Carl Schorr: Proud to Be a Printer (Pt. 4)

Adopted from “Wells Printing: About Us” (1986)

Carl was about as close to being a broken man, literally as well as figuratively, as a man’s going to get. All of those years of hard work seemed to be going right down the drain. Here he was as the sole owner of his printing company, but here he was also sitting in a hospital bed with broken arms and ribs, cut and scraped, and mentally wounded with the prospect that his company might have to go out of business.

The thought of throwing in the towel certainly crossed his mind. But what would he do then? What point was there to keeping those paychecks in the kitchen cupboard, under no circumstances to be cashed until things got better? What point was there to keeping everyone on board, even though future employment with the company was uncertain? What point was there to being a printer?

Somehow, the turnaround would begin. Will Wills, the company’s founder, experienced some tough times. Rufus, whou guided it through the Depression years, took some lumps. Why should it be any different for Carl? If they could make the company go, so could he. In retrospect, Carl views the accident as the catalyst. The result of that near-tragedy was an unqualified rallying around by Carl’s family. And that included the extended family. Rufus and Angie hurried back from Florida to help the entire staff did all they could. Janet and the kids pitched in and did whatever possibly to help the company back on its feet. This was no small accomplishment and the fact that they were willing to help at all is not insignificant.

You see, one of Carl’s problems was that he lost touch with reality, and his perspective got all out of whack. After he and Dick purchased the company, Carl was so determined to make it successful that he devoted his life to it. Sometimes at the expense of everything else – like a family. The long hours at the shop meant Carl wasn’t devoting time to his wife and kids. Family relations were under a strain. Then the accident. The decision was made to go for it, save the company. Everything that could be done would be done to get Wells Printing Company back on its feet.

Carl Schorr as President of Wells Printing

It didn’t happen overnight, but things started happening fast. Janet dived into everything. She would help where she was needed and worked full time at the office. And Tom, Carl’s oldest son, came on board. Tom began a crash course to learn the business. He learned estimating and customer relations. Simply put, he learned the printing business. Wells Printing was a family operation again, this time with the Schorr family.
Since the late 70’s, Wells Printing, under Carl’s leadership, has experienced unparalleled growth and prosperity. Today, in a new, larger facilty, a staff representing over 250 years experience in the printing business, Wells is bigger and better than ever.

Carl is a happy man these days. He’s doing the work he loves. He has seen his company grow and prosper. And the future, indeed represents limitless potential. Perhaps, more important, he knows when to work and when to play. He makes time for his wife, children, and grandchildren. He dances a mean polka. He loves to get out by himself in the outdoors rand chop a little wood (even this he has learned to do with less zeal – as when he managed to leave behind a piece of a finger courtesy of the ax blade). Carl is proud of his business, especially proud of his family, and he’s proud to be a printer.

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