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Building on Tradition
  Peninsula Press Ltd. was established in the fall of 1894 by the McComb brothers of Shipman's Corners. Gil Morris, an accomplished pressman with the firm, offered to purchase the company from the aging McComb brothers in the late 1920's. He did just that and soon after brought the talents of his own family to the firm. Des Morris Sr. began as an apprentice pressman working after school and on weekends to learn the trade. He also attended trade and business schools to grasp the difficult business task. Gerry and Danny Morris entered the business later concentrating on the stationery and office furniture departments.

The company was an essential part of St. Catharines as it facilitated business life, similar to a general store in a smaller community, people depended on Gil for their business supplies.

Family being the corner stone of Peninsula Press, the business is now managed by the third generation — Des Morris Jr., with his two sisters, Pam Dowling (Secretary/Treasurer) and Sherry Bell (Production Supervisor), and aunt Molly O'Hearn and cousin Patsy Kazragis in the store. Des Sr. worked until his passing in December 1993, his fifty-five years of printing knowledge and craftsmanship are sorely missed. Gerry and Danny Morris retired and recently passed away.

Our first location was the small basement entrance, still present today, at 136 St. Paul Street. In the late 1930's we moved to our own quarters, the Penmor Building on the Market Square, where we first began to sell office supplies. Customers would ask Gil to stock pencils and supplies and cut paper so they could pick it up when they came for their printing - so he felt it would be a good complement to the printing shop. The store went full scale when, to make room for the new Post Office, we moved from the Market Square to the Penmor Building located at 37-39 Ontario Street.
The unique building was renovated in the early 1950's to house a modern printing facility and full scale office furniture and supply store.

Presently, Penisula Press is located in a 15,000 sq. ft. plant and office space at 217 Bunting Road, just north of the Garden City Skyway in St. Catharines.

Through all of the innovation and transitions in the graphic industry, Peninsula Press has been a leader. One of the first in the area to use hot lead formed type and again a pioneer when lithography, the process of exposing thin metal, light sensitive plates was introduced. Today this process is enhanced with computerized pre-press equipment, faster and more accurate presses and modern bindery and packaging equipment.

Peninsula Press today is truly a complete shop — equipped with some of the finest machinery in the business and operators capable of making them perform to perfection.