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August '18

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10 • August 2018 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S Monthly News Roundup B Y T O N Y K I N D E L S P I R E A U G U S T 2 0 1 8 Get the latest industry news from Tony Kindelspire five days a week by signing up for our eNewsletter at sdgmag. com. Look for the red "Get the eNewsletter" button on the home page. Have industry news to submit? Contact Tony at tkindelspire@ nbm.com. 3M Forms New Sustainability Organization St. Paul, Minnesota-based 3M announces the formation of its new Sustainability and Product Stewardship Organization, an internal organization that will be led by Gayle Schueller, vice president and chief sustainability officer, 3M Research & Development. 3M has long had sustainability as one of its core values, the company says, whether that's through the incorporation of sustainable materials into products or helping its cus- tomers be more sustainable. "This new organization reflects the importance of our corporate sustainability func- tion and will enable synergies across multiple product stewardship and environmental functions," says John Banovetz, senior vice president, 3M Research & Development and chief technology officer. For more information about 3M's sustainability efforts, view the company's 2018 Sustainability Report at www.3m.com/sustainabilityreport. Roland DGA Launches New 'Technology Upgrade Program' Irvine, California-based Roland DGA, a manufacturer of wide-format printers, cutters and engraving devices, announces that it is teaming up with Alexandria, Minnesota-based Geneva Capital to launch a new "Technology Upgrade Program" for Roland customers throughout the U.S. The two companies say that in addition to making easy to qualify for financing a new Roland device, the program allows customers to upgrade to new models in as little as 12 months to remain competitive in ever-competitive world of business. Along with the upgrade option, the program offers other benefits to Roland customers, including low monthly payments (with approved credit), accelerated tax write-offs, short loan terms of three years or less, and the ability to keep purchased equipment under warranty. To learn more about the Technology Upgrade Program from Roland DGA, or to submit a finance applica- tion online, visit https://roland.gogc.com/. Sign Industry Veteran Launches Martin Branding Group Darryl Martin, a sign industry veteran of more than 20 years, has launched Martin Branding Group, based in River Forest, Illinois. a Chicago suburb. The certified minority business enterprise specializes in custom architectural signage, brand identity and sig- nage surrounding mergers and acquisitions, for local and national chains. In the release announcing his new company, Martin says that for the past two decades, he's been helping businesses of all sizes solve signage branding needs including Boeing, Subway, All State, State Farm and Jewel/Osco. Visit the company at www.martinbranding- group.org. GE Issues Recall for LED Tube Lamps GE Lighting announced on June 7 a voluntary recall for two-packs of its T8 LED tube lamps sold exclusively at Lowes hardware stores nationwide. T8 LED tube lamps are sometimes used for illuminating cabinet signs. The company says the tubes were sold at Lowes between Nov. 2017 through April 2018. The recall is for 46,000 packages of two tube lamps, or about 96,000 individual bulbs. The bulbs being recalled are the Cool White Universal T8/T12 LED tube lamps; a two-pack retails for about $15. The units are most often used in basements, garages, utility rooms and workshops. They can also be used in cabinet signs. The GE logo and model information—31243 LED13T8U840 LED—is located on a label near the tube's base. According to GE, during installation and removal of the lamps, the pins on one end of the lamp can become energized. The company says people who accidentally touch these pins during removal or instal- lation risk electric shock or even possible electrocution. GE says that no injuries have been reported. Consumers who wish to can contact GE Lighting at 800-338-4999, or send an email to lightingcon- cerns@ge.com. You can also visit http://www.gelighting.com/ and click on "Product Safety Information" for more information.

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