HOMEGROWN: Duncan Signs

Adam Robison | Buy at photos.djournal.com Lee Duncan opened his sign business in 1987, following the footsteps of his dad, who also made signs.

Adam Robison | Buy at photos.djournal.com
Lee Duncan opened his sign business in 1987, following the footsteps of his dad, who also made signs.

TUPELO – Believe it or not, some people do walk into the 26-year-old Duncan Signs and ask if it makes signs.

Indeed it does.

The company makes custom signs and banners, including digital printing, vehicle lettering and directional signs; routed signs via 3-D CNC routing, carved letters and foam letters; and neon signs.

“And if there’s a sports team – baseball, soccer, etc. – we make those decals you see on vehicles,” said company owner Lee Duncan.

All of the signs made at the company are custom-designed and come in virtually any size.

Hand-lettering is still done, but the digital age has made that job easier. And modern technology also has ushered in the LED age.

“Making neon signs is a dying art,” Duncan said.

Serving customers in a 50-mile area, Duncan Signs designs, builds, repairs and even restores signs. Most of the work is for commercial use.

“We make signs from aluminum, plastic, foam, wood and we’ve also done leather,” Duncan said.

The four-man operation can get hectic at times, and Duncan said he’s had to turn down some jobs. He also said he’s learned an imporant lesson while running his business.

“Sometimes I’ve gotten too busy to immediately respond to a request,” he said. “You can’t do that, and I learned that the hard way. You have to be responsive to your customers and you have to let them know what’s going on. You don’t want to disappoint anybody.”

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Est.: 1987

Owner: Lee Duncan

Employees: 4

Location: 3900 Westgate Drive, Tupelo

Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Phone: (662) 842-0226

Website: www.duncansigns.com

  • Just Curious

    So proud of you, Lee.