history


1954 – 1996

Like many printing companies, Carruthers Printing got its start as part of a community newspaper. At age 17, Ivan Carruthers started working for George Adams at the Smithville Review. In a few short years, Ivan was given the opportunity to buy the business and took over as owner in 1954.

For many years the printing business was operated as a division of the Smithville Review. Then, in 1968, the Review was sold to Rannie Publications and Ivan concentrated on commercial printing under the Carruthers Printing banner.

The business has always been located in downtown Smithville, Ontario. The original location was on Hwy. 20 near the corner of Griffin Street and St. Catharines Street. The printing office was a community place and the door was always open to anyone walking by. For many years it housed one the town’s ‘fire phones’ for answering fire calls and the fire department’s siren could be set off by a switch on the wall.

Carruthers Printing has moved twice in its history. In 1973, the original building was demolished for the widening of Hwy. 20 and Carruthers Printing moved across the road to 110 St. Catharines Street. In 1989, to accommodate expansion, the business moved a block away to its present location at 131 College Street, across from College Street Public School.

In 1970, Ivan got back into the newspaper business when he co-founded the Niagara Farmers’ Monthly, a monthly community newspaper which was distributed free to all rural households in the Niagara Peninsula. The ‘Farmers’ played an important role in expanding the visibility of Carruthers Printing beyond the boundaries of Smithville and established a strong customer base in Niagara’s agricultural business community.

1954 – 1996

Like many printing companies, Carruthers Printing got its start as part of a community newspaper. At age 17, Ivan Carruthers started working for George Adams at the Smithville Review. In a few short years, Ivan was given the opportunity to buy the business and took over as owner in 1954.

For many years the printing business was operated as a division of the Smithville Review. Then, in 1968, the Review was sold to Rannie Publications and Ivan concentrated on commercial printing under the Carruthers Printing banner.

The business has always been located in downtown Smithville, Ontario. The original location was on Hwy. 20 near the corner of Griffin Street and St. Catharines Street. The printing office was a community place and the door was always open to anyone walking by. For many years it housed one the town’s ‘fire phones’ for answering fire calls and the fire department’s siren could be set off by a switch on the wall.

Carruthers Printing has moved twice in its history. In 1973, the original building was demolished for the widening of Hwy. 20 and Carruthers Printing moved across the road to 110 St. Catharines Street. In 1989, to accommodate expansion, the business moved a block away to its present location at 131 College Street, across from College Street Public School.

In 1970, Ivan got back into the newspaper business when he co-founded the Niagara Farmers’ Monthly, a monthly community newspaper which was distributed free to all rural households in the Niagara Peninsula. The ‘Farmers’ played an important role in expanding the visibility of Carruthers Printing beyond the boundaries of Smithville and established a strong customer base in Niagara’s agricultural business community.

1997 – 2015

In March 1997, Ivan decided to retire and sold the business to his step-son Steve Ecker and his wife Mary. At the time, Steve made the comment that “we want to build the business on the base that Ivan built, by being community-minded citizens and providing the best possible service to our customers.” Mary was a Graphic Designer and had already been working for Carruthers Printing for 7 years when they purchased the business.

Since 1997, the business has grown substantially and, while the customer base is still strong in the Niagara Peninsula, Carruthers Printing now has customers all over Canada and the United States. In 2006, the Niagara Farmers’ Monthly was sold to allow Carruthers Printing to focus on the expanding printing business.

Much technological change has taken place in the printing business over the last 6 decades. While printing equipment from the ‘digital era’ is front and centre at Carruthers Printing, there is a home for equipment from all eras that still has a function today. Equipment now includes the original letterpress equipment, conventional offset printing (lithography) presses, computer-to-plate technology, digital color and black & white presses, wide-format color printing and laminating, and all the modern (and old-fashioned) bindery equipment to finish the jobs.

Carruthers Printing still follows Ivan’s original philosophy of “supporting the community in which you live”. Steve Ecker was the founding Chairman of PoultryFest Niagara in 2000 and served as Chairman for eight of the festival’s first ten years. Steve, Mary, and the business continue to support PoultryFest as well as many other community organizations and charities.

1997 – 2015

In March 1997, Ivan decided to retire and sold the business to his step-son Steve Ecker and his wife Mary. At the time, Steve made the comment that “we want to build the business on the base that Ivan built, by being community-minded citizens and providing the best possible service to our customers.” Mary was a Graphic Designer and had already been working for Carruthers Printing for 7 years when they purchased the business.

Since 1997, the business has grown substantially and, while the customer base is still strong in the Niagara Peninsula, Carruthers Printing now has customers all over Canada and the United States. In 2006, the Niagara Farmers’ Monthly was sold to allow Carruthers Printing to focus on the expanding printing business.

Much technological change has taken place in the printing business over the last 6 decades. While printing equipment from the ‘digital era’ is front and centre at Carruthers Printing, there is a home for equipment from all eras that still has a function today. Equipment now includes the original letterpress equipment, conventional offset printing (lithography) presses, computer-to-plate technology, digital color and black & white presses, wide-format color printing and laminating, and all the modern (and old-fashioned) bindery equipment to finish the jobs.

Carruthers Printing still follows Ivan’s original philosophy of “supporting the community in which you live”. Steve Ecker was the founding Chairman of PoultryFest Niagara in 2000 and served as Chairman for eight of the festival’s first ten years. Steve, Mary, and the business continue to support PoultryFest as well as many other community organizations and charities.

2016 – Present

In March 2016, Steve and Mary wanted to retire and sold the business to Dave and Dinie Tamminga. Dave has been involved in many aspects of the trade, from design to finishing, small to large litho and digital presses, from commercial to packaging print, he comes with 30 years of experience in the print industry. Dinie has a background in finance, personal income tax and comes from a family line strong in sales and marketing.

Dave bought Carruthers Printing, knowing its good name and reputation in Smithville and far beyond. Also known for its strong community support, Dave, along with the Carruthers’ loyal staff, plans to carry on the legacy of Ivan and Steve, “we want to build the business on the base that Ivan built, by being community-minded citizens and providing the best possible service to our customers.”

Lean Manufacturing principles have been applied which reduce waste in manufacturing and in processes. Carruthers Printing believes in “継続的改善” which translates “change towards improvement” or “continuous improvement” to better serve our customers with efficiency, quality, and added value.

2016 – Present

In March 2016, Steve and Mary wanted to retire and sold the business to Dave and Dinie Tamminga. Dave has been involved in many aspects of the trade, from design to finishing, small to large litho and digital presses, from commercial to packaging print, he comes with 30 years of experience in the print industry. Dinie has a background in finance, personal income tax and comes from a family line strong in sales and marketing.

Dave bought Carruthers Printing, knowing its good name and reputation in Smithville and far beyond. Also known for its strong community support, Dave, along with the Carruthers’ loyal staff, plans to carry on the legacy of Ivan and Steve, “we want to build the business on the base that Ivan built, by being community-minded citizens and providing the best possible service to our customers.”

Lean Manufacturing principles have been applied which reduce waste in manufacturing and in processes. Carruthers Printing believes in “継続的改善” which translates “change towards improvement” or “continuous improvement” to better serve our customers with efficiency, quality, and added value.

Contact Info


Address

PO Box 9, 131 College Street
Smithville, ON
L0R 2C0

Contact Info

Phone: 905-957-3751
Toll Free: 877-957-3751
Fax: 905-957-0088
Email: info@carruthersprinting.com

Business Hours

Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday, Sunday: Closed

Contact Info


Address

PO Box 9, 131 College Street

Smithville, ON

L0R 2C0

Contact Info

Phone: 905-957-3751
Toll Free: 877-957-3751
Fax: 905-957-0088
Email: info@carruthersprinting.com

Business Hours

Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday, Sunday: Closed