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Home of Flexlume Neon - Buffalo, New York, USA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member AnthemRose
N 42° 54.806 W 078° 51.922
17T E 674237 N 4753412
Quick Description: The ULTIMATE neon sign for the global headquarters of this local long-time sign manufacturer/fabricator.
Location: New York, United States
Date Posted: 10/2/2018 9:38:37 PM
Waymark Code: WMZ968
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
Views: 1

Long Description:
The story of Flexlume is written in the signs of America.

The Flexlume Sign Company has been making quality signs since 1904.

In 1904, Roy R. Wiley along with his brother, Wallace, and W.S. Hough joined forces to produce white opal glass molded letters to push through a sign face and illuminate from the rear. This was a process that would create flexible-illumination. The name Flexlume was born.

n 1911, after years of experimenting and perfecting their craft, the company moved to Buffalo, New York from Canada. Flexlume constructed and moved into a 125,000 square foot plant in 1924. At the time, this was the world’s largest plant dedicated solely to the manufacturing of electric signs.

With a solid customer base of financial institutions, automotive dealers, and movie theaters the company grew to as many as 500 employees, even through the depression. Many of Western New York’s classic marquees were built by Flexlume and can still be seen in use today. During World War II, all available steel resources were diverted to the war effort and Flexlume was forced to briefly close its doors. It was at this time that F.A. (Al) Rowell purchased the company. In 1946 the company moved to its current location, 1464 Main Street, where Flexlume has been producing the world's greatest signs since.

They are credited by historians for making the Cincinnati's first neon sign, a simple circle centered by the word "Gas."

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Business Name: Flexlume Signs Inc.

Business Type: Other

Physical Address:
1464 Main Street
Buffalo, NY USA
14209


Web Address: [Web Link]

Condition of Neon Sign: Inactive: Evidence of tubes can be seen but sign does not light up.

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