Some web design companies might start to become complacent after ten years in business. That's not the case with a firm like Symetric Productions in St. Catharines. They’re still working harder than ever to exceed their clients’ expectations.
“We’re experts when it comes to problem-solving,”says Joe Jones, co-owner and vice-president of Symetric Productions. “We always say: ‘If you can think it, we can make it happen.’ And over the past decade, we’ve helped dozens of clients to bring their ideas to life.”
Symetric Productions is a leading design firm whose range of services includes graphic design, printing, web design, software development, database design, web hosting, mobile websites and phone apps, domain registration, e-commerce, interactive DVDs, PowerPoint presentations, animationand video.
Based on 196 King Street, Symetric Productions has a long list of clients – everything from small businesses and large corporations to celebrities and motion pictures. They’ve also done work for customers in such faraway places as Africa, England, Australia and Brazil.
Symetric Productions started out modestly enough. Joe and Ryan, the firm’s co-owner and creative director, originally met at the World ImpactBible Institute in St. Catharines. At the time, Joe was studying to become a pastor. Ryan was eking out a modest existence as a graphic designer. When the two of them clicked working together on a website for the institute, they decided to launch Symetric Productions in the spring of 2001 as a part-time graphic and web development firm.
Now celebrating 10 years in business, Joe’s and Ryan’s company has grown into a substantial operation.Since going full-time in 2003, Symetric has launched over 100 websites a year – many of them for small firms and non-profits. They also have five full-time employees and often bring co-op students on board from Niagara College to help handle their workload.
According to Joe, having their base of operations in a smaller community like Niagara has its advantages.
“We have a lower overhead than you’d expect in places like Hamilton or the GTA,” he explains. “That makes it more affordable for our business. But we also take great pride in helping our Niagara-based clients be the best they can be.”
Despite his heavy workload, Joe always finds time to help others in need. For the past 15 years, Joe has volunteered with Love Haiti Missions as a co-founder and board member. Last year, he flew to Haiti to help provide humanitarian aid following the devastation caused by the earthquake. Joe is also an active supporter of the Niagara International Worship Centre. Here, he’s donated over 200 hours of his time in the past couple of years, leading the congregation in Sunday worship and running monthly workshops.
As a small business owner, Joe feels it’s important to helping organizations and individuals out, particularly ones in the Niagara business community. “Niagara has been very supportive of us over the past decade,” Joe says. “And we’re always proud to give a little something back to the people that have helped to get us where we are today.