Back in the days of printed catalogs, having the latest of SIG's tome was a treasure, especially in the eyes of a teenager. Like the Estes rocket catalog, its pages displayed a cornucopia of modeling delights, many of which one on a newspaper carrier's budget could only dream of owning. Everyone knew the name Hazel Sig, but boy weren't we surprised to learn that the name was short for Sigafoose! I remember laughing at the funny sound of it, but then was quickly reminded by my areonut friend, Jerry Flynn, that with a name like Blattenberger, I didn't have much to joke about. If there is one image from Sig that is emblazoned in the minds of most people, it is the one shown to the right where Hazel poses with her custom, full-size Clipped Wing Piper Cub and the 1/4-scale version of it that her company produces. That blue and white sunburst paint job was widely replicated back in the day. I never did own one of those, but did, at around age, 40, finally buy and build a Sig Citabria. Hazel and husband Glen flew aerobatics, but Glen was killed in 1980 during a performance. Many years later, well-known model designer, builder, and competitor Maxey Hester, a Sig employee, was married to Hazel.
The following press release arrived in my e-mail inbox a couple weeks ago announcing the sale of SIG Manufacturing Company to new owners. It's nice to see that the gentlemen are "successful businessmen and lifelong modelers." Viva SIG!
In February 2011 SIG Manufacturing Co., Inc. was purchased by Herb Rizzo (President), David Martin (VP and General Manager), and Ron Petterec (VP). All three gentlemen are successful businessmen and lifelong modelers providing the ideal base for SIG to continue offering quality and value to model airplane pilots around the world.
With the new ownership SIG's stock levels have improved daily, e.g. kits, balsa wood, basswood, dope paint, fuel products, hardware are in stock. FYI, attached is our advertisement in the December issues of 'Fly RC' and 'Model Airplane News' (both on sale Oct. 4, 2011).
The new versions of the Kadet Senior EG ARF, Kadet LT-40 EG ARF, Rascal 110 ARF will be available in November/December; more ARF's to come in 2012. Our web site will be updated upon availability.
On October 22-23 come see us at the iHobby Expo* (www.ihobbyexpo.com):
Booth No. 1924
*Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont (Chicago), IL
Keep on flying SIG! We appreciate it.
Best regards from Iowa,
SIG Mfg. Co., Inc.
401 South Front St.
PO Box 520
Montezuma, IA 50171-0520
Posted October 16, 2011