Why a Salt Lake company owns the ‘Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas’ sign

Young Electric Sign Company of Salt Lake City is the owner and caretaker of arguably the most famous ‘welcome to’ sign in the world

It is 8:45 on a weekday morning in Las Vegas and vehicles, including two tour buses that just released their passengers, have filled most of the parking spots. Up ahead, there’s a line of people waiting to have their picture taken next to the attraction.

What’s all the fuss about? Is it a celebrity sighting? Somebody giving away Raiders tickets? David Copperfield’s duck got loose?

Nope. None of the above. The big draw is what has arguably become the most famous city-entrance sign in the world, maybe the most famous sign, period:

“Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada.”

Apparently, like a lot of things in Las Vegas, this goes on day and night — throngs of tourists capturing their visit with a photo that proves they were here. Also, unlike a lot of things in Las Vegas, it’s free.

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Jeff Young can personally attest to the sign’s perpetual popularity. Jeff is executive vice president and trustee of the Young Electric Sign Company, or YESCO — the company born and bred in Utah that owns and maintains the sign.

“It has become a huge draw. We’re the caretakers of an icon,” he says. “Owning it is a great honor for us, for the family, for the organization.”

The story of how a Utah company wound up with the “Fabulous Las Vegas” sign dates back to the company’s founder, a pioneer immigrant named Thomas Young — Jeff’s grandfather — who opened his sign company in Ogden in 1920 and started doing business in Las Vegas in 1932.

His timing was fortuitous because of two recent developments: 1) The use of neon lights in sign-making was just picking up steam, and 2) Nevada’s legalization of gambling in 1931.

To the world, Las Vegas was about to become Sin City; to Thomas Young: Sign City.

Gambling joints and the hotels they were attached to wanted bright lights and big, bold signs, and Young knew how to make them. His first contract in Vegas was with the Boulder Club in 1932.

He continued to supply the growing town with neon signs throughout the Great Depression and World War II, after which he opened a branch of the company in Las Vegas in 1945. That’s when Vegas lit up, literally, with Thomas Young leading the way, building signs at the Stardust, the Mint, the Silver Slipper, the Golden Nugget, the Sahara, and so on and so forth.

As his grandson Jeff says, “If you talk about Vegas and early hotels, it would be hard to find one we didn’t build.” (The same is true today; the company’s imprint is everywhere in the city; the Bellagio, the Aria, New York-New York, the Venetian, the 272-foot LED sign on the Palms, the Hard Rock Cafe guitar, all theirs, to name just a few.)

As the company grew in the ’50s and ’60s, YESCO began to acquire other smaller sign companies, and their signs, including one called Western Neon in 1964.

Western Neon owned the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign. It had been designed in 1959 by one of its employees, Betty Willis. The modest 25-foot sign cost $4,000 to build and was erected beyond the Las Vegas city limits on the south, in the direction of California. The nearest buildings were at least a mile away. There were no traffic jams.

As time went on, the sign stayed put and the city grew to meet it. Now, the Mandalay Bay Hotel is just a stone’s throw away and Allegiant Stadium, the Raiders’ new home (also home to a lot of YESCO signs), is just across the freeway.

Through the years, more and more people kept risking their lives to cross traffic and take pictures by the sign, until the city made the sign an island in the median and erected a parking lot with 12 parking spaces in 2008. In 2012 they added 21 more; in 2015 another 21, and two slots for tour buses. There’s also a traffic light so pedestrians can safely cross Las Vegas Boulevard.

In 2009, the sign was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

YESCO might own it — the company gets lease payments and maintenance fees from Clark County — but it can’t move it.

What happened in Vegas stays in Vegas.

The sign isn’t copyrighted, which is why it can be found on refrigerator magnets, key chains, T-shirts, placemats, coffee mugs and anything else a logo can be applied to or stamped on. But YESCO has trademarked the sign, to make sure competitors don’t use its image.

And it’s placed its own logo on the famous sign. YESCO can be seen in smaller letters near the bottom of the sign.

“Literally thousands of people every day see our logo on that sign,” says Jeff Young.

If they can find a parking spot.

Read the full article written by Lee Benson at deseret.com

How to Drive Revenue with Retail Signage

There are three primary ways to use your retail signage to grow your business and increase revenue: 1) attracting customers and foot traffic with eye-catching designs or digital content, 2) guiding customers throughout your store to help them find products easily, and 3) sharing promotional content to inform and encourage customers to make a purchase.

Retailers should treat each as an opportunity to enhance branding opportunities that strengthen customer trust and boost the lifetime value of your relationship. According to a study by the Small Business Administration (SBA), effective signs can increase business by as much as 150%.

Customers pick up important visual cues about your business during brief interactions as they pass your signage on a highway, along a street, or in a mall concourse. The competition for their attention can be intense. Inside your store, they’re making judgements about whether or how much of their money to spend at your establishment. Appealing, well-planned, and strategically deployed signs can encourage them to make purchases.

Digital or Static Signage: Which Type is Right for Your Business?

You’ll have to determine whether static or digital signage align best with your budget and revenue goals. Both have advantages and disadvantages. While digital signs are becoming more affordable and prevalent, traditional static indoor and outdoor signage still delivers consistent, cost-effective, and low-maintenance advertising results.

Static signs are favored for their ability to be placed practically anywhere and be any size or shape. Your static sign can be customized to conform to your branding and fabricated with eco-friendly materials that are durable and can withstand the weather and change of seasons and handling. You can even extend the lifetime of your sign, keep messaging relevant, and reduce print costs by incorporating QR codes into your sign’s design to bridge the gap between print and digital content that you can share with your audience.

Digital signage allows you to keep your messaging dynamic and fresh, offering versatility in the ways you connect to your customers, and in the case of digital touchscreens, they connect with you. You can engage your audience more fully by incorporating streaming media, animation, and brilliant visuals. After an initial investment, digital signs can be more cost effective than static signs and have been shown to increase revenue. According to Digital Signage Today, digital signage bumps up the average purchase amount by 29.5%

Your choices don’t have to be mutually exclusive, and a well-coordinated advertising and promotion campaign can use both static and digital signage to increase sales. Remember, however, that regardless of the type of sign you deploy, it must look good. According to a Shopify survey, 34% of shoppers associate sign quality with store and product quality, and 29% of shoppers make choices based on information communicated by store signs. 

Outdoor Signs That Drive Revenue

You can place your outdoor signage on practically any exterior surface, from sidewalks to the side of a building. You don’t have a lot of time to get your customer’s attention, so your messaging must be clean, crisp, and easy to read. Your goal is to create a compelling sign that piques their interest enough to get them to walk into your store.

Your outdoor sign may be your very first chance to introduce yourself to your customers, or, with strategic deployment, become a fixture on their daily commute or when shopping. Above all else, you want your brand and the information you share to be remembered when your customer needs what you offer.

Here a few types of outdoor signage that have proven effective for increasing awareness and sales.

Architectural Signage – Your customers should have no trouble remembering or finding you when your outdoor signage takes up the entire side of your building or rooftop or is placed strategically on your property along a busy thoroughfare. In a study of auto dealerships, 68% of respondents confirmed the sign was important in locating the dealer.

Outdoor Neon Signage – Light up the night with a captivating, customizable neon sign that captures attention, creates memorable branding experiences for your customers, and makes your business stand out. Neon signage has seemingly been around forever, and there’s a reason. Your neon sign be any size, shape and combination of brilliant colors. According to Custom Neon, 85% of consumers indicated that they found themselves drawn to bright and colorful signage.

Digital Message Centers – Blending the beauty and elegance of monument signage with digital content flexibility, your digital message center helps your business stand out with consistent branding and dynamic advertising opportunities to get customers to stop and learn more. According to Digital Signage Today, 76% of American consumers enter stores they have never visited simply because of the signage and that 59% of those who see digital signage content want to learn more about the product or topic.

Billboards – You have a wide degree of flexibility when deciding where and how to use billboard advertising to increase sales. Location is a primary factor, and understanding where, when, and how often your customer will pass your sign will make all the difference in your billboard’s effectiveness. A US National In-Car study found that 72% of billboard viewers frequently or sometimes shop on their way home, and 24% say they were encouraged to visit a particular store that day by a billboard along their journey.

Indoor Signs that Boost Sales

Use your indoor signage to transition your outdoor sign messaging from being about you to focusing your attention on your customer instead. Your signs should meet their expectations and create an experience they’ll want to repeat again and again.

Now that you have their attention, you can drive sales with attractive, attention-grabbing signs to promote products and services and drive impulse buying. Indoor signage can be especially effective as a component of point of purchase strategies, with displays that target and are tailored to the needs of your customers with attractive, educational, or entertaining information. An in-store shopper engagement study that interviewed 3,000 mass merchant shoppers revealed that 82% of purchasing decisions are made while in a store, 62% of shoppers make an impulse buy while shopping, and 16% of unplanned purchases are driven by in-store promotions.

Here are a few types of indoor signage that have proven effective in increasing awareness and sales.

Interior Video Walls – Create visually engaging experiences with video walls for your customers with bold statements and vivid advertising that turn your promotions into larger than life, iconic brand displays. You can mix dynamic up-to-date content and easily keep your information fresh, relevant, and personalized to your customers’ shopping experience. Research by the Economic Center, University of Cincinnati found that roughly 60% of businesses reported that changing the design or enhancing the visibility of their signage had a positive impact on sales, number of transactions and profits, with an average increase of about 10%.

Indoor LED Screens – High-resolution LED screens and displays can breathe life into your retail promotions with signage that is distinctive and captures the attention of your customers. Your LED screens can be customized to transform your retail space into a theatre of promotions and increase the amount of money customers spend when in your store. According to a survey by QRIUS, digital signage has been shown to increase average purchases by up to 29.5%.

Digital Menu Boards – You can vastly improve your customers’ experiences and see increases in sales revenue with digital menu boards that make it easy, efficient, and convenient for them to place orders without waiting for a server. According to a report from AI Screen, digital menu boards can boost sales by up to 38%.

Floor and Wall Graphics – Surround your customers with large interior floor, focal wall, and ceiling graphics that offer fun and new ways to direct and engage them. Captivating visual designs can transform your space into a more immersive environment and can be used for wayfinding, to present important information, and propel your customer to a purchase.

Regardless of the where you use your signage, it should be the perfect source of information that your customer needs at that moment in their buying journey. Importantly, it should be part of a coordinated branding effort.  Your indoor signs must maintain consistency in look and language with your outdoor signage while also capitalizing on opportunities for personalized connections and sales once your outdoor sign has driven your customers through your door. You can trust YESCO to help you determine the perfect signage solution to draw shoppers into your store and boost sales. Give us a call today.

YESCO Retrofits Freeway Signage for Thanksgiving Point

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YESCO recently completed a retrofit of Thanksgiving Point’s freeway display in Lehi, Utah. More than 75 feet tall and 46 feet wide, Thanksgiving Point’s freeway display has been updated with a new 19-foot-by-39-foot wide-screen, high-definition, 19-millimeter WatchFire XVS electronic message center. This technology was installed to increase the graphic capability of the EMC content. In addition, the signage also includes internally illuminated pan channel letters and logo cabinets with Thanksgiving Point’s brand colors as well as aluminum channels with white LED cove lighting. This update provides the sign with a much more vibrant look.

“We are elated to help Thanksgiving Point reach their desired target audience through this eye-catching display so they can continue to achieve their mission,” said Jeff Krantz, senior account executive, YESCO.

Thanksgiving Point is a community-owned nonprofit with the mission to bring the joy of learning and the wonders of the natural world to life through world-class experiences that engage, delight and inspire. Created in 1995 by Alan and Karen Ashton, Thanksgiving Point is a center of community engagement and welcomes more than two million visitors to visit, dine, play and explore together. Thanksgiving Point is located at 3003 North Thanksgiving Way in Lehi, Utah. For more information, call 801.768.2300 or visit thanksgivingpoint.org.

How Some of The Most Memorable Custom Signs Were Made

Since the evolution of commercial electric lighting, some now iconic signs have been ordered and constructed that have shaped the cultural image of the unique American landscape. This month, we highlight some of the most famous signs in the US, such as the “HOLLYWOOD” sign , “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign, , and others that have made their mark on our collective consciousness. 


According to History.com, “Harvey and Daeida Wilcox founded Hollywood in 1881 as a community for like-minded followers of the temperance movement.” While the origins of the name are unknown, the sign was erected as a real estate advertising tool, with a name slightly longer than the current sign: HOLLYWOODLAND. The sign, constructed in 1923, consisted of 45 foot high white block letters, anchored to telephone poles and illuminated by 4,000 incandescent light bulbs. Costing around $21,000, the equivalent of $250,000 today, the last four letters were removed in 1949 and the sign restored by the City of Los Angeles

Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign

Designed in 1959, by Betty Willis, the sign was commissioned at the request of local salesman, Ted Rogich, to represent the city of neon lights itself. Standing at 25 feet high, in the median of 5100 Las Vegas Boulevard South, at the southern end of the Vegas Strip, the iconic sign features an architectural style, known as Googie, not Google, that blends elements of futurism, the Atomic Age, and car culture, a  style popular in the 40s and 50s. The back of the sign reads, “Drive Carefully, Come Back Soon,” sending visitors on their way.  Costing a mere $4000.00, Willis never copyrighted the sign, thinking of it as a gift to the city.

YESCO takes care of the Welcome to Las Vegas sign

Much of the original Welcome sign was rebuilt with sturdier materials in the factory at YESCO, who took ownership of the sign in 1964. The sign is leased to Clark County and maintained by YESCO on the county’s behalf. It is an icon of Las Vegas and proudly represents YESCO’s historical and current contributions to signs and lighting in Las Vegas and throughout the world.   Please see: https://www.yesco.com/company/las-vegas-iconic-sign/ for more information or if you have any questions about the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign.[DJ1] 

The Fisherman’s Wharf Sign

Built in the shape of a ship's wheel with a red crab at the center, The Fisherman’s Wharf is not just iconic, it's also beautifully designed. Constructed of sheet metal, plywood, and plastic, lit with neon and incandescent lights, the original sign was installed in 1968, according to Fisherman's Wharf Community Benefit District CEO, Troy Campbell. Over the years, the original sign, subjected to corrosive salt water and wind, decayed, to the point that several groups agreed to replace the iconic sign with an almost identical sign made of more durable materials. The Fisherman's Wharf Community Benefit District helped pay for the $115,000 sign, along with the Fisherman's Wharf Merchants Association and the Port.

Brighter LED lights save on energy costs

The new sign, installed just before July 4, 2013, is constructed from rust-resistant aluminum and a high-density foam material that replaced the steel and plywood of the original sign. Replicating the plastic front and refurbishing the wooden handles, to retain the flavor of the original look, LED lights were installed to achieve a better quality and brighter light that uses less energy and requires less frequent maintenance than the original lights. Another landmark sign that defines the San Francisco skyline also got a much-needed makeover in 2020.

Ghirardelli Square Sign

As the SF Chronicle reported, “the sign was in a serious state of disrepair, with corroding metal and missing bulbs, and it needed to be pulled down for preservation and restoration work.” Originally erected in 1915, for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, the Ghirardelli Square Sign was two-sided, with lit-up letters facing the waterfront and the upscale Russian Hill neighborhood. When the sign was first restored in 1964, the city-facing letters were removed due to complaints from Russian Hill residents. The reconstructed sign features LED lights and the ability to change colors, for the first time for holidays and special events. In the Midwest, another iconic sign has made appearances in many movies and TV shows.

Chicago Theatre Sign

Standing 18 meters tall, the Chicago Theatre sign has endured since the venue was built in 1921. A stunning example of Chicago’s Art Deco architecture, the sign symbolizes the city’s vibrant culture and entertainment industry. Featuring the words “Chicago Theatre” on a marquee-style background, boldly displayed in white letters, and illuminated by over 6,000 light bulbs. Stunning in both design and craftsmanship, the Chicago Theatre sign has remained basically unchanged since its installation in 1921. The theater is known for its rich history of top entertainers, such as Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Prince, and Jerry Seinfeld among others. The sign has undergone several renovations to retain its iconic status.

Times Square Sign

Located at the intersection of Broadway and Seventh Avenue, the Times Square sign consists of a vast 76 feet tall by 223 feet wide LED screen and displays advertisements and messages from some of the world’s biggest brands. The Times Square sign is one of the most valuable advertising spaces in the country. A symbol of New York’s brilliant culture and bustling energy that reflects the power of advertising in contemporary society, signage in Times Square continues to evolve with technology. In 2008, Ricoh installed the first solar powered sign, with four wind turbines and 45 solar panels. Measuring over 9,000 square feet, the LCD NASDAQ sign is the largest continuous sign in Times Square. Just a few blocks away, another iconic symbol of the entertainment world shines bright and steady.

Radio City Music Hall

Opening in 1932, Radio City Music Hall cost approximately $8 million to construct, funded by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and theatrical genius S. L. "Roxy" Rothafel. Along with the exquisite exterior of ripple-finished gray Indiana limestone, decorated with vertical aluminum spandrels, The Radio City Music Hall’s sign lights up the corner of 50th Street and Sixth Avenue with a 50,000 lb. stainless steel and 40,000 lb. aluminum combined marquee. Wrapping around the corner, the sign extends down the entire block. The Art Deco sign consists of somewhere around six miles of red and blue neon powered by 599 transformers. In March 1999, the Broadway National Sign Company renovated the famous marquee, restoring all the neon in the horizontal signage and the 96 ft vertical marquee. 

Tower Records Sacramento

Depicting teens dancing on top of a record, with the dancers’ legs moving back and forth , in time with flashing music bars, the iconic "Dancing Kids" sign was designed in 1949 by Zeon Electrical Products Corporation, for Clayton and Russ Solomon, who founded the legendary Tower Records. The city of Sacramento made an exception to its ordinance that outlawed animated signs for this well-loved neon sign.

Varsity Drive-In Sign

Located near the Georgia Tech campus, this iconic sign has been a fixture in Atlanta since 1928 and features the restaurant’s name in bold red on a white background. An indelible example of mid-century Americana, with its bright red color and bold lettering style, the Varsity Drive-in sign’s retro message reminds visitors of a simpler time, when people went to drive-ins looking for some fun and good food. 

These and other iconic electric signs are landmarks that tourists love to visit, and residents love to boast about. For help with your next iconic electric sign, contact YESCO!

Note that YESCO does not claim to have sold, designed, engineered, installed, or manufactured any of the signs mentioned above.

Lighting Retrofits – How to Reduce Your Business’s Energy Costs

When you’re considering signage upgrades or sign repairs for your business, did you know you can save a considerable amount of money and improve your energy efficiency by upgrading your business’s lighting, as well? While upgrading your lighting can present a major investment, “retrofitting” or “converting” your current lighting to LED can offset a considerable portion of a lighting upgrade, by using existing lighting fixtures in your commercial buildings.

LEDs in process of dominating lighting market

Light Emitting Diodes, which is what gives LED lighting fixtures their light, are used in nearly every electronic device on the market today. The dominance of LEDs for industrial applications is driven by several factors, including:

  • Compact size
  • Energy efficiency
  • Minimized maintenance
  • Quality of light

LED Retrofitting

Did you know lighting accounts for 17%-25% of all electricity consumed in U.S. commercial buildings. In an increasingly energy-conscious world, retrofitting your commercial lighting is gaining traction as a popular option in upgrading many aspects of your business to make your lighting more energy efficient. LED retrofits essentially use existing fixtures, including: CFL, fluorescent, incandescent, and others to convert to LED lighting. While using your existing fixtures to convert your commercial lighting to LED is the goal of retrofitting,  in some cases the existing fixtures won’t work or aren’t practical for retrofitting. New fixtures may be required in some areas, but businesses still save a significant amount of money, by replacing only the fixtures that aren’t possible or practical to retrofit with LED lighting.

Benefits of Retrofitting

Retrofitting not only saves your business money on lighting  fixtures, it reduces your energy costs, increases productivity, and keeps your staff safe. For example, retrofitting existing fixtures with LED lighting:

  • Increases ROI
  • Save energy costs
  • Increases lighting levels
  • Loonger-lasting lights
  • Reduces mercury levels and gives you a greener footprint
  • Removes tons of CO2 from the air
  • Reduces operating expenses

Also, according to EnergyStar.gov, “By 2027, widespread use of LEDs could reduce our nation’s electricity use equal to the annual electrical output of 44 large electric power plants, and lead to total savings of more than $30 billion.”

Reducing Energy Costs

Drastically reducing energy costs by 80% over a year, in comparison to traditional incandescent and fluorescent lighting , as mentioned before, provides the primary motivation for businesses to convert their facilities to LED lighting. Given that around 90% of a commercial building’s total lifetime costs, including the initial cost of the building, is determined by operating expenses, and the largest portion is relegated to energy costs from lighting, LED lighting is a game changer.

Reducing Maintenance Costs

Another factor contributing to the benefits of retrofitting your business with LED lighting revolves around the fact that LED lighting offers exponentially longer operating lifespans than traditional lighting, with far less parts replacement and labor hours required to maintain LED lighting.

Improving Lighting Quality

Indirectly related to energy savings, LED retrofitting will increase the quality of lighting in your commercial buildings. LED lighting ranks 90 on a scale of 0-100, with grayscale on the low end at 0 and natural light on the high end at 100 on the Color Rendering Index (CRI). Light that measures a 90 or above is considered excellent. Better quality of light increases the visual appeal of warehouses and industrial facilities, which acts to increase the general quality of life for personnel, customers, and others in commercial facilities.

Increasing Safety

Improved quality of light can also increase production and the quality of production, as improved visibility will positively impact production levels. Additionally, unlike traditional lighting sources, you can select color temperatures of LED lighting to match your business’s environment. Color temperature, measured in Kelvin (K), on a scale of approximately 1500k to 8000k refers to the “glow” of light. When the Kelvin temperature is lower, you’ll see a higher concentration of red in the color of the light, whereas it will appear bluer when the Kelvin temperature is higher. Sunlight typically measures 5000k, reaching 6500k depending on cloud cover. The color temperature selected for your business environments are based on the work performed in particular facilities.

Lumens.com offers a general lighting guide for business applications:

  • 4600K-6500K gives off a bright amount of blue-white light, similar to that of daylight; best for display areas and work environments where very bright illumination is needed.
  • 6500K and up gives off a bright bluish hue of light, often found in commercial locations; best for task lighting.

Other Considerations

Some other things to consider when planning your LED retrofit include:

  • Possible limitations of options available for existing fixtures. While multiple configurations are offered for most commercial LED lighting applications, sometimes the lighting you need in one area may require a different fixture than the existing one to achieve your goal.
  • Dimmer switches and other controls configured for traditional lighting will not function with LED lighting. In order to keep the dimmer function of your LED lighting, you will need to change your existing dimmer switches to LED specific switches.
  • Check into LED utility rebates and incentives offered by utility companies and other energy efficiency program sponsors to promote ENERGY STAR products throughout the US. Along with certified bulbs and fixtures, decorative light strings, plus ceiling and ventilating fans with light kits, many of these programs are specifically geared for commercial building applications and can add up to $249 in savings for LED light fixtures.
  • Contact a reputable lighting contractor to provide expert advice and guide you through the retrofitting process

Yesco to the Rescue

Take the guesswork out of retrofitting your lighting. Experts in exterior and interior signage and turnkey lighting retrofitting solutions, our knowledgeable and experienced lighting team provides a comprehensive approach to your lighting requirements. We will show you how you can reduce your energy costs and operating expenses, as well as helping you qualify for applicable energy rebates. We can show you how YESCO’s multiple financing options can make your retrofit project a cash positive situation.

The key benefits of YESCO’s lighting retrofit include:

  • Turnkey project management, from product specification to installation, we handle your project from start to finish.
  • Enhance your facility’s appearance and your production metrics, while saving money.
  • Payback analysis including maintenance, energy savings, and rebate analysis.
  • Extended warranty programs.
  • Multiple financing options available.

We’re ready to turn on the savings and help your business shine brighter with energy-efficient lighting. Contact YESCO for your LED retrofit!

YESCO Announces Passing of Board Chairman Thomas Young Jr
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YESCO announces the passing of board chairman, Thomas Young Jr on June 30 , 2023.

“It is with a heavy heart we announce the passing of my father and YESCO board chairman Thomas Young Jr.,” said Michael T. Young, executive chairman, YESCO. “My father lived a full life dedicated to serving not only his family but also his community. The Young family is committed to upholding and honoring his extraordinary legacy of service at YESCO and beyond.”

Thomas Young Jr. was the son of Elmina and Thomas Young Sr. Following Thomas Young Sr. founding YESCO in 1920 in Ogden, Utah, Thomas Young Jr. joined the company in 1942 at the age of 14. He was a servant leader and guided YESCO through years of incredible technology and innovation. As a giant in the sign industry, Thomas Young Jr. was appointed president of the company in 1969 and became board chairman in 1988.

With 65 years of service in the Salt Lake City Rotary Club, Thomas Young Jr. was honored as a second-generation Rotarian following his father’s participation in the chapter throughout his career. With a passion for community service, he and his wife Dwan Young received the 2022 Summit Award from the club. The Summit Award was established in 2020 to recognize long-time members of the Salt Lake City Rotary Club 24 who demonstrated the Rotary motto of “service above self” and have made significant contributions to both the club and the community. 

“We salute Thomas Young Jr. for his unparalleled role in creating the culture of service and excellence YESCO maintains today,” said Jeff Young, executive vice president. “We will miss him dearly, but his extraordinary example of professional and personal achievement will inspire every team member for many years to come.”

YESCO Fabricates, Installs New Delta Center Signage
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YESCO recently completed the fabrication and installation of 10 new signs for Delta Center in Salt Lake City – home of the Utah Jazz NBA franchise and more than 320 days of sports and entertainment events each year. As part of the new partnership between the Jazz and Delta Air Lines, which officially kicks off on Saturday, July 1, guests can now view the airline’s nostalgic return to the iconic venue.

The project encompassing more than 500 man-hours over a nine-week-long period included the addition of 5,000 white LEDs inside the building’s 72 exterior letters and cabinets. Made from aluminum material, the six exterior signs feature the Delta Air Lines colors painted on perforated vinyl. During the day, blue and red colors are visible, and at night, all letters illuminate white. The largest exterior letters are over six feet tall.

As part of the interior signage project, YESCO fabricated and installed four 17-foot-long LED illuminated signs.

Prior to the Delta Center signage project, YESCO also partnered with the airline to provide signage for Delta at the Salt Lake City International Airport. YESCO has also previously collaborated with the Utah Jazz on a variety of sign projects over the years.

"With Jazz games and world-class events held at this arena, the Delta Center signage will have the most TV and media coverage of any other signs in Utah and YESCO is grateful to have been entrusted with manufacturing and installing the Delta Center rebranding project,” said Brian Brown, senior account executive, YESCO.

YESCO Installs Netflix Rooftop Display

When Netflix released its new logo, the new identification caused a sensation. Its vertical beams of light are meant to suggest “thumbnails” which represent the company’s house-made shows: “The spectrum of stories, languages, fans and creators that make Netflix beautiful.”

Taking “beautiful” as our mandate, YESCO Los Angeles worked with Netflix to create an iconic, two-sided rooftop display atop the Metropolitan in Hollywood. Each side of the sign is comprised of 990 linear feet of RGB LED tubing, mounted within open channels. The channels are painted an array of Netflix branded colors. The trademark initial “N” is also comprised of open-channel fabrication; it is painted in two differing hues of red and filled with ruby red and clear neon tubing.

We are proud of our role in making the Netflix skyline “Spectacular” come to life!

YESCO Designs, Fabricates, Installs Signage for the J Resort in Reno, Nevada

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YESCO recently completed the design, fabrication and installation of new exterior signage for the J Resort in Reno, Nevada.  The project included a large LED video band, LED video wall, border cabinets, lighting bands and the property's signature illuminated letter "J" icons.

More than 93 feet long and over 14 feet tall, the J Resort's new video band is Northern Nevada's first LED display to wrap around multiple sides of a building.  The three-sided Daktronics band also included a high-definition 8-millimeter display.

In addition, the J Resort project also included a colossal 65-foot-tall by 65-foot -wide Daktronics video wall with a 10-millimeter display.  Fabrication and installation for the video band and all other LED displays took more than 6,700 hours to complete.  Combined the two Daktronics LED video display feature more than 7 million pixels.

YESCO was also tasked with removing all existing cabinets as well as creating new border cabinets and the property's three 19-foot-tgall illuminated letter ""J" icons with white flex faces.  Additionally, the project included the installation of a 2,200 foot-long light band that was completely manufactured in Reno.

"With Northern Nevada's first LED display that wraps around multiple sides of a building, we know the J Resort will stand out among the competition in Reno," said Adam Keefer, custom account executive, YESCO.

Five Ways Signage Supports Your Brand

For people driving on interstates and rural highways or walking on busy urban streets, your signage is your brand. Same goes for the indoor signs that your customers see as they move about your premises. People are making snap judgements about your business based entirely on the visual clues they pick up. About 80% of what we humans learn about the world around us is due to visual perception. How your audience sees you matters.

There is tremendous opportunity with the way you use the visual and material elements of your signage to make dramatic and, just as importantly, subtle impressions on your customers. The signs you deploy are more than just words or pictures on a board. They are that very important first impression. A 2012 by the Economic Center of the University of Cincinnati  found roughly 60% of businesses reported that changing the design or enhancing the visibility of their signage had a positive impact on sales, number of transactions and profits, with an average increase of about 10%. 

Here are five ways you can optimize and execute cost-effective, high ROI strategies to make signage support your brand:

Put the Customer First

Your signage should give your audience the exact information they need to understand how you will solve their problem, while impressing your brand through visual cues from design elements, colors, and even the types of materials you use to create your sign. Your signs should meet the expectations of your audience and give them a reason to trust you with their business.  With a limited time to get their attention, if you’re not providing value with your messaging or your sign is cluttered, difficult to read, or fails to catch your customer’s attention, you may never have the same opportunity again. Professionally produced signs that look good make you stand out to your audience. A study by the Small Business Administration (SBA) found that effective signs can increase business by as much as 150%.

Integrate into Omnichannel

Signs can be big and bold declarations about who you are, and you can be sure your signage will be seen. However, you often have only moments to make it stand out from the competition and create a memorable impression. That’s why it’s important to understand your audience and how to communicate your value quickly and get them to engage with you further. When placed strategically your signage should impel your customer to take the next step, whether it’s a visit to your establishment or website. That’s one reason signage works so well as a component of omnichannel marketing strategies. According to a study by Nielsen, signage can increase the effectiveness of other media by as much as 42%. 

Use Quality Materials

You have a wide range of choices of materials to express your brand’s personality, style and commitment to quality. Your signage also must often endure and continue to represent your brand against the elements and be sourced and constructed following environmentally sound practices. This last point may be surprising, but sustainability matters to shoppers. According to a FirstInsight report, roughly two-thirds of Millennials and Generation Z shoppers surveyed prefer to buy from sustainable brands.

Whether you chose coreflute, foamcore, aluminum, acrylic, wood, or vinyl sheets for vehicle wraps depends on your goals, budget, and audience. However, it is not an area to cut corners. A four-year study by the International Sign Association found that an average of one-third of all shoppers say they have been drawn into unfamiliar stores based on the quality of their signs.

Be Brief but Effective

You might be familiar with the term ‘elevator pitch’, which describes the brief time someone has to get a point across in an elevator before it reaches the top floor. Here’s a new one to consider “signage pitch’, which describes the unique way you can blend graphics, colors, and text to sear your brand into the memory of your audience in a matter of moments. Some of the most memorable billboard marketing campaigns were no more than one compelling photo or graphic and a one or two-word catchphrase. It’s a good time to remember that a picture, or in many cases a great graphic, speaks a thousand words and it can simply and immediately tell your audience why they should spend their time and money with you.

Display Your Confidence

Promoting your brand with signage is no time to be shy. You’re putting it out there for the world, or at least your audience, to see. Use your signage to make a statement. You can project an aura of prestige and show your customers that professionalism matters through the quality of your signage. Come across as modern and creative with customized illuminated and digital signs that keep your messaging relevant. Your customers want to know that of all the choices they can make, your brand is the one they can trust. Use your signage to proudly proclaim what it is that makes your brand special and get off to a great start with your audience.

Signage is meant to communicate messages to audiences, but with a sound strategy, it can be so much more. It’s often the first instance your customer may come into contact with your brand, and making a great initial impression matters. The visual elements, as well as the materials you use, play a large role in the perceptions about your brand that will affect whether or not your customer believes you have the solutions they need.