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Hartselle Enquirer
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Five questions for Shannon Parker 

Enquirer Printing is one of Hartselle’s oldest businesses, opening in 1933 and being family operated by the Parker family since the 1970s. Shannon Parker is the sole proprietor now – he began working for his father, Clifford Parker, when he was nine years old. The commercial printing company employs four full-time staff members and is located on Chestnut Street, where it has been since 1976.  

  1. What have you most enjoyed about your career in commercial printing?  

Parker said being in business in Hartselle for decades has afforded him the opportunity to forge relationships with his customers and community members. “This business has been very good to my family,” he said. “This community and North Alabama in general, I’ve met some really super people through Enquirer Printing.”  

  1. What have you learned through the years of owning a business in Hartselle.  

“To bite my tongue,” Parker said with a laugh. No, I’ve learned to treat everyone the same and to treat people with respect no matter who they are. When they come in these doors, they are going to get quality service. I still think it’s important to have a personal connection with your customers.  

  1. How has your business changed through the years? 

Technology has changed the printing industry so much. I have a machine now that does the job of five people 20 years ago. My father would be astonished at how easy it is to print color today. It was very difficult back in the day with all the steps involved to print color. Even so, it has never dawned on me until recently that Enquirer Printing is somewhat of a pillar in the community. People still depend on us.  

  1. What does the future look like for Enquirer Printing? 

Parker doesn’t have plans to retire. “I’m 62 years old,” he said. “If the good Lord continues to bless us and bless this business, I want to be able to provide the community with the service we always have. It’s all due to God.”  

  1. What do you enjoy in your free time, away from the office? 

“Last month I was at the shop three weekends out of four. We’ve been covered up – but that’s a good thing,” Parker said. When he’s not at Enquirer Printing, Parker can be found on his tractor, cutting and bailing hay or spending time with his grandson and wife.  

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