Mike Montgomery (center) of Goin' Postal, and Northeast Arkansas Regional Intermodal Facilities Authorities board members Junior Briner (left) and John Holt (right) display a few of the yard signs that Montgomery's business is now able to create.
TD Photo ~ Gloria Wilkerson
Montgomery is speaker
at NEARIFA meeting
Mike Montgomery of Goin' Postal in Walnut Ridge was the speaker at the Northeast Arkansas Regional Intermodal Facilities Authority's (NEARIFA) meeting on Oct. 24.
Director Wayne Gearhart said that six or eight months ago the board recommended that they hear from local businesses to learn how they are coping with today's economy and thriving in the process.
Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Director L.J. Bryant introduced Montgomery, who is a former president of the Chamber.
"Mike has really given of himself to Walnut Ridge, Black River Technical College and Williams Baptist College," Bryant said. "He has done a lot for our citizens."
Montgomery is the owner of the Goin' Postal franchise located in Walnut Ridge, one of 400 in the United States. He added a printing business to the shipping franchise and is now greatly focusing on printing.
"After eight-and-a-half years, we finally have the printing equipment we need to serve our community," he said. "Diversification has been the key to success for us, and we try to change with the times.
"High quality products and good service have increased our profit margin."
Montgomery told the members that they doubled their business every year during the first four years they were open. He said when the business first opened, there was not enough shipping to grow the business, so they added printing, and it has become very profitable for him.
"We are looking for a local business that would be interested in taking over the shipping business so that we can focus on printing alone," he said.
Labels, decals, political signs, promotional items, wedding invitations, banners and canvas printing are just some of the items he can now offer.
"We are working hard to keep growing," Montgomery said. "We are working on our Internet business now where the world is available to all of us."
Following Montgomery's presentation, board members discussed ongoing projects in their individual areas and some possibilities for future growth that would bring new jobs to the entire region.
Chairman Scott Trammel told the board that he believes the Hoxie/Walnut Ridge site is still very important to the Intermodal Authority on a long-term basis and was a good investment in the area's future.