Orange County Economic Development

Name of Business: Lightspire Design and Fabrication, LLC

 Description: Sign manufacturing and  other custom CNC fabrication

What year was your business founded/established? 2016

What made you decide to open your business? I’ve been in IT for the past 25 years or so and wanted to create something in the real — as opposed to “virtual” world. During a trip to Linville, Blowing Rock and Boone a couple of years ago I noticed their businesses had signs that are much, much nicer than in our area. I saw an opportunity that fit very well with the kind of “real world” work I wanted to undertake.

What makes your business unique? I work with local businesses from concept to completion to create dimensional (carved) signs that work with their own particular branding and message. I work with them collaboratively from the design phase through installation.

What do you wish your local neighbors (potential customers) knew about your business? That I’m here! Getting the word out and then building a reputation as a business owner that cares about the service he provides takes so much time!

What are your next goals for your business (any exciting expansion plans or new product/services)? Within the next year I plan to add vinyl sign design and manufacture to my work. Within 2-3 years I’ll also be adding the ability to create cut steel signs.

If someone were to give you $100,000 to invest in your business, how would you spend it?  

  •  A truck for equipment and sign transportation (I’m honestly terrible with a trailer!)
  •  A vinyl printer/plotter to expand sign offerings
  •  A CNC plasma cutter for working in steel
  •  Expansion of my current lease to handle the space I need.

What do you enjoy most about doing business in Orange County? My manufacturing space is leased space in Eno River Mill. I love working in Hillsborough! There’s a part of me that’s still about 10 years old — with the loading dock open I can see the trains roll by. Work STOPS to watch a freight train go by!

Contact Information:
Owner:           Kevin Gunn
Address:        437 Dimmocks Mill Rd, Suite 45
Hours:            As many as I can!
Telephone #: 919-824-3320

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