YESCO Brands University Place
University Place Building Wrap

Utah County’s Premier Mixed-Use Development

UP is located on one of the busiest intersections the crossing of University Parkway and State Street.

Salt Lake City, Utah−November 23, 2016−University Mall in Orem, Utah has been the crown jewel of the Woodbury Corporation portfolio since its opening in 1973. Now over 40 years later, it has been redeveloped into University Place (UP). Spread over 30 blocks with improvements totaling $500, million the mixed-use development is now a fully integrated town center with upscale housing, Class A office space, children’s play area, park and hotel components.
UP is located on one of the busiest intersections in Utah − the crossing of University Parkway and State Street. The need to brand the modern buildings and convey messages to passers-by is critical to the success of the project. YESCO teamed up Woodbury Corporation to create a sign and lighting package that adds excitement and tenant recognition at the property. “We couldn’t be more excited that Woodbury embraced YESCO’s cutting-edge technology and innovative design to brand their award-winning center,” said Jeff Young, YESCO’s chief marketing officer.
University Place Building Wrap
“Branding and signage are critical to redefining such an extensive transformation. YESCO has been our partner in designing and constructing not only multiple new pylon signs, both static and with integrated digital advertising, but also a unique digital art screen office building wrap providing stunning visibility both day and night,” said O. Randall Woodbury, President, Woodbury Corporation. “We have worked with YESCO on many projects over many decades. Both being multigenerational family businesses, we feel a kinship with YESCO and our common goals of doing business with integrity and delivering lasting value for our respective customers."
Woodbury Corporation is a fourth-generation family owned corporation and is one of the oldest and most respected full-service real estate development and management companies in the Intermountain West.
About YESCO: In 1920 Thomas Young founded Young Electric Sign Company (YESCO) in Ogden, Utah. The company operates a full service custom sign manufacturing business offering creative design, engineering, leasing, financing, and maintenance agreements. YESCO owns and operates its own network digital of billboards, as well as 1,800 traditional billboard faces in the Western United States. YESCO operates a sign and lighting service franchise network throughout North America. For more information about YESCO click here.
University Place Pylon
YESCO Shines at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas’ Newest Icon
T-Mobile Arena Custom Sign
T-Mobile Arena is Las Vegas’ newest sports and entertainment venue. The 20,000 seat $400 million indoor arena is a joint venture between MGM Resorts International and Anschutz Entertainment (AEG). The Arena will be the home of a National Hockey League (NHL) team in the fall of 2017 and will host concerts and other live events.
Visitors are drawn to the Arena by two sets of eye-catching letters towering 10’ tall and spanning over 100’ in length. Unique illuminated and animated 20’ letters mounted on the roof of the building provide identity from the air. The property also boasts an enormous 104’ tall freestanding sign adorned with two 1,800 square foot electronic displays that provide phenomenal identity for the Arena and its sponsors. “YESCO was delighted to be selected as the sign manufacturer on this project for the prestigious T-Mobile Arena. The building and the signs completely change the landscape in that area of Las Vegas,” said Jeff Young, YESCO’s Chief Marketing Officer.
The unique building was designed by Populous, an architectural firm, and is located where the former MGM offices once stood at the prominent corner of Tropicana and Interstate 15 in Las Vegas.
The Park Custom Electronics Sign
Golden West Sign Rescued by Neon Collector
YESCO Reno spent the day disassembling and taking down the Golden West Motor Lodge sign. Golden West Motor Lodge Sign Rescued    
YESCO Financial Solutions Featured in Casino Journal Magazine


While PDS Gaming can provide needed funding for gaming operators looking to upgrade equipment, some manufacturers of specialized casino products actually offer in-house financing options for their customers. One such operation is Nevada-based YESCO Custom Electric Signs.

Founded by Thomas Young in 1920, YESCO created the first large-scale spectacular sign in Las Vegas for the Boulder Club in 1931 and went on to provide signs for many iconic Las Vegas gaming properties, a trend that continues to this day with recent product placements at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Aria Resort & Casino and The Linq Hotel.

Electronic LED displays, lighting retro-fits, custom fabrication, slot machine signage, wayfinding, area lighting and programmable architectural lightning are all areas where YESCO has made significant contributions to gaming customers in Nevada and throughout North America.

Another area where YESCO has been a pioneer is in offering financial services to its signage customers. “Beginning in the 1920s, YESCO recognized the need for alternative sources of financing for sign projects,” said Tony Hull, president of YESCO Financial Solutions. “Our customers often needed help beyond every day lenders for one-of-a-kind sign projects. In combination with our maintenance programs, YESCO customers are able to borrow money from an inhouse finance company to fund their custom sign or lighting projects. This financing option allows the customer to preserve precious liquidity, maintain capacity on lines of credit, eliminate the fluctuating costs of service repairs, and reap the revenue generating benefits of their new signage while re-paying YESCO over time.”

“Since arranging financing can be cumbersome and time consuming we have been successful in simplifying and streamlining the credit approval process,” Hull added.

According to Hull, YESCO offers two main financing products. The first is a capital lease with a guaranteed residual. With this product, YESCO maintains the sign over the life of the agreement—inserting the signage into its regular patrol program and ensuring that any outages are repaired by dedicated technicians. At the end of the lease term, ownership transfers to the customer after the residual payments are made.

The second is a tax lease where the ownership of the sign remains with YESCO perpetually. The customer pays rent monthly for the right to use the sign and all obligations of ownership are retained by YESCO. This second option is attractive for customers that like to take advantage of digital signs or message centers that may experience some technological obsolescence in the next 7-10 years. At the end of the lease term they can renew the agreement keeping the signage as-is or upgrade to a newer technology while typically keeping the payment the same. As owner of the signage, YESCO also maintains the product in good, working condition, identifying outage and making repairs as needed.

YESCO employs a dedicated team of finance professionals that understands the sign and lighting industry and provides direct financing using its own capital for the benefit of credit worthy customers. The company views these relationships as partnerships—they design and build the product, install and stand behind it such that they’re willing to use their own money to finance it over a 3-5 year term.

“When I ask some of our best gaming customers why they choose to finance their projects through YESCO, the answer is typically, ‘One, because it’s so easy to work with YESCO. Two, it allows us to keep dry powder for our other capital needs,’” Hull said.


YESCO Displays at T-Mobile Arena
T-Mobile Arena Custom Sign
YESCO recently completed manufacturing and installing the displays that brand the new T-Mobile Arena located just west of the famed Las Vegas Strip. The arena is Las Vegas’ newest sports and entertainment venue. The arena is accessed by a new project known as The Park, with retail and dining space between New York-New York and the Monte Carlo casino hotels.
These “in-progess” photographs help show the scope of the project. Watch our website for final completion photos.
T-Mobile Arena Custom Sign
Another exciting project
Rice Eccles Custom Sign
The YESCO designed and manufactured video scoreboard at Rice-Eccles Stadium on the campus of the University of Utah went up a few weeks ago. It is 122' wide x 64' tall. The LED board was supplied by PrismView, A Samsung Electronics Company. The opening event for the video board and sound system was the stunt driving Nitro World Games on July 16.
YESCO Awarded Legacy Award
Best of State YESCO was honored to receive the Best of State Legacy Award. The award was presented at the Best State Awards Gala held May 18, 2016 at the Salt Lake Convention Center Grand Ballroom in Salt Lake City, Utah. Best of State is the premier recognition and awards program with the mission of recognizing outstanding individuals, organizations and businesses in Utah.
"The Legacy Award honors recipients who are major promoters of the Best of State program while endeavoring to ensure the success and quality of life to make the world a better place and impact those in the local community," said Mark Layton, Director of Best of State. "YESCO is only the second company in Utah history to be awarded the Legacy Award."
"We are thankful for you all who are friends, customers, who are very proud to be citizens of this great community and I hope that this wonderful movement of the Best of State can keep going forward. We thank you for your efforts and the fine honor that we are being paid tonight," said Thomas Young Jr, Chairman of the Board, when he accepted the award on behalf of the company.
YESCO has been privileged to be a sponsor and contributor to the Utah Best of State for the past several years.
Joshua M. Young appointed President of YESCO Franchising
Joshua M. Young

Joshua M. Young was recently appointed President of YESCO Franchising. Josh assisted with the founding of YESCO Franchising in 2011 and has served as its Vice President and General Manager. Under his excellent leadership, YESCO Franchising has grown to 89 territories in the Central and Eastern United States and Canada.

Josh has worked at YESCO for 16 years. He began his career as a helper in the layout, neon and vinyl departments. After returning from a leave of absence he excelled as a risk manager for the company. Josh then transitioned into an account executive for YESCO Outdoor Media. He has been described as capable, focused, committed, caring, and a great employee.

His work experience also includes employment at The Academy for Creating Enterprise. This non-profit organization teaches young people the skills necessary to own and operate small businesses in third-world countries. He continues to serve on the board of directors of this charitable organization.

Josh earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Westminster College and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Utah.