In 3M Canada’s new Infinite Wrap Options contest, signmakers can win tools, swag and electronics after buying the company’s print wrap film. There are hundreds of prizes to be won, including one grand prize of an HP Latex 365 printer, valued at $32,000.
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.
Keith Graham, founder and director of Marcom Signs & Graphics in Chilliwack, B.C., has built his business steadily by keeping its areas of expertise highly specialized, focusing on local clients and investing regularly in staff training and time-saving equipment.
Founded in 1999, Saskatoon-based Kota Graphics has grown alongside the local economy, expanding from semi-truck fleet decals to retail graphics, interior decor transformations, resurfacing films and many other applications.
When Jean Lapointe founded Kalitec in 1989 in his apartment in Laval, Que., he had a very Canadian goal in mind: to develop a street sign post that could endure harsh, snowy winters, particularly given the threat of damage by snowplows and other vehicles.
Many companies in the digital signage sector have been launched by salespeople who hired engineers to work behind the scenes. Mappedin has gone about its business the other way around, as it was started up by engineers who developed an initial concept non-commercially before they had to figure out how to market it to paying customers.
Media Resources International (MRI), now celebrating its 50th anniversary, has evolved significantly throughout the years under the guidance of Keith Edwards, who is currently its co-owner and chief operating officer (COO).
Jodie Parnell, owner of 1 Hour Signs & More in Sudbury, Ont., finds he needs to work hard not only to deliver on the promise embedded in his company’s name, but also to be ready for whatever comes next.