Schuerholz Printing has sold the 3540 Marshall Road location it has occupied for 44 years after it was founded by Bill Schuerholz four years ago in the family basement.
The purchase by Brandon and Nikki Jasper of Bellbrook was finalized last week, both parties said.
The purchase price has not been disclosed. The business will become a Minuteman Press franchise, and the Jaspers will maintain a community-minded focus, Schuerholz and Brandon Jasper said.
“We want to continue what Charley has really started to build, which has become a staple in the community,” Jasper said.
The company’s five employees will stay on, Schuerholz and Jasper said.
Jasper, 44, worked for Speedway’s corporate office for 20 years after earning a degree in operations management from Wright State University. At Speedway, Jasper said he held positions in marketing and operations before becoming director of strategy and innovation.
“We want to be able to serve the community,” Jasper said. “We are still locally owned and operated locally. This is not a corporation coming in.”
It’s a business Charley Schuerholz has owned since 1999 after working there full-time since Oct. 1, 1985, according to the company. His father died in 2008 and his mother is now 95, he said.
Parting with her has been “really hard,” he said as he choked back tears. “It’s just weird. But I’m excited for the future and excited for what’s to come.
“And I know I made the right decision. And I know Brandon and Nikki are going to be great. … It’s just been emotionally difficult for me.”
Schuerholz said he “would have liked another family member to take over the business. But there wasn’t a family member who could do it, was willing to do it, or lined up to do it. It was important for me to find someone who could (carry on) a family business.”
Schuerholz said he spoke with several potential buyers. But the Jaspers “want to be community minded and want to focus on being a place in the community. And that’s something that’s always been important to me.”
Among Schuerholz’s clients have been Kettering City Schools, local churches and nonprofits, he said.
He has been a strong supporter of Kettering schools, including serving as co-chairman of a past school tax campaign.
Schuerholz credits the business’s long run to word-of-mouth advertising from a loyal customer base.
“When you do a good job for the community, people talk about it,” he said. “We never had a sales force there, never really advertised. We relied on our customers to sing our praises.”