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Business

  • Union ties dissolved at foundry

    Almost a year after union workers from Ohio Valley Aluminum went on strike, a majority of the workers at the plant have voted to give the union the boot.

    On May 23, 52 out of 87 employees voted to decertify the United Steelworkers Workers from having representation and bargain rights for the workers there.

    While the union currently has the right to appeal the decision, a representative from the USW said the union is not going to challenge the vote.

    The vote brings to an end a nearly two-year struggle between the company and the union for a contract.

  • The check is in the mail - Stimulus payments arriving locally

    Over the next seven weeks, thousands of federal checks will be delivered locally that are expected to bring millions of dollars into the community.

    Suzette Boesing, officer-in-charge at the Simpsonville post office, said the first of the federal economic stimulus package checks started being delivered locally two weeks ago.

  • Beshear pledges support for industry - Applauds local manufacturing association

    Gov. Steve Beshear promised support for industries in Shelby County during his visit to the community Wednesday. Beshear, who spoke to a group of about seventy local business people at a luncheon at Claudia Sanders Dinner House, said there is no higher priority in his office than supporting Kentucky's industries and helping to create new jobs.

  • Bistro sold to former employee

    After more than 15 years of serving folks in downtown Shelbyville, the owners of Bistro 535 have decided to sell the establishment. Bill Hisle and Stuart Meredith are selling the business and property to Embry Herrick and family in order to concentrate their efforts elsewhere.

    Hisle and Meredith will maintain the catering wing of the business under the name of 535 Catering and also continue to operate the two Cattleman's Roadhouse restaurants.

  • Union up for vote at local foundry

    After nearly two years of negotiations, the Ohio Valley Aluminum Company and the United Steel Workers have reached a tentative agreement that is set to be voted on by the workers at the local foundry. However, before the contract is put to a vote, the workers will first have to decide if they want to keep or break their relationship with the union.

  • A vision for downtown living, commerce

    Bobby Andriot is passionate about downtown Shelbyville.

    Having been born on Clay Street and spending most of his youth in his father's clothing stores on Main Street, Andriot said he has a vested sentimental interest in the viability of downtown.

    Andriot, who became a commercial real estate associate with Alton Webb and Associates a couple of months ago, said one of his goals in life is to see downtown Shelbyville revitalized. And the way to get there, he said, is to do everything he can to promote downtown living and commerce.

  • New Business: Shelby Family Medicine

    Who I am: Dr. Richa Gupta, M.D.

    Where we are: Shelby Family Medicine, 133 Buck Creek Road, Simpsonville

    What we do: The location is the only medical office in Simpsonville. Gupta offers preventative family health care, with a focus on women's health. Gupta became a board certified OB/GYN in India, and then came to Kentucky where she went to school at the University of Louisville. She finished her residency in 2006 and spent a year practicing medicine in Oldham County.

  • Dying on diesel

    Until five months ago, Miguel Medina made a decent living as an independent truck driver. The job gave him the freedom to set his own schedule and be his own boss.

    The downside, Medina said, was having to pay for fuel out of his own pocket. Late last year, as rising diesel prices devastated his profit margins, Medina said he had to quit his contracting business and seek employment with a trucking company.

  • New Business - Discount Window Tint

    Business name: Discount Window Tint

    Owner: Bryan Neuendorf

    Phone: (502) 310-1117 or (502) 437-0850

    Address: 702 3rd St., Shelbyville

    Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. Normally only open for appointments Saturday, but from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during summer Saturdays.

    The family business has been running for 7 years, but Neuendorf has been doing tinting for 30 years.

    "We have the best prices in the country," he said. "And we give personal attention that other companies don't."

  • New Business - Betsye's Blooms

    We are: Betsye's Blooms

    Owned by: Audrey Petty, Nancy Rankin and other partners.

    Location: 6804 Shelbyville Road

    Services: Fresh flowers, decor items, plants, funeral arrangements, special occasions such as weddings, event design and management.

    We say: "Ownership remains local, continuing the relationship Betsye (Spaulding) had with the community for 30 years," Rankin said.

    Hours of operation: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday.