OTES Signs & Graphics Offers Wide Range of Services
Photographer / Jubilee Edgell
OTES Signs & Graphics is in the business of helping individuals and companies get the word out. Its products are often produced to celebrate special occasions or upcoming sales events. Recently the company was honored for its impact on the local community, and employees had the thrill of designing a yard sign that announced the accolades.
At the Starke County Chamber of Commerce Awards held last November, OTES Signs & Graphics was presented with the Starke County Business of the Year award. A few weeks earlier company leaders heard OTES was not only the September Starke County Business of the Month, but had also been named the Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center Emerging Business of the Year.
“I think that it is important for a business to care about the community they are in,” says Nan Wellman, owner and president of OTES. “I care about the people who work for me and as my company grows, I want to contribute to the community.”
The company, which designs and makes colorful banners, posters, t-shirts, yard signs, car decals and window decals, has been located in North Judson for three years. From the start, it has supported the community by promoting and announcing events and activities on its Facebook page. For the past two years it has sponsored the June Movie in the Park at Norwayne Field and has arranged for participants to receive free popcorn. In addition, OTES Signs & Graphics has shown local support by donating signage if a need arises.
“I started Outstanding Tradeshow Exhibit Services (OTES) in Illinois, near Chicago, seven years ago,” Wellman says. “Three years ago I moved it here after I saw a need for jobs in North Judson. OTES is a trade show and exhibition business that has clients all over the United States and internationally. We print graphics for exhibits. We saw a want for a local company that could produce graphics for the community, and OTES Signs & Graphics began.”
In addition to signage, OTES produces decals that can be applied to cars, trucks and buildings. Area residents have probably seen the work of OTES throughout the community without realizing it – some examples are quotes on vinyl that decorate the walls of Ancilla College, and the windows of the Starke County History Center. Stacy Heating & Air sports OTES decals on its truck, as does H & T Electrical Services.
OTES has a library of designs that can be applied to t-shirts or sweatshirts. Customers can also work with the staff to come up with something unique. All products can be personalized, and past company projects include wedding guest books. Banners proclaiming anniversaries, birthdays and graduations are very popular.
“OTES Signs & Graphics is a woman-owned business that cares about employing people, and I feel that makes a difference in the community,” Wellman says.
OTES Signs & Graphics is located at 5235 West State Road 10 in North Judson. For more info call 888-735-4348 or visit them online at otesinc.com.