Allied Electric Sign & Awning

Posted - May 18, 2004 at 12:02 p.m.



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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.

From hardcore professionalism to whimsical exuberance, the signs adorning a building can tell a lot about an organization. This is why high-quality, specialized signs can be key to creating positive first impressions.

Well, Salt Lake's Allied Electric Sign & Awning has been creating these impressions with its products for more than 11 years.

This company manufactures signs and awnings for installation throughout the United States. With clients including several major fast food chains, the Salt Lake Airport and Zions Bank, it's guaranteed you've seen a sign made by Allied Electric Sign & Awning.

After Duane Millard retired from the chemical industry, he wanted a family venture to help occupy his time. This led to his purchase of a small company with three part-time employees who produced awnings and later rented equipment for events.

Soon, the awning and rental portions became too unrelated, which is why in 1999, Duane sold the rental portion of the business and he and his daughter, Monica Collard, acquired a sign and lighting company. This acquisition led to their current business, which has 40 full-time employees and produces more than $3 million annually.

To this day, Allied Electric Sign & Awning has continued to grow and is the region's largest awning business and second largest sign business. The company has a full-time installation fleet and a state-of-the-art plant complete with automated production.

At the core of the company's success is Duane's meticulously built team of skilled employees, which includes designers, fabricators and neon glass benders.

Duane enjoys his thriving business but tells me the company is really about family, neighbors and community more than it's about hitting financial home runs and scoring big on a national and international scale.

For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.

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