By Sean Register
We are fortunate to have a diverse economy in Bryan County that includes a variety of local industries. You would probably be surprised at all the different products either made in or shipped out of Bryan County. We at the Development Authority of Bryan County (DABC) would like for people to get to know the existing industries that are creating good jobs in the community, and this month we are highlighting Express Packaging.
Express Packaging, formerly Port City Packaging, is a manufacturer of corrugated cardboard boxes. If you have ever ordered a product online, it may have been delivered in an Express Packaging box. The company was established by brothers John and Mike Reardon in 1979 and moved to Pembroke in 1986, making the company Bryan County’s longest-standing existing industry. Forty years later, the business is still family-owned and operated; John, Mike, and three of their sons run the company. The family has grown the industry over the years to now serve customers throughout the entire country and employ 45 people. In addition to the pride the people at Express have in the products they produce, they are also proud of the steps they have taken to become a sustainable business. More than 98 percent of waste box material produced by Express’s operations is recycled. Very often, the raw materials brought in to produce boxes are also recycled material.
We are glad to have Express Packaging here in Bryan County and look forward to watching the company continue to grow in the years ahead. With its family-oriented nature and focus on providing top-quality products and friendly customer service, the future looks bright for Bryan County’s longest-standing existing industry.
Register is chairman of the Development Authority of Bryan County.