Celebrates 90th anniversary
Young Electric Sign Co. (YESCO), Salt Lake City, has opened a new facility in Salt Lake City. In its 90 years as a family-run business, the company cut the ribbon on its 103,480-sq.-ft. new home, at 1605 Gramercy, and threw a belated birthday party, plus an awards ceremony and a buffet, in late April 2010.
Lois Collins, of the Deseret News, reported, “Thomas Young was one of six children that George and Emily Young brought from England, resettling in Ogden, UT. The seventh, George Jr., had arrived before them and smoothed the way. Thomas, who loved to sketch, used his artistic abilities to make signs for others before launching his own enterprise. Now his son, Thomas Jr., is chairman of the board while his grandsons run the daily business: Mike is president, Paul is executive vice president and Jeff is vice president. They each came up through the ranks, working in a variety of departments.”
“It’s also a family business made up of families,” said Jeff Young, to the Deseret News. “The company has found a place for the children, the siblings, the spouses and the cousins of good employees over the years.”
“Father taught us signs are one of the cornerstones of a free enterprise system — a critical part,” said Thomas Jr.
YESCO has offices and divisions from Mississippi to Washington. The company has roughly 600 employees at four Utah locations, among the 1,600 employed companywide.
The company had moved to the former building at 300 West in 1948. A few years ago, when Target inquired about buying that location, the company decided a move to a brand new facility would be a good foundation for the future.
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