Tom Dudek in the early days of Bauman Engraving

Tom hard at work shearing tags in Dean Bauman's basement business circa 2002

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What our new location on John McNeil Drive looked like in early 2004 when we bought it.


Our engraved outdoor sign circa 2005 that was hung from an existing post, in which the top was made from a wood cradle used in the production line of making gliders during WWII at the old Ford Motor Company factory a couple blocks away from us.


An icon of Kingsford for generations, these are the Ford Motor Company power house smokestacks. The nearly 100 year-old brick stacks were demolished in the early 2000's due to severe deterioration which posed a safety hazard.

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Our new expanded facility today.

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Doing Business in Upper Michigan for over 50 years!

In 1960, our founder, Orville Bauman, set the foundation for the business by using his New Hermes pantograph engraver part-time to produce quality nametags and signage to local industries and businesses in the U.P. of Michigan and northern Wisconsin. He firmly believed in the ultimate satisfaction of the customer by fulfilling their orders in a personalized, timely, and courteous manner - all at a fair price. His son, Dean Bauman, began working part-time alongside Orville in 1981 by adding his years of industrial management expertise to his dad's engraving business (which was growing fast by word-of-mouth advertising).

In 1991 Dean took over ownership and operation of the business. Due to Bauman Engraving's rapid growth in the late 1990's, Tom Dudek was a welcome addition with his technical and business background to manage our national accounts and online presence, as well as adding additional support staff and equipment to help process customer orders. Fast forward many years, today Tom is the sole owner and President of Bauman Engraving & Signs, Inc. and takes customer and employee satisfaction to a new level going forward. Having worked nearly all of his adult life in various capacities, he believes a happy workplace translates into a productive and profitable workplace. Investing in people and infrastructure helps facilitate growth and makes our business healthy.

In 2016 we completed a major two-story addition to our facility, expanding our production space that we desperately needed in addition to a state-of-the-art training and conference room and additional offices. We currently have seven full-time employees, and one part time, each with an eye for detail and great work ethic. It is truly an honor to work with such a great combination of people that exceed our customer's expectations..

Interesting aspects of our area include having the Ford Motor Company operate a large assembly plant here from the early 1920's until the early 50's, Kingsford Charcoal originated here (a byproduct of the wood used in Ford's production of "woodie" vehicles and WWII gliders), and recently the stars of the History Channel television show "The Curse of Oak Island" brothers Rick and Marty Lagina grew up here (Rick still lives here in the winter months, while Marty now resides in Traverse City running a winery and also owns a company specializing in wind energy).  In addition, former NFL football coach Steve Mariucci and Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo are also from the area.

More About Our Business...

Bauman Engraving uses the latest computerized engraving and printing equipment that help us achieve the quality and efficiency our customers expect. We currently utilize four rotary engraving machines (3 Gravograph/New Hermes and 2 Vision), a Trotec C02/Fiber laser and Epilog laser engraver/cutter, TWO Mimaki UV LED flatbed printers, 3 Roland VersaCAMM wide-format digital printer/cutters, lamination capabilities, custom paint and print capabilities, and the latest in graphic design and engraving software. We have earned a reputation for being experts in our field, and have always had very competitive pricing, as well as quick delivery times.


We listen to our customers, and always strive to do the job right the first time, every time. Through our customers' needs we have added services that compliment what we already do - becoming a truly "one stop shop". That is why our customers keep coming back to us!


Bauman Engraving values every customer (and potential customer) as if you were our first. If there is anything different you may want us to provide, or if you have any comments or suggestions regarding our website or how we can better assist you, please do not hesitate to contact us. We thank you for taking the time to visit our website, and we look forward to forming and maintaining a great business partnership in the years ahead.


If Orville could see us now… he would be more than proud. That pride carries through in everything we do here - every day.