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Business

  • Nifty company settles in Shelby

    A Japanese company with an American name is making a name for itself in Shelby County.

    Nifco North America, Inc. opened a manufacturing facility on Hudson Boulevard in Hi Pointe Industrial Park this past spring. The company is a really big fish in Japan, being the country's principal manufacturer of industrial plastic parts and components, to capture a dominant 70 percent share of the market with an annual turnover of $1.1 billion.

  • A windfall for tree removers

    While most people were running for cover during Sunday's violent windstorm, Todd Gammon and his crew were out hauling off tree limbs as they fell down.

    Gammon, who owns Gammon Tree Service, got his first call shortly after noon on Sunday - just as the wind began to gust.

    "As soon as it [the storm] hit, my phone started ringing," he said. "And we worked right through that storm."

    Since Sunday, Gammon and his crew of six have been putting in 13-hour days - working from dawn till dusk - and will likely stay at this pace for at least two more weeks.

  • New dentist in town

    Who I am: Christina Scheer-Whitsett, D.M.D

    Where: Main Street Dental, 706 Main Street, Shelbyville

    What I do: Scheer-Whitsett has recently taken over the practice of R. Scott Thompson, who was called into active duty with the military. She does all standard dental procedures including crowns, bridges, cleanings, and root canals.

    I say: "When a patient is in my chair they are my priority," she said. "I pride myself on being very thorough and patient. I always listen to my patients."

  • Goodwill to stop accepting TVs, computers

    Earlier this year, it was announced that all television stations would soon be broadcasting digitally. This effectively put all pure analog sets on the endangered species list.

    With the desirability of these sets severely tarnished, the number of older model TVs lodged at local Goodwill stores grew.

    And with no one wanting to buy these sets, Goodwill soon had a costly problem on its hands. Too many sets and not enough buyers.

  • BBB: Be careful when buying event tickets online

    Tickets to the Ryder Cup to be played Sept. 16-21 at the PGA's Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville are sold out to the general public, but they often are advertised by broker's and other ticket-selling services.

    The Better Business Bureau has issued a warning to sports, music, and theater fans about one such online service -- TicketsMyWay.com.

    Hundreds of complaints against the company, which is run by Las Vegas-based Event Tickets LLC, have been pouring in from consumers across the country.

  • Sew, what's in a name?

    Deborah Morton held up a handbag with her name embroidered on it.

    "Everybody loves to see their name," she said. "If you come here, I may not be able to put your name up in lights, but I can do the next best thing. With monogramming, it takes your personal name or design and puts it on everyday objects that can show the world your unique personality."

    Morton's motto is, "Let us personalize your world."

    Her shop, "Emmagination," is located inside Keepsake at 117 Washington Street next to the public library.

  • Tattoo taboo? - Shop set to open downtown, location draws mixed responses

    Starting next week, visitors to downtown Shelbyville will be able to walk to an art gallery, an antique store, and a tattoo parlor all within a single block.

    For some, having a tattoo parlor located in historic downtown Shelbyville might be out of place. But shop owner Ray Holland said his establishment fits right in and will be an asset to downtown and other businesses there.

    Holland, the owner of Native Ink Tattoo Shop at 711 Main St., said the taboos surrounding tattoos and tattoo parlors are quickly fading.

  • BBB reports Americans' trust in business has dropped

    Better Business Bureau announced findings from its second BBB/Gallup Trust in Business Index survey, noting American consumers say in a seven-month period their trust in businesses has fallen in 13 of 15 industries measured, with an overall composite Index decline in consumer trust of 14 percent. And nearly half (47 percent) of those surveyed say they have only "some, very little or no trust at all" in companies they do business with in everyday life.

  • Internet boosts homes sales

    Realtors used to dread the thought of a mouse running around a house that they were trying to sell.

    But that was before the age of the Internet - when a mouse only referred to a rodent.

    Now, as more and more houses are being viewed, toured and purchased through the web, local Realtors are doing everything they can to get potential homebuyers to use their mouse to scroll, point, and click their way into buying a home.

    Local Realtors said with a slow market, high gas prices, and the summer heat, the Internet has become a vital part of their marketing strategy.

  • BBB Torch Award Nominations

    The BBB's 2008 Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics are unde rway...and we need your help to nominate worthy businesses for this esteemed award!

    Think of companies that you know and do business with, or the one that you work for, that has made a commitment to and exemplifies ethics and integrity in the marketplace. Consumers can also nominate non-profit organizations!

    The deadline for nominations is August 29, 2008! Submit your entry today! You can find a nomination form on the BBB website at www.louisville.bbb.org or call 502-588-0043.