May 7, 2014 Edition
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Friends open storefront
as business thrives
Entrepreneurs (front, from left) Emily Macom, Heather Hibbard, (back) Bobby Macom and B.J. Hibbard recently opened a storefront for their growing businesss Moonshinexxx Lights. The business specializes in LED lighting for different types of vehicles, which they ship to dealers across the United States.
A group of friends have taken a small, in-home business and have grown it into nationwide success.
Moonshinexxx Lights started as a joint effort by B.J. Hibbard and Bobby Macom. Hibbard said he had been doing suspension work out of his home garage since 2008 but the business really took off in January of 2013 when they started offering custom LED lighting.
Hibbard recalled how expensive LED lights were when he started working with them. He said in the beginning, they built the LEDs from scratch but recently had to outsource that in order to keep up with demands.
The business is an OEM supplier and operates through 75 dealers across the nation. They also work with Greenway Equipment in Walnut Ridge and Keystone Automotive in Jonesboro.
The team travels all over the country to various events and expos to advertise their products.
After the success over the past year, Moonshinexxx Lights opened its first physical location on 117 Southeast Front Street. Hibbard said that is has already increased local business and they recently started working with AET Ambulance to convert lights to LEDs for their emergency vehicles.
"I'm glad we are able to do more local business. It wasn't something I expected, but I'm glad we are able to be a part of the local economy," Hibbard said.
Hibbard and Macom said they want to do more for the local area and are planning to donate solar powered lighting for the new welcome signs at Walnut Ridge and Hoxie.
Macom said they try to work with charities frequently and that they really are a family-oriented business. He said that his wife, Emily, and Hibbard's wife, Heather, help run the store and office, and many other members of their families are in and out to help in various ways.
Hibbard said he thought the biggest factor it their success was commitment to the job. "Everything's what you make of it. It requires work and putting forth the effort."