George Stapleton has made a name for himself and for his company in the Tri-Cities area, where commercial and residential customers find his work to be reasonably-priced and of excellent quality.
By Susan Kendrick Lauhoff
A tanned California girl arrived in Northeast Tennessee with an opportunity that, unbeknownst to her, would include her future husband.
Sherri Stapleton came to the region with United Vinyl Services (UVS). She met George Stapleton, they became friends, dated and then married in 1985. As a wedding gift to the couple, UVS gave George a two-week training course that taught him how to repair vinyl and leather. A year later, the Stapletons found themselves owning the company.
Twenty-six years later, this talented artist has made a name for himself and for his company in the Tri-Cities area where many respect him as being the best in his field.
Commercial and residential customers find Stapleton’s work to be professional, reasonably priced and of excellent quality.
"I have never seen anyone like him. We have used him numerous times both in the store and away from the store. He does great work. Class act. He has an unbelievable talent and I don’t know of any others who match dyes as perfectly as he does," boasts Aaron Smith, owner, of Rhoton & Smith Furniture Company in Weber City, Va.
Smith shared a story of when a customer’s dog chewed a large hole in a leather cushion and Stapleton repaired it so well that evidence of the "crime" was invisible. Dog and sofa saved.
"I want him to share his skill and take me under his wing and teach me his skill," Smith admits. He further emphasized Stapleton’s marvel, "The guy has great customer service skills and is a good helpmate. I’ve never had a complaint from any of my customers about his work."
John Pennell, warehouse manager, of Grand Home Furnishings in Gray, Tenn., also supports Stapleton’s work.
"He does an extremely good job on minor repairs and does so very quickly. And, for major repairs such as cuts and tears, it’s amazing how well he does those jobs in such a short amount of time," Pennell said.
Stapleton’s UVS obviously has a fan base as his talents are uncanny. He is not the computer savvy man of our younger generation, but instead relies on his eyes to perfectly match dye colors. His skills and techniques have doctored new life into many cuts, tears, holes, bruises, and scuffs in the vinyl and leather of cars (even headliners), boats, furniture, planes and physicians' exam tables.
The most challenging project Stapelton has tackled was the complete dye job of the interior of a local politician’s Mercedes.
"He wanted the dark green to be dyed to a parchment. Fortunately, he was very pleased and would come back about every two years to have a little touch-up," Stapleton humbly mentioned.
Payment is not due until the job is complete. Blountville-based United Vinyl Services offers on-site visits and repairs for commercial and residential projects. For free estimates or more information, please call 423-646-6992 or 423-323-7563.comments powered by Disqus