F&K Concepts, Inc. (FKCI) works primarily with businesses and organizations on a wide variety of products and services and has partnered with customers on numerous creative, custom products. Popular products and services include name badges, luggage tags, engraved plaques and awards, signage, commercial and industrial nameplates, general engraving and branded promotional products.
FKCI founder, Fred Booher, started working in his father’s green house at the age of 10. Fred began experimenting with photography at the age of 12 and eventually became the photographer for the Vandalia Butler High School’s weekly newspaper, a position he held for 5 years. Fred also did some freelance photography work for the Dayton Daily Newspaper.
In 1955, while Fred was taking pictures of a wedding, he met his future wife, Kay (hence F&K). They were married in 1958 and the Lord blessed them with two children, Shawnie and then Don. Fred graduated from General Motors Institute with a BSME engineering degree. In 1970, while working as a full-time engineer, Fred’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to start a part-time engraving business, and FKCI was launched. In 1977, he began a 4-year period where he worked as a full-time salesman in the Dayton area, during which time he became acquainted with many local businesses.
In 1982, Fred committed himself to engraving full time. The business grew primarily by word of mouth and God’s blessing. Kay worked in the shop and their daughter, Shawnie, worked in the office for about 13 years. Their son, Don, has managed operations and production since 1984, in addition to serving as the IT specialist and managing the engraving equipment, overseeing product quality, and ensuring every job gets out in a timely manner. Without Don’s contributions, none of this would have been possible. As the company grew, additional staff were added to the company, and Fred and Kay’s grandchildren even helped out.