Aluminum Nameplates

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Aluminum Nameplates

Hallmark Nameplate offers premium quality aluminum nameplates in different alloys and finishes. We also offer Metalphoto® nameplates, which are made from photosensitive anodized aluminum.

Of all the available nameplate materials, aluminum is extremely durable, lightweight, versatile and scratch resistant, which makes it one of the most widely used materials for nameplates. Aluminum nameplates can stand up to harsh weather, various chemicals and heavy usage. They can last for many years. Our aluminum nameplates are available in 1000, 1100, 1145 and 5005 aluminum alloys.

Aluminum tags withstand harsh environments and heavy industrial use. Aluminum nameplates can be designed to meet military, ANSI, UL and CSA specifications. Aluminum is a great nameplate material for clients that want an attractive finish in a hard, tarnish proof and rust proof material. Aluminum is frequently used for outside applications, but it can also be used inside. Its most common use is for equipment asset tags.

The Aluminum Alloys We Use:

  • AL-1100-32 1100 alloy H14 temper non-anodized 
  • AL-MCSH19-05G 1100 alloy H19 temper scratch brush clear sealed anodized
  • AL-MCSH19-03G 1145 alloy H19 temper scratch brush clear sealed anodized (.003” thick)
  • AL-MCSH19-08G 1145 alloy H19 temper scratch brush clear sealed anodized (.008” thick)
  • AL-LCSH34-16G 5005 alloy H34 temper mill finish clear sealed anodized
  • AL-LUDUSH19-20G 5005 alloy H34 temper mill finish undyed unsealed anodized
  • AL-MILCSH34-12 5005 alloy H34 temper mill finish clear sealed anodized
  • AL-MILH34-20 5005 alloy H34 temper mill finish clear sealed anodized
  • AL-MILH34-32 5005 alloy H34 temper mill finish clear sealed anodized

Key Characteristics:

  • The 1100 aluminum alloy series is considered commercially pure aluminum (99% purity or higher), with superior corrosion resistance, formability and conductivity.
  • Aluminum 1145 alloy has a minimum aluminum content of 99.45%. It is also a commercially pure alloy. Since it has a greater aluminum content than the 1100, it exhibits greater conductivity.
  • Aluminum 5005 alloy has a minimum of 0.8% magnesium. It has medium strength and good corrosion resistance and is especially recommended for marine environments.
  • H14 temper is cold worked and strain hardened for a tensile strength midway between O (annealed) and H18 (full hard). It’s partially annealed for easy forming.
  • H19 temper aluminum is strain hardened to 1.5 ksi (10 MPa) greater than H18.
  • H34 temper is cold worked and stabilized at a low temperature which prevents hardening due to age.
  • Brush anodized and clear sealed aluminum has gone through a finishing process that is used to further protect the aluminum surface and stop corrosion in harsh indoor and outdoor environments.
  • Mill Finish indicates the natural appearance of aluminum after it has arrived from the extrusion mill or rolling mill. It has not gone through any chemical or mechanical finishing.

Available Options for Aluminum Nameplates:

  • Custom die-cut shapes in any thickness.
  • Corners can be rounded with radii from .0312” to .5”.
  • Fabrication for bolt, rivet or screw installation, or can be affixed with a strong adhesive.
  • Custom printing to suit your requirements.
  • Your choice of custom textures and finishes.
  • Thickness range between 0.003 inches and 0.125 inches.
  • Metalphoto® process makes aluminum asset tags especially rugged and easily scannable for barcode and other variable data nameplates.

Aluminum Nameplate Uses by Thickness

The .020” aluminum is very popular, as it’s structurally stable and cost-effective. Thinner material can be used if a highly flexible nameplate is needed for forming or to insert into formed plastic parts. For serializing and adhesive-backed nameplates, .025” aluminum is recommended. The .050” and .064” aluminum is most often used on control panels, while the thickest stock, .125” aluminum, is commonly used on heavy cases. This type of material can be used for commemorative plaques.

Aluminum Finishes:

Undyed / Unsealed Aluminum

 This is designed to conform with military specifications and other requirements. Sealed aluminum increases the corrosion resistance but may decrease abrasion resistance. Some applications require aluminum to be unsealed — for instance, the military specification MIL-A-8625.

Anodized Aluminum (Clear Sealed; also known as Photo Sealed)

Lightweight yet durable, anodized aluminum is suitable for both indoor and outdoor applications. It’s known for its corrosion and abrasion resistance and is lighter than other metals. For a photo sealed aluminum nameplate, the design is screen printed with ink onto the surface. The nameplate is then sealed with a protective anodized layer.

We offer anodized aluminum nameplates in chrome and silver. Anodized aluminum nameplates are used for instructional tags, serial number and corporate identity tags, scales, dials, templates and rating plates.

Photosensitive Anodized Aluminum (Metalphoto)

Metalphoto® is a special process that creates extremely durable, high-resolution nameplates, control panels, signs and labels. Metalphoto involves no printing. The process takes place in a darkroom and uses a film negative that’s similar to traditional photo processing. The image is sealed inside the anodized aluminum, which makes the nameplate resistant to sunlight, corrosion, high temperatures, abrasion and exposure to chemicals. The appearance is that of printed ink, but with exceptional durability. Metalphoto nameplates have a rating of 20+ years for outdoor use, and the design won’t ever wear off or fade.

The Best Aluminum Nameplates for Your Project

With more than 50 years of engineering and manufacturing expertise, Hallmark Nameplate can help to design the ideal nameplates for your application. There are many considerations, such as where they’ll be used, environmental conditions and requirements specific to your industry. Tell us about your project and a specialist will work with you to recommend a solution that’s durable, long-lasting, on-brand and cost-effective. 

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Vinyl (PVC)

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Vinyl (PVC)

PVC vinyl, also known as polyvinyl chloride, is very rigid and extremely durable. Certain types with UV overlaminate protection can be used outdoors. Properties of PVC include resistance to moisture and humidity as well as low cost. Although it's harder to recycle than other plastics, vinyl can be melted down and reused, so it's considered a recyclable product.

PVC vinyl nameplates are available with different finishes and textures like glossy, velvet and matte. Vinyl labels can be ordered in different thicknesses. PVC accepts different adhesives and can include holes or slots for screws.

We offer the following types of vinyl labels:

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White and Colored

With selective textures and adhesives, different parts of the overlay and nameplate are treated in different ways. Usually, the finished nameplate has the finish/texture of the base material and the graphics are reverse printed on the untextured underside of the material.

Textures

We can apply (print or laminate) finishes/textures on the top side, covering the entire surface, or print only in certain areas selectively. For example, we can take a glossy polyester nameplate and print a selective velvet texture over everything except for the company logo graphic and text. This makes the logo “pop out” from the background.

Adhesives

The adhesive is usually rolled on and covers the entire underside of the nameplate. It can have holes selectively cut in it for transparent windows. Windows are areas with no printing which may or may not have adhesive.

Scotchcal™

With selective textures and adhesives, different parts of the overlay and nameplate are treated in different ways. Usually, the finished nameplate has the finish/texture of the base material and the graphics are reverse printed on the untextured underside of the material.

Textures

We can apply (print or laminate) finishes/textures on the top side, covering the entire surface, or print only in certain areas selectively. For example, we can take a glossy polyester nameplate and print a selective velvet texture over everything except for the company logo graphic and text. This makes the logo “pop out” from the background.

Adhesives

The adhesive is usually rolled on and covers the entire underside of the nameplate. It can have holes selectively cut in it for transparent windows. Windows are areas with no printing which may or may not have adhesive.

Scotchlite™

With selective textures and adhesives, different parts of the overlay and nameplate are treated in different ways. Usually, the finished nameplate has the finish/texture of the base material and the graphics are reverse printed on the untextured underside of the material.

Textures

We can apply (print or laminate) finishes/textures on the top side, covering the entire surface, or print only in certain areas selectively. For example, we can take a glossy polyester nameplate and print a selective velvet texture over everything except for the company logo graphic and text. This makes the logo “pop out” from the background.

Adhesives

The adhesive is usually rolled on and covers the entire underside of the nameplate. It can have holes selectively cut in it for transparent windows. Windows are areas with no printing which may or may not have adhesive.

Tyvek

With selective textures and adhesives, different parts of the overlay and nameplate are treated in different ways. Usually, the finished nameplate has the finish/texture of the base material and the graphics are reverse printed on the untextured underside of the material.

Textures

We can apply (print or laminate) finishes/textures on the top side, covering the entire surface, or print only in certain areas selectively. For example, we can take a glossy polyester nameplate and print a selective velvet texture over everything except for the company logo graphic and text. This makes the logo “pop out” from the background.

Adhesives

The adhesive is usually rolled on and covers the entire underside of the nameplate. It can have holes selectively cut in it for transparent windows. Windows are areas with no printing which may or may not have adhesive.

Choose the Highest Quality Plastic Nameplates from Hallmark Nameplate

Contact Hallmark Nameplate with your project details, and our nameplate experts will work with you to design the best plastic nameplates for your application.

Polyester (Mylar®)

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Polyester (Mylar®)

Mylar Formulation and Characteristics

Polyester, also known as Mylar® (its brand name), is made from stretched polyethylene terephthalate (PET). It’s ideal for harsh indoor and outdoor environments. It’s UV resistant, won’t fade in the sun, and is non-yellowing. Mylar is also electrical resistant and can withstand extreme temperatures, water, abrasion, and chemicals. This extremely durable and highly versatile material can meet rigorous specifications for high tensile strength, durability, resistance to solvents, clarity, resistance to shrinking and stretching, and low electrical conduction. It also resists tears and won’t become brittle when used outdoors.

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Features and Uses of Mylar Polyester Labels

Mylar is well suited for commercial as well as industrial applications. Common uses for Mylar nameplates include asset tags, product identification, faceplates, control panels, and overlays. Mylar can be used as the base material for the nameplate, and it can also be used as a top overlaminate (protective overlay) over a nameplate made from another material.

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Autoflex

  • 8010 Lexan, Clear
  • 8010V Lexan, Clear
  • 8A13V Lexan, Matte
  • 8A35 Lexan, Velvet (5-25 mils)
  • 8B35 Lexan, Velvet (3-20 mils)
  • 8B35E Lexan, Velvet
  • 8B35F Lexan, Velvet
  • 8B35V Lexan, Velvet
  • 8B35FV Lexan, Velvet
  • 8B36 Lexan, Suede
  • AutoFlex PC
  • Covestro Makrofol® DE 1-1 000000 Clear Polycarbonate
  • Covestro Makrofol DE 7-2 000000 Polycarbonate
  • FR60 Lexan, Polished
  • FR63 Lexan, Matte
  • FR65 Lexan, Velvet
  • FR66 Lexan, Suede
  • FR83 Lexan, Matte
  • FR700 Lexan, Velvet
  • HPXXS Lexan
  • HPXXW Lexan
  • Marnot® XL Hardcoat Clear Polycarbonate (Marnot XL Polycarbonate)
  • RowTec® Polycarbonate

Covestro

  • 8010 Lexan, Clear
  • 8010V Lexan, Clear
  • 8A13V Lexan, Matte
  • 8A35 Lexan, Velvet (5-25 mils)
  • 8B35 Lexan, Velvet (3-20 mils)
  • 8B35E Lexan, Velvet
  • 8B35F Lexan, Velvet
  • 8B35V Lexan, Velvet
  • 8B35FV Lexan, Velvet
  • 8B36 Lexan, Suede
  • AutoFlex PC
  • Covestro Makrofol® DE 1-1 000000 Clear Polycarbonate
  • Covestro Makrofol DE 7-2 000000 Polycarbonate
  • FR60 Lexan, Polished
  • FR63 Lexan, Matte
  • FR65 Lexan, Velvet
  • FR66 Lexan, Suede
  • FR83 Lexan, Matte
  • FR700 Lexan, Velvet
  • HPXXS Lexan
  • HPXXW Lexan
  • Marnot® XL Hardcoat Clear Polycarbonate (Marnot XL Polycarbonate)
  • RowTec® Polycarbonate

Marnot® XL

  • 8010 Lexan, Clear
  • 8010V Lexan, Clear
  • 8A13V Lexan, Matte
  • 8A35 Lexan, Velvet (5-25 mils)
  • 8B35 Lexan, Velvet (3-20 mils)
  • 8B35E Lexan, Velvet
  • 8B35F Lexan, Velvet
  • 8B35V Lexan, Velvet
  • 8B35FV Lexan, Velvet
  • 8B36 Lexan, Suede
  • AutoFlex PC
  • Covestro Makrofol® DE 1-1 000000 Clear Polycarbonate
  • Covestro Makrofol DE 7-2 000000 Polycarbonate
  • FR60 Lexan, Polished
  • FR63 Lexan, Matte
  • FR65 Lexan, Velvet
  • FR66 Lexan, Suede
  • FR83 Lexan, Matte
  • FR700 Lexan, Velvet
  • HPXXS Lexan
  • HPXXW Lexan
  • Marnot® XL Hardcoat Clear Polycarbonate (Marnot XL Polycarbonate)
  • RowTec® Polycarbonate

RowTec® Polycarbonate

  • 8010 Lexan, Clear
  • 8010V Lexan, Clear
  • 8A13V Lexan, Matte
  • 8A35 Lexan, Velvet (5-25 mils)
  • 8B35 Lexan, Velvet (3-20 mils)
  • 8B35E Lexan, Velvet
  • 8B35F Lexan, Velvet
  • 8B35V Lexan, Velvet
  • 8B35FV Lexan, Velvet
  • 8B36 Lexan, Suede
  • AutoFlex PC
  • Covestro Makrofol® DE 1-1 000000 Clear Polycarbonate
  • Covestro Makrofol DE 7-2 000000 Polycarbonate
  • FR60 Lexan, Polished
  • FR63 Lexan, Matte
  • FR65 Lexan, Velvet
  • FR66 Lexan, Suede
  • FR83 Lexan, Matte
  • FR700 Lexan, Velvet
  • HPXXS Lexan
  • HPXXW Lexan
  • Marnot® XL Hardcoat Clear Polycarbonate (Marnot XL Polycarbonate)
  • RowTec® Polycarbonate

LEXAN

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With selective textures and adhesives, different parts of the Lexan™ nameplate are treated in different ways. Usually, the finished nameplate has the finish/texture of the base material and the graphics are reverse printed on the untextured underside of the material.

We can apply (print or laminate) finishes/textures on the top side, covering the entire surface, or print only in certain areas selectively. For example, we can take a glossy polyester nameplate and print a selective velvet texture over everything except for the company logo graphic and text. This makes the logo “pop out” from the background.

The adhesive is usually rolled on and covers the entire underside of the nameplate. It can have holes selectively cut in it for transparent windows. Windows are areas with no printing which may or may not have adhesive.

Lexan nameplates can be designed to UL® or CSA-approved specifications.

Polycarbonate Overlays & Nameplates

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Polycarbonate Overlays & Nameplates

When working with Hallmark Nameplate, you have the opportunity to create a fully customized product that fits your business's exact needs and standards.  We dive into the intricate details of colors, texture, and finish to develop a piece that will properly work with your company.

This includes the very top layer of the product.  As it is a custom product, our customers can approach our team with a specific material that they need us to use to abide by their industry requirements.

However, we are also approached by those looking for guidance, who in many times want direction or suggestions that will best suit their needs.

The most popular solution is Polycarbonate Overlays and Nameplates.  But why?

Compared to traditional overlays and nameplates, Polycarbonate Overlays and Polycarbonate Nameplates can be manufactured with transparent features and give you the option to choose from various textured finishes which provides maximum durability. The finish is ideal for highly detailed printing.

Polycarbonate resin is a thermoplastic material that’s transparent, strong, impact-resistant, and temperature resistant.  It provides exceptional optical clarity, color reproduction, depth effect, graphic design flexibility, printability, and dimensional stability.

Polycarbonate is an eco-friendly material that is flame retardant, UV resistant, and compliant with FDA and USP regulations.  The environment that your overlay or nameplate will live in will help to make a lot of the decisions when it comes to the development.  Hallmark Nameplate will help you through every step of the production.

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Advantages of Polycarbonate Finishes

Why could a Polycarbonate finish be the right material for you?  This specific finish protects against harsh conditions both indoors and outdoors.   Polycarbonate overlays and nameplates will be protected from UV rays, extreme temperatures, and everyday operation.  It is resistant to scratches, corrosion, chemical abrasion, and water without damaging the material.

The goal is to maintain the appearance, longevity, legibility, and functionality of the overlay in its environment.  The printing process is normally done on the underside of the plastic to permanently protect the graphic and ensure durability.  Your labels need to be made to last and brand your product for a lifetime.

How Different Industries Use Polycarbonate Overlays

You’ll most commonly see polycarbonate overlays and nameplates in the electronic industry, but they are also found in aerospace, automotive, computers, and medical fields.

Found on:

  • Appliances
  • Control systems
  • Instrumentation
  • Military equipment
  • Computer hardware
  • Airlines
  • Industrial equipment

Used for:

  • Warning labels
  • Keypad switches
  • Instruction labels
  • Nameplates
  • Logos
  • Product identification

Your facility and equipment may require materials with precise specifications, certifications, or inspection procedures.

We are UL certified, RoHS, and ITAR compliant and a 3M Preferred Converter. Other certifications include ISO 13485:2016, ISO 9001:2015, and GPI.

Customize Your Polycarbonate Overlays & Nameplates

We will walk you through the development process to ensure you select the materials and designs that are best for your business’s specific needs.

  • 8010 Lexan, Clear
  • 8010V Lexan, Clear
  • 8A13V Lexan, Matte
  • 8A35 Lexan, Velvet (5-25 mils)
  • 8B35 Lexan, Velvet (3-20 mils)
  • 8B35E Lexan, Velvet
  • 8B35F Lexan, Velvet
  • 8B35V Lexan, Velvet
  • 8B35FV Lexan, Velvet
  • 8B36 Lexan, Suede
  • AutoFlex PC
  • Covestro Makrofol® DE 1-1 000000 Clear Polycarbonate
  • Covestro Makrofol DE 7-2 000000 Polycarbonate
  • FR60 Lexan, Polished
  • FR63 Lexan, Matte
  • FR65 Lexan, Velvet
  • FR66 Lexan, Suede
  • FR83 Lexan, Matte
  • FR700 Lexan, Velvet
  • HPXXS Lexan
  • HPXXW Lexan
  • Marnot® XL Hardcoat Clear Polycarbonate (Marnot XL Polycarbonate)
  • RowTec® Polycarbonate

Autoflex®

Autoflex® PC from MacDermid Autotype is a hard-coated polycarbonate that provides exceptional clarity, low yellowness, low haze, and both chemical and scratch resistance. Autoflex is resistant to alcohols, dilute acids and alkalis, petrol and diesel, most household cleaning agents, and certain aggressive organic solvents. It also has a consistent gloss or anti-glare hard coat surfaces.

Autoflex PC Gloss G180, G250, G380, G480, G640, G750
Gloss finish; 180, 250, 380, 480, 640, 750 microns

Autoflex PC Antiglare A180, A250, A380, A480, A640, A750
Antiglare finish; 180, 250, 380, 480, 640, 750 microns

Lexan

Lexan 8010 and Lexan 8010V clear polycarbonate films offer excellent clarity in every thickness, high heat resistance and dimensional stability. It’s one of the world’s most rugged polymers. Lexan 8010 film has a high gloss finish and meets requirements for UV stability. Lexan 8010V has the same properties, plus exceptional dimensional stability for applications that require UL94 flammability performance.

Lexan 8A13, 8A35, 8A37, 8B35, and 8B36 are transparent polycarbonate films, available in different textures. They provide high-temperature resistance, dimensional stability, and good printability, making them suitable for high-performance labels and overlays. The velvet texture is mar-resistant and can be used over LEDs.

Matte 8A13-112 (7-25 mils)

Velvet 8A35-112 (5-25 mils)

Brushed 8A37-112 (10-20 mils)

Velvet 8B35-112 (3-20 mils)

Suede 8B36-112 (10-20 mils)

Lexan 8A13V film is a matte finished transparent polycarbonate film, with all the features of 8A13 plus UL94 flammability performance

Lexan 8B35E transparent polycarbonate film has a velvet finish. Features include exceptional clarity, resistance against high heat, and excellent dimensional stability for all material thicknesses. Its low gloss finish makes it perfect for back-lit dials, overlays, dead-front graphics, and display protection.

Lexan 8B35F transparent polycarbonate film, with a velvet finish, is designed to eliminate pinholes for backlit uses. It offers heat resistance, clarity, and dimensional stability, plus a smooth surface.

Lexan 8B35V is polycarbonate film with a velvet finish, with the same features of 8B35 in addition to meeting UL94 flammability requirements.

Lexan 8B35FV film is velvet finished transparent polycarbonate, with the same properties as 8B35F, with UL94 flammability characteristics.
Note: The following Lexan film grades now meet UL94 - VTM-2 / V-2 ratings: 8010 (30mil), 8A13F (20mil), 8A35 (7mil, 20mil), 8B35 (7mil, 15mil, 20mil), and 8B35F (15mil through 30mil), with the same specifications for gauge/width tolerance, gloss, surface texture, and cosmetic variables. V grades have been discontinued.

Lexan HPXXS Series UV coated graphic film is high performance with very good abrasion and chemical resistance. It’s highly durable and easily printed, with coating and texture adhesion, even with exposure to household cleaners.

Lexan HPXXW Series high-performance coated film offers very good resistance to abrasion, chemicals, and UV. It has a special coating that’s resistant to hazing and yellowing in bright sunlight. These qualities make HPXXW recommended for outdoor graphic uses such as warning labels and marine graphics.

Lexan FRXX is a flame-retardant, clear, thin-gauge polycarbonate film, available in different finishes. Its UL94 V-0 listing meets the strictest requirements for various electronic, electrical and transportation uses. This material supports die-cutting, thermoforming, and hydroforming, and is excellent for backlit aircraft in-flight displays and panels, among other applications.

Lexan FR60 – polished

Lexan FR63 – matte

Lexan FR65 – velvet

Lexan FR66 – suede

Lexan FR83 – transparent matte

Lexan FR700 black, velvet flame-retardant polycarbonate film is dimensionally stable at high temperatures and has a high flammability rating. It also has a UL94 V-0 listing and superior mechanical properties

Marnot XL

Marnot XL Clear Hardcoated Polycarbonate offers the appearance of a clear gloss material with high chemical, scratch, and abrasion resistance. This makes it appropriate for appliance overlays, nameplates, and lenses.

RowTec®

RowTec® Polycarbonate films are recommended for applications that require thermal, optical, electrical, and mechanical characteristics.

They’re available with different textures and thicknesses and provide clarity, impact resistance, dimensional stability, and dielectric properties. RowTec polycarbonate is used for applications like labels, backlit displays, dial indicators, instrument panel overlays, graphic panels, and scales. Thicknesses range from 0.002” – 0.040”, and in gloss, velvet, matte, and suede.

RowTec – Standard Polycarbonate Film
RowTec HC – a high-abrasion and chemically resistant coated film
RowTec RT – with PreLume® Light Reflection Technology for whiter, brighter graphics
RowTec V – meets UL94 VTM-2 at 0.005” - 0.010”

With selective textures and adhesives, different parts of the overlay and nameplate are treated in different ways. Usually, the finished nameplate has the finish/texture of the base material and the graphics are reverse printed on the untextured underside of the material.

Textures

We can apply (print or laminate) finishes/textures on the top side, covering the entire surface, or print only in certain areas selectively. For example, we can take a glossy polyester nameplate and print a selective velvet texture over everything except for the company logo graphic and text. This makes the logo “pop out” from the background.

Adhesives

The adhesive is usually rolled on and covers the entire underside of the nameplate. It can have holes selectively cut in it for transparent windows. Windows are areas with no printing which may or may not have adhesive.

Polycarbonate Overlays & Nameplates at Hallmark Nameplate

Whether your product is in its existing or early stage of development, you can rest assured that Hallmark Nameplate will assist you with your design and any other requirements you may have.

Fill out a form on our contact page today to get started!

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