About us

Coast Signs is owned and operated by Reid and Marla Thorburn, along with their son, Jake Thorburn. Reid is a licensed sign and lighting electrician and Jake is a licensed welder/fabricator. Jake is the fourth generation in the family to be in the sign business. His great-grandfather, Bill Bayliss, started Bayliss Neon in Victoria almost a hundred years ago.


When we’re not working, we enjoy getting outdoors and taking advantage of our mild climate and all the recreational opportunities that surround us.


Our larger truck is a GMC 6500 with a 50′ Radocy Saturn II heavy-duty combination crane and man-lift, with a 10′ jib to extend the total reach to 60′. It has a Miller Welder-Generator and an extra large two-man bucket with welding leads to the bucket to allow for aerial welding. The bucket is also equipped with forks to facilitate lifting of some loads. The crane has a hook capacity of 3000 lbs and is also available for crane rentals.

Our smaller truck is a Ford F350 with an insulated bucket with 30′ reach. It doesn’t require outriggers, so has a quicker set-up time and is more convenient to use in tight parking lots.

Green Initiatives

We make every effort to reduce our carbon footprint. To start with, we build signs from quality parts so they last so long it can be measured in decades instead of years. We use the latest in energy efficient components such as LEDs, electronic ballasts and transformers to use less energy.

We diligently practice the three Rs – reduce – reuse – recycle and as a home-based business, we reduce our energy consumption in many ways, from not needing to drive to work, to saving on heating and lighting. We re-use sign components when practical and otherwise recycle everything possible, including aluminum, steel, fluorescent lamps, ballasts, transformers and other electrical parts. Our central location on Aulds Road in North Nanaimo is very close to many of our customers and reduces our travel time and fuel consumption. We can walk or ride a bike to do our banking at the local credit union and shop for office supplies just across the street.