676 George Washington Hwy
Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865
Toll Free: 888-860-4515
After finishing a correspondence course sign lettering, Alcide Mandeville founded our company in 1917 in his backyard garage on Summer Street in Central Falls Rhode Island. He began by hand lettering paper signs and windows, the outdoor business signs and commercial sign standards of the day.
His three sons Bertrand, Roland and Raymond joined him over time and expanded the company sign fabrication capabilities. In the late 1940's and early 1950's exposed neon signs were becoming popular, and Roland, having returned from World War II went off to New York for training. Once back in Rhode Island, Roland helped the company expand their outdoor business signs offerings to include ornamental shaped fabricated aluminum signs with exposed neon, a popular sign type for many decades.
The sixties and seventies brought opportunities to expand their commercial sign work to the national level. The company manufactured and installed both the Dunkin Donuts signs and the iconic shingled roof systems, with a fleet of trucks dispatched as far away as North Dakota. That success was followed by a national sign program for Cumberland Farms and the Melville Corporation, the once parent company of CVS Corporation. Roland took over as company President in the mid seventies after his brother Raymond died suddenly.
Roland's tenure as President pushed the company to new heights, both in serving a wide variety of commercial sign customers, and the unique sign types and outdoor business signs manufactured. He was a stickler for precision and was able, at a glance, to detect a slight flaw. That focus served to further establish Mandeville Sign as the source for top quality precision commercial signs.
Our current management team consists of Roland's children - Jeanne, Tom and Jim Mandeville. Tom and Jim started in their teens sweeping floors and painting. They learned each step of the outdoor business signs manufacturing process in a hands on environment supervised by some of the best talent in the industry. After college graduation, they both joined Roland and assumed project management responsibilities for national sign programs. Jeanne took another route in to the family business. After graduate school, as she earned her CPA in New York working as a management consultant for then Price Waterhouse. Timing was perfect for Jeanne to join the family team as she brought accounting and systems experience just as business and project complexity were demanding greater efficiencies.
Today our management team of Tom, Jim and Jeanne Mandeville is enhanced by a select group of project managers, engineers and sign designers that have broad capabilities and depth of industry knowledge.