Express Imaging in Jones County is available for customers in the area to get all their printing needs met, even helping the schools through the COVID-19 outbreak.
The local printing shop is located at 300 West Clinton Street in Gray, and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To reach staff, call 478-986-1211.
Darrell Burns, the owner of Express Imaging, said they do almost everything at Express Imaging, but they do have to outsource a few things. He said if people need any sort of printing needs in Jones County, they will take care of it.
“Our selling point here at Express Imaging is being a one stop shop,” he said. “Some of our larger customers want signs, banners, T-shirts, and business cards. Instead of having to call up a lot of different businesses to have those done, they can just call us to have it all done.”
Burns said he’s always lived in Jones County. He said he moved to Wilkinson County when he was married, but moved back to Jones County four years ago.
“I love this community. My kids have been heavily involved in baseball and softball here, and the community has been very supportive. Jones County really supports the local sporting events,” the shop owner said.
He said Express Imaging has been in business for 12 years and it’s been at its current location for five years. He said he bought the business from the previous owner two years ago.
“I was actually working for another print shop in Baldwin County, and the previous owner here contacted me about purchasing my own printing business,” Burns said. “I expressed interest, so I just went for it.”
The shop owner said Express Imaging is important in Jones County because it’s the only print shop in the county. He said he offers a lot of walk-in services such as faxing for customers. He said if people don’t want to go to Macon to have things done, they can just come by Express Imaging.
“People like to shop local, and the community has been very good to me about shopping local. Not everyone likes to go to those big towns. They want to stay here,” the shop owner said.
Burns said during the Coronavirus situation, he got a call from the Jones County Board of Education about needing packets for all the students in the Jones County schools. He said for the first round of packets, they needed 48,000 copies.
“I told them I could have them possibly by lunch time,” Burns said. “I delivered half of them, came back and got the other half ready. I delivered those at the end of school. They had all their copiers running, and I had all mine running.”
He said they ran roughly 80,000 copies getting packets ready for the schools. He said he wanted the students to be able to do their school work, so he was happy to help. He said the Board of Education and the teachers really showed their appreciation.
“We don’t want the kids to get behind in their school work. None of us know how long they will be out, so we don’t want them so behind that they can’t catch up. We wanted to provide what we could to these students,” he said.
The shop owner said due to the crisis at hand he’s lost several jobs and isn’t sure of the future at the moment as small businesses around Jones County close up to help curve the spread of the virus.
Burns said he enjoys his customers and meeting new people through Express Imaging, He said he likes hearing their stories and learning who they are. He said they can do just about anything at Express Imaging, from restaurant menus, T-shirts, mugs, signs, to much more.
“I hadn’t been to a Jones County game in 20 years, then I showed up four years ago, and I thought I was at a Georgia game,” Burns said. “This town is incredible. They support their local sports teams and they support their local businesses.”