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Fire alters Sign & Banner Co. business

Thursday, July 17, 2003

Vince Braun (left) checks out the paint job on his business, Brazil Sign & Banner Co., that was burned out May 26. Juventino Luciano, from Terre Haute, is the painter.

It's the time of the signs! And banners too. The Brazil Sign and Banner Co. is scheduled to re-open Aug. 11, says owner Vince Braun.

The business, at 44 E. National Ave., was burned out on May 26.

"The fire department said it was an electrical fire," Braun explained while checking on the restoration progress. "But the engineering people sent in by the insurance company said it was spontaneous combustion. Trying to determine the cause and origin cost us a lot of time."

Braun is an Indianapolis native who spent childhood summer's at Dietz Lake in Clay County. He moved to Saline City with his wife and daughters, Sarah and Katie, in 1997, when they started the Brazil Sign & Banner Co. business.

"We always liked it down here," Braun said. "My wife is from Indianapolis also, and she came to Dietz Lake in the summers too. That's where we met.

"I like Brazil and want to keep my business here. The insurance company requested a repair service out of Terre Haute. But I told them they had to get all the materials they can out of Brazil. I truly want to support this town."

Braun said when he reopens he will still do some of the work he did before but plans to specialize more.

"The main focus will be sandblasting, routed, screen painting and vinyl signs," Braun continued. "The sandblasting and routed signs are a little more expensive but they last longer, they're better quality and more eye appealing.

"Screen painting is used a lot for yard signs for construction people, political signs and real estate signs. And we'll still do letter graphics on vehicles. It's not just a sticker on the side. It's more a vinyl expression on the car but can be removed when the vehicle is sold."

Braun hopes to have a grand re-opening Aug. 11, to restart his business.

"We started out with nothing," Braun said. "Now we kind of feel like were back to nothing. But we still have an established trade, a good reputation and a lot of really nice people to work for."

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