Craftsman and qualified sign writer Wayne Hilton shifted from Southland to establish Hilton Signs Ltd in Alexandra in 1988. Five years later his wife, Jan, joined him working in the business. The couple built a workshop in Cromwell and shifted the business there in 2005. Quality, integrity and service continue as their hallmarks and no two days are ever the same.
“One day it’s doing honours’ boards with gold leaf and the next project management covering manufacturing and installation of large signage. Currently we’re doing a big sign that’s going right across the back of the local sports turf. We’ve even had people come in wanting to replace graphics that have faded on vehicle dashboards and ovens, all that sort of thing. Some months we have 80 jobs on the go, depending on the time of year. It can be really busy and we work through it together. It’s about getting the work done and being proud of what goes out the door.”
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