Profile: Billboard Direct Signs & Graphics

By Ginny Mumm What happens to a business when a natural disaster roars through its town? In the case of Billboard Direct Signs and Graphics (BDSG), which is based in Fort McMurray, Alta., the massive wildfies of 2016 ended up bringing the company’s employees closer together, as they knew restoring the inflow of revenue would…

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Aerial devices expand into sign industry

Founded in 1966, Warwick Ladders is a pioneer in light truck-mounted hydraulic-operated ladders in Canada. Branded as Telelift, these ladders have expanded from the telephone and cable industry to sign and light installations today.

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Profile: Banff Sign Co.

The Banff Sign Co., which was co-founded in 1986 by Larry Whan, recently changed ownership. As the only sign shop within Alberta’s Banff or Jasper National Parks, the company continues to keep busy serving a very specific niche.

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The smell of retail design success

Toronto-based Eventscape recently engineered, fabricated and installed Coty’s Fume Scent Lounge, which blends digital and static signage, inside the Hudson Bay Company’s (HBC’s) department store at Yorkdale Shopping Centre.

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Profile: North Simcoe Signs

North Simcoe Signs, based in Midland, Ont., has been providing signage to various businesses and other organizations in its community for more than 15 years. The secret to its lasting success has been a commitment to production versatility to meet its clients’ needs.

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Profile: Neon Family

Gérald Collard, a 40-year veteran of neon lighting and glass art, has collaborated on projects ranging from commercial neon signs to advertising campaigns to album art to light structures for stage and film sets.

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Profile: Westwind Design Group

Calgary-based Westwind Design Group has its roots in museum exhibitry, but has evolved to become a full-service environmental graphic design (EGD) firm, producing everything from donor recognition systems and retail spaces to wayfinding signage and custom furniture, much of which involves using digital printing to add pizzazz to the final product.

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Profile: Mattatall Signs

Mattatall Signs, based in Dartmouth, N.S., has manufactured and installed thousands of signs over nearly 40 years. The influence of 
its founder, president and CEO, Robert E. Mattatall, on the sign industry has been even more expansive.

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Profile: AlterAction

Located in Laval, Que., AlterAction is a technology lab that specializes in producing commercial and artistic lenticular graphics, using ‘hybrid’ ultraviolet-curing (UV) printing technology.

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Profile: Sunset Neon

These days, it’s rare to hear the word ‘neon’ come up in the news. Yet, that’s what happened in March when Toronto’s Ryerson University announced it had selected Hamilton-based Sunset Neon to restore the iconic Sam the Record Man sign.

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