Design Center Signs Acquires Kirkland Sign Company


Design Center Signs, Inc., has announced they have acquired the assets of Kirkland Sign Company. The Tyler, Texas-based custom signage manufacturer was founded in 1983 by Don Kirkland and his partner, Scott Zimmerman. The purchase will enhance Design Center Signs’ diverse product and service offering with internally illuminated signs and custom architectural graphics. The addition also doubles the existing service and installation fleet of crane, ladder and aerial lift platform trucks to eight and makes it one of the largest branding firms from Dallas to Shreveport and Texarkana to Houston.

The acquisition of Kirkland Sign Company also increases Design Center Signs’ share of the growing market for building and pylon sign cabinets, neon and LED letters, electronic message displays, electrical sign service, and crane lifts. The company also provides vinyl graphics, banners, vehicle wraps, ADA, and regulatory signs sold through retail and direct sales divisions.

“This combination of Kirkland’s well-known fabrication team of craftsmen and our existing core competencies will provide our clients with the quality and speed they expect, “ said Nita Ingle, president of Design Center Signs. “We’re widely known as a single source vendor and this new acquisition will continue our commitment of providing consultative branding solutions, value and an enjoyable buying experience.”

Scott Zimmerman will join the Design Center Signs’ team, along with plant foreman Duane Belhumeur and the entire group of fabricators and installers. “Scott, Duane and their staff have over 112 years of combined design, sign-making, installation and repair experience. Their addition to our award-winning team will help Design Center Signs continue to exceed our customers’ expectations,” said Vice President Paul Ingle. Mr. Ingle currently serves as the president of the Texas Sign Association for 2013-2014.

Design Center Signs is a woman-owned state of Texas HUB vendor with accreditation by SCTRCA. Celebrating its twenty-fifth year in business, the firm has been a provider of branding and identity solutions that include custom signs/graphics, imprinted promotional products, decorated apparel and screen/business printing. Services include: design, project management, fabrication, installation, and electrical sign maintenance.

This is the firm’s second acquisition since 2011 when it purchased local screen printing business, CCC Printing & Graphics, LTD. Co. In early 2013, the company was chosen to receive the BBB Award for Excellence from among 2,500 accredited businesses in 19 Texas counties.

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