• Steel workers, foundry at stalemate

    Union workers at a local aluminum foundry have been on and then off the picket line over the last eight months and still do not have a contract with their employer.

    And with a string of failed contract negotiations between the Untied Steel Workers and the Ohio Valley Aluminum Company, it is uncertain what will bring the two sides to a contract agreement.

    Kevin Baird, president of the USW local 1693, said the two sticking points are wage increases and union security and dues check off.

  • Passing the torch; Torrey Smith takes over dad's realty company

    Torrey Smith and his dad, W. A., believe that sometimes you have to step backwards to go forward.

    Starting Jan. 1, Torrey took ownership of the real estate firm W. A. has owned since 1979. At the same time, the company is regaining its independence. The company had been affiliated with the national real estate franchise ERA since 2002. Now it will be simply Torrey Smith Realty Co.

  • Business spotlight

    Who we are: Enhance Small Engine Repair

    Owned by: Dennis Hudspeth

    Where: 1021 Frankfort Road, inside Big-Top tobacco warehouse

    What we do: Offers service and repair to almost all small engine machines - including lawnmowers, blowers, chainsaws and ATVs. The shop also sells rebuilt and new lawn machines.

    We say: "I offer quality repair at low prices," Hudspeth said. He said he has 30 years of experience in working with small engines.

    Hours: Monday through Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Nifco building framed

    A local construction company has recently completed the steel framing of a structure that will house an international auto parts maker that is coming to Shelbyville next year.

    In late December, workers from R.E. Purnell Construction bolted the last beam in what will be Nifco auto parts manufacturing newest U.S. facility.

    Nifco, a Japanese auto parts manufacturer, will use the 80,000 square-foot building to make auto fasteners for Toyota, Honda and American models.

  • BINGO!

    When Arlene Self, 44, of Shelbyville hits the bingo halls, she rarely goes alone. Instead, a small, spotted dog and an angel accompany her. Both are trinkets Self carries in her "bingo bag" to bring her good luck.

    Her angel is actually a plastic figurine necklace, she explained. The dog is a Dalmatian cigarette lighter that Self inherited from her mother-in-law.

    "She always did pretty good at Bingo," she said.

  • 2007: Business year in review

    2007 was not the best of times in Shelby County, but it was not the worst of times either.

    While the county lost some jobs to the downturn in the automotive and construction sectors, it gained three new industries with the promise of more than 250 good-paying jobs in the next couple of years.

    While construction in the county slowed as the housing market contracted, the local area was spared the precipitous drop some regions of the country have seen.

  • New lawyer in town

    Name: J.R. RoBards

    Occupation: General law practice. Started private practice at Stanley-Casey House, 301 Washington St.

  • Employers recognize 'gift' of long-time employees

    At the October staff meeting for employees of Bowersox Vision Center, owner Dr. Dan Bowersox talked to the group about the value of having an employee who was doing a job well and enjoying it. Then he handed 10-year employee JoAnne Leake a brochure on a cruise to the Bahamas.

    "She's always gone above and beyond," Bowersox said. "She's way incredible. She has always gone the extra mile so I wanted to send her miles and miles away."

    Leake and her husband, Barry, just returned from the cruise Bowersox paid for, his gift for 10 years of service and hard work.

  • New Business Spotlight -- Simply Nails

    Who we are: Simply Nails

    Owner: Darliss Heng

    Location: 6910 Shelbyville Road across from the Old Stone Inn in Simpsonville.

    What we do: Manicures, pedicures, full-sets and fill-ins.

    We say: "Get ready with polished hands and toes to go with a polished look."

    Hours of operation: Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from Noon to 6 p.m.

    Phone number: (502) 722-8143

  • New Business Spotlight

    Sun Tan City

    Owners: David and Rick Kueber of Elizabethtown.

    Owners' philosophy: "Our customers lead busy lives, and they want to keep an attractive body color by tanning just a few times a month. Our professional staff can demonstrate how to do that.

    Location: 1653 Midland Boulevard

    Contact Information: Call (502) 647-8925 or walk-in.

    Hours of operation: From 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.