By Andy McKeever
01:00PM / Saturday, January 19, 2013
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — While the Winsor Mill has seen its share of businesses move in and out, one owner is quietly celebrating his 18th year that included doubling the size of the shop and employment just a year ago.
Feb. 1 will mark 18 years since John Haskins purchased Beck’s Printing. Haskins has been the man behind the press providing everything from envelopes to business cards to posters to architectural plans for nearly every city business.
“You’d be hard pressed to find a business in the area that we’re not doing business with in some capacity,” Haskins said. “Any ink on paper that you can think of, we can do. We don’t job anything out; we do it all here on site.”
Haskins traces his interest in printing back to Drury High School where he took graphic design classes. From there he went on to work for a competing shop and about eight years into it he found himself running the entire business. He then bought Beck’s.
“The opportunity presented itself and it was time to make a move,” Haskins said on Tuesday.
He retained the customers Beck’s had before his arrival and has slowly grown. Mostly through word of mouth he has become a go-to person for local businesses and beyond.
“We’ve had our ups and downs with the economy but business has always grown consistently,” he said. “Business definitely increased from year to year.”
When Staples closed, taking their printing division with them, Haskins saw an increase in business. Shortly after, with the Kolok Gallery having moved out of the space next door, he expanded. He leased out that space, which doubles his square-footage, and brought on two to three more employees – an increase from just him and his son during the toughest economic times. He then invested more than $150,000 to create a digital print division.