Sammy Luckey has seen a lot of changes through the years. When he first started working in printing in 1951, he worked with a hot lead press, now things are computerized.
"Daddy is one of the few that's left who can set type on a line machine," said Beverly Raburn, Mr. Luckey's daughter.
Sammy Luckey works on a machine in his shop.
Mr. Luckey started his business in Washington, then moved to the location on Augusta Highway in Thomson in 1983 - nine years after he purchased the building. He said concerns about the economy delayed the move, but that he has never regretted it.
"My worst month here has always been better than my best month in Washington," Mr. Luckey said.
Since moving into his current location, Mr. Luckey has added a larger print room, office space, a playroom for his grandchildren, and a large kitchen.
"We have some great lunches here with the whole crew," said Dennis O'Shields, salesman for Luckey Printing.
As a member of Sweetwater Baptist Church since 1947, and the A.J. Miller Masonic Lodge since 1970, Mr. Luckey is involved in the community. He received the Chamber award for the 2000 Small Business of the Year. His wife, Iris, and two daughters, Mrs. Raburn and Mary Sherrer work in the print shop also.
In addition to family, Luckey Printing employs three full-time employees and one part-time.
"The best part of being in business for myself is being able to provide jobs for other people," Mr. Luckey said.
Mr. Luckey credits his success to his love of family and friends.
"I want everybody that walks in here to feel like they are part of the family," Mr. Luckey said.