Started in a Georgia basement, ShuBee going global

Steve Stone really just wanted to make a little extra fishing money.

Stone, who had owned a successful plumbing company, had an idea: providing shoe and boot covers for the working man. The ones available from medical supply companies weren’t durable or large enough, so Stone started his own line.

Now, almost 10 years later, the venture he and business partner Randy Bennett launched from a Macon garage has gone global.

Their ShuBee line of disposable shoe covers, coveralls, floor coverings, safety glasses and other service industry products are seen on jobs from Alma to Alaska, from Africa to Australia.

“The product was in my mom’s garage, about as big as this room,” Stone said, looking over the conference room at the ShuBee distribution center on West Columbus Drive. “It’s a neat story.”

The company has become one of the top providers of products and consulting for the residential service industry. It’s in its fourth location in Macon, and there are plans to open new warehouses in San Francisco and Denver.

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