Mounting a Sign to a U-Channel Sign Post

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This blog title sort of sounds like it should have the words “for Dummies” after it. Though it sounds simple, it is all too often that we see signs in the field mounted improperly. And just for the record, a few new members of the Vulcan team have made the same mistake, so no judgment here. If you have never been shown, then you don’t know. However, it is pertinent to learn the correct way since improper mounting techniques can cause multiple issues, with the primary one being sign instability.

If you will notice, a U-Channel post has two sides – a flat side and a side that has a protruding edge. The sign will always need to mount to the flat side of the U-Channel to ensure maximum wind resistance. See diagram below for visual.

Proper Mounting for U-Channel

In high-wind areas, a Sign Saver may be installed to further increase sign stability.

Sign Saver

Over time, constant wind can take a toll on your signs, widening the hole where the sign is attached to the post to the point where the bolt can no longer hold the sign. Watch the video below to see the result of a sign improperly mounted on a U-Channel post in a high wind area. Improve the longevity of your signs in the field by ensuring signs are mounted to the flat side of the U-Channel, as well as install a sign saver kit (pictured above).

For more information on post options and mounting hardware, give us a call or send us an email. We would be happy to help. 1.888.846.2728 |

The Man in the Red Suit



The first Friday evening in December is very special for the City of Foley, Alabama. It is the night that Mayor John Koniar welcomes in this beautiful time of year with a few words. He waves his wand magically electrifying the centerpiece tree of lights, officially opening our Christmas season. Immediately following that moment, Santa makes his appearance to the thrill and excitement of many hearts, young and old alike.

This past December 5th, it was my privilege to don the red suit and snow white hair and beard for the 23rd time. I am blessed to have been so fortunate to have assumed the role and have it become part of my being.   Parents would be quite elated if they could experience and feel the spirit and excitement that I have over these many years, when those who believe take their annual visit to the Big Man’s knee and nervously spit out what it is they desire. It is also those times that I have heard requests from children that are in terrible need when they ask for a washer so Mom does not have to walk to the Laundromat, or that they would like for their mother to be cured of cancer.

Those stories and many like them over the many seasons inspired me and a few close friends to start a charitable organization ten years ago, The Santa Foundation. Our sole purpose is to assist children in need, not just at Christmas, but at any time there is a need. At this point, you are probably asking why this is a part of this blog. I have been fortunate enough as well, to be an employee of Vulcan for 13 years. I am proud of the fact that the company I work for is a fantastic corporate citizen. There are many avenues by which Vulcan contributes to the wonderful community in which I live, work, volunteer, and raise my children. One of those avenues is The Santa Foundation.  Vulcan contributes not only financially, but in many other ways. I am blessed in many ways. I am able to play a role spreading the spirit and it led me to be able to make a ripple in the lives of some needing a little pick me up, and to have a company that Believes in what I do. I wish those same blessings on you and yours this magical season.

Article submitted by Matt Maurin, Sales Manager of Vulcan Signs since 2001.


Matt and Family

The Maurin Family

(left to right) Meg, Santa, Rickey and Chris

You Better Watch Out! Christmas Tree Fire Safety Tips Revealed


The holiday season is upon us! With Christmas only a week away, most folks are scurrying about trying to finish up last minute shopping. Meanwhile, did you leave your Christmas tree plugged in while you made that quick trip to the store? If so, you may think twice about keeping the tree plugged in while no one is home. Read on for more information and safety tips straight from the American Christmas Tree Association (ACTA).

According to the ACTA, fires associated with Christmas trees result in 13 million dollars annually in property damages. A combination of tree dryness, electrical malfunction with lights and poorly located heating sources can make for a deadly combination.

  • Fresh trees are less likely to catch fire, so look for a tree with vibrant green needles that are hard to pluck and don’t break easily from its branches. The tree shouldn’t be shedding its needles readily.
  • Always place your tree away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights and keep the tree base filled with water to avoid a dry out.
  • Make sure all your indoor and outdoor Christmas lights have been tested in a lab by the UL or ETL/ITSNA for safety and throw out any damaged lights.
  • Any lights you use outdoors must be labeled suitable for exterior placement and be sure to plug into a ground-fault circuit interrupter protected receptacle.
  • Keep all your holiday candles away from your Christmas tree, surrounding furniture and décor.
  • Bedtime means lights out… even for the Christmas tree!

When your tree begins to drop its needles, it’s time to say goodbye to your evergreen foliage until next year. So this year, follow these guidelines to avoid being another statistic in the National Fire Protection Association or United States Fire Administration report during the upcoming holiday season.

For more information, visit To see first-hand how quickly a Christmas tree can go up in flames, check out this video.

Source: American Christmas Tree Association Website

Vulcan Aluminum Mill: No Longer a One Trick Pony


Since the mid 1980s, Vulcan has proudly manufactured only one alloy… 5052. This alloy has been a household staple for us for a very long time and our sole concentration on 5052 has served us well up to this point in time. Over the past few years however, the automotive market has shifted to the use of aluminum in the manufacturing process in order to build lighter, more fuel-efficient vehicles. This trend has encouraged us to expand the alloys that we manufacture and supply.

Vulcan Alloy Photo

No longer a one trick pony, Vulcan now proudly provides alloys 5754 and 5182 in addition to our old standby, 5052. While 5052 is a fairly common alloy that is used in every product from concrete forms to pizza pans, our two newest alloys serve as integral components in the automotive industry, but are equally as diverse. Applications for 5182 and 5754 are described below.

5182 Applications

  • Packaging products (such as containers)
  • Beverage cans
  • Motor vehicle/automotive body panels and reinforcement members
  •  Brackets and parts

5754 Applications

  • Treadplate
  • Shipbuilding
  • Vehicle bodies
  • Rivets
  • Fishing industry equipment

5754 Alloy has an excellent corrosion resistance, especially to saltwater. For this reason, 5754 is the primary alloy chosen for marine applications.

Taking into account our most recent rolling mill expansion which doubled our capacity from 50 million pounds per year to 100 million, coupled with the alloy diversity we now offer, opportunity is evident today for Vulcan. We pride ourselves on the trusting relationships we build with our business partners and stand behind our products that we have put our mark on for the past 75+ years. So if you are looking for an aluminum supplier that stands ready to serve, this pony now officially has more than one trick up its saddlebag.