Employee Spotlight- Jonathan Hornichak

Jonathan Hornichak, Welding Intern- Sharn Enterprises, Inc.


1.  Birthday: June 18th

2. Favorite TV Show: Top Gear


3. Favorite Food: Pizza


4. Favorite Actor: Will Ferrell


5. Jon’s Favorite Thing to Do Outside Work:  Go Golfing

6. Wants to Travel to: Dominican Republic

7. Dogs or Cats?  Dogs- He has 2 (Charlie & Ace)

8. He Became Interested in Welding Because: His brother started and he thought it was cool!


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3 Common Myths About Custom Store Fixtures

According to POPAI (2009), slightly over 60% of total purchases are attributed to the retail display as the major promotional element within the store.  Because consumers are bombarded with competing information while shopping, it is more important than ever to compete for the customer’s dollar.


Consumers usually have a goal to accomplish when they decide to shop at a store. A way to gain attention may be from a custom product display.  But, there is some hesitation when it comes to custom POP fixtures.  Here are three common misconceptions about custom retail displays:

A Custom Made Retail Display is Too Expensive.  

This myth is just plain wrong.  A purchase of a custom made, semi-permanent display often results in far less cash being spent on a particular project.  You may think that you are getting a bargain by purchasing a low cost, corrugated display for your product, but that often is not true.  Sure, the individual piece price might be less expensive at the time of purchase, but when you add in the extra cost for tooling as well as the overrun amount you are  obligated to take, it usually winds up with you spending more.  Also, when you consider the replacement cost of a corrugated display 3 to 6 months later, your expense continues to grow.

A Cheaper, Stock Display Serves My Purpose Just As Well.

Not true!   Your product is unique, and you have put a lot of money, time and energy into the product and its packaging.  Where are you going to get a stock display that maximizes the amount of pieces you want to include in your display?

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Our designers here at Sharn calculate that for you to be certain that you’re getting the most out of your investment.  Retail floor space is like gold, so you want to maximize the number of products offered, given the space that your retailer has allotted to you.

Getting a Custom Made Display is a Hassle.

Not with Sharn Enterprises!  We have professional designers that will work with you to not only get your product noticed, but get sold! Our designers will ask you about your particular program, product, and overall goal.  They will give you options in order to discover your unique look by offering combinations of various materials and design. Finally, they will come up with a production plan and pricing that fits your timing, specific quantity, and most importantly, your budget.  When you partner with Sharn Enterprises you never have to worry about the details… that’s what we do.

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For more information about our custom retail fixtures and displays, please visit our website at http://www.sharndisplays.com or call 815-464-9715. 

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Sharn Enterprises, “A Proud American Manufacturer.”


It’s Grandparents Day 2015!

We sometimes take our grandparents for granted; forgetting to visit, call or even text them (they are getting more and more savvy tech these days!)   But our grandparents are partially responsible for giving us life, so shouldn’t we recognize these important people that much more?

The woman who founded Grandparents Day, Marian McQuade, thought so, and then some!  According to Grandparents-Day.com, her goal for starting Grandparents Day was to “persuade grandchildren to tap the wisdom and heritage their grandparents could provide (2014).


McQuade started her campaign to make Grandparents Day a National Holiday in 1970, and in 1978, she made it happen.  President Jimmy Carter proclaimed National Grandparents Day was to be celebrated every year on the first Sunday after Labor Day.

McQuade herself had 15 children, 43 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grand child.  She envisioned Grandparents Day as a time for family “enjoying small, private gatherings, perhaps even a family reunion, or participating in community events” (2014).  Since its inception, McQuade has been firm in her view that the holiday “should not become overly commercialized, and that young and old remember its fundamental spirit” (2014).

In order to celebrate Grandparents Day, here are some ideas to make the day even more special for the older adults in our lives.

  1. Make them a heart warming gift.


  1. Host a dinner party or go out to their favorite restaurant.


  1. Call/Skype/Text or just hangout with them if they live nearby!


Here are some more ideas thanks to ListDen.com— Top 10 Perfect Gifts for Your Grandparents.

Whether you plan on spending time with your grandparents, parents, siblings or friends this weekend, make sure to laugh, have fun, and cherish every minute you have with each other.

For more information on Sharn’s products and services, check out http://www.sharndisplays.com or give us a call at 815-464-9715.







Happy Labor Day 2015!

In our opinion, there is no other national holiday that relates to the majority of the American population as much as Labor Day.  This holiday falls on September 7th this year, and is meant to be celebrated and honoring the economic and social contribution of workers in our country.

labordayThe first Labor Day was held in 1882 when the Central Labor Union wanted a day to celebrate and acknowledge their hard work. Becoming a federal holiday in 1894, this day was intended to hold a huge street parade for union workers and labor organizations. A festival was then thrown for the workers’ and their families’ entertainment.

Unfortunately, this holiday has turned into anything besides what it was founded for. Today, instead of all workers receiving the day free from labor on Labor Day, most employees in retail are forced to work due to the creation of the biggest blowout sales of the year.  Like Memorial Day and its celebration for summer break, Labor Day is more commonly known as the “back to school” weekend that must be spent absorbing all the sales before the kids are back on schedule and everyone’s back to their normal regimen.


Although this is may be the case, we hope that some time is taken out of the day to honor each other from all working relationships.  Without everyone working together and diligently on their work ethic, this country would not be the same.

Labor Day

Whether you’re working this Labor Day, or have the day off, we here at Sharn wanted to wish everyone a happy and well-deserved holiday.  We will be closed!

Sharn Enterprises, Inc.

“A Proud American Manufacturer”


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