KAWE member Phyllis Burns wins awards
Burns Mailing & Printing, Inc. has won the American Advertising Federation Award in two categories: For the third year in a row Burns has taken the award for best Mailing/Fulfillment Company; owner, Phyllis Burns, was voted best Print Representative.
In 1981, Burns Mailing & Printing, Inc. started in a garage, just the way Apple, Dell, Amazon, Google, Hewett Packard and others got their start.
Burns Mailing & Printing will be celebrating their 40th year in business in 2021. Ken Burns, the company’s late founder, started the business, and Phyllis, his wife, supported the family while Ken got the business off the ground. The business was moved to two commercial locations before purchasing and building the present building at 6131 Industrial Heights Drive.
Phyllis was Vice President of Toyota of Knoxville and ran the finance offices for that dealership. In 1990, with two daughters in college, Phyllis joined Ken in the business. This is her 30th year. At first, Burns just did printing but not long after Phyllis joined the business, they added graphic design and direct mail. In 2019 promotional products was added giving customers a one-stop convenience for those services. In 2010, Ken suffered a stroke and was not able to work. He passed away in 2014. Phyllis and Ken were high school sweethearts and were married 52 years.