New SIGNARAMA Ownership in Okemos

The United Franchise Group announces the opening of a new SIGNARAMA in Okemos, Mich. under the ownership of local resident, Dale Kohlsmith.

Okemos, MI, October 24, 2012 --( SIGNARAMA, the world’s largest sign franchise, announces local resident Dale Kohlsmith is the owner of the Lansing East store at 2189 W. Grand River Ave.

Before becoming a SIGNARAMA franchisee, Kohlsmith worked for 15 years as a director of training for Numatics, Inc., two years as owner and managing training director of Northcoast Pneumatic Training, and three years as design faculty with Bowling Green State University's College of Technology and the Electric Vehicle Institute. He is also the owner of Maple Leaf Farm American Saddlebreds, and has 21 years of professional photography and design experience as owner of SergKohl Graphics.

"With recent changes in the economy and more specifically the industrial automation arena, I found myself searching for new challenges,” said Kohlsmith. “After 15 years as director of training for a large global corporation, and several years of running small side-line businesses, I decided the best new opportunities might be in starting a new business. Following the old adage of wanting to be ‘in business for myself, but not by myself,’ I started investigating franchises and SIGNARAMA really proved to be the best fit.”

SIGNARAMA Lansing East is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. They will be hosting an open house on October 24, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and will be celebrating their official grand opening and ribbon cutting with the local Chambers of Commerce. Seasonal snacks and beverages for lunch will be provided, as well as free pie, and businesses will have a chance to win a door prize.

“We strive to support Michigan-made products first, and the vast majority of our products are made in the USA,” said Kohlsmith. “We support green, eco-friendly solutions for every business’s graphic display requirement, and we pride ourselves on being ‘Your Eco-Friendly Sign Provider.’ We look forward to meeting members of the community at the open house, and helping local businesses grow.”

Approaching 900 stores in more than 50 countries, SIGNARAMA uses cutting-edge industry software programs to provide a full range of comprehensive sign and graphic services to both the private and commercial segments of the business community.

For more information on SIGNARAMA Lansing East contact Kohlsmith at 517-489-4314. For franchising information, please call (800) 465-0362 or visit

About United Franchise Group: The Global Leader for Entrepreneurs.
United Franchise Group ( is a $500-million franchising expert with 30 years of experience and 1,400 franchise locations in over 50 countries. Brands include SIGNARAMA, EmbroidMe, Billboard Connection, Plan Ahead Events, and Transworld Business Advisors. Information on franchising opportunities is available at 800-286-8671 (U.S.) or 001-561-640-5570 (international).
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