Safety Decals is happy to announce the hiring of two key team members this month! As we prepare for extreme growth this year it is important to bring on talent that will help guide the company in the right direction. Please help us in welcoming Lori Knudsen and Rebecca Sibole to the Safety Decals family!
Lori Knudsen is the Financial Controller of Safety Decals. Her primary role is to keep all aspects of the company’s finances in order, analyzed, interpreted and documented properly. Together with Nick and our CPA, Lori will participate in the selection of financial institutions, insurance providers, preparation of taxes and cost accounting.
Prior to joining the Safety Decals team Lori was the CFO at ProAct Services in Ludington, Michigan. There she managed the Finance Department to ensure accurate financial data was available to management and their equity partners. The role included personnel management across locations in the US as well as traveling to build and maintain key relationships. Lori was integral part in growing ProAct, identifying future investors, and assisting with mergers and acquisitions.
Lori, and her husband Bob, have lived in Ludington all their married lives. That’s 29 years this July! They have 2 adult children; Christina who is married and lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan , and Spencer who lives in Virginia and works as a Tennis Pro. Lori enjoys long walks on our beautiful Lake Michigan beaches and volleyball. Lately though she has been binge watching Netflix while recouping from knee surgery.
Lori’s reputation for being straightforward and highly ethical have always helped her move to her next career opportunity. She is excited for the opportunity to work for a company on the verge of huge growth and is enjoying the relaxed family atmosphere that a family-owned company has.
Rebecca Sibole is the Vice President of Safety Decals. She wears many hats but her key role is managing all sales and marketing opportunities as well as the graphic design needs for the Safety Decals customer base.
She comes with a diverse resume that includes product management, marketing, graphic design and sales. She previously worked for 365 Retail Markets in Troy, Michigan as a product manager where she managed a software product line and all the people and departments that supported it.
In 2009 she graduated from Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan with a bachelor’s in interior architecture. After a few years in the workforce, as a result of the recession, she decided it was time to go back to school to pursue a different career path. In 2015 she graduated from Lasell College in Newton, Massachusetts, with her master’s degree in marketing and public relations.
Rebecca lives in Ferndale, Michigan with her husband, stepson and their two dogs. Her and her husband are flea market enthusiasts and DIY junkies. They enjoy renovating their 1950s home and their all-original 1970s Airstream.
Although Rebecca lives in Ferndale she frequents in the Ludington office where her experience, organization and detail-oriented tendencies bring a fresh perspective to the growing staff and business. She is eager to roll up her sleeves and help groom Safety Decals for the growth coming their way.
The Ludington & Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce has announced its 2017 Future Five. The purpose of the honor is to recognize community members under the age of 40 who are making an impact locally.
The Class of 2017 includes Jamie Healy, Jorhie Beadle, Monica Schuyler, Nick Tykoski, and Seth Earl.
Jamie Healy: Jamie is the executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Mason County. She is a graduate of Ludington High School and lives in Amber Township.
“My vision for my future is to be the best version of myself that I can be,” Healy said. “I am extremely passionate about helping others and doing what I can to positively impact the community I raise my children in.”
Jorhie Beade: Jorhie is the agriculture science instructor at the West Shore Educational Service District’s Career and Technical Education program. She is a graduate of Mason County Central High School and Michigan State University.
“As an emerging leader in our community, my priorities include continuing to connect consumers to local food sources, promote agriculture awareness and introduce students to opportunities to thrive within a local community while contributing to the global community,” she said.
Monica Schuyler: Monica is the executive director of the Pennies from Heaven Foundation and a lawyer by training.
"My most important role as a young professional is honor the work that has been done before me by learning from those who did the work," she said.
Nick Tykoski: Nick is the owner of Safety Decals. He is a graduate of Mason County Central High School and Michigan State University.
"I want to continue to show people that this community is full of opportunity," he said. "There is a lot of negativity that surrounds anything we do here. However, we continue to do things and continue to have very successful projects that people love as part of our community."
Seth Earl: Seth is a conservationist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the president of Mason County Farm Bureau. He is a graduate of Michigan State University.
"My role has changed professionally and personally over the past couple of years, I have realized that I have ingrained myself into the Ludington community. I feel that I have been able to be a balanced, passionate, and committed leader to our community."
Congratulations to all the 2017 Future Five winners!
Published by: Mason County Press
Appropriate signage is an essential part of any company’s commitment to the health and safety of its employees, customers and other facility visitors. Not only is safety an employer’s moral and ethical responsibility, but unsafe standards can result in injury risk, hefty fines, legal liability and ‘Out of Business’ signs. As an industry more susceptible to injury and illness than the average sector[i], manufacturers should take the extra step to abide by all existing federal and state policies regarding proper safety signage.
Companies should perform an analysis of their environment, inside and out, to identify any areas that are or could become a safety concern. Correct floor signage is something every manufacturer should invest in — some signage is required by law and all signage, when properly used, can make for a safer working environment. As people are more likely to work where they feel safe and secure, prioritizing facility safety not only reduces costs but can benefit your search for skilled talent.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides a set of guidelines which should be followed to reach maximum safety compliance. As indicated by the chart (right), many of the most frequently violated OSHA standards can be prevented by installing safety markings and signage while increasing safety awareness through regular company-wide discussions and trainings.
Here are simple tips you can implement in your facility right away to increase safety and reduce costs:
By improving workplace safety standards, your business can reduce liability and decrease on-site accidents. In the end, people remain your company’s most important assets and your commitment to safety should always follow one cardinal rule: do everything in your power to protect your employees from harm.
[i] Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities. U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. 2016.
The ARA Rental Show is where it was at in New Orleans this week! Our team is just returning home from an exciting trip, meeting up with some of our customers and made some great new business opportunities. The warm sun, Bourbon Street, jambalaya and jazz music from the most unique city in the United States was just an added bonus to the trip!
This was our first time attending The Rental Show and were shocked to find it had everything from silverware and linens to heavy equipment and cranes. Who knew that the rental industry could bring so many different types of products together?
It was hard for us not to check out the decal competition at an event like that though. We did however find consistencies with our competitors: the wrong material choices for the application, incorrect ANSI safety standards, and poor print color matching to the branding guidelines, just to name a few. If only we had time to teach a decals 101 class while there!
We mentioned earlier this month that 2018 is our year and it's going to be full of changes!
Well, to kick the season of changes off we're excited to announce that our marketing team has been working hard at a total website overhaul of SafetyDecals.com!
Although a website is never done in the eyes of our marketing team, we are still excited for you to see what we've been up to. Our hope is that you get a better glimpse into the wide array of services that we offer you and your business, provide helpful resources to make you successful, launch our new online store for easy ordering of our in-stock products and let you in on the fun we have at the Safety Decals headquarters.
But of course, we'd love for you to tell us in the comments below or email us what you'd like to see and learn more about! Your ideas and feedback are invaluable to our team.
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At the age of five, Nick Tykoski started learning the sign and decal business when he traveled with his father and grandfather across the state of Michigan.
As much as a five-year-old can, he helped with various projects, soaked in the technique of not only running a business, creating signage and decals, but also continuing the core values his grandfather started many decades before: quality and service.
Nick enrolled at Michigan State University to pursue his degree with his sights set on life outside of Mason Co. Michigan. However, he eventually found himself back in his hometown where he took over the family business. Nick now lives in Ludington with his wife Heather and their son Aiden.
In 2009, he successfully moved Tye’s Incorporated into a global manufacturer with the creation of Safety Decals.
Safety Decals has built a worldwide reputation based on quality and service; the core principals of the Tykoski family since 1947. These values, among new ones, are the basis for Safety Decals 400 percent growth over the past eight years.
Safety Decals now supplies companies throughout the United States as well as an international presence with industry leading printing services for decals, labels, signs, banners and much more. With new technology, Nick has grown Safety Decals into one of the largest decals manufacturers in the world, producing millions of decals annually.
Safety Decals 9,600 square foot headquarters is located in Ludington, Michigan with plans to expand in the near future. The office houses all critical aspects of what makes Safety Decals a success: sales, customer service, billing, production, marketing and graphic design.