CORPORATE COPY PRINT: TOGETHER AT HOME AND AT WORK
Lifelong Independence-ians Tom and Sue Waters met in kindergarten, where they shared a love of story time and paste. As the years passed, romance blossomed and the pair started dating at Fort Osage High School. They married in 1980 and went on to have two daughters. And that's just the start of their story in Independence.
After working in the printing industry for 15 years, Tom was ready to bust out on his own in his beloved hometown. So he opened Corporate Copy Print in 1994.
A year later, Sue lost her job when the insurance company she worked for was sold. Thinking she'd help out at the print shop for "just a few months," she's been a critical cog in the machine ever since.
In 2003, the successful family enterprise had outgrown its first home. This led the Waters to purchase a building on Main Street in historic Independence Square at the dawn of the area's revitalization. Since that initial purchase, the couple has modernized the building, installing sixty solar panels and adding two more nearby structures.
Continuing the tradition of joining the family business "temporarily," one of the Waters'daughters came onboard as a graphic designer in 2004. She too remains an important contributing member of the Corporate Copy Print team to this day.
Now, it looks as though the Waters might need still more space just to fit all the awards they receive. In 2011 they were awarded "Small Business of the Year" at the Independence Economic Development annual meeting. The Salvation Army recognized the Waters in 2012 with a "Doing the Most Good" award. And in 2013, they received "Business Persons of the Year" honors from the Independence Chamber of Commerce. All that and they still really like each other.
People and progress. That's what makes Corporate Copy Print a real story of Independence.