Comet Neon Advertising Co. was founded in 1958 by Arthur S. Sitterle Jr. in San Antonio, Texas. The company quickly established a strong reputation for quality products, on time performance and personal service with national and regional accounts including Church's Fried Chicken, Stop 'N Go and Jim Dandy Chicken. The company grew through the years relocating several times to larger facilities.
Our History & Growth
Company leadership passed to Arthur S. “Pete” Sitterle III in the '90s and he continued to build the organization through a focused strategy on manufacturing technology advances coupled with unequaled customer service. Along the way, Comet Neon has been recognized as a trusted strategic supplier for companies including H-E-B Grocery Company, Valero, Whataburger, and many South Texas businesses.
In 2012, Pete’s vision of building a sign company that could serve the entire state of Texas took a major step forward with the acquisition of the Barker Sign Company in Houston, Texas. This acquisition provided a foothold in the important Houston market with a reputable operator founded by Texas sign company legend, Jack Patterson. With Barker Signs already providing installation services for Comet Neon’s growing customer base in Houston, this purchase improved customer service capabilities and installation capacity.
With an eye towards future growth and acquisitions, Pete hired Mikal S. Harn as company President. Harn, an experienced executive with operations, marketing, and custom manufacturing background at companies including Kraft Foods and AT&T, joined Comet in 2013.
Shortly thereafter In June 2013, Comet Neon Advertising Company merged with Reynolds Sign in Irving, Texas to form Comet Signs, LLC. Reynolds Sign was founded by George “Tommy” Reynolds IV in 1986. Reynolds quickly built a strong franchise in custom electric signs as well as sports marketing signage in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. Customers have included Texas Stadium and later AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, as well the Texas Motor Speedway, numerous university stadiums, and major golf tournaments including the Byron Nelson Classic and AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Reynolds also had a strong presence in digital signage, electronic message centers, and interior graphics packages.
The marriage of Comet Neon & Reynolds Signs was a perfect fit from a geographic and customers served aspect. The new company provided cutting edge sign manufacturing capabilities combined with customer-focused support personnel.
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Recent Years & Expansion
In March of 2015, Comet Signs expanded again by purchasing State Sign Company in Houston, TX. Longtime owner Danny Zoch was ready to retire and knew the person he wanted to take over his legacy was Pete Sitterle. Since 1957, State Sign had been a major player throughout Houston and the Gulf Coast region providing electrical, on premise sign manufacturing, installation and maintenance services. Clients included major retail customers, developers, general contractors and installations for national sign companies. Comet later consolidated its Houston operations at the State Sign facility near Hobby Airport. State Sign had and continues a strong history of creative sign design success as a multi-year winner of the Texas Sign Association Frank Page Award given annually to the company with the overall best sign design, manufacture and install. Operating as State Sign, A Comet Signs Company, the Houston group continues to flourish under the Comet Signs umbrella.
In November 2017 Comet expanded in the growing East Texas market through the purchase of Design Center Signs in Tyler, Texas. Industry veterans Paul & Nita Ingle built a strong company with a high performing management team that was able to benefit from increased manufacturing capacity, purchasing power and systems support provided by Comet. A growing East Texas customer base including banks, hospital systems and universities is supported by a strong project management team and Comet’s proprietary work flow management program, Job Command Paul and Nita continue to provide executive and sales leadership for Design Center Signs, A Comet Signs Company as the company provides electrical sign manufacturing, installation and maintenance services throughout East Texas and Louisiana.
A few months later, in January 2018, Comet expanded into Austin, Texas. The purchase of Custom Sign Creations (CSC) added coverage of Central Texas with a company known for vibrant and creative sign designs. CSC’s strong sales team and manufacturing expertise enhanced Comet’s ability to serve customers across the state of Texas. Company founders Jamie Mitol and Andy Leffler continue to lead the company’s Austin operations as Comet’s growth into a new geography is focused on providing a better customer experience to current and future customers through local knowledge and experience.
With Comet’s move into an 180,000 square foot San Antonio headquarters and manufacturing facility in March 2019, the company is poised for another 60 years of growth and superior customer service. Comet Signs three manufacturing plants with 200,000 square feet of manufacturing capacity provide program and custom sign fabrication serving customers of all sizes. Whether large petroleum programs with vacuum formed faces, interior packages utilizing large format digital prints or installations across the country or with our 26 in house installation crews throughout the state of Texas, Comet would like the opportunity to serve you.
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To meet the needs of our customers all around Texas we have five conveniently located facilities in Dallas, Tyler, San Antonio, Austin and Houston. Three of our facilities are state of the art manufacturing in Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio to provide the best signage solutions for our clients. Our facilities are equipped to produce pylons, cabinets, channel letters, vacuum form faces and digital graphics for sign projects large and small. Whether you are planning a national brand conversion or need a sign package for a single location, contact us today to discuss your project.View Our Locations
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With Comet’s continued growth the company is poised for another 60 plus years of growth and superior customer service. The Comet Signs family would welcome the opportunity to serve you. Get in touch with Comet Signs today.
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