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Business

  • Industrial climate heating up

    As 2017 gets underway temperatures may be cooling down but industry in Shelby County is hotter than ever and Libby Adams, executive director of the Shelby County Industrial & Development Foundation, said the economic forecast for the year looks to stay hot.

    “We had lots of industries that either expanded or finished an expansion last year,” she said.  “It seems like all of the industries are stable and growing.”

    As we reflect upon the past 12 months, there’s no doubt Adams’ observation is on point.

  • Holiday trash piling up at recycling center

    Shelby Countians are taking advantage of the unseasonably warm temperatures to unload holiday trash before cold weather sets in, said officials at the Shelby County Solid Waste and Recycling Center.

    Supervisor Val Shirley pointed to a towering neatly packed together bundle of cardboard and paper, explaining that his crews had just finished compacting the 2,100-pound bale.

  • Local realty company expands

    After a half century in business, H. Barry Smith Realtors and Auctioneers is expanding its real estate division by joining the Weichert National Franchise System.

    The company’s resulting new real estate division, now known as WEICHERT, REALTORS-H. Barry Smith Co. is an independently owned and operated Weichert affiliated office located in Shelbyville.

    Owners Jimmy and Shawn Willard say they will continue to operate the auction division as it has been run since its beginning in 1966.

  • Art of expression

    Have you ever envisioned a rocking chair created just for your child, complete with his or her name painted on it? Or even a toy chest or other item with a favorite theme, such as Spiderman or SpongeBob?

    If so, a Shelby woman could probably fill the bill perfectly.

    Erin Hisle, who lives in Simpsonville with her husband, Bill, came up with the idea to custom paint children’s furniture a few years ago. Then when she put her idea out on social media networks such as Facebook and Instagram, Erin Hisle Designs took off.

  • Decades of devotion

    It’s not too often that you see a successful business voluntarily close its doors.

    But after 36 years, Moore’s Automotive Service Center on at 2000 Midland Trail will do just that at the end of the year.

    That’s because its owners, brothers Glen and Dennis Moore, are retiring.

  • Cox’s planning move to Zaxby’s location

    A Shelbyville smoking outlet is planning to relocate soon to another location on Midland Trail.

    Cox’s Smoker’s Outlet, currently located in Village Plaza shopping center, will soon move to the building that now houses Zaxby’s restaurant, about a mile west of its current location.

    Steve Grantz, co-owner of Cox’s, said he is not sure when the move will take place.

  • Farming for Christmas

    On Thanksgiving Day, Ron Stella will be camped out on the Christmas tree farm he operates with Vivek Sarin, waiting for the first customers of the season.

    Well, not exactly the first, as the very first tree cut from the Shelby Christmas Tree Farm was taken down on Monday and will grace the grounds of the Governor’s Mansion in Frankfort, said Sarin.

  • Zaxby’s expanding its reach

    Shelby residents may feel like they are experiencing a case of déjàvu right now as they pass by Zaxby’s buildings all across the county.  Simpsonville welcomed the chicken restaurant Monday with the first new location’s grand opening.  Meanwhile, the Shelbyville store is gearing up for its transition to the new site, which is currently under construction adjacent to CVS Pharmacy on the Shelbyville Bypass.

  • New board member at Centro Latino

    Dan Feeser has come on board as Centro Latino’s newest board member.

    Feeser, who is director of engineering/innovation for Diageo North America, relocated to Shelbyville for the new Bulleit Distillery project on Benson Pike.

    He said that he and his wife have enjoyed living in Shelbyville so much that he has decided to retire here after completing this year’s Leadership Shelby program, giving him a chance to redirect his energy into making Shelby County an even better place to live.

  • Leadership Shelby under new leadership

    For the first time in 15 years, Leadership Shelby has a new person at the helm that has been a board member of the organization since graduating from the program herself in 2012.

    MaryAnn Gramig took over as executive director in July, replacing longtime director Rosemary Riggs who retired the previous month.

    “It’s been going great so far,” she said, adding that Riggs has since provided some invaluable advice.