What we can do for you


Listen First…Then Advise
Brand Creation Our experienced Account Executives begin by first listening to our client’s needs and finding out what makes them unique.  By listening and discussing with the client the image they are trying to project, we can create strong logos and work to develop a sign branding program.

Study Recommendation  For clients that have a large footprint, whether that be a university system, large healthcare property or industrial park, Burkhart Sign Systems can provide a comprehensive study recommendation for your entire campus.  This study recommendation includes photo surveys, aerials, road analysis, wayfinding recommendation, PUD or code language services, and an overall signage recommendation guideline.

Site Analysis A sign that is too small or not placed correctly is a loss of investment for our clients.  A complete site analysis is crucial in providing the correct size and location for your sign.  Our Account Executives take the time to look at the property orientation, number of traffic lanes, road speeds and a variety of other variables to recommend the correct sign program for your location.

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Signage Concept Reports (SCR’s) Location and the ability to brand that location is crucial to the success of a new site.  Our SCR books provide your team a 360 degree view of what branding program is possible at that specific site.  Our design team uses information provided by our clients and combines that with our code analysis to provide a rich and detailed branding tool.  Building overlays, sign overlays based on code allowed and recommendations of signage above code are a few of the things your team will find in our SCR.  We include a copy of code, sign permit, municipal contact name, variance process information and full overlay drawings.  Our SCR’s are an essential tool for any real estate or marketing team when looking to expand to your new location.

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Design, Develop, Build
Sign & Architectural Structure Design Our award winning design team has been recognized within the industry for innovative design, creativity with a consideration on materials and fabrication methods.  Our design team can be a complete resource from brand creation thru detailed shop drawings.  Backed by industry recognition we will use our creativity to bring your brand to life.
Sign Program Brand Books A solid brand needs to stay consistent.  Creating a sign program brand book is an essential step to creating consistency from site to site.  Our design team can take your branding program and translate that over to a sign brand book that creates sign families, calls out sizes and materials specs.  This is an essential tool for Real Estate or Marketing teams as they are evaluating a potential site.
Experience in Our Field Our award winning design team has over 50 years of sign industry experience.  We design with material and fabrication methods in mind so we never design something that can’t be built.  Using the latest software and design styles keeps our design team sharp and creative.

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We're always ready to help you pick the right sign for your business.

"Our brand is helping you build your brand."

- Burkhart Sign Systems


Quality is the fabric of everything we do
Custom Sign Fabrication The heart of our business is custom sign fabrication.  Our team has over 150 years of sign fabrication experience.  The craftsmanship behind a Burkhart sign uses the latest industry technologies and the highest grade material. Some of the styles we fabricate: 


  • Monument Signs
  • Pylon Signs
  • High Rise Signs
  • Flag Mount or Projecting Signs
  • Theatre or Marquee Signs
  • Post and Panel Directionals
  • Wayfinding Signs
  • LED Cabinets
  • LED Channel Letters
  • Wall Signs
  • ATM Surrounds
  • Interior Directory Signs
  • ADA Signage
  • Donor Recognition Systems
Architectural Systems Division More than just a sign company our Architectural Systems Division specializes in unique architectural building accents that can enhance the look of your building to a make a great first impression on your customers. Some of our architectural system products include:


  • Sunshades
  • Bahama Colonial & Hurricane Shutters
  • Canopies
  • Metal Awnings
  • Arches and Creative Entrance Ways
  • Ghosted Open Air Sunshades & Canopies
  • Custom Building Façade Accent Pieces
  • Totem Towers for Festivals
  • ATM Buildings
  • Color Changing Building Lighting Elements
Our Shop Burkhart Sign Systems fabrication facility is located in South Bend, IN.  We have additional staging/warehousing availability in Fort Wayne, Lafayette and Anderson. Features of our fabrication shop include:


  • 30,000 Sqft of manufacturing space
  • 10,000 sqft of outdoor, gated and secure warehouse space
  • Overhead cranes for the big projects
  • Two (2) CAD/CAM/CNC routers
  • Computer controlled paint mixing stations
  • Heat treated paint booth
  • Large format printers
  • Channel letter bender


Art in the air
Install It’s not truly your sign until it is hung on your building and the lights turn on.  Our team of trained, professional and safety focused installers will make sure your sign is properly installed and looking good.  We test all of our signs onsite to ensure they are lighting before we leave your site.

National (3rd Party) Installation We have a dedicated division focused on working with national sign companies to be a trusted resource to install their products.  We have developed a strong reputation amongst national companies in our region which is built on trust and follow through.  From close out documentation to quality completion photos let us be a resource for your installation needs. See our list of equipment here >

Where We Install Whether you are located in our primary install region or located half way around the world our in-house installation team or our strategic installation partners have you covered.  See some install locations below.

Service & Maintenance

Keeping your brand working
Why Sign Maintenance Eventually your sign will need repair.  Our service division is here to get your brand back to looking its best whether it is interior or exterior.  Our onsite techs use the latest software to automatically notify our clients when their service is complete.  All service trucks are staged with all the materials necessary for most sign repairs ensuring when we show up we can finish the job.
LED Retro-Fit LED upgrades are a cost effective way to reduce the amount of service calls and bring operating costs of your sign down.  Our upgrade program can replace neon or fluorescent tubes which dim in cold climate and typically require one service per year.  High efficient LED’s are a long term replacement and stay bright in all weather conditions.
Preventative Maintenance Did you know that if you have your sign professionally maintained once a year it can double the lifespan of your sign?  Our Sign Shield program is an annual or bi-annual low cost program that keeps your sign looking as good as the day it was installed. Our typical PM program includes:

  • -Washing of sign to remove salts, chemical and minerals which can degrade your sign finish over time
  • -Opening up of your sign to check electrical connections
  • -Apply nanowax which maintains our finish and adds UV protection

Your sign is a large investment…protect your sign…protect your brand with our low cost Sign Shield PM Program

Before Preventative Maintenance
During Preventative Maintenance
After Preventative Maintenance

Ready to talk signs?

We're always ready to help you pick the right sign for your business.

Custom Design

3rd Party Installation

Service & Maintenance

We want to hear about your project. Come visit us at 1247 E. Mishawaka Ave South Bend, IN 46615,
give us a call at 574-236-5615 or complete our contact form
and one of our Account Managers will contact you.

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