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Business

  • Faurecia to open today

    A Simpsonville auto manufacturer is now open for business a year and a half after beginning construction on a plant in Kingbrook Industrial Park in Simpsonville.

    Faurecia, a North American automobile supplier, began production in May, and officially opens its new seating plant today.

    Libby Adams, executive director of the Shelby Industrial and Development Foundation, expressed enthusiasm for the opening.

  • Antique mall to change ownership

    The Calico Cat Antique Mall closed Saturday, but its doors won’t be shut for long with downtown business owners Ben and Melinda Hardin taking over as the new owners.

    “It’s kind of my adopted baby,” said Ben Hardin, laughing.

    The mall, located at 524 Main St., was previously owned by Michael and Carrie Edington, who announced recently that they were leaving, he said.

  • Still in place at distillery

    The new Bulleit Distillery on Benson Road in Shelby County can now start to live up to its name, as the still was put into place last week.

    That means that the end of the year will find Shelby County in production of bourbon, said officials at the distillery.

    “At the site, the distillery is still on track to be operational at the end of 2016,” said Mark Koenig, Kentucky Operations Director for the distillery.

  • Dealership to storage lot

    Eyebrows have been rising as the former Jeff Wyler Chevrolet Buick GMC lot on Taylorsville Road started filling up with trucks again over the last few weeks.

    After sitting vacant for nearly a year, there are now about 200 white incomplete work trucks occupying the space but despite people stopping by to look, there are no salespeople coming out.

    Rick Hill with Auto Truck Group, located in Kingbrook Commerce Center in Simpsonville, assures those vehicles are not for sale.

  • Shelby produce races to the track, area restaurants

    Restaurants at Churchill Downs are proud of their reputation for using products grown by Kentucky farmers, and Shelby’s Courtney Farms has garnered a large slice of that Derby Pie.

    “We try to use as much [local produce] as we possibly can – that’s first priority for us,” said David Danielson, executive chef for Churchill Downs.

  • Weakley retires from CUB board

    E.Ryburn Weakley of Bagdad was recognized at the Citizens Union Bancorp Shareholders meeting on April 22for his years of service as a Director of Citizens Union Bank, after retiring January. 

    He became a member of the Board of Directors of Citizens Union Bank in 1986 when the bank acquired Farmers & Traders Bank. Since that time, the bank has grown from serving a single county to seven counties and now has more than $500 million in assets.

    Weakley said that in addition to being on the board, he was also on the bank’s loan committee.

  • Down the stretch for planning a Derby party

    What will you be doing Saturday afternoon when 20 Thoroughbreds dash from the gate at Churchill Downs?

    Chances are you won’t be hosting as many guests as there will be crammed into the stands to watch the 142nd Kentucky Derby, but you probably will have some kind of get together planned, even if it’s just having a few family and friend over to celebrate the most famous 2 minutes in sports.

  • Fruits of their labor

    There’s nothing like a beautiful, sunny day to get people in the moody to buy fresh produce, especially after a long, dreary winter season.

    But the crowd at opening day at Shelby County Farmers Market Saturday had an even broader scope of interest than just buying – they were ready to socialize.

  • Tools of the trade

    It’s small, metal, beaten and banged up, and there’s probably a light coat of sawdust gathering in the bottom but to John Abild, owner of Restoration Workshop of Shelbyville, his toolbox is a treasure chest filled with the tools to beautify just about any piece of neglected woodwork.

    And his toolbox has garnered national attention this month in the Best Toolbox in America contest, a photo contest sponsored by Angie’s List, an online service containing crowd-sourced reviews of local businesses.

  • NAPA store earns high recognition

    Only two years after reopening the NAPA Auto Parts store in Shelbyville, the Riner Group has already distinguished itself in the industry, earning the prestigious Five Star Excellence Award for 2015.

    The five-star status is awarded based on achievement in sales growth, store presentation, wholesale marketing and education and training.

    The NAPA store, located at 114 Main St. in Shelbyville, had closed in 2012, and was reopened the following spring by Shelby Riner, owner of Derby Cycles.