Maddie Lind wanted to honor her hometown and show just how much Fort Dodge has grown over the years.
That is part of the reason Lind opted to make a name change from Creative Signs and Graphics to Dodge Graphix during a recent move for the business.
“If you had asked me when I moved away if I would ever consider moving back to Fort Dodge, I would have said not at the time,” Lind said. “It took me being gone for a while to realize what I was missing.
“I missed being close to my family and I missed the feeling of home that this community provided. Fort Dodge has made great progress since I moved away and has only continued to do so. I’m proud to be from this town and to have Dodge as part of our name.”
Lind graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High School in 2009 and left for Omaha, Nebraska, shortly after, to pursue her passion for design at The Creative Center, where she earned her bachelor’s degree. She married Webster City native Zach Lind in 2017 and took over Creative Signs and Graphics that same year.
“I had been living in Omaha for six years and was ready for a change,” she said. “I had job offers in California, Minneapolis and Chicago, as well as back home here in Fort Dodge. I chose to come home, moving back in 2014 and starting work at Creative Signs and Graphics.”
Dodge Graphix is a full-service, in-house paint shop that provides design, print and installation services. They offer everything from indoor and outdoor signs, lighted signs, Gemini letters, sign repairs, installation and removal, stickers, print, promo items, wall graphics, vehicle wraps and more.
Lind said they can “also help create and grow your company identity from scratch or help update your current look.”
“What sets us apart is our products as well as our customer service and really quick turnarounds,” she added. “You can email, call or stop down and talk to us in person about your project and we can help you find the right product to fit your budget.
“Most orders we complete within three to five days if not sooner. We also accommodate a lot of last-minute projects on the same or the next day. We know that to our customers, time is money, so we do our best to keep our turnarounds quick. We also recently switched about 80 percent of our vinyl to American-made material. I know that makes our price point different than what you can get on Amazon, but it is a great product that we know will last and we are proud to stand behind.”
Plans to launch an online store and expand vehicle services offered are in the works. The move to a new location has helped with continued growth, says Lind.
“We are able to offer more services to our customers,” she said. “We can offer quicker turnarounds for vehicles along with working on larger projects.”
Along with her husband, Maddie Shute is the lead vinyl installer with advanced training and Katie Kehoe is the in-house graphic designer.
Dodge Graphix is located at 429 First Ave. S. in Fort Dodge. They can be reached at 515-955-5505, by email at [email protected] and online at www.dodgegraphix.com.