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History of the Company

Global Sign Systems, inc., formerly known as Acme Neon Sign Company, takes pride in its long and successful history in the sign business. This family owned and operated business was established in 1957. However, the family legacy began many years earlier.

At the turn of 20th century, Andrew Blakely started a billboard company in Detroit, Michigan. He specialized in gold leaf. Read More...

Andrew’s son, Cassius Blakely, founded the Acme Neon Institute in Chicago, Illinois. The institute taught the art of neon tube bending. Read More...

Robert Blakely, son of Cassius, continued in the family business establishing Acme Neon Sign Company in 1957. Read More...

As the current owner/operator, Michael Blakely represents the fourth generation to carry on the proud family tradition in the sign industry. Read More...