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Business

  • Outdoor furniture story may open distribution center in Simpsonville

    Casual Living, a Louisville-based outdoor furniture store, is preparing to open a distribution center in the Kingbrook Industrial Park in Simpsonville.

    An affiliate of Brown Jordan International, Casual Living is the largest outdoor furniture manufacturer in the U.S. with manufacturing facilities across the U.S., Mexico and China.

  • Weather is peachy for some produce

    Better late than never: That's been the motto for vegetable farmers this year.

    The heavy spring rains left fields too muddy to plant at normal times, but crops are still pouring in.

    "The rain really postponed our early planting, but the result has been maturity dates coming later," said Mary Courtney who runs Courtney Farms in Bagdad with her husband, Shane. "For instance, we just started harvesting tomatoes this year, while last year we were harvesting them at the end of June."

  • EARLIER: Rural King is joining Shelby County's farm store lineup

    Shelby County is getting a new player in the farm and home retail market.

    Rural King Supply, a chain of 53 stores based in Mantoon, Ill., will open this fall in the space on Boone Station Road that had been vacated during Kroger’s move to its new marketplace store.

    “We’re very excited to be part of the community, anxious to be there,” Alex Melvin, the company’s vice president, said Wednesday. “It looks like a great area. I love flying over the area, love to see how rural it is, love how gorgeous it is.”

  • Business briefcase: July 29, 2011

    Taste & Tunes returns

    to fairgrounds Sept. 12

    The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce has set the schedule for the 25h annual Taste & Tunes event.

    This sampling of local restaurants and music will be held 5-7:30 p.m. Sept. 12, again at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. Taste & Tunes moved to the fairgrounds in 2010 and enjoyed a renewed success.

  • Real estate deeds: July 29, 2011

    June 1-10, 2011

    Daniel L. Ernspiker to Cardinal Investments Irrevocable Trust, Lot 17 Hunters Pointe Estates, $505,000

    Secretary of Veterans Affairs to Paul M. McClain, .5277 acres on Hempridge Road, $42,750

    Gerald, Jerry, Jeanne, Jean F. and Javan Montgomery to Lighthouse Property Management LLC, Lot 69 Meadow Run and Tract 2 WH Brown & Associates Units A&B, $210,000

    Javan F. Montgomery to Lighthouse Property Management LLC, several parcels, $1 and considerations

  • Draft beer at home

    The craft beer movement continues to sweep across the United States, and appears to finally be taking root in Shelbyville.

    While mass beer sales have declined over the last several years, the craft beer market has continued to grow, taking a larger and larger portion of the overall sales.

    Although still a small part of the market, it seems that people locally are starting to indulge in the quality of craft beers over mass produced products from larger brewers.

  • Business Briefcase: July 22, 2011

    SCPS members attend professional meeting

  • Two Shelby natives leading investor regulation move

    Since congress hasn’t made a plan as to who will regulate the United States’ investment-advisory firms, two Shelby County High School graduates, Tyler Roberts and Tyler Montell, are building a plan for regulation with Self-Regulatory Organization (SRO).

  • Hay crop down after wet spring

    After one of the wettest springs on record, farmers struggled to get their first cut of hay finished and the county’s hay crop appeared to be in jeopardy.

    But, despite the early heat and continued storms, things have turned out better than expected.

    Agriculture Extension Agent Brett Resse, with the Shelby County Cooperative Extension Office, said the hay yield is not as bad as it could have been after the rainy spring. But that’s mostly because the yield has been off over the last few years, too.

  • Scrap metal company asks for zoning change

    A scrap metal recycling company will stand before the Triple S Planning Commission on Tuesday, asking for a zone change to build a facility on Kentucky Street.

    Midwest Metal Corporation, a privately owned metal processing company that accepts aluminum, scrap metal, copper and brass, is asking for the zoning change from light industrial (I-1) to heavy industrial (I-2) on a roughly 10-acre parcel of land at 478 Kentucky Street.