CORRECTS SURNAME TO BALL NOT BELL From left, Melissa Ball, her daughter Sarah Ball and husband Jonathan Ball stand with William D. “Invoice” Selden V and Donna Selden at C.P. Dean in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. The Ball household purchased the enterprise after it had been within the Selden household for 3 generations. The objects on the desk have been as soon as offered by C.P. Dean.
CORRECTS NAME TO SARAH BALL NOT SARAH BELL Sarah Ball, president of C.P. Dean in Richmond, Va., talks with graphic designer and engraver David Collier Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021.
Billiard balls line a shelf at C.P. Dean in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021.
By GREGORY J. GILLIGAN, Richmond Instances-Dispatch
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Selden household has owned C.P. Dean Co. since 1903.However the firm, which has been a fixture within the Richmond enterprise neighborhood since 1886 promoting billiards tables, recreation room tools and making and engraving a variety of trophies and awards, is underneath new possession.The Ball household of Ball Workplace Merchandise, a Henrico County-based regional workplace provide and furnishings enterprise, acquired C.P. Dean.Phrases of the sale, efficient Wednesday, weren’t disclosed.William D. “Invoice” Selden V, who began working within the household enterprise 50 years in the past and took over working it in 1994, stated the sale is bittersweet. Selden, 74, stated he’ll proceed working for the enterprise for at the least the subsequent two years.“To me, it’s form of the very best of each worlds,” he stated of the sale. “I simply suppose it’s time that any individual else is available in and takes the curiosity in it and works with me till we each really feel they need me out of right here, however I don’t suppose they really need me out of right here. I assumed they (the Ball household) are an ideal match with us being a household enterprise. I’m actually glad and enthusiastic about it.”Selden didn’t have anybody within the household to comply with him within the enterprise.“I didn’t actually need to retire. I really like doing this and that’s why I’m nonetheless doing it at age 74,” he stated. “So I used to be in search of any individual who would permit me to remain and be part of the enterprise, at the least on the gross sales facet of it as a result of that’s what I get pleasure from probably the most. And it (the deal) lets me off of all the executive half, which is the half that I hated probably the most.”