Fenner lights up history

ONE of Australia’s most historic neon signs is again lighting up the Melbourne sky, thanks to Apex Fenner.
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Mayor of Maribyrnong, Cr Bill Horrocks (left) and David Langdren, MD of Apex Fenner switch on the famous Apex Belting sign

Staff Reporter

The original Apex conveyor belting sign has been restored and relit above Apex Fenner’s headquarters in Footscray.

Thought to be around 60 years old – records of the precise date are missing – it is believed to be the oldest operating neon sign in Melbourne, possibly Australia.

Workers had to clean out bird’s nests – and discovered two bullet holes – when the sign was taken down from the building for refurbishment.

The multi-coloured sign, surrounded by flashing, rotating light bulbs,was switched on by the Mayor of Maribyrnong, Cr Bill Horrocks, at a special function attended by many of Apex Fenner’s staff.

“The sign has been an icon in Melbourne’s western suburbs and we thought it important to return it to its former glory,” David Langdren, managing director of Apex Fenner, said.

“While Apex Fenner is the future of conveyor belting, we don’t want to ignore the past.”

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