Our last few months have been dedicated to putting together the chamber’s first ever Clay County Fair. We’ve spent meetings planning, and countless hours on the phone communicating with our partners. We want to thank everyone that has contributed to this effort. As we all know, Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston, and the carnival ride company we had booked to provide our rides is based out of Houston. With their damages, they cannot provide the services we had them booked for. The last two weeks, we have spent most of our days calling, emailing, and researching ride companies with good reputations. Every company we have spoken with is currently booked, or entirely too far out for us to make a routing day work. We want to ensure our county, our visitors, and our sponsors the best fair experience we can possibly give, so as of now, we are in the process of a makeup date for possibly the first of April. We are waiting on confirmation right now. I hope each one of you that have graciously given sponsorship money will remain sponsors as we work through this. As you know, these things are completely out of our hands, but we will continue working hard to see that this date is made up. Thank you for your support of the Clay County Chamber and expect and update on the official makeup date very soon.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.
Thank you for your continued support!
Clay County Chamber of Commerce
256-396-2828 ~ www.alabamaclaycounty.com
ATTENTION CLAY COUNTY RESIDENTS: ASHLAND & LINEVILLE COMMUNITIES
Do you help look after a family member’s child or children?
Family Guidance Center of Alabama Would like to invite you, our Relative Care Providers To Participate in the Kids and Kin Program Just Getting Started in Clay County
Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to Alabama! They plan to film episodes of the hit series AMERICAN PICKERS throughout the region this fall.
AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique ‘picking’ on History. The hit show follows Mike and Frank, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. They are always excited to find sizeable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them.
As they hit the back roads from coast to coast, Mike and Frank are on a mission to recycle and rescue forgotten relics. Along the way, the Pickers want to meet characters with remarkable and exceptional items. The pair hopes to give historically significant objects a new lease on life, while learning a thing or two about America’s past along the way.
Mike and Frank have seen a lot of rusty gold over the years and are always looking to discover something they’ve never seen before. They are ready to find extraordinary items and hear fascinating tales about them. AMERICAN PICKERS is looking for leads and would love to explore your hidden treasure. If you or someone you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the Pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through, send us your name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to:
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 855-old-rust.
Medicare Part D: TIME TO SHOP AROUND AND ENROLL
We Will Help People Compare Medicare Prescription Drug Plans
The East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission Area Agency on Aging (EARPDC) will host a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan enrollment assistance event on Thursday, October 27th, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Lineville Senior Center. Clay County elected officials will partner with EARPDC to help Medicare recipients compare prescription drug plans.
To help develop a plan comparison, Medicare recipients will need to bring their Medicare card, along with a complete list of the medications they are taking and the dosages. Volunteers will guide them through the selection process and help them get information on the cost of each plan.
People interested in getting a plan comparison will be assisted on a first-come, first-served basis. Each counseling session will last about 40 minutes. There may be a wait time for assistance. Contact East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission at (800) 243-5463 ext. 150 with any questions.
Who: People needing help choosing a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan
What: Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Comparison and Enrollment Event
When: Thursday, October 27th, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
Where: Lineville Senior Center
371 Griffin Avenue, Lineville AL
How: Come to the Lineville Senior Center during the designated hours.
No appointment is necessary. First Come, first serve basis.
Contact: Sebrena Foster
Register for one free entry and shop our store for additional entries at www.tinyhomegiveaway.com
First Annual Southeast Tiny Home Festival in Clay County, AL
September 17th – 18th 2016
In July, in order to provide additional jobs and increase economic development in our rural community, we will open our new park model RV manufacturing facility. In partnership with local government, education and industry partners, we will begin building affordable tiny home trailers, shells and custom tiny homes on wheels. To raise awareness in the national market and to promote Clay County, we will be giving away a tiny home on wheels in our Tiny Home Giveaway Summer Sweepstakes 2016. (* must be 18 or older to enter)
To celebrate the launch of our community development plan, we are partnering with the Clay County Chamber of Commerce to host the First Annual Southeast Tiny Home Festival in Clay County Alabama, September 16-18, 2016, at the Clay County Economic Development Council Industrial Park and new home of AHDC Manufacturing Facility located at 85240 Hwy 9,
Ashland, AL 36251.
The weekend event will feature tiny home tours, building workshops, demonstrations, artisans, crafts, food and entertainment for the whole family. Marketing for the event will include social media, posters and yard signs, t-shirts, radio advertisements, etc. and attendance is expected to be 3-5,000 for the weekend.
Due to the “tiny home” trend being a new and emerging “hot market”, we are confident the festival will attract regional interest and will draw people from across the Southeast United States. The Festival is a great opportunity to showcase the best of Clay County, Ashland, Lineville, local businesses, artist and craftsmen to a wide audience.
Below is the Schedule of Events and click here to download all the info PLUS the Sponsor & Vendor Application. If you have any questions about the event, would like to register for a booth, become a sponsor, or join the Chamber please contact Tiffany Young at (256) 396-2828.
Schedule of Events
Friday September 16, 2016
4pm – 8pm Vendor Setup
Saturday September 17, 2016
8am – 10am Vendor Setup
10am – 6pm – Festival Open
Sunday September 18, 2016
10am – 3pm – Festival Open
DRAWING LIVE 2pm simulcast LIVE on Facebook.
$10 per day admission
$15 weekend pass which includes 50 additional entries for the tiny home giveaway!
Kids 12 and under are FREE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TRU CABINETRY GROWTH MEANS EXPANSION, 46 NEW JOBS
ASHLAND, ALABAMA (July 20, 2016) – In just under a year and a half, Ashland’s Tru Cabinetry has grown its business by a staggering 53 percent. And that sales gain, which has prompted the addition of a second shift, means big things for the local economy and job market.
“Employment is a driving force behind economic growth, and being able to add 46 great jobs to our community is something we’re excited about,” said company president Butch Reimer.
It also means big things for the future of the business, which recently underwent a complete companywide overhaul that included the relaunch of its product catalog in February of 2015.
“The substantial gains we have made in the market reflect the focus we have placed on refreshing our product line and delivering on the expectations our customers demand,” Reimer said. “Our team has shown extraordinary focus and determination over the last three years to become a highly-respected cabinetry provider.”
Because of this progress, Tru Cabinetry is in the process of hiring and training 46 new employees to add capacity, including a second shift in its paint-finishing department. This increase in jobs – which include management positions, engineering specialists, maintenance, and finishers – will increase the company’s overall capacity by 20 percent.
The growth, said Reimer, is due to a number of things. Tru Cabinetry was formerly called Tru-Wood Cabinet Company, but it was sold three years ago to United Cabinet Holdings as its second company in the portfolio. That’s when Reimer came on board and the company began its plan to rebrand and rebuild to become competitive in the semi-custom cabinet market.
, Reimer worked with the company’s existing workforce to streamline operations and develop more consistency and accuracy of machining operations. That, Reimer said, enabled Tru Cabinetry to drive down inventory and add flexibility to the product line by being able to build orders on demand for customers.
Reimer, who has a background in the auto industry and years of experience with engineering and quality control, has been in the cabinet business for 10 years. Since he became president of Tru Cabinetry, he has implemented a number of different business strategies and manufacturing processes that he directly attributes to the company’s growth.
One component that goes along with the newly-created second shift includes the addition of another Computer Numerical Control – or CNC – machining center. CNC is a highly-automated process that involves the use of computers to control machine tools. It produces an extremely accurate product and allows for flexibility in cabinet construction, Reimer said.
“Our improved operational performance has allowed us to meet the level of consistency that our customers demand,” he said. “We are able to provide on-time, complete shipments, as well as a high-quality product, combined with design flexibility so you can really fit the budget and design needs of all your customers.”
The purposes of the modern manufacturing methods Reimer brought to Tru Cabinetry are to reduce material and manpower waste, maintain quality, and accelerate production, and they’ve been working.
“We’ve developed more consistency and accuracy in our processes,” he said. “That improvement freed up capacity so we could absorb our initial wave of growth.”
Though the name of the company is new, Tru Cabinetry’s history goes back to 1990. And though Reimer has brought in new manufacturing and business processes, he said the company still uses the same great employees and quality standards that have been around for decades.
However, Reimer knew it was time for Tru Cabinetry to move forward, so a big part of his work was to rebrand the business, which included a new logo and, most importantly, a new product catalog.
The venture, Reimer said, was a “huge undertaking.” The company’s entire stain and paint lineup was rebuilt, and multiple new door styles were added to appeal to current design trends.
“We focused on elements that would allow for more options and afforded us the opportunity to capture a lot of different styles, features, and also budgets,” Reimer said. “In doing so we added a lot of new products as well as added new sizes and designer elements to existing products.”
In order to ensure that all customers are able to come up with a design that uniquely reflects his or her taste, Tru Cabinetry’s new product catalog includes more than 40 on-trend door styles in maple, oak, or cherry wood, and more than 60 finish combinations. Twenty-six of the finish combinations are paint, which continues to grow in popularity, Reimer said. It is also why the company is adding its second shift in the paint-finishing department.
“We’ve had a huge growth in total sales during the past 17 months,” said Reimer. “But we’ve also seen a tremendous growth in the mix of painted versus stained cabinets, and that is consistent with industry trends.”
Not everything in the catalog is new, though. Reimer said they made sure to leave plenty of traditional elements in the reworked catalog. This allows the company to appeal to a broad range of markets.
The other purpose of the new catalog, Reimer said, was to make it seamless and easy for designers to use.
“We wanted to make our product one of the best cabinet lines in this category, and we feel that we’ve done that. Our customers have validated our efforts through their sales orders and quick acceptance of the catalog,” he said. “We certainly created a line that can serve a multitude of their needs.”
As Reimer looks to the future, he anticipates that Tru Cabinetry will continue to grow. He said there are geographical areas of the market that the company hasn’t yet tapped into, and his goal is to service the industry on a national level.
“We’re focused on keeping up with capacity requirements but doing it in a manner that assures our customers that we’re going to continue to service them in a way they’ve come to expect,” he said. “We’re proud to provide exceptional service and on-time orders, and we know our customers have high expectations of our business.”
Another ongoing goal, he said, is to continue improving processes and carrying them out with high standards in mind. Reimer said a lot of time is spent on process control.
“Once we change or improve a process, the goal is to maintain the standard over time and not backslide into that problem again,” he said. “So we’ve employed a lot of common – as well as unique – approaches to how we assure that happens in a manufacturing environment that is pretty heavily dependent on human capital.”
Above all, Reimer stressed his excitement about the company’s growth and the future impact it will have on the local economy.
“This is a huge economic boost to the area, both from a tax base standpoint as well as providing 46 new jobs,” he said.
Reimer said that applicants interested in applying for one of Tru Cabinetry’s new jobs can apply in person at 41778 Hwy. 77 North, Ashland, AL, or email a resume to email@example.com. The company, he said, is currently interviewing prospective employees to fill positions and start training immediately.
For more information, please contact Eric Reed at 256-354-3378.
Tru Cabinetry, a brand of Tru-wood Cabinet Company, LLC is a rapidly-growing manufacturer of high-quality cabinetry with roots in the Stock, Semi-Custom and Severe-Use markets since 1990. Tru Cabinetry currently employs 190 employees and operates three sites encompassing over 370,000 square feet in manufacturing space, a distribution center, and trucking company dedicated to the Tru Cabinetry brand.