MY WORD: Leadership Shelby class amazed by county's industries

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By Tyler Montell

The Leadership Shelby class visited local industrial centers as part of the comprehensive community education program. The group visited five businesses throughout the day and entertained a presentation by Ron Crouch from the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.

The group began the day with presentations by the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and the Shelby County Industrial & Development Foundation. Class member Stacy Tipton expressed her amazement at the breadth of the Industrial Foundation’s interaction with the community.

“The foundation really does so much to help the community. We are very fortunate to have such a great group at the Chamber [of Commerce] and Industrial Foundation,” Tipton said.

Next, the group met with executives from NIFCO-North American and toured their state-of-the-art facility.

Participant Matt Burgin said the firm’s commitment to efficiency was most impressive to him.

“The automation and commitment to quality was outstanding,” Burgin said.

The second stop of the tour was Martinrea Heavy Stamping, perhaps the most visible industrial center in the community. The class had a close and personal tour of the facility, and many were blown away at the sheer power of the equipment.

Tommy Hurt shared that sensibility, but he was drawn to the precision and skill of the workers. “The attention to detail was quite impressive,” he said.

After lunch, the group made stops at Roll Forming Corp. and Revere Packaging, two of the top industrial shops in the area.

RFC wowed the class with the sophistication and complexity of its process and the level of expertise of the employees. At Revere Packaging, participants had front-row seats to a portion of the supply process of many of America’s top companies.

“It is hard to appreciate what these businesses do until you go inside and see how they operate,” class member Fred Rogers said.

The group completed the day at one of the unique and exciting businesses in the county: Pegasus Industries.

“We can do just about any type of job in this facility,” owner Steve Meador said.

When Meador demonstrated some of the processes and sorting equipment, participants were bowled over.

“I had no idea that we had such an amazing facility in our county,” Ryan Allan said.

Shelby leader Joey Pusateri summarized his experience by focusing on the numbers. “The economic dynamics in our community and nation often translate to numbers: jobs are added or lost, revenue ticks up or slides down,” he said. “But the fact of the matter is there are human beings behind those numbers. There are people with hopes and dreams, families and responsibilities that take pride in a job well done.

“They are making a living investment in the economy of Shelby County.”


Tyler Montell is a member of the Leadership Shelby Class of 2014.