Augusta Sign Company Now True to its Name
STAUNTON, VIRGINIA Mark Hackley, owner of Augusta Sign Company formerly of Waynesboro, Virginia has moved his sign shop to Augusta County, Virginia, near Staunton. So Augusta Sign Company is now true to its name!
Augusta Sign Company began in Laurel, Maryland in the early 1980’s. Mark Hackley learned to paint signs as an apprentice signpainter at the National Naval Medical Center (now called Walter Reed National Military Medical Center) in Bethesda in 1980 and became a journeyman signpainter at Andrews Air Force Base (now called Joint Base Andrews) in Prince Georges County, Maryland. Mark first began contracting signage with his colleague Allen Gray around 1983. He then formed Kullman Signs with a friend, also on a part-time basis, around 1985. By 1987 Mark had formed Western Signs and Graphics and took out his first newspaper ad in the Laurel Leader. By 1988, Mark was married and he moved his business, still called Western Signs and Graphics, to Waynesboro, Virginia. He worked from home on a part time basis while working for Keeney and Company Architects of Charlottesville for about a year but before long, Mark began renting space above the former Doll Hospital on Wayne Avenue in Waynesboro later in 1988.
FROM ARCHITECTURE TO ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN
In April, 1990, Mark resigned as a draftsman and began a full-time sign company! He changed the name to Tree Street Signs and Graphics and moved his business to Charlotte Avenue, where he remained for one full year. The business began to grow and Mark soon expanded to a larger facility in Crimora, Virginia, where he rented industrial space from Gary and Linda Scrogham of Scrogham Enterprises.
It was at this point when Mark upgraded his business from a sole proprietorship to a corporation. This is the same corporation operating today as Augusta Sign Company. Although the business was sold to Tedsan, Inc. in 2000, Mark kept his contracting license and corporation going on a part-time basis as he worked for various organizations in sales and marketing. In July, 2015, Mark re-started his business from his home on Magnolia Avenue in Waynesboro. Once again he grew the business back as though it had never taken a break! He added a detached shop building later that year and worked from that location until September 1 of this year, when he moved to a larger shop between Middlebrook and Staunton on Middlebrook Road.
BROAD SERVICE AREA
Augusta Signs serves customers throughout Virginia. Earlier this month Mark installed signage for a law firm in Richmond, Virginia and next month he will be working on branding condominiums in Alexandria, Virginia. Even though he will take on regional projects, most of his jobs are derived from customers in Augusta County.
The company specializes in custom wood signage, both new and refurbished. Anyone interested in having Mark come out for a survey for a new or existing sign, may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.