Color-Ad Signs and Exhibits

Company Name: Color-Ad, Inc
Year Established: 1962
Location: 7200 Gary Road Manassas VA 20109
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Our Story
Color-Ad was founded in 1962 by David C. Velke and incorporated in the state of Virginia in 1965. We’ve been located in our current Prince William County location since 1977.  In the 55 years since our inception, our company has grown to employ over 50 full time craftsmen, project managers, and front office personnel. We’ve expanded our original facilities to a total combined 56,675 square feet of production and office space tailored specifically for the design, management, and production of large and complex sign and exhibit projects.

In 1996, Mr. Velke passed the management torch on to the second generation and in 2010, the third generation started their careers in the family business.  We have developed a special atmosphere here at Color-Ad where we consider ourselves a family business, not because of the number of relatives we employ but rather, because our average employee has been with us for over ten years.

What We Do
We are a full service turnkey sign and exhibit company producing a wide range of visual communication products to an even wider range of end users and industries. We specialize in producing projects for two uniquely independent but inherently similar industries: signs and exhibits:

Custom exhibit structures and cabinetry, climate controlled artifact cases, display cases, micro/macro/standard artifact mounts, a wide variety of visual graphic media, tactile ADA graphics, audio visual production and programming, audio visual hardware integration, audio visual interactives, cultural history reproductions and facades, natural history scenic dioramas and models, display objects, props, scale models, track lighting, accessibility compliance and turnkey installation.

Wayfinding signs, corporate identity signage, custom architectural signage, environmental signage and graphics both non illuminated and illuminated for exterior & interior signage projects.

Products and Services
Our total combined 56,675 square foot, modern, state of the art facilities have been created specifically for the design, management and production of large and complex sign and exhibit projects.

Color Add Displays


  • Project Administration and Cost Engineering (PACE)
  • Turnkey Fabrication and Installation
  • Project General Contracting/Project Management
  • Design and Detailing
  • Site Surveys and Evaluation
  • Value Engineering and Consulting
  • Engineering and Prototyping


  • Environmental Graphics
  • Original Art Creation
  • Architectural Signage
  • Wayfinding Signage
  • Digital Signage and Displays
  • Audio-Visual Systems
  • Audio Descriptive Tours
  • Lighting/Electrical Integrations
  • Custom Metal and Woodwork
  • Museum Display Cases
  • Artifact Mounting
  • Electro-Mechanical Interactives
  • Digital Interactives
  • Dimensional Graphics
  • Universal Accessibility Compliance
  • Cultural and Natural History Reproductions
  • Scenic Dioramas