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Miller Paint's iconic neon windmill sign has been refurbished in time for the company's 130th anniversary

PMG PHOTO: JOSEPH GALLIVAN - The Miller Paint sign has adorned the company's 317 S.E. Grand Ave. address for nearly 80 years.The neon Miller Paint sign at Southeast Grand Avenue has been cleaned and restored and is back on view.

The sign was refurbished at Security Signs of 2424 S.E. Holgate Blvd. The probably 80-year-old neon tubes were still in good shape, as were the transformers which are housed in the body of the windmill's vanes. Security Signs technician Marc Linquist told the Business Tribune the old PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JOSEPH GALLIVAN  - Steve Dearborn, CEO and president of Miller Paint Co., stands with the famous windmill neon sign which has been restored and returned to its Grand Avenue perch. Prosper Portland contributed half of the cost of the restoration with a storefront improvement grant.coil transformers are still in good shape, but if any of them need replacing in future they will use digital transformers, which are just circuit boards. Linquist said neon is sturdy and can stand decades of weather.

"Bugs are attracted to neon signs, which means spiders make their nests there. So mostly what we had to clean off was years of spider droppings and the oil and water spray from passing cars."

Miller Paint is celebrating its 130th anniversary this year and received a storefront improvement grant from Prosper Portland to make the restoration of the iconic sign at 317 S.E. Grand Ave.


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