Arkansas Graphics has been around since 1974, and we are always challenging ourselves to stay at the forefront of the printing industry.
I’m Dale Wilcox, founder of Arkansas Graphics in 1974. We’ve been around for quite a while and it’s grown to what it is today. I started Arkansas Graphics after working for three other companies and always really wanting my own business. I started in a 10 by 15 foot office downtown in the River Market.
Mike Broadaway was my partner back then and had worked with me in one of the other companies, previously. Mike Broadway is as much a part of this is I am and he and I are like brothers, if you will.
I’m Mike Broadaway, the Vice President and General Manager for Arkansas Graphics. I’ve been with Arkansas Graphics since 1977. I got out of the military in 1970 and I spent a year in Houston, Texas, working. I had a wife and son and convinced them that we needed to move back home. My wife is from Kentucky and I went to work for a large printing company here in Little Rock and that’s where I met Dale. Dale and I became friends then and we worked throughout that company and then moved over to another company and worked together over there. Then, Dale left there and started Arkansas Graphics in 1974.
What distinguishes Arkansas Graphics from other companies would be the people, personnel, reputation in the marketplace, and the management team. It’s how we treat the customers, and how we treat our employees. I would think our reputation is different. Yes, we are printers, but we are different.
This is my former truck driver, Betty Gandy. Betty is 86 years old. She drove our truck for 20-something years doing deliveries. At 75, I pulled her off the truck and put her inside.
The way Mike Broadway and I have measured success is through the relationship with our clients and our people. Basically, if you’ve got that relationship with your client and your people, then it’s going to work.
We are excited about the future of print.