November 22


Celebrating 30 Years in Business

By Hackworth

November 22, 2021

Well, it is official - Hackworth turned 30 on October 16th, 2021! Thirty years ago, Charlie (dad), Dorothy (mom) and Charles II (myself) sat in a mostly empty, 13,000 SF building and started calling old clients and friends to let them know we were back in business as a blueprinter. We prayed a lot and asked the Lord for guidance in our decisions but looking back I don’t think we really had a plan. As other doors shut, it became clear to us that blueprinting was what we knew and therefore blueprinting was what we were going to do. What started with blueprints, has grown to encompass a wide variety of products and services. They are too many to list but here are a few; blueprinting, copying, signage, vehicle wraps, food merchandising, graphic design, marketing, installation. In addition, we have a whole division committed to wide format equipment sales and service, including paper, toner and ink supplies. It is amazing how fast 30 years goes by and to see from where we started then, to where we are today, is nothing short of a miracle.

Here are some of the stats:

  • Three Companies – Hackworth, The Graphics Shop and Creative Document Imaging
  • Seven locations in Virginia – Chesapeake, Suffolk, Williamsburg, Richmond, Chantilly, Fairfax, Manassas Park
  • Employees – over 65 total employees, living and working in 5 states, as far away as Houston and Chicago
  • Clients – our business units now serve over 8000 customers across the continental United States

All of this would be impossible without great employees, great clients, great vendors and most importantly the Lord’s blessings.

Thank you to everyone who supported us through the past 30 years, we look forward to what the future holds and truly believe, the best is yet to come!

Anniversary Media Coverage

Q&A: COVID Didn’t Stop 30 Years of Growth at Hackworth

APDSP member firm Hackworth is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2021. In this interview, Charles Hackworth II (Vice President) and his mother, Dorothy Hackworth (CEO), discuss the company’s success and future opportunities.

Inside Business: Hackworth, 30 Years

Founded: 1991 by Charlie and Dorothy Hackworth and their son, Charles, as a blueprint firm
Headquarters: Chesapeake; additional locations in Suffolk, Williamsburg and Richmond; affiliate locations in Chantilly, Fairfax and Manassas Park

Photo Gallery


Our building in early 1990s.

Our delivery cars in the early days.

Our color graphics department in the 1990s.

Production in the 1990s -- an analog bond copier.

Blueprinting in the 1990s.


Our building today.

Our delivery fleet today.

Our graphics department today.

Our production department today.

Our blueprinting today.


About the author

In 1991, Hackworth opened its doors as a blue printer in Chesapeake, VA. Under the direction of Dorothy and Charlie Hackworth and their son Charles, the business is now a full-fledged graphics, printing and technology company serving the Mid-Atlantic.

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