installing signage throughout the new Yale-New Haven Saint Raphael campus, including building signage and free-standing kiosks.

Bob St. John, SIGNLite’s Senior Project Manager, met with representatives of YNHH to outline a complete conversion for the Saint Raphael campus, including satellite locations in Branford and Hamden. Part of his challenge was knowing the dominant building signage had to be in place on September 12, the first day of the new hospital system, and not before, to meet state regulations.

“We pride ourselves on our long-standing relationships with our clients,” said St. John. “and the new number of companies with national reputations that trust us with their branding and rebranding work is really a testament to the quality of our craftsmen.”

The main hospital signs were changed out the morning of the 12th and, in less than two weeks, over 200 new sign faces were in place, including the painting of all directional signs and rebranding of other signage on the campus.





Sports media giant ESPN turns to SIGNLite

When ESPN, the leading multinational, multimedia sports entertainment company, was in need of a new, high-profile monument sign at their Middle Street, Bristol, CT campus, they turned to SIGNLite to get the job done. SIGNLite worked with Winstanley Enterprises, the property owner, and ESPN to bring this eye-popping sign to life.The outcome is a 200-square-foot, custom design featuring the ESPN logo integrated into the overall  architecture of the massive building itself. Face-lit, halo-lit, LED-illuminated letter forms simply jump off of this custom piece of work.


SIGNLite completes sculpture for Goodwin College

At the entrance to the Goodwin College Early Childhood Magnet School in East Hartford, CT, stands a 25-foot aluminum sculpture of intricate branches and leaves that seem to be growing up from the ground and reaching for the sky. Designed by Architect Barry Svigals of New Haven’s Svigals & Partners, the sculpture moved from design to scale model to completed work of art in just four weeks because of the expertise of the welding and fabricating craftspeople at SIGNLite.

“Our professionals’ abilities to do this kind of intricate work add a whole separate dimension to our company,” explained SIGNLite President Elaine DeTulio. “The precision and pride our welders and fabricators take in their work results in beautiful architectural pieces like this one.”

The piece is 25 feet tall and six feet square at its base. It features the leaves of four trees indigenous to this region – tulip, oak, maple and beech – on each side. The sculpture also includes the sound of four wind chimes set into the tower.

SIGNLite, once again, collaborated wonderfully in the creation of this piece,” said creator Svigals. “They brought an inspiring level of both craftsmanship and creativity, taking the work to a higher level of expression. It was a pleasure to bring to life another design that benefited from SIGNLite’s dedication to quality and its unflagging efforts to make something truly special.”

Specifications required four-inch square aluminum tubing with no visible welds at the joints, accomplished by welding smaller diameter tubing and sliding the larger, four-inch tubing over the smaller frame. The decorative satin finish was achieved with orbital sanding using several grades of sanding discs applied in a variety of directions. Each metal leaf is outlined with aluminum and was plate-cut on a CNC machine; the body of each leaf was hand made using various perforated and patterned aluminum sheets.