One doesn’t have to look far to see a success story.
BlueStone Label, one of Morristown’s best-kept industrial secrets, celebrated its success with a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday at their plant on North High Street across from Morristown Ford.
The label, vinyl and more printing company was originally located in Bristol and began operations in 1986. The Blankenship family ran the company for 20 years before selling the company upon retirement. Brad Shuff and Steve Henrikson bought the company and ran it in Bristol for several years before they outgrew their 13,000 square foot facility in Sullivan County.
Co-owner Brad Shuff said that the flexo printing process has allowed the company to grow.
“We have 22,000 square feet here, plus another 10,000 square feet out back,” Shuff said. “We had bought another company in the Charlotte, North Carolina area and we moved them together to Morristown.”
Shuff said that BlueStone has a positive working culture.
“We have phenomenal people that work for us,” he said. “We didn’t displace any jobs. The one owner of that company wanted to get out of it. His son went off to another business he wanted to do, then two guys were getting ready to retire. We kept the customer service person.”
Unusual in the merger of the two companies, there was no displacement of employees, according to Shuff.
“We went to four people and we’ve grown it seven times larger since we took over the business,” he said. “One of the reasons we moved here is that it helps me to be seven minutes away so I can come in on night shift and things.”
The company has 14 employees now with room for expansion.
“We’ve got a really good culture and we’re trying to build nice jobs for people they can feel secure about,” Shuff said.
BlueStone is in the process of acquiring a Texas company to move to Morristown, as well.
“Once again, we won’t be displacing anybody.” Shuff said. “It’s two owners getting ready to retire and a smaller group.”
Henrikson is the chief financial backer of the company and has allowed the purchase of modern equipment.
“We have grown with Steve’s support,” Shuff said.
BlueStone recently purchased a 100,000 square foot building in Morristown for possible future expansion.
“We have a few projects on the horizon we that is going to continue to employ good people in the Morristown area,” he said.