About us

I began designing and making signs in 1985. Ten years later, we sold our shops and opened Express Sign Products Inc (Pincher Creek, Alberta) in 1993. In January 2008, we opened our second office and warehouse in my birth town of St. Marys, Ontario to help ensure 1 – 2 day delivery to Eastern Canada. Our goal continues to be to serve the whole Canadian sign making industry with unique and quality sign making supplies.

We love what we do. Our industry is all about blending colours, creative design and communication into effective advertising and identity media. It’s our daily goal to offer you personalized and experienced based customer service, low pricing and same day shipping. We enjoy many loyal customers across Canada. It’s a pleasure to visit with each one of you.

Lance Giesbrecht

Our Mission

We are dedicated to providing each of our valued customers in the sign world the highest level of service, a very broad selection of products, at the most competitive prices. We are committed to going the extra mile, serving each of you like we want to be served.

Bits of our History

The “Express” Time Line

1985
Summer '85 found Lance building fences for ranchers who lost their ranches to a wild fire in Roundup, Montana. His Dad called him up mentioning that their neighbor’s sign shop named “Country Signs” was for sale for $600. Making a living farming in those days was very difficult, so maybe, this would be good supplemental income. Included in this price, the owner was offering the business name, 3 days of hand lettering training, a dozen quills (lettering brushes), and a few partial cans of 1Shot lettering enamel. Little did they realize where their first sign shop was going to take them.
1986
Lance marries Shari, a lovely young Canadian/American bride down in South Texas. They work out of a one car garage creating signs for the region.
1987
Sold Country Signs and moved to a larger market area. Opened a brand new sign shop called “Sign Designers”. All their signs were created in a garage using hand lettering and pre-spaced vinyl lettering and graphics from a wholesale source in Kansas. Began foster parenting young children.
1989
Lance decided to quit farming and enter the computerized sign making world full time with the purchase and aid of a CAD sign making computer. This came with a DOS based drafting plotter adapted for vinyl letter cutting using a heat tip.
1990
Their love for big sky country, brilliant sunshine and the majestic Canadian Rockies prompted them to move their 2 sons to Pincher Creek, Alberta. They purchased their first “yodeling” 20" Roland printer for $2200. They became the new owners of "Signs Unlimited" and experienced for the first time, a chinook wind.
1992
Opened "Signs Superstore" in Lethbridge, Alberta.
1993
Express Sign Products was founded.
1995
Sold their two sign shops and focused entirely on promoting quality hard to find sign tools and supplies from Express Sign Product’s rented 17ft × 24ft warehouse. Their first “catalogue” was a 1 page flyer sent to a small list of Western Canadian sign shops.
2004
Purchased a T-Shirt factory building in Pincher Creek and renovated it into our current 10,000 ft² warehouse and expanded their market across Canada.
2007
Opened their second warehouse in Lance’s birth town of St Marys, Ontario, to better serve our Eastern Canadian customers. Today, Express is marketing to over 5000 clients across Canada and that one page flyer has grown into an 80 page online catalogue.
2011
During these years, God blessed Shari and Lance with 12 children, both biological and adopted. A life impacting decision was made in 2000 when they went to Ukraine to adopt a daughter. This modified their future business goals as they became more involved in caring for orphans and needy kids. Three years ago, their family was granted Ukrainian permanent resident status and now live part time in a village south of Kyiv, Ukraine. With the help of IP telephone technology, Lance and the Express Team will take your order personally from Alberta, Ontario, or Ukraine.

"Our family business was founded on trying to make others happy and helping small and medium Canadian sign shops become profitable. This principle is still the central core to our business model 20 years later. Our customer’s loyalty and personal acquaintances have inspired us daily, and have helped us grow to what we are today."

 

Thank you for your friendship!

Lance & Shari Giesbrecht


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Why choose express sign products?

  • Great Prices & Shipping Rates

    It's our goal to offer the best value for your money. You can enjoy regular discounts and low flat rate shipping that will make all the difference in your purchases!

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  • Outstanding Customer Service

    Our friendly customer service really cares about your needs. Your orders are double or triple checked and we strive for timely, same-day shipping, and for your total satisfaction. Returns are handled with no hassle.

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  • Catering to Your Needs

    We offer custom cutting for all your vinyl/digital media orders, custom striping sizes. Masking tapes are cut to your specs at no extra cost. Many of our films can be bought in less than 10yd quantities. We cater to your packaging/shipping special requirements, and special orders.