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Business

  • EARLIER: A conference center tops community 'needs'

    What can we do to encourage economic growth in the community? What are we doing well? Where are we getting stuck? What are the priorities that need attention if we, as a community, are going to thrive 10 to 20 years down the road? 

    Those were the broad questions tackled at a planning retreat last week sponsored by the Shelby County Industrial and Development Foundation. This brainstorming session involved about 40 leaders of business, government and non-profit organizations from the community.

  • Nurseryman Ray inducted into hall of fame

    An old business axiom is that the first generation starts the company, the second generation grows the company and the third generation ruins the company.

    Third-generation nurseryman Mike Ray is not living up to that rule. Ray, who took over the Carl Ray Nursery from his grandfather in 1987, has grown the nursery and landscaping business into a multistate operation that offers services from tree planting to tree trimming, to landscaping, maintenance and pest control.

  • Flying high for years to come

    At a time when doom and gloom dominates the Industrial headlines, Roll Forming Corporation [RFC] is flying high after announcing its latest major contract.

    Earlier this week it was announced that RFC and RTI International Metals have entered into a 10-year contract worth around $120 million to provide a product for The Boeing Company 787 “Dreamliner.”

    Through its Aerospace division in Shelbyville, RFC will supply the laser welding, forming, and inspection of structural titanium components manufactured by RTI.

  • Martinrea still open despite rumors of shutting down

    Despite a number of significant cutbacks and rumors that the plant could shut down, Martinrea is continuing to hang in there, at least for now.

    Sources inside the plant, who asked for anonymity because of the volatility of the employment situation, say they have heard the plant is going to close its doors soon, but so far, that has not come to pass.

    Martinrea Heavy Stamping, located at 1000 Old Brunerstown Road, currently has 400 employees.

  • New Business: Hadawreck Body Shop

    Hadawreck Body Shop is owned and operated by Tim and Michele Lily.

    The Lilys have been residents of Waddy for 14 years, where they live with their three children.

  • Rough 2008 knocks 84 Lumber out of Shelbyville

    The numeric logo is off the sign, the doors are boarded, and the gates are held shut with a lock and chain.

    The specifics are sketchy, but with little fanfare the 84 Lumber location in Shelbyville closed down last month.

    "We just got the word through the grapevine,” County Judge Executive Rob Rothenburger said. "We haven’t heard anything official. They’re closing several of their facilities.”

  • In dad's footsteps

    Until he died suddenly a couple of years ago, local farmers relied on the skills of Dr. Roger Wonderlich to birth their calves, cure their horses' colic or trim their old cows' hooves.

    Now Roger's son, Ryan, is following in his dad's footsteps. He recently opened what might be called a traveling veterinary service. He does not have a permanent clinic – yet. His clinic is his truck.

    “I have to get started somewhere,” Wonderlich said. “I'll build the practice one day at a time.”

  • JHS has rough start to ‘09

    Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, coming off a solid financial year for 2008, is feeling the effects of the economic downturn early in 2009.

    In a report to the Leadership Shelby Class for 2009, JHS CEO Michael Collins said he was pleased with his facility’s performance last year but admits he has concerns as the new year unfolds.

    Collins reported that Jewish’s margins were up by 3 percent in 2008, a significant improvement from the 1 percent margin in 2007, but attaining those numbers this year may be a struggle.

  • The Keepsake Shop marks 25 years on St. Patrick's Day

    Long before she opened The Keepsake Shop and while she was still at the sheriff's office, Joan White decided she and her mom, Kathleen Robinson, would open a sewing business.

    “And by the time mom retired, sewing was out,” White said.

    Then she and mom settled on antiques. So the two visited antiques shops and sales.

    “It didn't take us long before we realized we knew nothing about antiques,” White said.

  • BPW celebrates anniversary this week

    Shelbyville Business and Professional Women (BPW) will celebrate its 60-year anniversary at 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the Stratton Center in Shelbyville.

    An honored guest will be former Kentucky Governor Martha Layne Collins, a Shelby County native and long-time member of Woodford County BPW. Her mother, Mary Hall, was a member of Shelbyville BPW.

    All past and present members are encouraged to attend.

    The club was chartered Jan. 10, 1949, when Eugenia Beckley was named president. Nancy Sears and Daisy Dale have been members for more than 30 years each.