2008 brought a lot of hard times for a lot of people. It was the year that Canada had seen record plummeting numbers, businesses fail, homes go up for foreclosure, etc. Canadians may not have had it as bad as our neighbours to the south, but regardless, it still happened to many hard working citizens. To say the least, 2008 was NOT the year for people to take the plunge and venture into a brand new business. At least not for most people…
Chris Davies, owner of the successful Chris’s Sign Service (our sister company in British Columbia) talked to his friend John Thomasen about starting up a sign and lighting maintenance company in Alberta. John agreed that this would be a great idea, and the two started a partnership and created Westcan Lighting Inc. One thing that they knew that service and maintenance of signs and lighting would never be a dying industry. Let’s face it, when times are tough, most people don’t want to spend the larger amounts of money for their advertising needs, they’d rather utilize what they have and keep their name alive and bright for the best exposure possible to their respective clients, for the lowest possible price.
Another aspect John and Chris envisioned, was combining lighting maintenance, (whether it be interior washroom lighting or exterior pole lighting) with interior and exterior sign maintenance. Doing this eliminated the need for customers having to call 2 different vendors, being able to use simply one company, to cover any lighting issues that may occur.
So, in September 2009, Westcan Lighting Service Inc. was born. John had a vision at the time to be the largest service provider in Western Canada. With one service truck and 1 service technician in Calgary Alberta, Westcan Lighting Service has since grown from a 1 man/1 city/1 office administrator company, to a national Canadian company, servicing clients from the lush west coast of British Columbia, to the golden prairies of Manitoba, with the majority of service in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta. It’s grown from 1 office administrator, to a staff of now 48 including Estimators, Dispatchers, and Technician Team Leaders. Our fleet includes 2 65’ boom trucks, 14 bucket trucks, 4 scissor lifts, and 18 fully trained, full time Service Technicians. Quite impressive, considering just a mere 5 years ago, it was a one man show.
Westcan Sign & Lighting Service Inc. has also seen change along the years. Although Westcan’s main focus is sign and lighting maintenance, it’s grown to include manufacturing and signage installs for large Canadian Sign Manfucturing companies, and working to bring the term “Green” to Alberta with LED lighting conversions. These major roles, have made some drastic changes to the company, and helped it grow the way it has over the years.
Westcan Sign & Lighting Service has constantly continued to grow, and impress. With a record showing zero loss of clientele, zero claims, and next to zero employee turnover, Westcan has continued to add new service to new clients within our area of coverage, and has also gained a proud partnership with an extensive network of subcontractors. With that said, John has always had the mentality that, unless we can’t be in an area for a service call ourselves within the allotted time frame (ex. emergency calls in remote areas), we’ll service our own customers with our own technicians. Period. We will always use our own technicians to service our client’s needs whenever possible.
So, in short, even though weeds don’t grow year round in the prairie provinces, Westcan Sign & Lighting Service has, and will continue to grow like a weed, regardless of the weather conditions we continue to work in. Call Westcan Sign & Lighting Service Inc. for your lighting needs, and who knows, we may surprise you with what we can handle.