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World War II

During World War II, the sign shop, was also set up for machining tank tread parts, with many family members and others working through the night to contribute in the war effort (and make up for some lost income due to restriction imposed during the war).  

In 1947, Cecil Crabb sold his interest in the business in order to spend more time composing ragtime music.



The company was incorporated as Staley Signs, Inc. , with the two Staleys in command.

Neon signs became even more in demand during the post war boom. The neon tube benders were kept busy making tubing for hundreds of new signs and making repairs for the older signs that had been neglected during the war.

The 1950s ushered in what became the ever-popular plastic-faced signs with fluorescent internal illumination..

In 1963, the founding Staley passed away while still maintaining a work schedule at the company. In 1983, F. D. Staley, Jr. retired, leaving control of the company in the hands of the third generation, Doug Staley.  

He had started working summers, as a helper. He later served a five year apprenticeship which culminated into the acquisition of a Journeyman Sign card. He has served in sign installation and repair capacities, as shop foreman, purchasing, and sales in the past.


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