326 Choctaw St. Leavenworth, KS
913.651.5432

OUR MISSION

Our passion is using our creative talents to produce high quality, effective sign systems that reflect our clients’ professionalism and uniqueness.

We truly are sign people that live and breathe signs and displays. We pride ourselves on having an eye for artistic design and having the ability to develop quality creative solutions on any project that comes our way. We are extremely dedicated to producing quality work that is attractive, effective, and durable. We use the industry’s highest quality products and equipment so that our work stands up to the test of time as well as contemporary technology allows. We attempt to understand the desired effect of every project, so that our customers end up with a suitable sign system that meets the project’s goals and exceeds the client’s expectations. We understand that an image or brand being portrayed by a business or organization via a logo, design, or sign is often the first impression they are sending to potential customers; and first impressions last forever. We aim to help our customers portray themselves with an image or brand that is exactly what they envision and that sends the appropriate message effectively.

We are proud members of the WSA, ISA, and KSA.

A BRIEF HISTORY

Young Sign Company is a family owned & operated business, founded in 1978 by Gene Young with 2 employees: daughter, Ann and son-in-law, John Hoins. Gene’s youngest son, Tom Young, came on full time a few years later and together the four grew Young Signs from a small hand lettering and screen printing company to what is now a full service electric sign company manufacturing signs using cutting edge sign technology. John & Ann’s three sons grew up in the sign company and now form the third generation working in the family business.

September, 1978

Young Sign Company Founded

Gene Young purchases Herbert Signs, and starts Young Sign Company with daughter, Ann and son-in-law, John Hoins.

1981

Tom Young Joins the Team

After working summers when home from college at Baker University, Tom joins the Young Sign Company team full time.

Early 1980s

Added Aerial Capabilities

In the early 1980s, Young Sign Company purchased our first aerial vehicle, allowing for higher installations.

1984

Young Sign Company Buys a Gerber Signmaker IVB

In 1984, Young Sign Company becomes one of the first sign companies in the country to invest in the Gerber Signmaker IVB, beginning the transition from paintbrushes and lettering enamels to plotters and vinyl. It came equipped with a single font (Helvetica Medium Auto-Kern), with additional fonts available (up to 8 maximum) for a cool $500 each. At that time it was extremely high-tech, and changed the way signs and lettering were done in the industry.

1990s

Eugene Retires

After two careers, first as as a dairy operator and then as a sign painter, Eugene Young retires.  Since then he has devoted all his time and energy to the arts, public service, volunteerism, and overall remarkable citizenship.

1998

Digital Printing

In 1998, we went digital with the purchase of our first large format digital printer, the Arizona 180, and changed the way we produced images and decorated faces. In retrospect the output quality was quite poor compared to today’s standards, but at the time we all thought it was amazing.

2012

Yesco Kansas City

2012 was an exciting year for Young Sign Company, when we had an opportunity to sign on as Yesco’s Kansas City area lighting and sign maintenance franchise. The experience, knowledge, and friendship that Yesco offers was too great to pass up, and allowed Young Sign Company to focus on sign design, printing, fabrication, and installation.

2015

New Flatbed Printer

In 2015 we upgraded to an Oce 480 flatbed printer, capable of anything from express economy signs, to high definition museum quality output. This machine also offers white ink capabilities for second surface printing, isolated printing on of raw materials, or double strike imaging for illuminated faces.

WHO WE ARE

What a good-looking group of miscreants!

Gene Young

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Founder / Retired

To say Gene Young is amazing is an understatement. Our founder is incredible/ More to come later.

Ann Hoins

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President / Owner

Ann has been with Young Sign Company since day 1. After graduating from Lansing High School, she studied fashion design in Texas and then art and design in Salina, Kansas. Her energy and creativity are second to none, and she’s even a nice person! She is active President and majority owner of Young Sign Company.

John Hoins

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Business Management / Owner

John Hoins has worked with the sign company since 1978, and has played an integral role in strategic planning, sales, customer relations, accounting, and keeping the company progressive when it comes to acquiring new technologies in the industry.

Tom Young

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Install & Fabrication / Owner

Tom can build anything… Seriously anything. He’s creative and resourceful beyond belief, and “no” doesn’t exist in his vocabulary. Anything is possible, and Tom Young proves that every day.

Eric Hoins

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ART/PRINT PRODUCTION MANAGER

Eric Hoins is Art Director and Print Production manager at Young Sign Company. Eric grew up in the business, working part time throughout his formative years, ultimately coming on full time in 2003 after graduating from Kansas University with a degree in Art History.

Chris Hoins

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ESTIMATOR / PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Chris is head estimator at Young Sign Company, and also works in management at Yesco Kansas City.

Jeff Hoins

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IT / ESTIMATOR

Jeff worked for years at Young Sign Company as print & vinyl production manager, but is now living in Oregon and is dedicated to IT & Network Management, making sure our digital workflow runs smoothly.

Tabitha West

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OFFICE MANAGER / ACCOUNTING

Queen of the Lanes

Rob George

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YESCO KANSAS CITY SALES

Scott Schieve

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PRINT & VINYL PRODUCTION

Scott brings a mean heater.

Joe Zuker

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PRINT & VINYL PRODUCTION

Joe is smart enough to cheer for KU despite graduating from K-State.

Larr Whaley

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FABRICATION / INSTALLATION

Larr likes bacon, and has also enjoyed making signs for over a decade.

Richard Martin

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INSTALLATION

Richard is one of the newest members of our installation team.

Travis Stafford

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YESCO KANSAS CITY MANAGEMENT

Travis Stafford manages day to day operations for our Lighting & Sign Maintenance franchise, Yesco Kansas City.

Kyle Conard

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FABRICATION | INSTALLATION

Kyle is the newest member of our install / fabrication team.

Mike Lansing

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YESCO KANSAS CITY SERVICE TECH

Mike Lansing started with Young Sign Company a decade ago in the fabrication / installation department, but now works as Service Technician for our YESCO Kansas City franchise. Mike knows computers and electrical as well as anyone and is our go to guy on installing and maintaining dynamic sign & lighting systems.

Obadiah Harvey

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YESCO KANSAS CITY SERVICE TECH

Obadiah is awesome.

Robbie Curtis

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YESCO KANSAS CITY SERVICE TECH

Robbie is great.

OUR WORK

Experience you can trust, results you can count on.