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Stubbs Printing moving to new location

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MASSENA - After four decades at the same location on East Orvis Street, Stubbs Printing is moving a few doors down to 271 East Orvis Str.

“If you walk through here and walk through there, it’s a completely different location,” said Thomas Stubbs, who began working at the shop 42 years ago when his parents, Robert and Laura Stubbs, first started the business.

While part of the reason for the move was to simply get a new space, Mr. Stubbs said economics also played a major factor in the move.

“Some of our gas bills in the winter were $450,” he said, adding at the new location, everything, including their heat, will be powered by Massena Electric.

Mr. Stubbs said many of his customers may not realize it, but Stubbs Printing hasn’t always been at the same location. He said, ts original home was at the corner of Ames Street and Liberty Avenue.

“We stated there and outgrew it quickly,” Mr. Stubbs said. “My parents founded the business on Nov. 1, 1970, and I’ve been here since that time,” he said.

While Mr. Stubbs’ father has passed away, he said his mother is still alive, although her days of being involved in the business have long since passed.

“She’ll be turning 91 this summer,” he said.

When asked how long he planned on working, Mr. Stubbs replied, “Until I die.”

Stubbs Printing also happens to be the only union print shop “between Plattsburgh and Syracuse. It gives us a chance to support local labor,” he said.

The union insignia is also a valuable emblem to be able to print on your work, Mr. Stubbs said.

He said he can recall a politician getting campaign materials printed elsewhere in a non-union shop and then coming to him for help, after people were questioning why he used a non-union print shop.

“He wanted me to put the logo on what he had already printed,” Mr. Stubbs said, explaining that was something that he obviously could not or would not do.

Mr. Stubbs said he can also recall what was easily the worst day in the history of Stubbs Printing Inc. - the day General Motors announced they were shutting their doors in Massena.

“They were probably 15 to 20 percent of our business,” he said. “It was like having someone walk up to you and punch you in the gut.”

In addition to political campaign materials, Stubbs Printing offers other printing services, such as posters, signs, invitations and business cards, with both color and black and white printing and copying available. Stubbs Printing also has a fax machine available to send and/or receive faxes.

While the move will begin on Wednesday, Mr. Stubbs said the shop will remain open through the end of the week, with Stubbs Printing officially opening its new location on Monday, a place he hopes to be working in for a very long time.

“Why retire? I’ve been here 42 years, and I still enjoy it.”

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