Ken Leaman started painting signs in 1976.
His first sign shop was in Bowmansville. Later he moved to Reamstown
where he stayed until 1985 when he moved to his current location in
In the "old days" before computers all
signs were hand lettered!
Ken hand lettering and striping the "Marion" car at
the Strasburg Railroad.
In the mid 80's the sign computer started to challenge the
hand lettering artists with speed and perfection. It was
at first to admit that times were changing! Vinyl lettering lasted
longer than paint and it was cheaper in the long run. One of the last
things that was replaced was custom airbrushing like the photo to the left.
But eventually software was developed that made it possible to replace the
airbrush as well.
The 90's brought new challenges in learning new computer
software. New equipment
us to develop quality truck lettering that could be reproduced quickly for
entire fleets. But we continued to use hand lettering and pin striping
when customers asked for it.
Photos could now be printed on vinyl instead of hand painting images
directly on the truck. This allowed our customers a whole new tool for
In the last 8 years we have focused on keeping up on many of
the latest technologies in order to provide the best service.