About Us


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The Story of Us

1993 Worksafe Traffic Control Industries was founded by sisters, Lorena Laprade and Debra Ricker, began as a reseller of traffic control devices and equipment and a manufacturer of construction signs.
1995 Built an 8,000-square foot manufacturing facility and offices. The manufacturing process was streamlined as silk screening and automated equipment for sheeting application along with a full PC system upgrade including Flexi Sign Pro allowing for commercial sign manufacturing.
1998 Formed Always on Time Sign & Design, a division of Worksafe. We opened this division to create a more easily identifiable name in the commercial sign market.
2000 Always on Time Sign & Design expands into the project sign, political signs and real estate signs.
2000 Debra was elected Chairman of the Associated General Contractors of Vermont.
2002 Launched our website: www.worksafetci.com and www.alwaysontimesigns.com which has allowed us to expand our business across New England utilizing the internet.
2002 Debra participated in the National Dialogue on Transportation Operations for FHWA representing the traffic safety sector.
2005 In an effort to better serve our southern New England customers we opened a full service sign shop in Bow, NH
2007 Worksafe Traffic Control Industries enters the world of smart technology for work zone and roadways. Worksafe was contracted as a subcontractor in Salem-Manchester, NH and we deployed the first Smart Work Zone project in New England.
2007 Began to aggressively market commercial signage and graphics market- we purchased a large format printing system that outputs outstanding photographic quality and laser sharp text at stunning resolutions of up to 1440 dpi. Printing up to 54″ wide our large format printing produces amazing color and quality at competitive prices!
2008 Began to offer the installations of permanent message signs.
2009 Worksafe awarded the Best Builder award by VT AGC for our Smart Work Zone Technology Innovation on the Richmond-Bolton, VT I-89 project.
2010 A full line of portable traffic control equipment was added to the rental fleet including the addition of I-CONE, trailer-mounted traffic signals, trailer-mounted speed trailers, truck mount crash attenuators, trailer-mounted que detection, video trailers and water-filled barriers.
2011 Worksafe partnered with VTRANS and was awarded the Innovative Best Practice by the National ITS Association for its automated weather station system. This project was deployed in Vermont and is a roadway weather information system that collects information and then via the use of changeable message signs gives the traveling public information about the roadway conditions such as black ice.
2011 Vtrans was awarded the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence for our RWIS automation with variable message sign system.
2012 Worksafe was awarded our first RWIS (Roadway Weather Information System) installation contract in NH launching them into a growing new market area.
2012 Worksafe partnered with the University of Vermont Transportation Center in a study utilizing the I-CONE smart technology system. The purpose of the system is to determine the effectiveness of Uniformed Traffic Officers in the work zone. In addition, it also is used for data collection before and after the project work zone was activated for traffic planning purposes.
2016 Scott Deschamps was appointed Vice President and partial owner of Worksafe.
2016 Hosted the ATSSA National Work Zone Memorial recognizing those who have lost their lives in work zones.
2016 Debra Ricker was elected the Chair of American Traffic Safety Services Association.
2018 Expanded our services to include the installation of permanent solar powered static signs as well solar arrays for closed circuit tv.
2018 Hosted the ATSSA National Work Zone Memorial recognizing those who have lost their lives in work zones.
2018 Restructured our marketing strategies to expand our social network presence with the creation of our new website, Facebook, and Twitter profiles.
2020 Worksafe Traffic Control was deemed as an essential business during the COVID19 epidemic and remained 100% operational to provide safe traffic control devices and equipment for messaging information regarding COVID19.

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