What’s the most logical way to expand a print and design business? Purchase a local sign company. And that is exactly what KKP (Kwik Kopy Printing) Sarnia just did.
“It’s a natural transition for us to expand into the sign business,” says KKP owner, Michael Hyatt. On November 1st, KKP officially acquired Art & Letters Signs when the previous owner offered it for sale. Art & Letters Signs has operated as a family run business since 1971. KKP is also a long-standing family owned business, serving Sarnia and Lambton County since 1988.
“This purchase will enhance our print services to include commercial and industrial signs, banners, decals, digital prints, vehicle graphics, and more.” Both businesses are operating out of their current locations, Arts & Letters Signs on Vanier Road and KKP on Exmouth, but will soon be merged under one roof. The location has not yet been announced but the goal is to be one big centralized production centre.
Hyatt’s parents first opened KKP in 1988, then he took over the business in 2010. He is excited about the expansion and feels this centralization will allow existing customers of both companies to easily access additional services all at one location. “Our customers’ needs in the Sarnia and Lambton County market are paramount and this change is testimony to the demand for and growth of our services.”
The transition will be seamless. Clients of KKP and Art & Letters Signs will experience the same level of service they now receive. Usually when companies merge, there is an onslaught of lay-offs, but this is not the case with KKP. All staff from both businesses will remain with the company. In fact, KKP is now hiring for additional staff to meet the growing needs of their clients.
“We hope to grow the staff even more as it will allow us to process orders even faster!” says Hyatt. Turnaround time has always been their focus, even before they were competing with online print services.
KKP is a proud member of the Chamber of Commerce and a major sponsor of the Outstanding Business Achievement Awards. KKP has been serving the Sarnia-Lambton area for almost 4 decades and as times have changed, so have they. In the early days, a large part of their business consisted of over the counter orders and copying, whereas now, most people own their own printers and copiers for those small jobs. The shift has come in larger production orders as opposed to over the counter business. Although the focal point of service has changed, their core goal of providing quality products with a quick turnaround remains the same.
Moving forward, customers are encouraged to watch for upcoming promotional material outlining the additional services offered as Art and Letters Signs becomes part of the KKP brand. For now, KKP is still located at 175 Exmouth Street and is open Monday to Friday from 8am - 5 pm.