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By Tim Moran, The Modesto Bee, Calif. Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
Jun. 20--Take a quick spin through almost any commercial area in the Northern San Joaquin Valley. Chances are, you've glanced at the work of Sign Designs Inc. of Modesto.
From Patchetts Ford-Mercury in Turlock to the Pacifica Grill in Modesto and the Manteca Marketplace shopping center to West Valley Mall in Tracy, Sign Designs has been helping businesses draw in customers with neon and bright colors.
Churches, hospitals, gas stations, restaurants, theaters -- Sign Designs has done it all in its 30 years in business. It even did the graphics on the Stolichnaya jet stunt planes.
Sign Design's oil …