For 37 years, Gene Ponder has run Republic Cabinet Manufacturing in Marshall. Business had been good and he wanted to give back to his employees... and did he ever give back... Over 500-thousand dollars in bonuses.
He employs 700 people in Marshall... Some recieved as much as a 10-thousand dollar bonus. Workers got regular Christmas bonuses through the company, but these bonuses came out of Ponder's own bank account.
From a rented building in 1974 with 30 workers, Ponder built the company into a 200-million dollar a year giant, and he's never forgotten who has made him successful.