Business Briefcase: May 28, 2010

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By The Staff

 Masonic Home honored in national survey

Masonic Home of Shelbyville received My InnerView’s Excellence in Action award, a national honor recognizing Masonic Home’s commitment to superior customer and workforce satisfaction.  

More than 5,000 nursing homes in the country participated in a 2009 My InnerView satisfaction survey. Residents, family members and staff completed satisfaction surveys based on their level of comfort with Masonic Home.

This year’s award for superior customer and workforce satisfaction was presented to facilities scoring in the top 10 percent on the questions “What is your recommendation of this facility to others?” and “What is your recommendation of this facility as a place to work?” based on the percentage of respondents rating Masonic Home as “excellent.”

 “Masonic Home of Shelbyville deserves to be recognized and applauded for their dedication to our residents, family members and staff,” Masonic Homes of Kentucky CEO Gary Marsh said.  “This award shows their dedication to making a difference in people’s lives every day.”

This is the first year Masonic Home of Shelbyville has earned the Excellence in Action honor.


Making Ends Meets donates to shelter

Making Ends Meet, the fabric store in downtown Shelbyville, recently gathered 130 pounds of dry dog and cat food for donation to the Shelby County Animal Shelter. Shoppers who brought in food for donation were given as much as a 25 percent discount on items in the store. “We are thrilled to supply more than a hundred and thirty pounds of food to the Shelby County Animal Shelter,” store manager Amie McGruder said and added that the store would be interested in partnering with other nonprofits to create donations, too. Any parties interested should call 633-5427 and ask for Bill.


Cracker Barrel helps flood victims

Employees of Cracker Barrel in Shelbyville helped a company-wide effort to support people affected by the record floods in Tennessee earlier this month. Cracker Barrel employees presented cards at shelters that refugees could redeem for meals at any restaurant. The company also made a cash donation to flood relief.


Stylists attend seminar

The stylists at Sister Act Salon in Shelbyville recently attended the 2010 Fashion Focus seminar in Nashville. They received training in the latest spring and summer styles as well as special occasion hair.

Shelby Energy sets annual meeting

Shelby Energy Cooperative will hold its 73rd annual membership meeting on June 24 at Henry County High School in New Castle. Member registration opens at 4:30 p.m. with the business session at 6:30 p.m. Members can pick up a bucket of compact fluorescent lights, enjoy health screenings provided by Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, food prepared by Eminence Rotary Club, door prizes, Ben Roy’s Science Zone and a caricaturist for the kids.


Job Corps Center meeting

Whitney M. Young Jr. Job Corps Center at Simpsonville will hold is next community relations committee meeting at noon June 10. The center has created a direct referral database for its employer and business partners who are referring young people to job corps for additional skills and training. If you have someone to add to that database for contact purposes, contact Stephanie Barber at 502-722-3561.


New plant adds jobs in Frankfort

A plastic recycling plant that will bring 360 jobs to Frankfort plans to open soon at the former Bendix building on U.S. 421. Mountain Valley Recycling Corporation, which buys plastic waste from individuals and turns it into reusable resins, will move into the Bendix building and open soon. George Liebman of the Bluegrass Area Development District said the company would have an annual payroll of about $11.4 million for the 360 jobs. The Food and Drug Administration recently approved two types of resins made by Mountain Valley Recycling for food contact.


Bits & Bytes 

§       The Louisville Arena Authority has installed a Webcam that allows visitors to track the interior completion of the KFC Yum! Center. The camera, mounted approximately seven stories high in the northwest corner of the building, is accessible online at www.arenaauthority.com.

§       Louisville Comprehensive Care MS Center Inc., the city's only certified MS center, is hosting its third annual MS Expo June 12 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. To pre-register call 502-569-4183 Ex. 13 or www.msexpo.org. By pre-registering, attendees will receive a free parking pass for the day of the event.

§       The Top of the Hops Louisville Beer Festival will be held 2-6 p.m. June 19 at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Exhibit Hall 1AB in Louisville. Tickets are $39.50 to $45. VIP passes are available for $75. For more information, visit www.topofthehopsbeerfest.com/louisville.

§       Average retail gasoline prices in Louisville have fallen 10.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.67 per gallon. This compares with the national average that has fallen 6.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.80, according to LouisvilleGasPrices.com.


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