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Vandalia Housing Authority installs new sign

Posted on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 3:43 pm


By Woodrow Polston

VANDALIA—Whether you are a commuter or passerby, perhaps you have noticed a subtle change on Main Street.

The Vandalia Housing Authority at 200 South Main recently had an upgrade to its facade. Artistically contrasting the light-colored bricks that make up the building, a new black metal sign has appeared, which gracefully compliments the black lamp posts that line the street.
Representatives from the Housing Authority said that they were looking for a visual change. They certainly got what they were looking for. This new sign, most visible from the corner of State Street and Main, looks more like an imaginative work of art than a business display.

Doug Korte, of Brown and Korte Metal Art and Sign, said, “The sign work is only a secondary business for me and my business partner, Eric Brown, of New London.” Doug complimented the vision and Eric’s work ethic.

“Eric is an extremely talented artist. I have the metalworking equipment, so we get into some pretty interesting steel projects. But only in our spare time.”

He noted that, if you have an original vision for a sign for your business or home, they specialize in custom design work. According to their website,, “If you can see it in your head, we can make it from steel. Massive permanent pits, smaller portable pits, inside or outside business signs, man cave or barn signs. Any size, shape or design of signs.”

So, if you find yourself on Main Street slow down and take a closer look at the new sign. It evolved from the kind of workmanship that makes communities great. Moreover, it exhibits the kind of effort that inspires a lot of people to add passion to their own work, no matter what line of work one might find him or herself.