Miracle Sign Co.: Our Story

Here at Miracle Sign Co., we’ve got your local and national sign needs covered. From start to finish, our  skilled sign team works with you every step of the way. From taking your order, designing your sign, cutting it to your specs, installing custom hardware, and even installing it on site, we take care of everything for you. Think of us as your go-to high quality custom sign shop in Portland, Oregon. That’s saying a lot, we know, but we’re confident in our ability to produce the best signs at the best value. Having been in the business since 1977, we know a thing or two about what it takes to make a great-looking long-lasting high quality sign for your residential, commercial, and industrial needs.

The secret to our success is really no secret at all. It’s our own commitment to the family business, which translates into the high-end quality sign work we design for our customers – that’s you. Miracle Sign Co. came about some thirty years ago when Dan Magner’s dad, Andy Magner, suffered an injury from an ironworking accident. Not wanting to sit around and do nothing during his recovery, Andy put his hands to use by doing what he had learned to do in high school. He started making signs for local businesses in the spare room of his family’s home in Forest Grove, Oregon.

Andy knew he had hit the nail on the head with the at-home sign shop because business was booming – there were no other sign companies in town. When word spread of Andy’s work, his wife Lynne put all her effort into helping the business grow from out of the family’s home and into the 100-year-old dairy building down the street. It was a big move for the Magners, but the right one for the family of five. With a new home, Miracle Sign Co. had made a name for itself.

That “big move” took place in 1979, just two years after Andy hand-lettered and painted his first commercial sign for a town friend over the holidays. Throughout the 80s, Andy and Lynne continued helping local town businesses succeed by making their quality commercial signs by hand. The kids helped out too. But to keep up with demand and technology, the Magners took a trip down to dusty Reno in ’93 and bought their first vinyl plotter and monitor. That’s when Andy, Lynne, and the kids said so long to paint and hand brushes and hello to computer-aided design. It was a sign of the times and of what was to come for Miracle Sign Co.

Fast forward ten years later to 2003 when Andy and Lynne’s son, Dan, joined the sign company full time. Fresh out of college, Dan worked wonders for the family’s sign shop helping to expand the company and build relationships with other businesses as close as Portland, Oregon to as far away as Portland, Maine – we’ve even got a few international customers. Impressed by their son’s commitment to the company, Andy and Lynne offered their son part ownership in 2006.

Today, Dan Magner is carrying the family business into its next generation in the sign industry. With the addition of a second location in Portland, a new user-friendly website, and our blog to keep you up to date on the world of signage, Miracle Sign Co. is here for you and your sign needs. Our history is our success as is our future. It is this reputation of success that you can expect when working with us to fulfill your high-end signage needs. Whether it be residential, commercial, industrial, or sandblasted, digital, dimensional, Miracle Sign Co. has got you covered. If you can dream it, we can do it. That’s our story and we’re sticking to it. So, how can we help you with yours?

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