Family-owned and operated since 2001
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At just 16 years old, racing enthusiast Ian Young started printing numbers and other vinyl graphics for competitors’ vehicles. Equipped with just a single vinyl plotter, some basic software, and a spare bedroom, the self-proclaimed computer geek quickly expanded his efforts beyond the racing circuit.
After enlisting the help of his sister, Heather DeSabato Sneddon, Ian was able to turn his hobby into a lucrative business, creating signs, banners, promotional items, and more. Brother Seth joined the team and their father, Chuck “Dad” DeSabato, helped them incorporate in 2002, while Ian was hospitalized for cystic fibrosis treatment.
While purchasing their first major equipment package, Chuck suggested they use their initials as the company name on official paperwork – “C” for Chuck; “H” for Heather; and a lowercase “I” for Ian, whom they affectionately called “Little Man.”
When the equipment company called to speak to the owners of “CHi Signs,” the name stuck. Soon after, “Designs” was added to the company name.
After several years, Ian’s involvement lessened, as he pursued other endeavors and focused on his health. In 2008, Heather’s husband, Chuck Sneddon, joined the team full time.
Ian Young lost his battle with cystic fibrosis in January 2015, at age 29. His legacy lives on through his family at CHi Signs & Designs.
Today, the CHi Guys continue to provide quality products and services to the Greater Pittsburgh Area and beyond. We offer our customers friendly, no-hassle, personal service unlike any other!
Stop by CHi Signs & Designs in Oakmont today and let us treat you like family!