We’re trying to accomplish something similar at Van Ladder—transforming two-person jobs into solo performances—at least on smaller sign installations. Signs aren’t as heavy as they used to be, but they’re clumsy. By creating time-saving accessories, we’re able to help installers cover more ground, safely, with less stress.
Recently, I picked up a customer at the airport. His name is Lane Keen, from Keens Signs & Graphics. He flew up to Minnesota so he could drive his new Van Ladder back to Augusta, GA. On the way to our shop, Lane shared that he’d cut his teeth in the corporate world as a plant manager for a large company. Ten years ago, after refusing a transfer to Miami, Lane decided to start his own business, opting for the sign industry.
Having been trained for many years in the art of finding efficiencies, Lane determined that he wouldn’t invest in new equipment unless it saved a significant amount of labor. After years of either renting aerial lifts or subcontracting his installation work, Lane decided to purchase his first bucket truck. He chose the Van Ladder with the Chariot Bucket because he believed that, among all his options, this truck would shave the most labor hours from his installations.
A couple of weeks after Lane headed back to Georgia with his truck, I received this very efficient email: “The bucket worked as advertised on its maiden voyage. 1st of many, I hope.” The photos told the story—a job made simple for one person.