Grubb and Hart's DIY decal work saves department $5,000 so far
When you can do it yourself, why not? When the finished product is every bit as good — or better — than the outfit that was charging you handsomely to do it in their shop, no need to think twice.
Headquarters' Mason Grubb and Paul Hart started applying ITD decals to the side of the department's new fleet vehicles in March. The practice is not only saving time by not having to do it commercially, but has also saved about $5,000 so far.
Hart and Grubb suggested that they could do the decal applications themselves, saving both time (an estimated 320 hours) and money in the process. Both Grubb and Hart had experience in the commercial sign industry prior to working for ITD. Grubb had specialized in commercial signs and vehicle graphics and installation, and they also had the equipment and software to produce everything needed.
"I think the best part of the plan is the quality of service and the care they give each vehicle," explained ITD Highway Equipment Analyst Jeff Rados. "It really is a huge difference. You can tell they take pride in their work."