About Us

Want to Know a Little About Us? Let Us Tell You.

Our customers are always our top priority. We seek to understand their unique needs and goals so we can provide them with products and services that are effective marketing solutions. Our job is to help them connect and engage with their customers, achieving the maximum impact from their marketing investments with us.

Our Values

The HDCO Mission

Our mission is to make our clients’ business or organization better. We accomplish this by leveraging our industry-leading sales team and world-class products to help our clients reach their maximum potential.



Design is the core of what we do. We want to help you construct a brand that engages your audience.



We believe signs should be constructed with the materials, textures, and lighting that really speak to your brand.



We truly care about the community that we live in. A portion of proceeds from our projects helps the community through various opportunities like volunteering and donations.



The sky is the limit in our client work. We make your design dreams a reality.



We provide high-quality customer interactions that are genuine. We care about our clients and we want to express this to them



We never do anything halfway. You can be sure you are getting a high-quality design that is expertly crafted from end to end. 

Our History

Let us tell you about our Journey

In 2022, Burkhart Sign Systems became Hayes Design Co. which plans, designs, builds and installs custom fabricated signs all across the country. Today the company assists local and national clients to enhance their brand and help make their business better. Hayes Design Co. truly believes our signs are more than just powerful tools for delivering brand messages. They are truly works of “art in the air.” They are motivational tools inspiring our client’s customers to take action, attend events, buy products and services and, ultimately, enhance the regional/national economy by enhancing the brand of businesses and organizations.


Our Beneficence

We strongly believe that we have an obligation to help those around us and the community that we live in. We actively look for ways to make an impact through what we do, whether that’s through proceeds and donations or volunteer work. Check out some of our recent work for some great charities below.

Transformation Ministries

Hayes Design Co is proud to support this wonderful Ministry with signs to showcase their new building.

Keep Up With Hayes

Interested in our latest work? Check out our Linkedin to stay in the loop.

Meet our Fantastic Team

Providing the best sign service requires the best in customer service, design, and manufacturing. Meet our Hayes Team!



More About Edward

Edward has over 20 years of Global and National Sales leadership and has led teams for Xerox corp for North America. For the past ten years, he worked for IBM and HCL as a transformation leader for Marketing and Commerce for their largest accounts. Edward purchased Burkhart Signs Systems in 2021 and changed the name to Hayes Design Co. in 2022. He has helped many enterprises by transforming their marketing and sales to help drive customer experience. He has a vital skill of vision and then executing that vision by surrounding himself with skilled people driven by customer satisfaction. He loves spending time with his family (wife and two children) and working with non-for-profit companies.


Account Executive

More About John

Business professional with over 30 year’s experience in the sign and brand identity industries. I have worked with regional and global brands to successfully deliver sign solutions on-time and on budget. I have a high level of experience in program management, design application, installation and value engineering. I am passionate about collaborating with design professionals in retail, hospitality and corporate industries.


Production and Installation Coordinator

More About Korina

Korina has 36 years of experience in the outdoor media/sign business working for Hayes Design Co. and Burkhart Advertising. She specializes in organizational skills and has an accounting background. She embraces the thrill of seeing a rough sketch come to life as it is meticulously designed and fabricated and then placed in its location to help a business be identified. She looks forward to the exciting new challenges that the future holds working with Hayes Design Co. She loves spending time with her husband, their daughter and her family. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, quilting, crafting, volunteering for her church and spending time with her three grandsons.



More About Dustin

 Dustin has over 15 years of experience in the digital art field, and 6 years of experience in the sign industry. He excels at bringing conceptual designs to life and has helped countless businesses with branding. He enjoys seeing ideas go from design, to fabrication, to installation. At home he stays busy spending time with his wife and six children.


Welcome Ambassador

More About Colt

Colt currently serves as head of the hospitality team.  He greets every person that comes through the doors and makes them feel welcomed. When he’s not working, he enjoys long walks to the coffee shop, chasing animals in his backyard, and eating any snack he can get.


Happy Clients 

It will be as simple as occidental in fact, it will be Occidental.

Joel Hart

Working with Burkhart on a couple different projects has always been a great experience. They are professional and always attentive to details and quick to get back to me. Recently we had some large signage projects and a very short time frame to complete the job but the folks at Burkhart went out of their way to make sure the job was done and done right. I would certainly recommend

Joe Hart, South Bend Cubs

Rev. Dr. William Salsbery

We love the new sign! Thanks so much for all your effort in making this possible. We greatly appreciate the generosity shown us by the Burkhart company. I really appreciated the men who installed it. They were great to work with.

Rev. Dr. William Salsbery, Heartland Ministries

Blake Baumgartner

Burkhart Sign Systems did a great job on our custom sign and awnings. They were professional, safe and kept me in constant communication throughout the project. They took the time to look at our site and even suggested some additional wayfinding signs we were not thinking of to create smooth site access. I would highly recommend Burkhart Sign Systems to anyone looking to enhance their brand and business.

Blake Baumgartner, Bitmap Products

Erin Thompson

The sign looks GREAT! I could not be more happy with the outcome!!!!! Thanks to Burkhart for being so wonderful to work with and for putting up with my pickiness. I also want to thank Burkhart for their honesty and putting us in touch with Troy the electrician to get the down lighting at a more reasonable cost. I am grateful for companies like Burkhart!

Erin Thompson, Unity Boutique

Aaron Nichols

Working with Burkhart was a joy. We needed a large-scale indoor wall wrap with short notice to serve as the backdrop for a high-profile national touring exhibit. The Burkhart Sign team was able to quickly print and deliver a high-quality piece that exceeded our expectations and created the “wow” factor we needed.”

Aaron Nichols, Audience Development Manager, Shakespeare at Notre Dame

Katherine Chase

Burkhart Advertising was such a pleasure to work with. Not only were they able to create a sign for Chase Plastics on a very short time frame but they created a sign that blew away my expectations. The follow-up and promptness that I received from Burkhart was incredible.

Katherine Chase, Chase Plastics

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