By Sonia Yooshing
Family-owned businesses are one of the most important pillars of any economy. The key to their success lies in strategic planning, a legacy of shared values and mission, and integrating and balancing the needs between ownership, family, and business. That said, only a handful can manage to survive several generations.
Now operating in its 67th year of business, Oil City Press Ltd., a Calgary-based company, has not only stood the test of time, but has also continued to invest in its commitment to creating continuous value across generations. Strong principles of excellence, innovation, accountability, and exceptional customer service have positioned this family enterprise for long-term success.
Sign Media Canada recently spoke with Pam Kletke, director of business operations at Oil City Press Ltd., to know more about the company’s history, signmaking process, recent projects, and how this seven-decade family business has stayed firm in its resolve to look ahead despite multiple challenges in the midst of a global pandemic.
Sign Media Canada (SMC): What is the history of the shop?
Pam Kletke (PK): Oil City Press Ltd., has been providing printing services since 1953. The business was purchased by Ron Kletke Sr., and his son, Ron Kletke Jr., in 1963. The company is now fully owned and operated by the third and fourth generations of the family—Doug, Dave, and Pam Kletke. The values on which the company was founded and the quality service it continues to provide enable us to adapt to the changing needs of customers, excel as a family business, and weather all economic climates.
SMC: What makes your company unique?
PK: Oil City Press Ltd., began as a letterpress and offset printing company. Over the years, our management and ownership have done a fantastic job of staying on top of industry trends. The growth and expansion over the decades has allowed us to provide a variety of printing, finishing, and installation services, including digital, offset, as well as large-format signage. The broad range of options and services we offer our clients makes us a one-stop shop for all of their printing requirements.