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  • Prince William County Congratulates Color-Ad on Its Fifty-fifth Anniversary

    Color Ad Team Photo

    December 5, 2017 – Prince William County, Va. – Prince William County congratulates Color-Ad, Inc. (Color-Ad) – a full service custom signage and exhibit producer – on achieving fifty-five years in business. Established in June 1962 by co-founders, David Velke and Jim Gazes, the company has grown steadily, producing iconic signs and exhibits that have been featured worldwide, while providing sustainable employment for 742 area residents over the years.

    According to David Velke, co-founder, “We started our company in 1962, with little more than $3,000 in capital, two sign kits and a dream. That we are still in existence several decades later is a testament to our core values of fairnessand honesty; as well as the home we found in Prince William County. The county’s strategic location and reduced land cost allowed us to build our current facility, which provides the space needed for the production of large and complex projects. Locating in Prince William County also allowed us to easily source the employees we needed with the necessary skills. As a result we are able to achieve increased workflow and reduced turnaround time on our projects.”

    ‘We are extremely proud of Color-Ad and its successes to date,” said Jeff Kaczmarek Executive Director, Prince William County Department of Economic Development. “Color-Ad exemplifies the kind of businesses we seek to encourage here in Prince William County where many of our businesses start out on a very small scale and, through their own vision and hard work along with the supportive business environment we are able to provide, are able to thrive and become major players within their respective industries. It is indeed our pleasure to partner with them and to see them reap the fruits of their success,” he added.

    One key to Color-Ad’s longevity has been sound succession planning. In 1963, David Velke became the sole owner and, as he recounts, “When I think back to 1962 when Color-Ad opened its doors, I remember how I daydreamed about how one day the company would become a thriving business and I could retire with my children taking over and continuing the success of Color-Ad.” Today, Color-Ad is a family-owned business and operated with Velke’s daughter, Dawn Bures as president; son, Robert Velke, and son-in-law, Mike Bures, as vice presidents; and daughter-in-law, Julie Velke, as secretary/treasurer. The company has also welcomed the third generation of “Velkes” with Dawn and Mike’s daughters also joining the business.

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    About Color-Ad, Inc.

    Color-Ad, Inc. is a full service, turn-key sign and exhibit company producing a wide range of visual communication products to an even wider range of end users and industries. The company has held a term contract with The National Park Service since 1981. This contract has included the manufacture and installation visitor center exhibits for the White House, the USS Arizona Memorial and the Grand Canyon to name a few. Color-Ad has also completed signage projects for the International Airports in Atlanta and Denver; as well as visitor center exhibits in France, Belgium, Guam and American Samoa.

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    • Located less than 20 miles from the nation’s capital, Prince William County encompasses a total area of 348 square miles.
    • 75% of Northern Virginia’s 1.5 million workers live within a 30-minute one-way commute to the center of Prince William County during rush hour.
    • Prince William County provides access to an outstanding talent pool of highly-skilled, culturally diverse labor; 44% of the workforce has a college degree.
    • Prince William County carries a AAA bond rating from all three of the major credit ratings agencies (Fitch, Moody’s and S&P).