FLINT TWP. — Signs by Crannie has begun the move to its new building at 4145 Market Place – 30 years after the business was started.
The recently renovated 52,000 square foot building, across from Bishop Airport, represents the continued expansion of the company started in April 1985 by Dan Crannie, owner and founder, whose business outgrew its previous three locations, according to a press release.
Crannie began his career pin-striping cars for friends while attending Southwestern High School in Flint. The skills he learned at the Genesee County Skill Center landed him his first job hand-painting window signs for Hamady Brothers Grocery stores.
In 1985, he started Signs by Crannie, and rented space from his uncle at Crannie Construction. A short time later, he purchased his first building on Flushing Road in Flint Township, and later moved the business to Flushing.
“When I started, signs were hand-painted on wood,” Crannie said when asked about the evolution of the sign business. “Making the move from wood and neon to aluminum and LED lighting kept us competitive, but I believe personal relationships and customer service have fueled our growth. That’s why I’m proud to be back in the center of the Flint area where I started.”
Since its inception, Signs by Crannie has expanded not only locally, but has opened a second plant in Fort Myers, Florida. The company has built signs across the Midwest, as well as delivering signs to Germany, France, Portugal, Venezuela and Brazil.
Recent notable projects include signage for the Southwest Florida International Airport, The Citrus Bowl Stadium in Florida, and the 4½-star Godfrey Hotel in Chicago. He also currently manufactures and installs signs in Michigan for McLaren Medical Centers, the Hurley Medical Center, Applebee’s Restaurants, and the Genesee Valley Center among others.
However, Crannie is most proud of his local projects like lettering trucks for the trades, police and fire emergency vehicles, and small businesses in the Flint area.
“Local business and my employees built my company, not me,” Crannie said. “I’m just glad I can make our customers successful and make our families proud.”
For more information, visit www.SignsbyCrannie.com — R.S.