BY RICH JONES
ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR
Advantage Sign Company of Greeneville is in the midst of "a pretty big project" that involves installation of new, permanent Capital Bank signs in Greeneville and throughout a wider area of East Tennessee.
Many of the signs weigh 300 pounds apiece and are replacing temporary white signs that have been at the bank's locations for several months.
GreenBank, originally Greene County Bank, was purchased in September 2011 by North American Financial Holdings (NAFH), and became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capital Bank: the banking subsidiary of NAFH.
Advantage Sign, located at 415 Banks St., just off the U.S. 11E Bypass, is owned and operated by Stacy Lee.
The company has been in business for 16 years.
Advantage Sign landed the project in July from the general contractor, Colite International, of Columbia, S.C.
Colite International ships the basic sign structure to Advantage.
Lee's company is then responsible for manufacturing the sign faces -- the surface area of the sign where copy is displayed -- for 65 new Capital Bank signs and the installation of 33 of them.
From there, Advantage works to make the signs compatible with local building codes in the dozens of different cities and counties and then installs them.
"We handle a lot of national accounts," Lee said, "but this is a good-sized project."
Lee said all of the new building signs, such as those shown in the photo above, have gone up in Greene County, with the exception of the one that will be installed at the Capital Bank on Main Street across from the County Courthouse.
None of the new sign faces, the signature signs standing in front of the banks are up yet, Lee said. They will be up within four weeks.
Other recently completed work by Advantage has been done for Gateway Ford, Advance Auto Parts and Family Dollar, Lee said.
The operation is a family business with Lee; his wife, Bobbie Jo; son Caleb, a junior at GHS; and son Seth, 10, who comes in to help out, Lee said. Another employee is Michael Bailey.