Sale of longtime family business Kettering stirs emotions as deal is finalized for Schuerholz Printing

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Schuerholz Printing founder Bill Schuerholz (left) is seen here in a photo from the early 1970s. A few years later the Kettering business moved to a site on Marshall Road, where it has remained ever since. CONTRIBUTED

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Schuerholz Printing founder Bill Schuerholz (left) is seen here in a photo from the early 1970s. A few years later the Kettering business moved to a site on Marshall Road, where it has remained ever since. CONTRIBUTED

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Schuerholz Printing sold the 3540 Marshall Road location it had occupied for 44 years after it was founded by Bill Schuerholz four years earlier in the family basement.

Brandon and Nikki Jasper’s purchase of Bellbrook was finalized last week, the two parties said.

The purchase price was not disclosed. The business will convert to a Minuteman Press franchise, and the Jaspers will retain a community focus, Schuerholz and Brandon Jasper said.

“We want to continue what Charley really started to build, which has become a staple in the community,” Jasper said.

Charley Schuerholz (left) sold Schuerholz Printing to Nikki and Brandon Jasper (right). CONTRIBUTED

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Charley Schuerholz (left) sold Schuerholz Printing to Nikki and Brandon Jasper (right).  CONTRIBUTED

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Charley Schuerholz (left) sold Schuerholz Printing to Nikki and Brandon Jasper (right). CONTRIBUTED

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The company’s five employees will remain, 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. It’s not a society that happens.

It’s a business that 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.

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Parting with it was “very difficult,” he said, choking back tears. “It’s just weird. But I’m excited about the future and excited about 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, who was willing to do it, or in line for it. It was important for me to find someone who could (keep) a family business.

Schuerholz said he spoke with several potential buyers. But the Jaspers “want to be community-minded and focused on being in the community. And that’s something that’s always been important to me.

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Among Schuerholz’s clients are schools in the town of Kettering, local churches and nonprofit organizations, he said.

He has been a strong supporter of Kettering Schools, including as co-chair of a previous school levy campaign.

Schuerholz attributes the long lasting business to “word of mouth” advertising from a loyal customer base.

“When you do good work for the community, people talk about it,” he said. “We never really had a sales force, never really had any advertising. We relied on our customers to sing our praises.

Ivy Schuerholz is busy at her desk, working for the company that started in the basement of her house in 1974.

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Ivy Schuerholz is busy at her desk, working for the company that started in the basement of her house in 1974.

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Ivy Schuerholz is busy at her desk, working for the company that started in the basement of her house in 1974.

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Schuerholz Printing founder Bill Schuerholz works on a light table. CONTRIBUTED

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Bill Schuerholz, founder of Schuerholz Printing. CONTRIBUTED

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