Ray Gilbert & Sons, Inc. was established in 1958 by Ray Gilbert in central Illinois. Between 1958 and 1983 Ray designed and constructed more than 75 large commercial projects. He was such a well-regarded and honest man that he became the mayor of his hometown Altamont, Illinois.

In 1983, RGS was left to Ray’s three sons after his untimely passing. Ray’s son, Brian Gilbert, ultimately became the sole owner. The company downsized as Brian had other endeavors, but he continued to run RGS as a billboard company.

Brian’s son, Alex Gilbert, decided to revitalize his grandfather’s company shortly after graduating from the University of Missouri in 2013. Alex is focusing on exterior renovations and  is working to build the company back to where it once was and beyond—given the new and emerging technologies in alternative energy.