17 February 2016
Gibson Printing celebrates 100 years in business
MARKHAM, ON—
 
This year, the Markham, ON-based Gibson Printing,  is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The company started out in 1916 as a one-man basement-run operation, owned and operated by Percy Gibson.

In 1927, the company changed its name to Gibson Co. Ltd and moved to Queen Street near Broadview Avenue in Toronto, where they became early adopter’s of four-colour process printing, which was done on letterpress.
Gibson moved to a larger facility on Danforth Avenue in the early 1950's and began to offer offset printing to clients. During this time, Richard D. Wigmore Sr., who worked for Gibson since the end of WWII, purchased Gibson Printing.

Gibson began computerizing its plant in the 80’s, even hiring a programmer to create accounting software, since no one was producing it at the time.

In 1994 the company moved again, this time to Markham. The larger location had enough room for the company’s five-colour press with aqueous coating capabilities and expansion of the prepress department.  The company has managed to stay in the Wigmore family; it’s currently owned by Linda Wigmore and operated by daughter Kim Robertson.

Another move took place, this time to the Ravenshoe building (parent company) on Bentley street in 2005. The company’s most recent move was in 2010. The 40,000 sq. ft. facility was ideal for its larger warehousing capabilities and room for expansions.

Congratulations to Gibson Printing on a successful 100 years.

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