2015 is just around the corner and that will mark our 128th year in business! While I myself am a mere babe by comparison, that’s a pretty significant number considering Calgary was founded only 3 years prior to Western Tent’s inception. So, given that New Year’s is a time of reflection, and that we’ve had some sort of computer glitch that won’t allow me to access my files, this seems like the perfect time to look back at the history of our company and to look forward at what 2015 may bring.
Philip Dorland Sprung came to Calgary with a wave of new settlers. Soon after he partnered with W.A. Denby, and together they created Western Tent & Mattress Co., a company which catered to the expanding needs of the booming city. Manufacturing everything from tents & teepees to cots & mattresses, Western Tent was an integral cog in outfitting the new town of Calgary.
Today the company is called Sprung’s Western Tent & Awning Ltd. Family owned & operated, Western Tent is currently overseen by its fourth generation of Sprungs. While tents and teepees are still key components in the product line, much of today’s trade is in residential awnings, commercial canopies, garage-like shelters and sail shades.
As for the future? Well, my crystal ball is on the fritz but I think we’re likely to see an increase in lifestyle products. Outdoor living has come to Calgary and despite the chill in the air, we’re seeing more and more outdoor kitchens, games/play spaces and pools. Certainly bars and restaurants are making their patios friendlier in our short summers by adding retractable covers to their pergolas, wind-proof panels to patio walls, and infrared heaters to their outdoor entertainment places.
And let’s face it, signage is always important, even in an economy of slumping oil prices. Let’s turn that frown upside-down! It’s more important that ever to be noticed in the marketplace and bright bold signage is a great way to do it.
We’re an optimistic bunch. 2015 is bound to be a tremendous year and we look forward to working with some great clients on some outstanding projects! Let’s hear it for 128 years!