Oil City Press: Continuous value is a constant for this multi-generational family sign shop

Oil City Press Ltd., is an “if you can dream it, we can build it” business. The team loves special projects that demand creativity and thinking outside the box.

Oil City Press Ltd., is an “if you can dream it, we can build it” business. The team loves special projects that demand creativity and thinking outside the box.

SMC: How large is the facility?

PK: We own a 1579-m2 (17,000-sf) facility in southeast Calgary, as well as a vehicle wrap bay adjacent to the building. The shop currently has 25 full-time employees, including administration, graphic designers, account managers, production staff, and installation crews. 

SMC: What type of signage does your shop primarily make?

PK: Our shop specializes in commercial, retail, and point-of-sale (POS) signage. The most commonly produced items include retail POS, indoor digital and light-emitting diode (LED) signs, banners, vehicle decals and wraps, directional and wayfinding signage, standoff display signage, sandwich boards, wall graphics, Coroplast (corrugated plastic sheet) signs, lawn signs, corporate displays, and construction and fencing signage.

Oil City Press Ltd., is an “if you can dream it, we can build it” business. We love special projects that demand creativity and thinking outside the box.

SMC: What type of projects have you been working on recently?

PK: We have been focusing on COVID-19-related signage lately. The staff has been busy producing plexiglass barriers for front-line workers, face shields, directional and social distancing messages, hand washing prompts, and signs of encouragement and inspiration.

shop specializes in commercial, retail, and point-of-sale (POS) signage. The most commonly produced items include retail POS, indoor digital and light-emitting diode (LED) signs, banners, vehicle decals and wraps, directional and wayfinding signage, standoff display signage, sandwich boards, wall graphics, Coroplast (corrugated plastic sheet) signs, lawn signs, corporate displays, and construction and fencing signage.

shop specializes in commercial, retail, and point-of-sale (POS) signage. The most commonly produced items include retail POS, indoor digital and light-emitting diode (LED) signs, banners, vehicle decals and wraps, directional and wayfinding signage, standoff display signage, sandwich boards, wall graphics, Coroplast (corrugated plastic sheet) signs, lawn signs, corporate displays, and construction and fencing signage.

SMC: How much of the signmaking process is handled in-house?

PK: Almost all of the signage we manufacture and install is produced in-house. We have diversified our machinery and acquired skilled employees to handle most our projects.

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SMC: What tools/equipment do you currently use to complete your projects?

PK: Our large-format signage department consists of ultraviolet (UV) and latex printers, a computer numerical control (CNC) router, a heat bender, hot/cold laminators, stick welders, and lots of elbow grease.

SMC: What does your planning and design process involve?

PK: The creative team at Oil City Press believes in collaborating and brainstorming ideas to come up with innovative solutions. We work with the client to bring their dreams to fruition; many times this involves our team visiting a site to ensure our ideas can be executed once production is complete. Above all, we treat every new project, no matter how big or small, equally.

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