In an effort to expand growth prospects while reducing operational costs of both enterprises, M W Supply welcomes its sister company, MesaTech, to Somervell County.

A grand opening and ribbon cutting will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 16. The companies invite local officials and businesses to join them at the facility at 100 Progress St. in the Bo Gibbs Industrial Park.

MesaTech Corp. is a minority-certified, woman-owned business that distributes point-of-sale consumables to the banking and foodservice industries. The founder, Peggy Peterson, began operations in November 1992 while she and her son, Michael "Mike" Brandon Williams, began supplying printer ribbons and cash register rolls to retail environments from the humble beginnings of a small apartment in Irving.

“Mom was working two jobs when the printer ribbon company she worked for (Abchen Imaging) went under from the strains of handling the Texaco business she had brought them," Williams said. “She was working at the Bombay Company at nights while also trying to provide for three kids when the bad news hit just two months before Christmas.

“I had to take care of our customers and Mr. Abchen just said, 'Do what you have to do to supply the customers, we’re done,'" Williams added. "So we sat in the middle of that apartment floor, prayed and just decided to start our own company."

The business used M W Supply’s credit to get started.

"It needed a name with an 'M' that sounded Southwestern and 'techie' enough for techs working on the machines," Williams explained. "MesaTech was born with a little Microsoft clipart for the logo, some last-minute panic work with vendors and running shipments to the UPS office. Christmas came after all.”

Twenty years later, MesaTech is still going strong, providing everything from POS consumables and trash liners for convenience stores and restaurant chains to promotional goods and paper supplies to banks and foodservice companies all over the country.

MesaTech will share office and warehouse space with M W Supply while also maintaining a sales office in Grapevine. Both companies will operate under the brand of “M Companies,” which will be seen in both signage and delivery trucks.

“I am excited about the prospects of creating a legacy for hard-working people in the county where my great-great-grandfather,J.W. Swank, settled in the late 1800s," Williams said. "We plan on being very involved in the community and we see this move as a platform for growth into new markets.”

As MesaTech is a wholesaler and re-packager of paper goods, the company does not sell these products to the public without a resale certificate and proof of use, in the effort to package/resale complementary products.

MesaTech already has hired an inside salesperson and an accountant, whereas operations will be synergized with the MW Supply operational staff. A driver and a regional sales manager will be hired in the coming months.