Print Signs Tech

We act as a partner to find and deliver the right marketing solution for businesses large and small across western Canada.

We bring brands to life. We help businesses solve problems. When everyone else says it can’t be done, we find a way. What can we do for your brand?

About Us

Our Story

WAYSIDE PRINTING WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1921 and so began our journey of excellence in client service, craftsmanship and fine commercial printing.

In 2011, Wayside Printing became…Wayside. The name change better reflected our new direction. While we continue to bring brands to life with the highest quality commercial print, signage and large format services, we also provide a suite of responsive marketing solutions to help brands connect with their customers and stay ahead of the competition in this digital landscape. From direct mail campaigns to email marketing and tradeshow displays to data-driven websites, we help businesses boost both foot traffic and site traffic. Learn more

Years in Business

Locations

Employees

Happy Clients

Years in Business

Locations

Employees

Happy Clients

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Our Services

Print

Printing
Direct Mail
Web-to-Print Portal
Finishing Fulfillment + Warehousing

Signs

Retail Commercial
Events
Industrial
Tradeshows

Tech

Lead Generation
Remarketing
Data-Driven Websites
Email Marketing Campaigns

Why Wayside?

Unmatched service

We go out of our way every day to make amazing things happen for our clients.

Expertise and experience

We’ve spent nearly 100 years devising custom solutions and strategies to help businesses grow.

Unwavering quality

We’re master printers with state-of-the-art technology and equipment.

“If price and quality were not reasons enough to keep sending your business to Wayside,
it is the personal touch that really separates Wayside from the competition.”

– Nico Leenders
Marketing Manager, Revelstoke Mountain Resort

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Our History

Wayside Story

WAYSIDE PRINTING WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1921 and so began our journey of excellence in client service, craftsmanship and fine commercial printing.

 

100 years ago,

before the C.N. railway connected Vernon and Kelowna, Harold G. Bartholomew (Bart Sr.) and his wife, Ella, moved from Kelowna to Vernon to start Wayside Press. His dream was to create a high-quality, commercial printing plant guided by simple, perhaps old-fashioned principles: honesty and integrity mixed with courtesy and cheerfulness. The business opened up in 1921 on the top floor of a building on 30th Avenue where Sushi 1 Japanese Restaurant now stands.

It started small with just Bart Sr. and his partner Ansell Hillier, a pressman, along with letterpress platen presses and hand set type. Between the two of them, they were well trained and hardworking. Bart Sr. learned his trade as a compositor on Fleet Street in London, England, in a business largely devoted to offices of newspapers and other periodicals. Later, he worked in Kelowna with Len Leathley at Kelowna Printing Company (later Ehman Printworks Ltd., and currently owned by Weskey Graphics) where he met his wife.

The Twenties were tough sledding for Wayside.

The local opposition, The Vernon News, which had a commercial printing department, tried their best to put Wayside out of business by cutting prices. Bart Sr. and Hillier only survived when the Provincial Government called a recount on the voting list for Vernon. Bart Sr. and Hillier worked through Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in order to get it done and get an $800 bonus.

In the Thirties

Bart Sr., Ella, Kay, Bart Jr. and young Wilmot Brules ran the company. Bart Sr. was the compositor, Ella worked in the bindery, Kay ran a small 8×10 platen and worked in the bindery, Wilmot ran the 12×18 platen and Bart Jr. ran an old automatic Miller. The latter was also the salesman: calling on all 75 business places in Vernon at the time. Beneath the press, on the ground floor was the Okanagan bakery which was run by Alice Mann, and the Okanagan Grocery run by Dave McBride. When the letterpress platens were running the walls of the Grocery store would vibrate.

The 1940s ushered substantial growth,

leading Bart Sr. to purchase the old Baptist Church (now the Vernon Flower Shop) where Wayside remained until 1965 plus more machines. Bart Sr. bought the first offset press in the Okanagan Valley, a used Multilith. He sent Bart Jr. to Uneeda Press in Vancouver where he got two weeks instruction in running the Multi. In the offset department he had two powerful lights and a big camera. To properly coat the Multi’s aluminum plates he used an old gramophone turn-table in order to evenly spread the coating.

In 1945 Bart Jr. returned from the Air Force and rejoined the firm. He shoveled coal in the basement, took a 5-year apprenticeship from the International Typographical Union (the largest Union in North America and now long out of business) and, as a salesman, called on every business in Vernon.

On top of everything, Wayside also got the first fluorescent lights in Vernon.

In the Fifties Bart sold printing in Vernon, Kelowna and Kamloops.

His biggest customer was Western White Star trucking in Kelowna (now Freightliner). In Kamloops the biggest were Weyerhauser pulp mill, their sawmill, the hospital and a law firm.

Over Christmas Holidays Bart Sr. would oil all the wooden floors with heavy oil, including the 18 steps from the street to the printing department. One day there was a fire which destroyed the offset department. The draft caused by the 18 steps powered the fire which the fire chief, Fred). Little, said was the hottest fire he had ever attended. He also whispered to Bart Jr. that he (Bart) had caused the fire! The gramophone had short-circuited. The fire was the best thing that ever happened to Wayside. From the insurance Wayside got a brand new Multilith.

Later, Bart Sr. bought a used Linotype from New York for $3000.To his great credit he taught himself how to run it, which was incredible.

The Sixties marked a new venture for Wayside.

In 1965, for $500 Bart bought out a little old lady at the corner of 33rd Street, tore down her little old house and built the first section of the present building.

Joe Gumender, from Switzerland, became the first pressman. He could not speak English and brought an interpreter with him for the interview. Joe’s real love was skiing; he became the first unofficial ski instructor on Silver Star while holding down his job at Wayside.

Next followed Adolf Omota, Arthur Engensperger, Karl Krause, Bodo Niedballa, Brian Macklin, Jack Humphreys and Jack Watters, Roger Henry was plant superintendent for many years and also ran the Linotype.

Adolf was from Austria. He ran three presses at the same time – one being the cylinder which is still in use at Wayside. Adolf retired in 1998 after 33 years at Wayside.

Arthur Engensperger was one of the first Europeans to come to Wayside. He modernized the offset plate-making department and worked for many years. Karl was originally from Germany. He ran the Multi, the Commander offset and, following the demise of Roger Henry, became plant superintendent. Karl retired in 1999 after 30 years with Wayside.

Bodo ran the Linotype machine. He came to B.C. from Germany and found a job with Ma Murray’s newspaper in Lillooet, then moved to Wayside in ’69 and worked there for 29 years. Bodo still runs the Lino in the City Museum – handing out souvenir sheets to kids with their name on.

 

In 2011, Wayside Printing became…Wayside.

The name change better reflected our new direction. While we continue to bring brands to life with the highest quality commercial print, signage and large format services, we also provide a suite of responsive marketing solutions to help brands connect with their customers and stay ahead of the competition in this digital landscape. From direct mail campaigns to email marketing and tradeshow displays to data-driven websites, we help businesses boost both foot traffic and site traffic.

To do that, we bring together an amazing team of designers, press operators and client managers as well as strategic solutions and state-of-the-art technology. While we’ll always pride ourselves on providing the highest quality printing, we also invest strategically in new services that will allow us to meet our clients’ needs.

In 2014,

we expanded our large format offerings and acquired Wilde Imagination Sign & Design, a boutique sign shop that combines traditional sign-making skills with modern signage techniques to create unique and impactful signs for our clients.

Today,

Wayside has become a trusted marketing partner for businesses across Canada because we continue to deliver on our promise to provide outstanding service as well as measurable, valuable solutions. When clients win, we win.