Tecumseh native bringing business back to his roots
A new tenant will soon be opening up shop in Tecumseh’s industrial park. Tim Simpson, president and owner of DiggyPOD, a book printing operation, said that relocating his company from Saline to Tecumseh will be like coming home for him. The businessman was born and raised in Tecumseh.
“We’ve outgrown our current space and the business is growing, so it just seemed like a good time to get back home,” Simpson said. “Tecumseh is my hometown and I love the town and the people in it. I’ve always wanted to contribute something to it.”
DiggyPOD will be located at 301 Industrial Drive in a building formerly occupied by Supply Side.
In 2001, Simpson purchased a Quick Print operation in Saline. Along the way, the company was approached by a large book manufacturer to print some short-run books for them.
“We decided to try that for six months to see if we liked it,” Simpson said. “We actually found out we were pretty good at it, so in 2004, we launched a website just for self-publishers and it has sort of taken off. There’s a big demand out there for that kind of service.”
The company had an estimated $3 million in sales last year.
“Our sales for the first two months this year compared to last year are up around 45 percent so we’re growing at a really quick pace,” Simpson said.
DiggyPOD does a lot of online marketing and he said the company has spent a lot of time putting together a website to market their product.
“Now, anybody can get their book published where in the past, they had to go through a big publishing company,” he said, adding that the industry is changing and more people than ever are going the self-publishing route. “What we do now gives authors the tools to publish their own book. Now their dream can come alive.”
Simpson expected to close on the property this week and said the company would gain approximately 1,000 square feet with the new building. DiggyPOD employs 13 individuals and may expand in the future.
“That’s not a lot, but there is more land with the building and we plan to expand in the future,” he said, adding that the timing would be dependent on what can be done with the present facility in Saline. “We initially built this building in 2006 and seven years later, we’ve outgrown it,” Simpson said. “The first five years we were only using about two-thirds of the building, then finished off the other third, and we outgrew it. That’s how fast things are changing for our business.”
Simpson expects to begin some renovations within the building soon, and hopes the company will be moved in and operational by July.
The DiggyPOD website address is www.diggypod.com.