TPC doubles sales in past three years as it prepares to celebrate 100 years in business

Staff photo by Dave Flessner / The Schmissrauter family, owners of TPC Printing and Packaging, with East Ridge Mayor Brian Wllliams, left, and Hamilton County Mayor Weston Wamp, right, are seen Monday cutting the ribbon on the company's 60,000-square-foot addition next to the main plant at 6107 Ringgold Road in East Ridge.
Staff photo by Dave Flessner / The Schmissrauter family, owners of TPC Printing and Packaging, with East Ridge Mayor Brian Wllliams, left, and Hamilton County Mayor Weston Wamp, right, are seen Monday cutting the ribbon on the company's 60,000-square-foot addition next to the main plant at 6107 Ringgold Road in East Ridge.

TPC Printing and Packaging will celebrate 100 years in business next month under the same family ownership.

Joseph A. "Joey" Schmissrauter III, president of the company founded by his grandfather as the Textile Printing Co., has kept the family business not only going over the past century but thriving in recent years. With its focus on printing and folding containers for cosmetics, spirits, fulfillment and fashion companies, TPC has doubled its sales in the past three years and has boosted sales four-fold since 2012 under the work and management of four generations of the Schmissrauter family.

"Our fourth-generation business is committed to continue our quest to be the national leader in innovative package solutions for luxury brands," Schmissrauter said during an interview at the company's newly expanded campus in East Ridge. "With the current ownership, we hope to continue this meteoric growth with the addition of our new facility."

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As TPC approaches its century mark in April, the company last week celebrated what Schmissrauter called "a milestone event" with the ribbon-cutting for TPC's recently completed $21 million plant expansion at 6107 Ringgold Road. The expansion adjacent to TPC's existing plant is the biggest in the company's history and defied predictions made by Schmissrauter's grandfather when the company first relocated to East Ridge in 1968 on the site of a shuttered Holiday Bowl bowling alley.

"At age 11, I still recall my grandfather standing in that vacant space and telling my father that 'we will never be able to use all this space — we'll have to sublease some of it,'" Joey Schmissrauter recalled last week. "Now, 56 years later since that move to East Ridge, we've completed our third major addition of the original building, and the TPC campus now includes over 200,000 square feet of office and production space."

TPC has grown to more than 200 employees, and the latest expansion is projected to add 90 more employees. According to Printing Impressions magazine, TPC is now the 80th largest printing company in America.

  photo  Staff photo by Dave Flessner / The TPC Printing and Packaging plant and headquarters is shown Monday on Ringgold Road in East Ridge. The 100-year-old printing company began in Chattanooga in April 1924 and relocated to its current site in East Ridge in 1968.
 
 

To aid in the latest expansion, East Ridge and Hamilton County commissioners last year approved a five-year tax break for the company through a payment in lieu of taxes agreement, which allows the company to be relieved of general purpose property taxes and business taxes for a certain time period to reward the investment in economic growth. The deal does not exempt tax money collected to fund the school system.

East Ridge Mayor Brian Williams applauded the TPC expansion and said the company is a "major reason why our city is a great place to live, work and play."

"With their dedication and proven track record of success, I'm confident that TPC will continue to thrive and flourish well into the future, leaving a lasting mark on our community," Williams said during last week's ribbon-cutting.

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Schmissrauter thanked the city and county for their support and credited the staff at TPC for the company's success "based on hard work, craftsmanship and integrity."

TPC does primarily luxury packaging for health and beauty, spirits, over-the-counter pharmaceuticals and, most recently, specialized parts for the gaming industry. Among TPC's local customers is Sanofi, formerly Chattem, which TPC produced about 130 million units for in 2024, Schmissrauter said.

The business began in April 1924 on Cemetery Avenue when Joseph Schmissrauter started the business with a $250 investment. The company shifted most of its business from textiles to box printing in the 1950s and relocated to East Ridge in 1968. The company now includes a number of fourth generation employees from the Schmissrauter family, who continue to own and operate the business.

"We get purchase offers nearly every week, but we feel like we have a successful approach and range of products. We're extremely proud to maintain this business now for the past century," Schmissrauter said.

Contact Dave Flessner at dflessner@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6340.

  photo  Staff photo by Dave Flessner / New printing machines are shown Monday inside the new 60,000-square-foot expansion recently completed for TPC Printing and Packaging in East Ridge. The $21 million addition will help handle the company's growth in sales, which have doubled in the past five years.
 
 


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