How to Utilize Wall Sign Frames and Cubicle Sign Holders for June’s National Safety Month

June 2021 marks the 25th National Safety Month and it’s especially significant as we emerge from the COVID pandemic. National Safety Month is observed annually by the National Safety Council and thousands of participating organizations, typically with themes revolving around injury prevention and how to save lives. Its messages are geared for workers on the job, families in the home, and the community at large.

Now the safety message extends to protection against unseen foes…like viruses. Relaying safety information is more vital than ever as businesses and offices reopen. And displays like Cubicle Sign Holders and Wall-Mount Sign Holders are an essential way to convey safety details, information, and instructions around the office and anywhere foot traffic passes most frequently.

This year’s National Safety Month is highly focused on safe workplaces. In fact, week 2 is dedicated specifically to the role of employers in returning remote workers to physical work-spaces. Topics like mental health support and vaccination information are two highlights.

Cubicle Sign Holder

We should also add that Acrylic Sign Holders make the dissemination of this vital print information extremely effective. They’re easy to install and relocate to areas where they are most easily seen in traffic flow. Both Wall-Mount Sign Holders and Cubicle Sign Holders deliver that kind of versatile usage. Fixed at eye level, acrylic clarity makes printed materials easy to absorb. And premium thickness makes them tough and sturdy.

As COVID restrictions become increasingly looser in June, more people will be depending on proper signage for guidance. Just as was the case last year when the pandemic hit high gear. And while Sneeze Guards and Acrylic Splash Shields might stay in place, new utilization of changing signage can make this a perfect time to invest in new Acrylic Sign Holders to spread the word!

One more thing about National Safety Month’s 25th anniversary. You can recognize a “safety hero” of your own with a donation through June (www.nsc.org/work-safety/get-involved/national-safety-month) and it will be matched up to $25,000!

How to Create Your Own Nameplate Inserts Using Perforated Card-stock

Plastic Products Mfg has unveiled several attractive additions to our Name Plate Holder line in recent months, like Multi-slot Desk Nameplate Holders with dynamic silver or black borders, or our Executive Series Wall Mount Acrylic Nameplate Holders with premium 1/8″ acrylic.  Naturally, many inquisitive customers have also been asking if we offer the templates for the inserts themselves.  While creating nameplate inserts is more of a printing specialty, we do have some “how-to” advice to help you make your own in Microsoft Word.

White Perforated Paper

It’s really a simple “DIY” process.  Once you have Word open, here’s what to do:


Step 1: Click Mailings and then the Labels button in the ribbon.


Step 2: Click Options.  If you use pre-printed labels from a Label vendor, this is where you can select the appropriate pre-formatted template by clicking the label vendor and the product number, then personalize it accordingly and click OK.


Step 3: Click New Document and a new, formatted document will appear with rectangles where names can be added (even if you don’t have a label “default” like in Step 2).


Step 4: This is where you can use different formatting options to give your nameplate inserts a unique look.  Select all the labels/inserts you’ve included in your document, then click Table Tools under Layout.  In the Alignment section, click “Align Center.”  This will align your nameplate both horizontally and vertically.


Step 5: Choose your font and print size.  This is accomplished under the Home menu just as you would in a Word writing format.  Same principle, same procedure.


Step 6: Save and print!  Your nameplate inserts are ready.


Here’s another way to create your nameplate template.  Under Insert on a Word doc, go to Text Box and choose any of the available selections.  Simply type your name/title and adjust your font/size as desired.   You can even add Clip Art under Insert if you want to enhance your nameplate beyond text.  Use the ruler at the top to control the horizontal print area, and your template is set.


Of course, if you are using an older version of Windows, your Word functions and capabilities may vary from those described in either method above.  But if you use Office 365, Windows 10, or any version more recent than Windows 7, you should be ready to make your DIY nameplate templates.


Then, the only major decision left is the type of paper stock or insert the material you want to use for the finished result.  Plastic Products Mfg. offers perforated card-stock in a variety of sizes and colors. You can use a laser or inkjet printer for your custom inserts and the perforated sheets make it easy to separate the inserts cleanly. 


Hopefully, these tips will help you make the perfect template for nameplate inserts with little time or fuss invested.  And when you need the right showcase to show those names in the best light possible, think about new Name Plate Holders at Plastic Products Mfg.!

Celebrate National Teachers Appreciation Day with Acrylic Name Plate Holders!

When asked which professions are most underappreciated, many responses are likely to include first responders, teachers, or both. As vital as first responders can be in life-threatening emergencies, it’s more likely that a teacher has cast a significant influence on your day-to-day.


To honor our fine educators, May 4th has been designated National Teacher Appreciation Day. Also called National Teacher Day, the National Education Association calls it not just a day for honoring teachers but also one that recognizes “the lasting contributions they make to our lives.” Social media postings using #TeacherAppreciationDay or #NationalTeacherDay are encouraged to say thanks, and we have a nice tribute idea that’s even better!


Consider the one item almost as necessary to teachers as a desk and a syllabus: the Name Plate Holder. Acrylic Nameplate Holders make very personalized gifts that offer quality and distinction. Polished acrylic like this goes well in a classroom setting and never goes out of style!


These People Spotters™ make excellent tributes, giving each teacher a well-deserved individual spotlight. Desk Nameplate Holders have a dynamic, modern look in slant-back, sloped, and stand-up styles. Nameplate Holders with Bold Silver or Black borders add a nice twist to a classic desk accessory, too!  Personalized inserts are also easy to load and never looked better in premium thickness acrylic.


Congress first declared March 7, 1980 as National Teacher Day. But the drive to make it happen began much earlier. Political and educational leaders started discussing the designation of a national day as far back as 1944. In 1953, Eleanor Roosevelt resumed the call and persuaded the 81st Congress to make the proclamation.


By the way, if you miss saying thanks to a teacher on Tuesday, May 4th, you can still avoid detention by saying it throughout the week and beyond. Technically speaking, National Teacher Day is part of Teacher Appreciation Week from May 3-7, 2021. Now you know!

5 Ways to Effectively Use Sign Holders to Keep Your Office Safe

A whole lot of new do’s and don’ts are gaining visibility inside stores, offices, public buildings, schools…practically any indoor setting where congregating is possible. For establishments trying to stay safe and viable, clear signage in times of Covid is more essential than ever.

So are the Sign Holders displaying them. As businesses and campuses adjust to ongoing changes in safety protocols and gradually re-open to fuller capacity, communicating with foot traffic effectively is crucial. Physical distancing measures, important transactional details, safety signage, compliance displays, and guidance to personal protective equipment (PPE) use and sanitation stations…there’s a lot of information to convey!

Professional and medical offices face the same challenges. Sneeze Guards and Countertop Sign Holders, for example, are in high demand for points-of-contact. Places like cashier stations and retail counters…reception areas and consultation rooms for professional/medical offices.

Attention-grabbing Acrylic Sign Holders play a vital role in office safety. Here are 5 ways that just might apply to your workplace!

  • Safety First! Signage detailing your most up-to-date protocols and precautions provides assurance that your place is safe and compliant.
  • Use Wall-Mount Sign Holders, strategically located at eye level. This Sign Holder is easy to mount and ready for immediate signage display.
  • Social distancing markers. It’s not always easy to keep one’s distance. Sign Holders provide added value by any measure!
  • Point-of-contact information. Countertop Sign Holders also complement acrylic Sneeze Guards where personal interactions usually occur. An effective way to grab the eye!
  • Cubicle Sign Holders are in high demand, corresponding with a resurgence in evolving office floor plans. Adding acrylic Cubicle Sign Holders to partitions is a smart way to showcase safety signage, personal identification, and directional guidance.

With Covid cases declining and vaccinations ramping up, expect more shifts in signage and ways to get the message out this Spring. Acrylic Wall-Mount, Cubicle, and Countertop Sign Holders always make a clear impact!

8 Businesses with Essential Sneeze Guard Needs

Across the nation, businesses are continuing to adapt their co-existence with a pandemic. Controlling foot traffic with physical distancing is one challenge, especially in areas with smaller interior square-footage. High visibility signage and displays are helping point the way while minimizing potential exposure to airborne particulates.

Acrylic Sneeze Guards and Protective Barriers also go hand-in-hand with business, medical facility, and campus upgrades. From reception counters to break rooms, protective barriers in clear plexiglass and acrylic are rapidly becoming standard fixtures in essential facilities.

Reputation for Effectiveness

Sneeze Guards may not be official medical devices but they do fit the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) category. Of course, the dynamic attributes of sturdy Acrylic Protective Barriers have been in use long before the arrival of COVID-19.

Think of salad bars and cafeterias. Plastic Sneeze Shields have been standard equipment for decades, providing a valuable, sanitary, health-minded service.

Thicker acrylic is also the model partition for transactions in higher risk cash businesses. A clear barrier with protective qualities, acrylic strength serves as a reliable shield for banks and check cashing operations to dispensaries and take-out restaurants.

Fast Forward to COVID-19

New office layouts are also discovering the essential nature of Cubicle Sneeze Guards and Freestanding Sneeze Guards. Even with social distancing measures in place, adding another layer of protection against droplets is both smart and necessary.

We’ve seen a sharp increase in orders for Sneeze Guards and Acrylic Protective Barriers across a broad range of industries. And we identified eight where demand is on the rise.

Top 8

1. Take-Out Restaurants

2. Government Facilities, Libraries, and Municipal Buildings

3. Nail Salons

4. Doctor and Dentist Offices

5. Banks

6. Gas Stations and Convenience Stores

7. Hardware Stores

8. Funeral Homes

Whether or not your workplace is on the list or mentioned previously, if it’s essential to the public, making the public feel safe is likewise essential. Sneeze Guards and Acrylic Protective Barriers help solidify that peace-of-mind. Explore your options and possibilities!  

Celebrate Your Name Week…with Office Nameplate Holders!

What’s in a name? It may not be something you think about terribly often, but when you consider the person behind the name, the name itself becomes more than just a label or ID. That’s what “Celebrate Your Name Week” is all about…and March 5th specifically has been designated as Learn What Your Name Means Day. What better time to embrace your name, discover the true meaning, and show it off in a colorful Nameplate Holder display!

As part of the festivities, we’re putting Cubicle Nameplate Holders, Desk Nameplate Holders, and Wall Name Plates in the spotlight. With a splash of color, just to make those name plates pop and celebrate the individual in the showcase!

Colorful inserts deliver a vibrant addition to Nameplate Holders. We offer FREE perforated card stock for do-it-yourself printing…a perfect time to customize and let the staff get creative. You could even suggest a contest for the most innovative Name Plate insert to keep in the spirit of the event!

By the way, if you think we’re making up Celebrate Your Name Week, we are not. And we understand if you never heard of it. But CYNW was actually established in 1997 by Jerry Hill, a hobbyist dabbling in American Onomatology – the study of etymology, history, and use of proper names. Hill designated the first week of March to celebrate names and have fun getting to know more about them. Each day has its own component…Name Tag Day, Namesake Day, Fun Facts Day, Unique Names Day, Learn What Your Name Means Day (March 5th), Middle Name Pride Day, and Genealogy Day. Consider those themes for inspiration!

A great place to find out fun facts about your name and your co-workers’? Try www.behindthename.com. You’ll love it! And honor each with clear acrylic Nameplate Holders, the best way to spotlight individuals with exceptional visibility!

The Importance of Sneeze Guards in the Office

As the pandemic chugs along and a good section of the work force continues operating remotely, many offices are adjusting so staff can return in a pared down setting. Staggered scheduling and physical distancing are making a big impact on floor layout. And figuring out how to keep staff healthy and not breathing on one another? That’s where Sneeze Guards and Acrylic Protective Barriers have become office essentials!

Part of the challenge is determining just how many different areas where transmission of airborne particles is most likely. If you already assessed all the possible points of potential contact in your workplace, were you surprised just how many you came up with? We may not have thought of them all, but we’re off to a diverse start in Sneeze Guard designs for different transactional demands.

One example in office upgrades is the shift from open-air floor plans to the return of the cubicle. Safely distanced, of course. And ideal for a Cubicle Sneeze Guard. They’re not medical devices or 100% COVID-proof, but Sneeze Guards DO qualify as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)…another level of shielding against droplets emitted through even simple breathing and conversation.  

But what about reception counters and areas where transactions are conducted? A Sneeze Guard with a Transaction Slot offers a protective barrier…with enough space to take care of business.

Our Countertop Splash Shield offers a similar approach with a solid panel from top to bottom. You’ve no doubt seen this type of Sneeze Guard model strategically placed in grocery stores, post offices, retail environments, and school campuses.

With so many changes over the past year, the smart bet is that further forthcoming modifications should be part of the business plan. Freestanding Sneeze Guards deliver heavy-duty protection in a lightweight model that is also quite mobile and easy to relocate. Need a clear partition between employee’s desks? Acrylic Protective Barriers are a fine alternative.

With a strong reputation for innovation in plexiglass and premium thickness acrylic, Plastic Products Mfg is stepping up to the plate and helping make a safer workplace. Explore the ways you can improve an even healthier interior!  

Show Your Office Space Extra Love this Valentine’s Day with New Nameplate Holders!

The last few months have been tough for the office space. Remember when the workplace was like a second home? Once totally dark and lonely places, office spaces are coming back to life! Businesses are learning to adapt and scheduling staff in more socially distanced ways. And office spaces are reawakening in new floor layouts and designs with partitions.

Valentine’s Day seems like an especially appropriate time to show your office space some extra love after so many lonely months. With cubicles popping up at an increasingly rapid rate, new Multi-Slot Nameplate Holders really spruce ‘em up!  Dynamic Bordered Nameplate Holders also stand out clearly with black and silver border options.

While managers test their flexibility in staffing, spacing, and how to allocate work zones, Multi-Slot Nameplate Holders are an ideal match. Shifting individual Name Plates is as easy as mounting the display itself. Multi-Slot Nameplate Holders make an excellent alternative for upgrading Wall Nameplate Holders, too.

There’s much to absorb visually in the new COVID workplace. New signage, Sign Holders, and Plexiglass Sneeze Guards are now standard office essentials. And trying to stand out with greater visibility can be a challenge. That’s where silver or black Bordered Nameplate Holders truly accentuate names…just like a Valentine’s tribute.

Another multi-use, multi-functional advantage? Both Multi-Slot Nameplate Holders and Bordered Nameplate Holders can serve as showcases for department titles and even directional guidance in addition to staff member spotlights.  

You know something else about Valentine’s Day? According to Hallmark last year, Americans exchanged about 144,000,000 cards. And while some mistakenly think Hallmark invented the holiday, the oldest record of a Valentine message actually goes back to the year 1415. The origins of the holiday itself go even further back to the 5th Century…named for the 3rd Century priest St. Valentine who performed secret wedding ceremonies.  

Highlight February’s American Heart Month with Acrylic Sign Holders

February is American Heart Month! For millions of Americans, awareness could be a pivotal, potentially life-saving event! Since heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, the medical community is banding together to get the word out about taking action and reducing risk through a healthier lifestyle.

President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed the first American Heart Month in February 1964, when more than half the deaths in the U.S. were caused by cardiovascular disease. According to the American Heart Association, it’s still the leading cause of death globally at more than 17.3 million fatalities…a number that’s expected to rise to more than 23.6 million by 2030.

The news is not all grim, however. Again, awareness campaigns and medical advances have made a huge difference along with taking preventable measures when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions.

If you are in the medical field, now’s a perfect opportunity to spread the word throughout your facilities. Put your slicks, posters, and promotional literature in the spotlight with clear acrylic Sign Holders. Increasing awareness starts by capturing the eye and locking attention on the message. This premium thickness Sign Holder slants back to meet the eye in a material that delivers high visual acuity.

Looking for other ways to get the word out? Why not include a segment on heart-healthy living in your newsletter? Maybe you can help host a community event and disseminate info about local health resources. Tweet about American Heart Month (and National Wear Red Day). Plus, the American Heart Association is glad to recruit members in the national movement supporting healthier communities.

February is the month for Sweethearts. Make it a month for STRONG hearts, too!

The Top 5 Benefits of Plexiglass Sneeze Guards

In less than one year, we have seen our world change entirely. That goes for the work world, which has had to adapt to COVID-19 protocols for health and safety…and to stay operational. 

Of course, we’re now accustomed to many of these practices, namely social distancing and wearing masks. Business owners and managers have also been tasked with acquisition of personal protective equipment (PPE) along with essentials like gloves and hand sanitizers.

Other essentials for the new workplace also include Plexiglass Sneeze Guards. These protective barriers manufactured with premium thickness acrylic are now standard for many outfits and demand is on the rise significantly!   

COVID-19 is primarily transmitted through respiratory droplets spread when talking, coughing, sneezing, and just breathing in general. CDC guidelines instituted the six-foot rule as a basic measure, but the footprint for many indoor congregate settings requires more stringent defensive measures. This is where the Plexiglass Sneeze Guard is an effective blocker of direct airborne particles.

Why choose our protective acrylic barriers like the Cubicle Sneeze Guard and Freestanding Sneeze Guard? There are several great reasons and here are five distinct advantages.

*Transparency. Personal interactions from a safe distance can still be clearly achieved with a protective acrylic barrier to stop airborne droplets.   

*Easy to Clean, Minimizes Surface Contamination. Keeping Plexiglass Sneeze Guards clean, disinfected, and sanitized is incredibly easy. This is especially important as transmission of COVID-19 can also occur with surface contact.

*Helps Create a Healthy Distance. Floor markers and signage displays are frequent reminders for patrons to keep their distance. Protective acrylic barriers also help create a safer distance in public settings. Cubicle Sneeze Guards are in higher demand for campus and administrative areas, too.

*Flexibility in Usage. Changes in floor layout and interior modifications are easily adaptable with Freestanding Sneeze Guards. Sturdy yet lightweight and flexible enough to relocate, wherever needed.

*Reducing COVID-19 Exposure. Plexiglass Sneeze Guards deliver a much-needed barrier in personal space. And they are CDC recommended!

Show your customers, employees, and foot traffic you care about their safety. An added line of acrylic defense can only bolster your overall attack against COVID-19!