Hemlock Printers Celebrating 50th Anniversary
BBOT member Hemlock Printers is celebrating its 50th anniversary, recognizing a half-century of growth to become one of North America’s most recognized printing organizations.
Founded in 1968 by Dick Kouwenhoven (past Chair and Governor of the BBOT) and joined soon after by his brother John, the two built the business on a foundation of integrity, craftsmanship, and technical innovation. Over five decades, Hemlock successfully navigated numerous advancements in technology with a focus on delivering added-value to customers. From its earliest days, the Hemlock “family” has been a vibrant community extending across staff, customers, suppliers, industry and numerous community organizations.
An anniversary open house event is planned for March 2019, inviting Hemlock’s customers, suppliers and community friends to visit Hemlock’s recently renovated Burnaby facility. Also announced recently was the company’s new investment in press technology with the installation of a Heidelberg XL 106 8-colour press, equipped with UV LED technology planned for January 2019.
During its long history, Hemlock Printers has been recognized for excellence throughout its industry, and locally was a recipient of a Burnaby Business Excellence Award for Environmental Sustainability and is an inductee in the Burnaby Business Hall of Fame.