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Fireworks Fanatic Takes Business From Small Stand to Showrooms

(Springfield, MO) -- For most people, the fireworks season is a time to sit back and enjoy the party in the sky. But for the Ingram family and their employees, there's still enjoyment, just hardly any sitting. When Mike Ingram was 15 years old, his teenaged mind wasn't bursting with summer dreams of swimming of ball playing. "I liked fireworks a lot like most boys do, but I didn't have money to buy them." But he did not let that stop him. Instead, he was busy lighting the fuse to his future. "I figured since I couldn't buy any I could sell them." So with an empty wallet, Mike found a fireworks wholesaler in Arkansas that operated off 50/50 profit. "Obviously they didn't know I was 15 or they wouldn't have sold to me." And when his supply arrived, he needed to first put out a fire. "I hadn't bothered to tell my parents I bought them, so I had to convince my mom to let me keep them." Once he got the okay for launch, he needed a bunker to operate "We had a lumber company right down the street and I talked them into letting me have some scrap lumber so my brother and I could build a stand." From a wooden stand in Branson to show rooms all across the country -- including one in Springfield that has a room called the 'boom boom room' -- it's easy to tell that Mike's business has grown in more ways than one. "My senior year in college I bought out my wholesaler and began selling wholesale along with retail." "We now sell a private line called Showtime and Time Bandit fireworks," says Mike's son Michael. "Every year we go to China for several weeks to do all our product design." It's product development that's seen all the way through from workshop to showroom. "All the fireworks are made by hand," says Michael. "All the ideas come from consumers." With more than 1,000 employees in 18 facilities nationwide, Mike Ingram has a secret to what's really made his business boom: "I kinda just do what I do." He says it modestly, without blowing it out of proportion. New in 2012 is

(Springfield, MO) -- For most people, the fireworks season is a time to sit back and enjoy the party in the sky. But for the Ingram family and their employees, there's still enjoyment, just hardly any sitting.

When Mike Ingram was 15 years old, his teenaged mind wasn't bursting with summer dreams of swimming of ball playing.

"I liked fireworks a lot like most boys do, but I didn't have money to buy them."

But he did not let that stop him. Instead, he was busy lighting the fuse to his future.

"I figured since I couldn't buy any I could sell them."

So with an empty wallet, Mike found a fireworks wholesaler in Arkansas that operated off 50/50 profit.

"Obviously they didn't know I was 15 or they wouldn't have sold to me."

And when his supply arrived, he needed to first put out a fire.

"I hadn't bothered to tell my parents I bought them, so I had to convince my mom to let me keep them."

Once he got the okay for launch, he needed a bunker to operate

"We had a lumber company right down the street and I talked them into letting me have some scrap lumber so my brother and I could build a stand."

From a wooden stand in Branson to show rooms all across the country -- including one in Springfield that has a room called the 'boom boom room' -- it's easy to tell that Mike's business has grown in more ways than one.

"My senior year in college I bought out my wholesaler and began selling wholesale along with retail."

"We now sell a private line called Showtime and Time Bandit fireworks," says Mike's son Michael. "Every year we go to China for several weeks to do all our product design."

It's product development that's seen all the way through from workshop to showroom.

"All the fireworks are made by hand," says Michael. "All the ideas come from consumers."

With more than 1,000 employees in 18 facilities nationwide, Mike Ingram has a secret to what's really made his business boom: "I kinda just do what I do."

He says it modestly, without blowing it out of proportion.

New in 2012 is the Time Bandit line of fireworks that was designed by the cast members of The Deadliest Catch. The line is sold exclusively at Fireworks Over America.

The Missouri fireworks season runs June 20 to July 10, 2012. The Springfield location is 3010 Ingram Ave.

More information: http://www.fireworkssupermarket.com


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