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Dimensional Lettering for Banks and Credit Unions in Portland

What do you think about when you hear the term “one-dimensional”? If you’re into geometry, you might envision a line. No one likes lines. Besides, lines make for terrible signs. This is why we offer three-dimensional signs instead of just one-dimensional signs. Portland Local 8 Federal Credit Union wanted all three dimensions for their dimensional lettering for banks in Portland, Oregon, so they contacted the pros at Specialty Graphic Solutions.

What’s So Great about Portland Local 8?

Located on Northwest Front Avenue in Portland, Portland Local 8 Federal Credit Union (FCU) was founded in 1954 by Homer D. MacDonald and six other members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. Their mission is to offer a welcoming environment while striving to become the primary financial institution for their members. They provide competitive loan rates and dividends on deposits. And, they’re always expanding their services as well as supplying education on financial issues.

 Installing the dimensional letters!

Installing the dimensional letters!

When an organization that does so much to help union members achieve financial security came to us for dimensional lettering for credit unions in Portland, Oregon, they knew they could bank on our support. Portland Local 8 FCU has a small branch, and they wanted to put lettering on a gorgeous wood wall behind their teller stations. Our mighty sign makers knew just what to do.

We Were Right on the Money

First thing’s first, we needed to meet with the client to discuss what they had in mind for their project. This included performing a site survey where our mighty sign maker Taylor closely examined the curvature of the wood wall where the letters were to be installed and took some measurements. We needed to be sure the letters of their dimensional letter sign were sized appropriately to fit the curve.

A popular lettering option for financial institutions and really any organization that wants to project professionalism and longevity is metal letters. And, though Portland Local 8 FCU is essentially made of money, they didn’t want to shell out an arm and a leg for their new markers. Fortunately, we had a smart solution.

We started with 3/8” thick black acrylic letters and added a metal laminate face. SGS offers a wide range of metal laminate finishes. For this project, the client preferred brushed silver. Once the letters were ready, it was time to mount the letters. Typically, we’d drill holes into the wall and mount the letters on studs. But, Portland Local 8 FCU didn’t want to put the beautiful wood wall through that. Thankfully, we were able to flush mount the letters using strong adhesives.

In the end, Portland Local 8 FCU gave us credit for a job well done. Best of all, they can be sure they’ll be looking great far into the future since we offer a lifetime warranty on this and similar signs.

Portland Local 8 FCU isn’t our only client. They aren’t even the only credit union we do work for. We can provide dimensional letter signs for organizations in any industry. Don’t believe us? Try contacting us today for a free consultation, and we’ll give you solutions specifically tailored to your enterprise.



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