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Made in Eastern Iowa: U.S. Nameplate Company
By Ashley Hinson, Anchor/Reporter
Made in Eastern Iowa:
MOUNT VERNON - U.S. Nameplate Company is making a name in the industry by being big on the small details. The company handles orders of anywhere from one to a million.
U.S. Nameplate Company has gone from 4 thousand square feet in the 1950’s, to more than 55 thousand at the current facility. That expansion has been in direct response to increasing business. The company now has more than 3,000 customers around the country. Every product manufactured in their facility is custom made.
"We do not have any off the shelf stock items," said Andrew Novetzke. “We make nameplates, decals, control panels and signs for original equipment manufacturers.”
The process begins in design, and engineers and graphic artists create the product. From there, it heads to the production line. "It starts as a clear sheet of polyester, first color's put down, that cures the ink,” Novetzke said, describing the screen printing process to establish a template for the design.
"The screen is a mesh where the squeegee forces ink through the screen, and that creates the images," said Novetzke. Each screen is personalized, and the product, size, and specifications change for every job. "There's always considerations about margins and grips," he said.
The company uses various polyesters and polycarbonates to create a consistent product. U.S. Nameplate’s products help other businesses to manufacture theirs. “They are durable. They can be wiped off," said Novetzke, showing a medical device label to TV9. The company has a long list of other Eastern Iowa companies it works for, including Hiawatha based Crystal Group (previously featured on Made in Eastern Iowa)
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