By Cliff Lowe, Owner and Director of Stop-Painting/InSite Solutions
Sometimes where a person comes from can tell a lot about where a person is going. The same can be said for businesses, especially small businesses. As our business grows and we forge more and more relationships with our great customers, we wanted to share a little about how we got started, where we want to go and how grateful we are to our employees and our customers for helping us succeed so far.
In The Beginning
As a small business, we know it takes meticulous attention to details and continuous improvement to stay productive.
Continuous improvement and always searching for solutions has been a theme for our company, InSite Solutions (dba Stop-Painting), since 2001. After several years working for a rubber manufacturing company selling their products to contractors in the road marking industry, I saw a need and demand for a different product – one that no one was making. I started my own company, taking my road marking knowledge and applying it to indoor applications.
The process of designing and developing our flagship Superior Mark® Floor Tape took several years. We had many “back-to-the-drawing-board” moments and an untold number of failed ideas and tests. But we never gave up and took what we learned to keep on trying and improving our products. Eventually, we hit upon the winning design for our tape that combines a thicker and more durable tape with a recessed adhesive area and beveled edges to help resist the heavy scraping that comes from industrial equipment – namely forklifts.
Building On Our Hard Work and Success
Located in Wake Forest, North Carolina, off to the races we went and we have been working ever since to continuously improve our product line. I credit all the years in the road marking business while competing against the innovative giant 3m and a Jack Welch book, “Straight from the Gut” for encouraging boundary-less thinking. It’s America and you can do anything if you put your mind to it.
Today, Stop-Painting/InSite Solutions is the industry leader in offering resources and tools for visually instructive workplaces seeking to increase productivity and safety. With our superlative floor marking products and other adhesive solutions, we can make your business better.
I am fortunate to have a caring, brilliant and patient wife to credit in building this business with me. She and I have truly come a long way — from working out of our garage while holding two jobs with a newborn on the way! As any small business owner knows, there is no clock when it comes to success.
I am blessed and have many people that have worked with me in the past and present that continue to help us grow our business to make sure we have an edge in the market. We truly love what we do and are proud of our accomplishments. We look forward to facing the future and continuing to be a leader in the facility marking and safety business. InSite Solutions holds three patents and has other patents pending.