Q: I want to make some concrete signs with recessed lettering and I need the name and address of a company that manufactures reversed letters for the purpose.

A: Why not start by talking with local sign manufacturers to see if any of them can produce plastic or metal reverse letters that would suit your purpose?

If none of them can, perhaps they can refer you to other manufacturers from whom they themselves buy. Otherwise you might want to get in touch with one or more of those on the following partial list:

Makers of metal letter stamps for imprinting sidewalks

Everhot Manufacturing Company Box 38 Maywood, Illinois 60153 (Tel. 312-865-7070)

Quality Die Company 9300 South Baltimore Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60617 (Tel. 312-275-6601)

Makers of brass or aluminum letters or bronze plaques

Architectural Bronze and Aluminum Corporation 3638 West Oakton Street Skokie, Illinois 60076(Tel. 312-539-0500)

Gabel and Schubert 1842 North Elston Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60622 (Tel. 312-772-0678)

Spillman Company Box 07847 Columbus, Ohio 43207 (Tel. 614-444-2184)

Custom manufacturers of synthetic foam letters up to 48 inches high

Labrado Forms Inc. 23011 Moulton Parkway, Unit J4 Laguna Hills, California 92653 (Tel. 714-830-9464)