The History of Miller McConnell Signs

The history of Miller McConnell Signs is one of hard work, determination, and success.It all began in the early ’90s when Jim Miller approached Craig McConnell with the idea of opening a sign company. Craig jumped at the opportunity, and in 1992 they opened their own sign shop under the name Vinylgraphics Custom Signs (an Ontario-wide franchise chain).

Equipped with a simple 15″ vinyl plotter, two computers, and a month’s worth of training, Jim and Craig set off to take the sign industry by storm. They hired their first employee in 1993 and by 1994 had grown to a team of six. Their studio quickly became recognized for its exceptional service and outstanding sign quality, winning several Franchise of the Year honours. They also shot to #1 in sales—a tradition of excellence they would continue for a number of years.

In 2002, their relationship with the Toronto-based franchisor was coming to an end; they moved their business to a larger facility, allowing them to take on more and larger projects. Around this same time Craig, who had been working with Jim since the company’s inception, became a full partner in the company.

With a bigger facility and a new ownership structure in place, it was time to create a new identity for the company. Following the advice of many of their long-time customers, they went with the natural choice: Miller McConnell Signs.The company has grown into Ottawa’s premier full-service sign company, offering seamless service that includes planning and design, production, on-time delivery, and installation. Miller McConnell creates bright, vivid signs that get noticed. Our team members are experts in creating trade show graphics, convention display signs, vinyl banners, billboardsvehicle wrapscustom window signsproperty management signs, and everything in between.

After 22 years in the sign industry, and countless valuable relationships formed, Jim Miller retired on May 27, 2014. With Jim’s retirement, Craig took over full ownership of Miller McConnell Signs to continue the company’s long tradition of excellence.

Miller McConnell Signs has solidified a strong reputation as the leading custom sign company in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario. Craig attributes this success to the incredible relationships they have developed throughout the years and their drive to always go the extra mile to make clients happy.

“The thrill of taking the client’s requirements and needs and delivering the product in a way that exceeds expectations is what keeps me motivated.”

— Craig McConnell, Co-Founder

Our Business Philosophy

More than merely a sign shop, Miller McConnell is a fully integrated state-of-the-art sign manufacturing facility. Our rigorous process, attention to detail throughout every sign project, and experience are what sets us apart from the competition.

Most customers will say the best part about working with Miller McConnell Signs is the superior service—our capability to handle quick turnaround times and last-minute requests for both big and small projects.We go the extra mile and work collaboratively with our customers to create a truly customized sign solution that fits your needs and your budgets.

Management & Business Development Team

Craig McConnell

President

Linda Lawlor

Director of Finance & Administration

Lucas McGreal

Director of Production

Bruce Roberts

Account Manager

Nicole Wannamaker

Project Coordinator

April Bellis

Administrative Coordinator

Production & Installation Team

Paul Smith

Production Supervisor

Dylan Flamond

Senior Graphics Technician

Brenna Wintle

Print/Graphics Technician

Sébastien DaSilva

Senior Installation Technician

Ron Mills

Installation Technician

Carl Johnston

Senior Production Technician

Adam O’Brien

Production Technician