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By The Numbers
Largest Private Company in Canada
The Jim Pattison Group is a diversified holding company operating primarily in the United States and Canada. Proud of our Western Canadian heritage, we’ve chosen Vancouver, BC as the home of our corporate office, but we have over 545 locations worldwide.
The Jim Pattison Group is made up of a number of strong and diverse operating divisions, which span the automotive, advertising, media, agricultural equipment, food and beverage, entertainment, exporting, financial, real estate, and periodical distribution industries.
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What binds our divisions together? A focus on total customer satisfaction. By putting all of our customers first, the divisions of The Jim Pattison Group have become leaders in their respective markets. We continue to expand by never sacrificing our core values and maintaining a relentless pursuit of excellence in everything we do.
From one auto dealership in 1961, The Jim Pattison Group has grown into the entity it is today through organic expansion and acquisitions. Today, we continue to grow all areas of our business and are constantly on the lookout for new opportunities.
EXPLORE THE TIMELINE TO SEE OUR DIVISIONS’ RICH HISTORY.
1961-The Jim Pattison Auto Group
The Jim Pattison Auto Group
The story of The Jim Pattison Group began in 1961, with the purchase of a GM franchise that handled Pontiac and Buick nameplates. Today, The Jim Pattison Auto Group encompasses 25 locations, sells 15 vehicle brands, and continues to grow.
1980In January of 1980, The Jim Pattison Group acquires its first Toyota dealership. Today, the group owns 5 Toyota dealers, 2 Lexus dealers, and 4 Scion dealerships in the Toyota family.
1999In the fall of 1999, The Jim Pattison Group proudly welcomes a Volvo dealership to the fold. With the acquisition of 3 more, we are now BC’s largest Volvo dealer.
2000The Jim Pattison Group acquires the first of its four Hyundai dealerships.
2012Expansion into Manitoba begins, with the acquisition of Toyota and Subaru dealerships in the province.
2013Two more renowned brands join The Jim Pattison Auto Group family: Volkswagen and Audi.
On May 8 1961, Jim Pattison Lease was born, originally as a subdivision of our growing auto dealership. Jim Pattison Lease has since become its own entity, and grown into Canada’s largest privately owned fleet management and leasing company.
1992Jim Pattison Lease becomes its own division, separate from The Jim Pattison Auto Group.
1993Jim Pattison Lease expands in the prairies, acquiring National Vehicle Leasing’s BC and Alberta portfolios.
2004With the acquisition of Cross Canada Leasing in Toronto, Jim Pattison Lease bolsters its East-Coast presence.
2007Jim Pattison Lease acquires Westminster Auto Leasing and Hino Truck sales, hiring on all of their 35 employees.
2015Jim Pattison Lease and Groupe Park Avenue’s Quebec operations form a joint-venture and rebrand to Location Park Avenue - Jim Pattison Inc.
2016Jim Pattison Lease completed the acquisition of the All Makes Leasing Portfolio, located in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
The Jim Pattison Group’s first of many broadcast acquisitions was that of Vancouver’s CJOR – an AM station that first broadcast in 1923, and is still on the airwaves today (as CKPK – The PEAK 102.7 – on Vancouver’s FM dial).
2000The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group makes its largest broadcast acquisition to date when it purchases Monarch Broadcasting.
2006The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group acquires six FM stations on Vancouver Island.
2013The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group acquires Bell Media’s CKCE-FM (101.5 Kool FM) Calgary, and CHIQ-FM (FAB 94.3 FM) and CFQX-FM (QX 104 FM) in Winnipeg.
2015The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group acquires Rawlco Radio’s 7 FM and 2 AM radio stations in Edmonton, AB, North Battleford, Prince Albert, and Meadow Lake, SK.
The Jim Pattison Group acquired Seaboard Outdoor Advertising in 1967 and over the years continued to acquire similar businesses, including Hook Outdoor, Gould Outdoor, Metrobus, Trans Ad and Pillar Ad. In 1998, they were united under the PATTISON Outdoor banner.
1995PATTISON Outdoor launches some of Canada’s first fully-vinyl wrapped “SuperBuses” -- a revolution in transit advertising graphics.
1998PATTISON Outdoor’s presence extends from coast-to-coast with expansion into Atlantic Canada.
2008PATTISON Outdoor celebrates the 100th anniversary of its founding company, Seaboard. Gould and Hook’s anniversaries follow in 2013.
2009PATTISON Outdoor launches Canada’s first high resolution large-format digital billboard, and wins the rights to sell advertising on Toronto transit.
Prior to our acquisition of Neon Products in 1968, the Vancouver company had already made a name for itself as one of the few patent holders for neon signs. Since then, Pattison Sign Group has continued to grow, and is now one of the largest sign and visual communication companies in the world.
1979The Jim Pattison Group acquires pioneers in signage, Claude Neon.
1987The Jim Pattison Group acquires Martel-Stewart Ltd. and Heath Northwest, expanding its American presence.
2002After numerous acquisitions, Neon Products of Canada Ltd., Claude Neon, Enseignes Imperial Signs and Big Aluminum Letter Signs become formally known as Pattison Sign Group.
2012Pattison Sign Group gains one of the finest sign manufacturing teams and facilities in North America with Davis Neon.
2ndlargest signage and visual communications company in North America
In the spring of 1968, The Jim Pattison Group made its first foray into what would soon be one of its primary industries: food. With the acquisition of the beloved brand Overwaitea, we began a legacy of feeding Western Canadian families.
1915On March 8, 1915, RC Kidd opens first store in New Westminster, BC.
1982With the conversion of several Your Mark It Foods stores, Save-On-Foods is launched.
1985Save-On-Foods’ first mega-store opens in Richmond, BC and along with it, comes a Western Canadian first: a full-service pharmacy in the grocery store.
1993Overwaitea launches its in-house customer loyalty program. Today, More Rewards is one of the largest loyalty programs in Canada.
2014OFG acquires 15 stores from Sobey’s Inc., expanding its presence throughout BC and AB.
With a century of history behind it, TNG is Canada’s first and oldest periodical wholesaler. The industry has changed rapidly since The Jim Pattison Group acquired the Provincial News Company in 1969; we’re proud to be the steadfast leader in the North American marketplace.
1907E.H. O’Brien begins distributing The Toronto Star out of his child-sized wagon. Within months, he opens an office on King Street in East Hamilton.
1971E.H. O’Brien’s business, now known as Mountain City News, is acquired by The Jim Pattison Group.
1980The Jim Pattison Group acquires many different companies including Mungeam News, Alaska News, WH Smith Wholesale, and Anderson News all the way to 2009.
2013The News Group rebrands to TNG.
2014TNG USA opens state-of-the-art facilities that include robotics; acquires many new markets in the US and Canada; and transitions its book business to Readerlink while maintaining the in-store service.
In 1984, The Jim Pattison Group acquired Canfisco – a company that has harvested, processed, and marketed seafood since 1906. Since then, it has continued to build on its tradition of excellence, earning a reputation as a quality supplier of sustainable Pacific seafood.
1906The Canadian Fishing Company Limited (Canfisco) is incorporated and supplies halibut to markets in North America.
1990Canfisco expands into Alaska by acquiring New England Fishing Company's Ketchikan plant.
1999Canfisco acquires the fishing and processing assets of BC Packers' BC and Alaskan operations, becoming the largest fishing company in BC. Canfisco also forms Alaska General Seafoods, a major participant in the Alaskan salmon and herring fisheries.
2010Canfisco acquires Leader Creek Fisheries in Bristol Bay, Alaska and becomes the largest producer of premium quality wild Alaskan sockeye salmon fillets.
2011Canfisco acquires the fishing and processing assets of Ocean Fisheries in BC and expands into the Pacific whitefish business.
In 1985, The Jim Pattison Group acquired beloved entertainment brand Ripley’s Believe It or Not! The eccentric self-made Robert Ripley travelled to 201 countries in his life, and we’re proud to share his legacy and collection of oddities with the world.
1918American cartoonist Robert Ripley publishes his first cartoon chronicling unbelievable feats.
1950After 17 years of touring, Ripley’s “Odditorium” receives its first permanent home in St. Augustine, Florida.
1993Ripley Entertainment moves its headquarters to Orange County, near Orlando, Florida
1995Ripley’s acquires the rights to the Guinness World Records franchise.
1997Ripley opens its first aquarium attraction in Myrtle Beach, SC.
2000Ripley's Aquarium opens in Gatlinburg, TN.
2013Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada opens in Toronto, ON.
The Jim Pattison Group acquired Montebello, a manufacturer of collapsible aluminum and laminate tubes, aerosol cans, industrial ink markers and caps and closures, in 1990. At the time, Montebello consisted of one plant in Hawkesbury, Ontario, but has grown considerably since.
1998Montebello builds an aluminum tube plant in Lebanon, Kentucky, and starts a laminate tube division in Pointe Claire, Quebec.
2002Montebello acquires the aluminum tube manufacturing division of Evercorp in 2002, followed by IntraPac’s aluminum tube division in Virginia in 2008.
2008Monfitello is established in Lachine, Quebec, to handle food packaging. Monfitello fills up to 75,000 tubes daily.
2009Montebello adds laminate tube manufacturing to its Harrisonburg, VA plant.
2010Montebello wins the prestigious Ted Klein Tube of the Year award. This same tube wins again in 2014.
Westshore Terminals has been in operation for over four decades, and is Canada’s largest export coal facility. In 1993, The Jim Pattison Group assumed the management control over Westar Group Ltd., which includes Westshore Terminals’ bulk loading facility in Roberts Bank, BC.
1970Westshore Terminals opens as the only tenant of the Roberts Bank Superport.
1997After the then-largest IPO in Canadian history, Westshore Income Trust is born.
2005The price of coking coal exceeds $100 /mt for the first time in history – eventually reaching $125/mt US.
2014Westshore announces that they will modernize their office and shop complex, investing $275M over five years.
On September 30th, 1995, The Jim Pattison Group acquired Buy-Low Foods – which at the time, consisted of four corporate and four franchise stores. This began a period of aggressive growth through acquisitions, and resulted in Buy-Low Foods becoming the largest wholesaler to independent grocers in Western Canada by 1999.
1966Bob Eastman, Merv Johnston, Carl Ruby, and Lorne Pearson open the first Buy-Low store.
1995Buy-Low Foods acquires a grocery distribution centre; a produce distribution centre; and 8 corporate and 4 franchise stores.
2001Buy-Low Foods acquires Van-Whole Produce – becoming the market leader in produce wholesale in Western Canada.
2003Buy-Low Foods acquires Nesters Market and branches into upscale, organic and natural foods.
2012With the acquisition of Meinhardt Fine Foods, Buy-Low Foods marks its entry into the gourmet and specialty niche.
#1largest distributor to independent grocers in western canada
Through acquisitions including major players like Northwood Inc., Slocan Forest Products Ltd., and its own namesake, Canfor has grown from one small mill, and into a global player. Today, The Jim Pattison Group is the largest shareholder in Canfor Corporation.
1938Months after settling in Vancouver, John Prentice and Poldi Bentley form a furniture and paneling veneer company. They build a small mill on the banks of the Fraser River.
1947Following a number of acquisitions, including a small firm called Canadian Forest Products Limited, all operations are reorganized under this name.
1965In 1962, a joint venture with Reed Paper Group Limited of the UK leads to the start-up of Prince George Pulp and Paper in 1965.
1983On June 27, 1983 Canfor Corporation becomes a public company. Canadian Forest Products Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Canfor Corporation.
2006Canfor broadens its territory with the purchase of New South Companies Inc. on the Eastern coast of the US.
Great Wolf Resorts is the world’s largest chain of indoor waterparks. In March 2004, The Jim Pattison Group announced the purchase of exclusive franchise rights to the brand in Canada, with the opening of the Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls.
2007Great Wolf Lodge introduces Project Green Wolf – an initiative that reduces water and energy usage throughout the resort.
2009Great Wolf Lodge is recognized for its excellence in human resources development by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada. They are recognized again in 2012.
2012The Golden Horseshoe Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals presents Great Wolf Lodge with the Outstanding Corporation award.
2013Great Wolf Lodge proudly accepts the Best Traveller Experience award from the Tourism Industry Association of Canada.
In 1954, Sir Hugo Beaver of the Guinness Brewery asked Fleet Street’s sports journalists to compile the facts and figures that would become the first Guinness Book of World Records. It has been a best-seller ever since, and in 2008, The Jim Pattison Group acquired the world-renowned brand.
1955The first edition of The Guinness Book of Records is bound and released in the UK. It becomes a Christmas best-seller that year.
2004Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II visits the London office and receives a copy of the 50th anniversary edition from the president, Alistair Richards.
2012Guinness World Records opens an office in Beijing, China, and the largest audience for a GWR TV show is recorded with peak viewing figures of 450 million.
2013The 3 millionth copy of Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition is sold.
2014Guinness World Records celebrates its 60th anniversary, bringing together the tallest and shortest men in the world for historic encounter.
130Mcopies sold in more than 100 different countries worldwide
Ocean Brands first achieved success as a fishery, based in Richmond, BC, before becoming a household name. In 2007, Ocean’s and The Jim Pattison Group entered a strategic alliance and in 2011, Ocean Brands became wholly owned. Today, Ocean Brands brings the most innovative food from around the world to Canadian consumers.
1962Ocean Fisheries, a privately owned BC company, is incorporated.
1983Ocean’s seafood brand launches. Ocean’s-branded salmon soon gives way to tuna, clams, oysters, and more.
1985Ocean’s expands into overseas markets including the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.
2013Ocean’s continues to innovate, launching a line of Italian Pasta Sauces under the Ocean’s World Cuisine brand.
2014Ocean’s acquires the Gold Seal brand from sister company, Canfisco (Canadian Fishing Company), strengthening their market share.
In 2011, The Jim Pattison Group expanded our food and beverage offering to include a complementary product: wine. Everything Wine, with its exceptional commitment to customer service, worldwide selection and in-store experience, was the obvious choice.
2007 Everything Wine opens its first store in Langford, British Columbia. At 12,000 square feet, it is BC’s largest wine store.
2009To capitalize on the growth of eCommerce, Everything Wine opens its online store.
2012Everything Wine expands to Alberta, opening two stores in Lethbridge and Sherwood Park.
2014Everything Wine sets a new milestone, sourcing and importing over 35,000 exclusive cases of wine.
The Jim Pattison Group acquired Comag Marketing Group (CMG) as a complementary service to its periodical distribution business in 2012. CMG allows us to provide publishers of many of the world’s leading magazine brands with comprehensive sales, marketing and supply chain solutions.
2013With the addition of AMI and Bauer as marketing clients, CMG increases its market share from 23% to 42%.
2014After Source Interlink exits the newsstand business, CMG and its sister company, Genera, jump into foreign distribution. They currently represent 35% of all exported US magazines.
2014The Bauer backroom business transitions to CMG in July of 2014, raising the backroom market share from 24% to 31%.
2015By consistently growing market share, CMG maintains retail sales in an industry that has experienced a 24% decline.
In 2013, The Jim Pattison Group proudly acquired one of Western Canada’s most beloved brands: SunRype. Manufacturers of snacks and beverages, SunRype is perhaps best known for its iconic Blue Label apple juice.
1946BC Fruit Processors begins processing wholesome, pure juice straight from the orchard in Kelowna, BC.
1950In the 1950s, BC Fruit Processors becomes SunRype, and starts producing its Blue Label apple juice.
1997SunRype recognizes a need for healthful snacks and launches Fruit to Go. This paves the way for the FruitSource launch in 2004.
2007SunRype introduces a new way to get your 5-10 servings a day with Fruit Plus Veggie, a line of fruit and vegetable juices.
2014To better serve customers’ changing dietary needs and preferences, SunRype launches low calorie and no-sugar products, including protein and energy bars.
Family operated since 1969, Peterbilt Pacific joined The Jim Pattison Group in 2015. Impressed by their commitment to seamless service across multiple locations, we felt their ethos naturally aligned with ours – making them a welcome addition to our divisions.
1969John Pasiuk opens a Prince George dealership under the White Western Star banner.
1972To keep up with growing demand and serve a wider swath of the province, the Pasiuk family opens a Kamloops location.
1986The existing dealerships move over to the Peterbilt brand and add another location in Surrey, shortly followed by one in Terrace.
1997Company leadership transitions to a new generation: Don & Terry Pasiuk take the reins of the small but growing empire.
2001Peterbilt Pacific is recognized as the North American Dealer of the year. They are recognized again in 2004; the same year they expand to Abbotsford.
2016Peterbilt Pacific added two branches: Nanaimo & Delta.