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Have you ever needed some custom signage made, only to feel underwhelmed with the results? Well, my manufacturing company, Surely Signs—recently part of the Signs Now family—uses the most advanced technology and materials to quickly create “works-of-art” so the messages of our clients start generating new sales right away.

Advanced Technology: We use solvent-free ink that is not only good for the environment, but it penetrates the substrate more evenly than solvent-based ink, so fewer passes of the printer heads are needed to achieve full saturation. Our printers are also equipped with a convection heating system that enables our graphics to be handled and even laminated, immediately upon creation while our competitors need to let theirs dry for up to 24 hours.

Our Color Management System is the best in the Process Printing industry. We use the same portable device (colorimeter) that we use to calibrate our design computer monitors and printers to match your desired color.

We print on wraps & coverings that require Active Pressure before they adhere which significantly reduces the time to install. We use Floor Covering laminates specially made to prevent skidding so floors are safer for customers to walk on after the floor graphic is laid down.

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Signs Now has deep roots from its Surely Signs days. Randy’s mother, Shirley, was a commercial artist and sign painter for 60 years, painting under her company name of “Shirley Studios” in Peoria, IL, and Pleasanton, CA. She specialized in banners, wall murals, window graphics, and vehicle wraps. She was a noted artist who published several books and painted many trucks for the circuses that would pass through town.

Although Randy grew up around sign-making, he went in a slightly different direction – obtaining his degree in electrical engineering and working for a company that makes the printers & plotters that produce many signs today! Randy spent 23 years in a variety of leadership positions for that company, including R&D, Training, Technical Support, and Customer Service Operations.

When the opportunity arose to start his own sign manufacturing company, Randy eagerly jumped at the chance to bring joy to several customer bases while utilizing his decades of experience in leading customer service and support organizations. He paid homage to his mom’s influence by choosing “Surely Signs” as the original company name and is proud that it has become part of the Signs Now family.

Signs Now founder Randy on moms back as she paints signs

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From Our Blog

SBDC Success Stories

Signs Now was featured as a success story by the Illinois Small Business Development & International Trade Center at College of Lake County (SBDC/ITC) in late 2020. We are happy to offer another story about the business, highlighting its impressive success since that time. COVID caused many businesses to go under and Signs Now might have been one of them if not for the dogged determination of Randy Rice, the company’s President and “Sales Leader.”
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Randy Rice – President & Sales Leader.

After successfully leading Customer Service, Operations and Technical Support divisions for major companies such as Océ-Canon, Baxter, Young Innovations, and IDEX, Randy has turned his passions towards helping other businesses in the community by founding Signs Now. Randy graduated Suma cum Laude from San Jose State University with a degree in Electrical Engineering, but he loves to embrace his creative side as well.

Randy loves his kids, grandkids, all kinds of sports, music, acting, and all animals. He enjoys appearing as a background actor on numerous TV shows such as Fire, Med, and Next and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Kirk Players Community Theatre.

Lisa Soare – Business Development.

Lisa comes to us with more than 20 years of experience on both sides of the “aisle,” having worked in both publishing and corporate communications. She brings her eagle eye and a strong sense of brand and messaging to every job. In her spare time, Lisa believes in giving back to the community through local organizations. She currently fosters rescue dogs and has been involved in community theatre for more than 10 years.

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Rosemary Monahan, HR Manager – Learning and Innovation.

Rosemary’s HR background includes senior corporate roles in leadership coaching, management training and career development. As an executive coach, she encourages senior executives and business owners to think ‘outside the corporate box’, identify their passion and find innovative ways to create new careers for themselves. She is especially skilled in helping new entrepreneurs hone their business acumen and identify innovative ways to grow and expand their networks and their businesses. Rosemary also loves performing in Community/Musical Theater and teaching improv; facilitating caregiver support groups; and being an encouraging and supportive member of her personal, community and church ‘families’.

Joshua Mailloux - Graphic Designer & Sign Maker

Josh is a graduate of Northern Illinois University where he got his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Studio and Design where he studied graphic design, 2 and 3D Animation, as well as video & audio manipulation. Josh also played college football at Northern Illinois. He brings a wide range of skills to our team and is a very creative individual. Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign are Josh’s favorite applications, and he can create almost anything you could imagine. In his free time, Josh makes digital artwork and custom videos for social media. When he isn’t working, He loves spending time with his family, while relaxing and watching sports.
Joshua Mailloux - Graphic Designer & Sign Maker