Houghton Boston Printers
Our Story: 100 Years of Family-Owned Saskatoon Printing Success
The year was 1919, World War I had ended just one year earlier, Canada was a mere 52 years old as a country and the new province of Saskatchewan was still a teenager.
It was at this time that Alfred Houghton and Herbert Boston came together in the city of Saskatoon to create a new company – Houghton Boston Press, a small local business to fill the growing print needs of the newly incorporated City of Saskatoon.
In 1945 at the end of World War II, Philip Robert Wright returned to Saskatchewan after fighting for his country as a bomber pilot. Settling in Saskatoon, he began working as a pressman at Houghton Boston Press, and discovering a love for the printing industry that would last his lifetime; he bought the company from Houghton & Boston in 1948 when the two founders were ready to retire. Phil Wright Sr. then expanded the business to include additional printing services, moving to a larger building in the city centre on Duchess Street and changing the company name to Houghton Boston Printers & Lithographers. He became a pillar of the Saskatoon business community and was known for his philanthropic nature and love for the province he called home.
In 1975, Philip John Wright, who had been working with his father in the family business as a production manager, took over as the new owner of Houghton Boston Printers. Phil Wright Jr. worked diligently over his 38 years as President and CEO of the business to further expand Houghton Boston Printers, introduced digital pre-press to the province for the first time, and grew the company into one of the largest printers of choice in Saskatchewan.
Needing additional space for new printing presses and an expanding list of services, Houghton Boston moved to its current Saskatoon location on 43rd Street in the early 90s, taking over the former building of Modern Litho Printing. This larger plant allowed the company to increase capacity and equipment to include the largest off-set press in the province, then build a new addition to expand their bindery capabilities and add a dedicated in-house mailing department.
By the late 1990s Houghton Boston had become (and remains to this day) the only full-service printer in Saskatchewan, producing everything from business cards, brochures and poster to large-scale runs of high quality fiction and non-fiction books.
In 2013 the duties of running Houghton Boston Printers moved to the third Wright generation, Jason Wright. With a background spanning bindery, pre-press, the mailing department and customer service for the company, Jason has now moved into the role of President of Houghton Boston Printers and in keeping with family tradition, has expanded the staff to include business innovators and printing experts. The Wright Family proudly reached the landmark of 60 years of family ownership of Houghton Boston Printers on June 13th 2019.
As Houghton Boston Printers celebrates our 100th year in business, our dedicated staff of printing professionals continue to work together to create high-quality printing for clients in our home province of Saskatchewan and across North America.