Jacksonville Daily Progress
Jack Webb and 11 x 17 Office Solutions, the equipment and supply company he led to financial success, have been praised by local officials as one of the Jacksonville Economic Development Corporation's biggest success stories, Webb said this week.
"Jack is correct!" agreed Darrell Prcin, JEDCO president. "11 x 17 began as a start-up business in Jacksonville about 2006. JEDCO worked with 11 x 17 through an employee grant contract. That contract has been met and exceeded by 11 x 17. And the company continues to grow."
Of course, the success isn't a major surprise to Prcin, who said Jacksonville has a strong history of bringing great companies to the community.
"11 x17 is truly a success," Prcin said.
Webb, 58, and his company were the highest bidder in the Lon Morris College bankruptcy auction, which concluded this week. The results of the auction were announced by emailed press release Tuesday.
An estimated $2.2 million was garnered from the three entities that cast winning bids on LMC property — the Jacksonville Independent School District, Webb, and local businessman William Adcock, Jr.
The company, categorized under “Office Equipment & Supplies,” has enjoyed success because of its unrivaled innovation, unprecedented customer service, and Internet accessibility, company officials said.
The company started in 1994 as Lake Industries, but ultimately incorporated as 11x17 Inc. in 2000.
One motto for the company, which works out of a 270,000 square feet facility is, "We believe it's possible to run a successful nationwide business and have a hometown relationship as well."
A very enthusiastic Webb explained Tuesday he was not at liberty to discuss his Lon Morris bids, but wanted to make sure to officials at JEDCO, Texas Bank and Trust of Tyler were properly thanked for their support.
"11 x 17 Inc. would not have grown without their belief in our company," he said. "Our goal is to work with the City of Jacksonville to restore and bring additional jobs."
Aside from having the same name as the late actor Jack Webb — who was most famous for his role as Sergeant Joe Friday in the radio and television series Dragnet — the local Webb's claim to fame are his ring binders and filing supplies for 11"x17" drawings, used in engineering, drafting and construction.
"By using 11"x17" prints instead of the 22"x34" blue line prints, companies save trees, money and reproduction time," Webb said in an email. "You could say were a GREEN company, we encourage use of 11"x17" sheets instead of old style 22x34 drawing."
Crystal Jones, a sales consultant for the company discusses on her www.linkedin.com profile how 11×17 Inc. has extended its sales department to include Sales Consultants in major metropolitan areas.
"That’s me, I am the Sales Consultant for the Dallas/Ft. Worth region," she said in the profile. "I hope to establish a relationship with our current clients and create new friendships with potential customers."
Ultimately, she said, 11×17 Inc. is a great company to work because it sells a superior product line and has far better service than the larger retail office supply chain stores.”
Webb also welcomed support and suggestions from the community by email : LonMorris@11x17.com.