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Business

  • Business Briefcase Dec. 24, 2009

     RE/MAX agents earn certifications

    Kristian Ruble and Keith Stratton of RE/MAX Performance Realty in Shelbyville have earned the Certified Distressed Property Expert designation, having completed extensive training in foreclosure avoidance and short sales.

  • Martinrea vets do the work despite the turmoil

    Two Martinrea employees have been with the company through thick and thin and are still hanging in there.

    Rex Edwards, quality manager, has been with Martinrea since 1989, and Marilyn Wise, who works in quality assurance, has a year on Edwards, having been with the company since 1988.

    Edwards said that he and Wise have seen the company through good times and bad - and three ownership changes - and they hope that times are improving economically.

  • H. Barry Smith Co. changes ownership

    Business has changed in the decades since Barry Smith started his real estate and auctioneering company in 1974. One thing that never changed was that Smith was at the helm. Until now.

    At the start of the year, H. Barry Smith Realtors and Auctioneers got new owners, as longtime associate Jimmy Willard and his nephew, Shawn Willard,  assumed ownership from Barry Smith.

    It was an easy decision for Smith, 66, because as his business developed, the working hand of a Willard was always a constant.

  • A staple of the community: Antiques For You celebrates 20 years

    In 1989, Connie Kelly borrowed $1200 from her uncle Joe to start an antique business at 528 Main St. in downtown Shelbyville.

    She had just seven booths of items in the front of the store and loads of uncertainty.

    Twenty years later, Connie and her husband, Larry, run what has become a veteran piece of the downtown puzzle - Antiques For You.

  • For 30 years, they've kept autos in motion

    As Bailey's Service Center approaches its 30th year in business, owner Roy Bailey can look back and say there was only one car he couldn't fix.

    "That was because there were no parts available anymore, and we couldn't get any salvage parts," he said. "I believe it was an older-model Volvo, maybe a late-'60s model."

  • Purnell's sausage: good for the heart

    A local company known for making "goo-od” sausage is doing something good for others: sharing its pigs' heart valves.

    F.B. Purnell Sausage Co. of Simpsonville, known for its Old Folks Sausage brand, started saving the heart valves from its pigs about three to four months ago. Each day, they send those valves to a pharmaceutical company in California. That company then sends them to hospitals all over the world to be used in valve replacement surgery in humans.

  • Andriots open Bell House for lunch

    No one will be ringing the dinner bell just yet, but the Bell House is now open for lunch.

    Bob and Sue Andriot opened the Bell House at 721 Main St., what they formerly called “The Pink Lady,” for lunch Monday, and they hope later this summer to offer “upscale Mediterranean” cuisine for dinner.

  • Business Briefcase Dec. 18, 2009

     Yankey earns foreclosure certification

    Ron Yankey of Simpsonville, an agent with RE/MAX Associates in Louisville, has earned the prestigious Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) designation, having completed extensive training in foreclosure avoidance and short sales.

  • EARLIER: Beef 'O' Brady's is coming

    We know the “what” but we don't know the “who,” “where” or “when” yet.

    Beef 'O' Brady's President Nick Vojnovic confirmed restaurant chain based in Tampa will be coming to Shelbyville.

    But he declined to reveal the name of the family that will hold a franchise on the restaurant coming here and said a site is “still under consideration.”

  • Business Briefcase Dec. 11, 2009

    Lowe, Myles named to Speed board

    The Speed Art Museum announces the appointment of Todd P. Lowe of Shelby County as

    Chairman of The Speed Board of Governors. The museum also welcomes new board members,

    Julie Ballard, Robert E. Kulp, Jr. and Woodford Van Meter, M.D., National Board members Brice