“It was my salesperson who suggested Oak Ridge,” says Stealth Mark® president & CEO Rick Howard, recalling how he first considered moving his company from Minnesota to the Secret City. “The building we were in up in Minnesota was small compared to what we needed for expansion and, frankly, it’s colder than you-know-what there.”
So in late July, Howard and his wife took a road trip to east Tennessee and spent three days in Oak Ridge.
“We were both quite happy with what we saw,” he says, and with the help of the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce, found the perfect location for Stealth Mark’s new headquarters, a building twice the size of the company’s former home.
“It’s a good story because he reached out to us," says Parker Hardy, president & CEO of the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce. "He was looking for a smaller community, one interested in a small business that has the potential to grow but also a community that would understand the technology behind Stealth Mark. We knew in our first conversation that it would be an immediate and natural fit, so the process moved quickly.”