Pelican Signs 10/04/17

Operations manager Keri Cox, left, and owner Bill Dean, right, are pictured at Pelican Signs/Dean Drainage south of Mattoon on Wednesday.

KEVIN KILHOFFER, JOURNAL GAZETTE & TIMES-COURIER

MATTOON -- Dean Drainage has purchased Pelican Signs and has upgraded its equipment for creating signs, banners, lettering, vehicles magnets, and more.

Owner Bill Dean acquired Pelican Signs this summer from Scott Ronchetti, who had owned and operated this sign business for more than 25 years. Dean has moved Pelican Signs from its former location at 2600 Marshall Ave. into his Dean Drainage building at 3356 U.S. Highway 45, across from Lake Land College. Dean operates Pelican Signs under Oskee Creative LLC.

"(Ronchetti) did lettering on my trucks for the last 15 years," Dean said. He added that this business relationship led to him purchasing Pelican Signs when Ronchetti decided to retire. Dean said Pelican Signs is a good partner business for Dean Drainage, which he founded 41 years ago, because they both serve customers in the agriculture industry.

Operations manager Keri Cox said Ronchetti has played a huge part in helping transition Pelican Signs over to new ownership and in sharing his extensive knowledge of the sign industry. She said Dean Drainage has opted to retain the Pelican Signs name because of its recognition and good reputation among customers.

"(Ronchetti) built a name in this area because he knew what he was doing," Cox said.

Pelican Signs creates custom signs, banners, displays, site signs, dimensional lettering, realty signs, window lettering, truck and equipment lettering, car magnets, decals and more.

Cox, who has worked at Dean Drainage for 10 years, said she has been trained to handle design, application, installation and other work for Pelican Signs.  She said they have upgraded the printers, cutters and other equipment for this business.

Dean Drainage is a member of the Illinois Land Improvement Contractors Association. Cox said Pelican Signs creates banners, hardhat lettering and other materials for this organization. They are also a member of the Mattoon Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Oskee Creative name was inspired by the University of Illinois' "Oskee Wow Wow" fight song and the company's orange and blue colors were inspired by the U of I's school colors.

More information about Pelican Signs is available by calling 217-235-0085 or emailing oskeecreative17@gmail.com.

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