Our History

Akers Signs—Four Decades of Excellence

Known over four decades for quality sign making and highly personalized service, Akers Signs was founded in 1972 by Dick and Sue Akers.

Dick Akers began hand-painting signs during his teen years, and mastered his trade as a member of the U.S. Army while stationed in Germany. Dick and Sue Akers, along with their youngest son Stephen, still serve Canton, Ohio with quality signs as owners of Signmakers/SignPro. Their daughter, Lynn McSheehy, owns Envirosigns—serving parks and recreation departments across the United States with interpretive signage.

The Akers family lived in their shop when their business opened. Rick Akers, oldest son of Dick and Sue Akers, was born in 1969 and literally grew up in his parent’s sign business. Rick started working at the company in 1982, and by 1997 he managed Akers Signs. Foreseeing changing trends in modern signage, he moved the company in the direction of electric signs. Rick Akers became the owner of Akers Signs in 2006.

Our company has greatly expanded in our capacities and our range of services, but our common thread throughout the years is our ability to confidently guide customers through the sign making process—and most importantly, our customer’s satisfaction with the end product. These are attributes of Akers Signs that will never change.