Experience, longevity and customer loyalty speak volumes about a business.

Based in Canton, Ohio, WRL is the oldest advertising agency in Stark county and on average, our clients have been with us for more than 13 years.

We strive to grow our knowledge about our clients’ businesses and their brands, develop trusted relationships with their teams and refine our expertise to provide them with greater value. Our job is to optimize our clients’ opportunities, set goals to increase their sales and help achieve a sustainable competitive advantage. We now serve more than 220 clients in twenty-two states and several countries.

Connect with your audience.
Reach them when and where they spend their time with a well-written, creatively designed, targeted message that speaks to them. That’s how you build trust and generate + positive business results.


Strategy + Planning


Asking questions and actively listening is the best way to understand a problem. Conversations with an open exchange of information and ideas leads to a collaborative relationship. Let us help you deliver a personalized, innovative and well-executed marketing communication solution.

Develop the message


The message matters and always comes first. Choosing just the right words and tone is key. When done correctly, you can create a communication that demands attention and resonates with your audience. Call on us to help you craft a focused narrative in your authentic voice.

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Carry the message


Great design can capture their attention, but only if they see it. With so many communications channels available today, which is the best for your message? Using experience and specific research, we choose the right media to ensure it reaches your target cost-effectively.



Established in 1954, Wern Advertising was founded by the late George Wern with the one-word mission statement, “Results.”


The company became Wern Rausch Locke in 1974 when David Rausch and Thomas Locke joined the leadership team.


It was rebranded to WRL Advertising in 2003 under the leadership of owner Todd Locke, son of Thomas.


In 2015, WRL Advertising, LLC was purchased by former intern, turned owner, Jeff LeBeau. Since then, WRL has continued to grow and evolve along with the advertising industry and has invested in both its people and technology systems in order to help our clients meet the latest digital marketing demands.

“One tradition has always remained – a solid foundation of exceptional individuals. Our team is small, and we depend on each other to deliver daily, consistent work that creates results for our customers.”


Who we are

We are a dynamic team of talented marketing professionals, artists, analysts, writers, photographers and developers. From results-oriented videographers and graphic designers with years of experience to young social media managers and SEO strategists using the latest technology, we work together to guide you to the best possible solutions.

We take great pride in our staff here at WRL because we know that the right people make all the difference. Having positive and collaborative team members helps WRL continue to foster a creative environment where employees can Think. Create. Design. for many more years to come.

We work hard to meet every deadline. Meet some of our team that could be working on your next project.

Meet our Team


We actively seek new talent and encourage you to apply, even if you don’t see an opening listed here. Email with a letter of interest, resumé and links to your digital portfolio. No phone calls.

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