Inside Uptown: Shining a Light on Local Business

Holthaus Lackner Signs, a company with a rich Cincinnati history, touches all corners of the city and is located in the heart of Uptown.

Holthaus Lackner Signs designed the University of Cincinnati scoreboard in Nippert Stadium.

Holthaus Lackner Signs designed the University of Cincinnati scoreboard in Nippert Stadium.

Holthaus Signs began in 1929 as a family-owned business specializing in hand-painted plaques, billboards and murals. The company began manufacturing signs in the 1980s, which it still specializes in today. And in 2010, Holthaus Signs purchased Lackner Signs, another long-standing company dating back to 1928, forming Holthaus Lackner Signs.

“Today, when people ask who we are, we're a manufacturing business,” said Jon Holthaus, President of Holthaus Lackner Signs and fourth-generation family business owner. “We really specialize in the design, engineering and building of custom signs that you can find throughout the tri-state area.”

The company specializes in customization, and connecting with clients is critical for bringing a customized vision to life. Being accessible to clients is key.

“When a client gets to come in to our manufacturing site and see their brand come to life before their eyes, it’s pretty powerful,” said Holthaus.


Holthaus Lackner Signs has worked with multiple Cincinnati landmarks, including some of Uptown’s anchor institutions. Its signs continue to light up the landscape at Madtree Brewery, UC Health, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Rhinegeist, Great American Ballpark, WCPO, Crossroads Church and many more local organizations.

Holthaus Lackner Signs attributes much of their success to their location in Uptown.

“We absolutely love the location. It's easy for customers to come visit us and very easy for our crews to get our fleets out across the city. I can be downtown in ten minutes. I can be on any of the major highways in less than ten minutes,” said Holthaus. “We could not be happier with where we're located.”

Holthaus Lackner Signs has been located in Avondale since 1979. It’s housed in a 40,000 square foot manufacturing facility off Ridgeway Avenue where Holthaus and his team design and manufacture all signs on site.

According to Holthaus, being located in Uptown has positively impacted the business, especially with the addition of the new I-71 MLK interchange.

“We could not to be happier with the revitalization that's taking place. We've been here since '79, so we're seeing changes happen truly by the day,” said Holthaus.

The company is located near the new developments in the Uptown Innovation Corridor at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Reading Road. With so much happening in the neighborhood, Holthaus is excited to see what the future holds in Uptown.

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