Local company scores big with Super Bowl sign!

By Alex Davis | adavis@wcia.com

Published 01/31 2014 10:50AM

Updated 02/03 2014 10:25AM

SPRINGFIELD -- Ace Sign Company has been servicing Central Illinois for more than 70-years. It's a small sign-making business which started in a garage, but now, there's nothing small about the work and where it's on display. WCIA-3's Alex Davis finds out who's behind this year's Super Bowl 48 logo and signage.

"This particular piece was just as much a piece of art and sculpture as it was a sign."

Spoken like a true artist. Tony Bringuet says the three-dimensional Roman numerals created for this year's Super Bowl are among some of his company's most detailed work yet.

"This is just a great portfolio piece for us. We're excited to allow this project to help take us to the next level."

From design to ship date, it took nearly six months to complete the structures. They're layered in graphics and equipped with more than 4,000 LED lights.

The project is a big deal for Ace Sign Company, not just because it's the Super Bowl, but because the sign is huge. It's nearly ten feet tall and measures 38 feet wide, left to right.

All their work will be somewhat short-lived. The sign will grace Super Bowl Boulevard in Times Square for just a matter of days.

"Technically, this is a temporary sign because it will only be up for a week, so I'd say, one of the most unique things is the level of detail and production that went into this to be up on display for a week."

But, all that seems to do is confirm that their "mom-and-pop" shop days are a thing of the past.

"For my grandparents who are still here every day, I'm sure that it's a little bit breathtaking for them."

And, to think, the whole deal started with a phone call from an intern with the NFL just fielding questions from Ace about its work.

"We have some high-profile locations already on our portfolio, but this one here is definitely at the top."

If the crew isn't already bursting at the seams with pride, they've got another trophy to add to their shelf.

"It was all 100% in-house production and that's something that we are most prod of here at Ace, is that we are a manufacturer and that we are creating jobs every day and keeping this work right here in the states."

The entire design and construction process has been hush-hush, so if you want to see the final product, look for it while watching the Super Bowl. It's been on display in Times Square all week. Some of the crew from Ace are likely in New York now, getting a glimpse of their handiwork.

To see the making of the iconic sign, click here.

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