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FB post Leads to Recovery of Stolen Rigs

Just mere hours after posting information of these two stolen bob tail semi’s from The East Alabama Truck Stop in Wedowee, Alabama,   sent to me via private message on The Nitty Gritty, they were spotted near Montgomery by local truck driver, Joseph Schoggins.

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Schoggins was on his way back from a family vacation in Panama City Beach when these stolen rigs caught his eye at an old 231 truck stop just south of Montgomery. He had seen the facebook post earlier, and pulled over to examine them to ensure he was correct with the identity.

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Schoggins called Montgomery Sheriff’s Department as well as the owner of the rigs, Jimmy Barnett. Montgomery Deputy stayed with Schoggins for approximately 3 hours until the Barnett could make it there to claim his stolen property. Barnett was very pleased to have his rigs returned to him and gave Schoggins a nice reward, who just also happens to be a truck driver(owner/operator) from Ashland, AL..

No arrest was made with the recovery of these vehicles, as there was never anyone near them. There did appear to be some minor damage to each rig where they had apparently been strait-wired.

Folks, that’s what this page is for, people helping people. Sharing vital information that keep the public aware and alert of incidents like this. Thank you to everyone who shared this information that helped with the recovery. You guys make me proud 🙂

Local Happenings- Aug 4-6th in Clay County

Just a few events taking place around the county beginning today. If anyone has anything to add, please add to comment thread.

THURSDAY- Head on over to “Hero Headquarters” today between 1 and 7PM to meet your SUPER teacher! 13902737_1725497981036568_3862527706602569610_n

 

THURSDAY- Ashland Elementary Back to School Bash today from 1:00-7:00!

THURSDAY- Clay County Animal Shelter Fundraiser at Ashland Park (Ashland, AL) on August 4, 5 – 9 PM. Alabama 100.7 is sponsoring a fundraiser “In Memory of Nancy Bailey”.

Beginning at 5 PM, there will be refreshments, face painting, and other activities. Board Members and volunteers from the Shelter will be available to discuss pet adoption, volunteering , donations, and spay/neuter. The Shelter is mainly supported by donations and volunteers in Clay County. Donations may be brought to the Shelter, 43 Radley Rd, Ashland or brought to the park. Items needed include cat and dog food (especially kitten and puppy), cleaning supplies (paper towels, Dawn detergent, lots of bleach), toys for the cats and dogs, bedding, and money. All donations are tax deductible.
At 7 PM, Tommy Sellers & Band, and Kurt Thomas will be performing at the fundraiser.0b727851-1ce1-45cd-a74c-4d8602e9571f

BEGINNING THURSDAY- In conjunction with the World’s longest yard sale, you might want to check out this great event. I’m sure you will find some treasures here, not to mention, see some really interesting stuff. Byron and Judy have this place fixed up so cool!

KEEP THOSE TAX DOLLARS LOCAL- Alabama’s 11th annual sales tax holiday for school-related items begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 5, 2016, and ends at midnight Sunday Aug. 7, 2016, giving shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain school supplies, computers, books and clothing free of the state’s four percent sales or use tax.rsz_taxfreeweekend-960x500_c

The 1st Annual Tiny Home Festival is fast-approaching and it’s going to be an exciting event for all of Clay County. Don’t miss out on your chance to WIN a Tiny Home. It’s easy. Purchase collectible tees and weekend passes at https://tinyhomegiveaway.com/ 100 bonus entries on the tiny home giveaway on select tees and 50 bonus entries when you purchase a weekend pass for $15. All proceeds go to benefit the AHDC’s many projects to improve people’s lives in Clay County.

 

It’s telethon week!! Please help us make this our greatest year ever! Your donations will be very much appreciated!

SATURDAY- Clay County Rescue Squad will be on the square in Ashland from 8-12 this Saturday collecting donations, just as they have for the past 45+ years. If you are unable to make it by to donate please contact a squad member or this page and we will be glad to meet you.

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If you’re out and about this weekend, come browse Wayne’s World of Watt Nots! Located on East College Street in Lineville. You can’t miss it 🙂

 

 

 

 

Ashland Council discuss grant, hear presentations

WORK SESSION

All members were present for this session, with the exception of Billy Joe Smith.

Wolfe said he had heard that Cragford Rd has become a bit of a raceway. Officer Hubbard reported they had assigned extra patrol in that area. Council member Wolfe inquired about what it would take to put out some signs for hidden drives to hopefully at least make people more aware of residents backing in and out of driveways in certain locations. Mayor Fetner asked Maintenance Supervisor Jody Brown to go check out these areas and they would put it on the agenda for the next meeting.

Wolfe said he felt they needed to hire an architect to design a council chambers, and possibly other areas in the building that needed renovating to make the building more of a City Hall type atmosphere. Wolfe said although he was against the building purchase to begin with, he felt that since they were in the new building that they needed to turn it into a actual working City Hall, because the current situation just wasn’t working. Wolfe said they needed a road map as to the vision of the facility so they could focus on maybe phases for the renovations to take place. Fetner said they already had a rough draft of the Police Headquarters for the downstairs already drawn up by Chief Stanford for future reference.

City Clerk Chelsey Wynn reported she had gotten a quote from Mark’s Cleaning Service for $900 a month to clean and had also tried another local service but had no reply. This quote included once a month at the Wynn Building, twice a week at the City Hall and once a week at the Police Station. The Floors on an as needed basis. Wolfe said he felt they should get another quote to also include the vacant old City Hall and water department as well to the once a month services and then drop those buildings as they were sold and/or leased.

When presented with the letter from ADECA to the city of the grant to move utilities for the Wellborn expansion, Wolfe said he was reluctant to sign it without really knowing what he was signing and felt they needed to have a special called meeting to have this process properly explained to them to ensure the city would not be out of pocket for any expenses over the agreed $25,000. Previously, Wellborn Cabinets has signed an agreement with the city that in the event this expansion does not produce a certain number of jobs, then they would pay any out of pocket expenses so the city would not be held liable.  Wolfe said he wasn’t trying to be difficult, but because of previous projects going bad, he felt a called meeting was necessary to set their mind at ease. “When the letter changes, the amount of people changes and the numbers change and I’m speaking to the Superintendent of the Water Board and he has no idea why we are trying to push this thing through tonight, then I would like more clarification” said Wolfe, ” I think that’s the concern of the Water Board, that we are trying to shove something through really quick like and everyone is uncomfortable with that.”

Fetner said the Water Board should be clear that they were getting more money because they were at the meeting when it was discussed. “The water tanks were the reason the water dept re-bid, because the first bid that came in was way over it, which resulted in more money”, said Fetner, ” This letter is more like an application.”

After more discussion, it was agreed to call a special called meeting for this matter.

MEETING

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Brittany Freeman addressed the council inquiring of a meeting place for the Ashland Girl Scout Troop.  Brittany is the leader of this Troop and was inquiring about meeting at the Wynn Building once or twice a month. Fetner told her they were still in the process of renovating the Wynn Building, but he was sure they could find a location, with all the empty building they had. Fetner told Freeman to come to the next session and they would have her an answer after evaluating the situation.

As discussed the work session, it was agreed to wait until everyone was present to discuss renovating the new City Hall to become more suitable for the city’s needs. Fetner did add that Stanford’s rough draft included a storm shelter in the basement, which he thought there would be funds out there to cover this part and was pursuing this as this time.

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Representing the Clay County Animal Shelter, the following people addressed the Council about their need for a paid employee: Faye Davenport, Frankie Gravette, Sharon Forbus, and Robyn Smith.

Davenport reported there was such a need within the county that they had been full since they first opened the doors almost a year ago. Davenport said they had accepted a total of 516 animals, and had probably turned down twice that number due to limited kennel space to date and have transported 225 puppies to date to Rescues out of the state.

Currently, the no-kill shelter have 43 dogs and 39 cats, but have a low adoption rate within the county. “Our adoption rate doesn’t even include all of our expenses”, said Davenport. Their biggest monthly expense is their vet bill, which averages between $1800-2000 a month.

Davenport said that earlier Sheriff Latham had provided inmate assistance for kennel services, but is no longer currently being able to provide this service, so now they are totally reliant on volunteer services. During July alone, there were over 1000 volunteer hours for the shelter, which is a 7-day operation.

Their primary need is a paid employee who can work and run the shelter and were looking for support from the city of Ashland. Clay County Animal Shelter Treasurer Frankie Gravette,  Kennel manager Sharon Forbus, Michelle Bence, Shelter Manager also spoke on behalf of the shelter explaining their day to day duties in detail and their appreciation of the cities and the citizens donations.

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Robyn Smith,Transport Director for Citizens for Animal Welfare, who works very closely with the Shelter, reported there were 1601 animals, spayed and neutured within 3 yrs time through this program.

 

In conclusion, these ladies invited everyone to come to the shelter fundraiser, Thursday, Aug. 4th at the Ashland Park from 5:00-9:00 PM. This event will feature live entertainment and refreshments. Alabama 100.7 will sponsor this event in memory of Nancy Bailey, who started the shelter. The singing will begin around 7:00 PM, with Tommy Sellers & band, and Kurt Thomas.

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David Davis was present to request of the Council to hold another Tent Revival in the Ashland Park, the week of August 15-20th. Davis has held several revivals there in the past.

Mrs. Anderson was present on behalf of the forming of a perspective Merchants Association for the city of Ashland, to find out where the city council stood on commerce and forward progress as far as planning events on the square for city fest type activities and possible use of the old City Hall building . Fetner said he felt he could speak for the council  that they were 100% for anything coming into the city of Ashland and would be glad to work with them in any way. Anderson said they just wanted clarification that everyone was on the same page before they started planning activities and events.13931658_10206176994416478_1842010427_o

Council member Boddie said she didn’t feel they should speak on this matter and tie down anything since some of them wouldn’t be there and it would be a matter for the new administration to decide on when they took office in November. Anderson said there was a bridal place that was looking to come into Ashland and they needed a nicer building that’s moisture free to bring more commerce into the area. Fetner said they weren’t at liberty to commit a building at this time since this building was vacant and there was generated interest in it that he wasn’t at liberty to discuss. “New council, old council, we are certainly merchant and business friendly, and we are on board,  but just to come and ask the council anytime they wanted to hold an event. At this time,  they couldn’t commit a empty city building to an organization that had not been developed yet. I think I can speak for this council and the next council, certainly, thumbs up”, said Wolfe.

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Representing the Clay County Arts League, Kim Cain presented the Ashland Police Department with a plaque in appreciation for helping keep their kids safe at Arts Camp. There were 250-300 kids the police helped get them in and out of cars every day during the week long camp with no incidents. Officer Hubbard accepted this award and thanked Cain.

Fetner announced the Library had been approved for a $4000 grant, with these funds being used for a reading program. Fetner congratulated the Library and also explained there would be matching funds due from the city as a result of this grant.

Other agenda items approved were:

Approval to hire Co-Op student Kate Morrow  as part-time help at the Ashland Library

Approval to pay annual membership dues to Alabama League of Municipalities in the amount of $1096.77

Approval to hire Haley Traylor as part-time van driver for the city at the rate of $8.00 an hour.

Approval to resend previous quote from Knight Signs to remove installation cost and accept new quote in the amount of $11,598

Approval to re-open and advertise the part-time dispatcher position for the Police Department.

Resolutions were adopted for the following:

  • Certification of Election for incumbent Billy Joe Smith for Council member, District 1 for the term beginning the first Monday of November 2016
  • Certification of Election for Kim M. Cain for Council member, District 3 for the term beginning the first Monday of November 2016
  • Appointing Poll workers for the general city election on Aug. 23, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Lineville Council hear Presentations, Approve Police Vehicle Purchases

The Lineville  Council met Monday with all members present, with the exception of Robert Milstead, who was out of town on business.

Adamson also gave a brief report on whether the alcohol revenue had boosted the city’s economy. The Mayor explained that as of yet, the company who handled the city’s taxes hadn’t figured out how to separate this yet, but they had seen a significant increase in their sales tax in the past couple of months. Last month, the taxes increased to $66,000, from the normal average of $50,000.

LifeSaver Representatives Jeff Stone and Patrick Campbell were present to address the Council with Life Saver Net Flight program, very similar to the one presented by Air Evac last month. This program would allow a citizen of Lineville, residing within the city limits, no out of pocket expense in the event they were airlifted due to medical emergency, if purchased. This membership program would cost $25 per household or $11 per individual, and would cover them throughout the nation, if airlifted by a LifeSaver company.

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The presentation went onto to explain that the closest helicopter was always paged out to the scene, which is why Sylacauga was always paged out first. With an estimated arrival time of 15 minutes of less, Lifesaver is able to answer a call in Clay County 75%-80% of the time. “We have deep roots here within the county. Clay County has been an area who has supported our program for 35 years and I think it would bring a lot of value to your citizens, should you choose to participate”, said Campbell.An average air lift cost around $46,000. 

Faye Davenport was also present to address the council as to the need for a paid employee at the Clay County Animal Shelter. Davenport reported there was such a need within the county that they had been full since they first opened the doors almost a year ago. Davenport said they had accepted a total of 516 animals, and had probably turned down twice that number due to limited kennel space to date and have transported 225 puppies to date to Rescues out of the state.

Currently, the no-kill shelter have 43 dogs and 39 cats, but have a low adoption rate within the county. “Our adoption rate doesn’t even include all of our expenses”, said Davenport. Their biggest monthly expense is their vet bill, which averages between $1800-2000 a month.

Davenport said that earlier Sheriff Latham had provided inmate assistance for kennel services, but is no longer currently being able to provide this service, so now they are totally reliant on volunteer services. During July alone, there were over 1000 volunteer hours for the shelter, which is a 7-day operation.

Their primary need is a paid employee who can work and run the shelter and were looking for support from the city of Lineville. Clay County Animal Shelter Treasurer Frankie Gravette,  Kennel manager Sharon Forbus, Michelle Bence, Shelter Manager also spoke on behalf of the shelter explaining their day to day duties in detail and their appreciation of the cities and the citizens donations.

Robyn Smith,Transport Director for Citizens for Animal Welfare, who works very closely with the Shelter, reported there were 1601 animals, spayed and neutured within 3 yrs time through this program.

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In conclusion, these ladies invited everyone to come to the shelter fundraiser, Thursday, Aug. 4th at the Ashland Park from 5:00-9:00 PM. This event will feature live entertainment and refreshments. Alabama 100.7 will sponsor this event in memory of Nancy Bailey, who started the shelter. The singing will begin around 7:00 PM, with Tommy Sellers & band, and Kurt Thomas.

Mayor thanked them all for their presentation and their time and the much-needed service they provided for the county.

Resolution 8-1-2016-1 was adopted, naming election officers for the Aug. 23 election, which included the following: 

  •  District 3: Helen Amason, Edna Kidd, Nancy Benefield, District 5: Sherman Carwile, Hilda Carwile, Ernest Lindsey. Alternates: Frances Price, Franchelle Mathews, Claude Underwood. Returning Officer: Melvin Glenn, Chief Inspector Renee Denson.

Election pay for poll workers will be $100 a day. Alternates are only paid if they are called.

The following Resolutions were adopted with a unanimous vote:

  •  Resolution 8-1-2016-2: naming Incumbent Mayor Roy Adamson to Office of Mayor with his term beginning the first Monday in November. Adamson was unopposed in this election.
  •  Resolution 8-1-2016-3: naming Incumbent District 1 Council member Carolyn Smith to another term,  beginning the first Monday in November. Smith was unopposed in this election.
  • Resolution 8-1-2016-4: naming Incumbent District 2 Council member David Proctor to another term,  beginning the first Monday in November. Proctor was unopposed in this election.
  • Resolution 8-1-2016-5: naming Incumbent District 4 Council member Robert Milstead to another term,  beginning the first Monday in November. Milstead was unopposed in this election. 

Council members approved to give Mayor Adamson the authority to arrange payment and financing for the newly purchased police car through First State Bank.

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Also with the need of a second vehicle to add to the Police fleet, Adamson stated that David Pettus, Owner of Pettus Paint & Body and Reserve Officer, had found a 2014 Tahoe, 30,000 miles, a police package with some front end damage, which would have a total cost of $16,500. The purchase would be $10,500  and work would be around $6000. Council members approved this purchase. 

Maintenance Supervisor reported that he and City Administrator Donna Mathews, was working  property cleanup around the city, by touring the streets and going from door to door.

The meeting was then adjourned.

 

 

 

Board Approves Building Purchase; Personnel Items

 

The Clay County Board of Education met Thursday, July 28 for their monthly session.

Terry Heflin, from the Washington Heights Community Outreach addressed the Board as to the status of the progress of former vocational school. Superintendent Walker told Heflin they had not received any information as to the deeds coming back yet.

For some time now, the Washington Heights community have attended monthly meeting expressing their interest in having this facility, the former Clay County Training School, turned back over to the community because of its historic status within the community. TCR Headstart Organization had expressed interest in attaining this facility in the past to expand their services in the city of Lineville, but chose to withdraw their request amid the controversy.

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All June  2016 Financial statements were unanimously approved. Financial Officer Brandi Bishop reported that 9 months into the fiscal year, they had received with 77% of general fund revenues and 85% of Ad Valorem ( percentage of property taxes).  Bishop also stated they had spent about 74% of what they had budgeted for expenditures. Revenues over these expenditures were $598,000, which brings the general fund balance to a little over $1.2 million at this time. This amount does represent a little more than the one month operating expense required by the state. Bishop said that although they were in a better place than in the past few years, this fund balance could be subject to change as August and September were hard hit months sometimes to the budget. 13839742_10206169381066149_1777175267_o

Board members approved to authorize the Superintendent to negotiate a lease transfer from Community Action Agency Head Start to Community Development Institute Head Start for the Ashland Primary School. This is strictly due to name change for the non-profit organization and nothing within the Ashland Head Start program will change.

Board members also approved to purchase the Ingram building, which is the board room and adjacent room from the Kenneth F. Ingram Estate for the price of $27,000.00. Walker explained they had been renting this building for $200 a month for some time now, and felt that this would be a sound investment for the Board in the long run. This purchase would not come from the general fund, but from capital improvement funds.

As Recommended by the Superintendent, approval of the following Personnel Action Items, which included the following:

Resignations:
  • Michelle Williamson – Teacher at AES
  • Doris Thompson – Special Ed. Teacher at AES

TRANSFERS

  • Ashley Kinder from LES teacher to AES teacher
  • Winter Seals from AES teacher to LES teacher
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  • Amber Willis as Special Ed. Aide at LES
  • Brandi Davis as Special Ed. Aide at LES
  • Jordan Upchurch as History teacher at CJHS (Position will be for the entire school year due to Mr. Dean’s deployment with the National Guard)
  • Shannah Mathews as Special Ed. teacher at AES
  • Matt Crenshaw as Special Ed. Aide at CHS
  • Chris Hayes  as Mechanic II at the Bus Shop
  • Abby Duncan as Bus Driver
  • Amanda Wolfe as Bus Driver
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  • Shop Assistant/Bus Driver

Other Agenda items approved were as follows:

  •  Recommended by the Superintendent, approval of the all Financial Reports for June 2016:
  • Recommended by the Superintendent, approval to contract with RainCrow Environmental for our three year re-inspections of five schools/facilities. The cost will not exceed $1,500.00.
  •  Recommended by the Superintendent, approval of the First Aid Protocol Policy that was given to members at the last board meeting for review.
 Informational Items:

 

  • The required FY 17 Budget Hearing will be held August 25, 2016 at 3:30 with the regular Board Meeting to follow. The second required Budget Hearing will be September 8, 2016 at 3:30PM.
  • Teachers will return to school on August 2, 2016
  • Open House for all schools will be August 4, 2016
  • Students return on August 9, 2016

Local News Tidbits July 27, 2016

Congratulations to Chase Miller on winning a VERY NICE brand new truck! Chase is a member of the Alabama Outdoor news magazine and everyone who is a member can enter the buck they kill each week for a contest. The biggest buck for each week wins a seat at the truck buck shoot out, which included three wild card seats. One  for public lands,  one for women and one for kids. Chase won the public lands seat.chase

The Truck Buck Shoot Out took place at the 33rd World Deer Expo in Birmingham, AL on Saturday, July 16. The shoot out started with 19 shooters and they began at 45 feet with a regular size skeet. Then on to 60 feet. Next, they went back to 45 feet with a small skeet and then again at 60 feet. Last, they shot at an egg beginning at 30 feet. Then 45 and last, 60 feet. The 19 shooters were narrowed down to only three people left when they got to 60 feet. The first two people missed at 60 feet and Chase hit it, and was declared the winner of a   4-wheel-drive Chevrolet pickup truck , valued at $45,000 and a check for $1000.00. Not too shabby for a day’s work. chase 2

On July 20, 2016, Central High School of Clay County student,  16 yr old Severe Threats presented his beautiful artwork for display and purchase at Jacksonville State University’s 3rd Annual Autism Conference.

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Severe has been drawing and painting since he was 10 years old and his talents have increased considerably throughout the years, as you can see. Severe has also competed in several Special Olympics as well. Severe is the son of Julie Wester.

ABC 33/40 Chief Meteorologist is special guest at today’s ( July 27) Health Fair at Bibb Graves High School. If you hurry, you can still have time to get there, they will be there until noon.

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 Tru-Cabinetry announces establishment of a second shift, which will add 46 jobs. This expansion comes after a business increase of 53% during just a year and a half’s time. Sounds like this place is really booming and the sky’s the limit. Anyone interested  in applying for one of Tru Cabinetry’s new jobs can apply in person at 41778 Hwy. 77 North, Ashland, AL, or email a resume to applytoday@trucabinetry.com. The company, he said, is currently interviewing prospective employees to fill positions and start training immediately.13639993_10155106934512576_1771609585_o
Last, but not least, and my personal favorite… Last week, Ashland Police Officer Franklin Few, or possibly better known to many as “Pooh”.few
Officer Few stopped by to show Jacqueline Patterson’s grandchildren the anatomy of a police car and also took the time to speak to them about his role as a public servant and how he keeps them safe.few 2
He gave them a full lecture about the importance of seat belts, car seats and staying buckled. The kids loved it. We Thank you, Officer Few for your service.
On this note, I would like to say how proud I am to live in a place where the law enforcement stay on top of things so well in order which is just one of the things that makes Clay County such a great place to live.

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And while our nation seems to be divided at war with themselves, not to mention striking down our men and women in blue, I am also proud to say that our county stands behind our law enforcement agencies 110% and appreciate everything you do for us.

TRU CABINETRY GROWTH MEANS EXPANSION, ADDS 46 NEW JOBS & SECOND SHIFT

ASHLAND, ALABAMA (July 20, 2016) – In just under a year and a half, Ashland’s Tru Cabinetry has grown its business by a staggering 53 percent. And that sales gain, which has prompted the addition of a second shift, means big things for the local economy and job market.

“Employment is a driving force behind economic growth, and being able to add 46 great jobs to our community is something we’re excited about,” said company president Butch Reimer.

It also means big things for the future of the business, which recently underwent a complete companywide overhaul that included the relaunch of its product catalog in February of 2015.

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“The substantial gains we have made in the market reflect the focus we have placed on refreshing our product line and delivering on the expectations our customers demand,” Reimer said. “Our team has shown extraordinary focus and determination over the last three years to become a highly-respected cabinetry provider.”

Because of this progress, Tru Cabinetry is in the process of hiring and training 46 new employees to add capacity, including a second shift in its paint-finishing department. This increase in jobs – which include management positions, engineering specialists, maintenance, and finishers – will increase the company’s overall capacity by 20 percent.

Modern Manufacturing

The growth, said Reimer, is due to a number of things. Tru Cabinetry was formerly called Tru-Wood Cabinet Company, but it was sold three years ago to United Cabinet Holdings as its second company in the portfolio. That’s when Reimer came on board and the company began its plan to rebrand and rebuild to become competitive in the semi-custom cabinet market.

At that time, Reimer worked with the company’s existing workforce to streamline operations and develop more consistency and accuracy of machining operations. That, Reimer said, enabled Tru Cabinetry to drive down inventory and add flexibility to the product line by being able to build orders on demand for customers.

Reimer, who has a background in the auto industry and years of experience with engineering and quality control, has been in the cabinet business for 10 years. Since he became president of Tru Cabinetry, he has implemented a number of different business strategies and manufacturing processes that he directly attributes to the company’s growth.

One component that goes along with the newly-created second shift includes the addition of another Computer Numerical Control – or CNC – machining center. CNC is a highly-automated process that involves the use of computers to control machine tools. It produces an extremely accurate product and allows for flexibility in cabinet construction, Reimer said.

“Our improved operational performance has allowed us to meet the level of consistency that our customers demand,” he said. “We are able to provide on-time, complete shipments, as well as a high-quality product, combined with design flexibility so you can really fit the budget and design needs of all your customers.”

The purposes of the modern manufacturing methods Reimer brought to Tru Cabinetry are to reduce material and manpower waste, maintain quality, and accelerate production, and they’ve been working.

“We’ve developed more consistency and accuracy in our processes,” he said. “That improvement freed up capacity so we could absorb our initial wave of growth.”

Rebranding

Though the name of the company is new, Tru Cabinetry’s history goes back to 1990. And though Reimer has brought in new manufacturing and business processes, he said the company still uses the same great employees and quality standards that have been around for decades.

However, Reimer knew it was time for Tru Cabinetry to move forward, so a big part of his work was to rebrand the business, which included a new logo and, most importantly, a new product catalog.

The venture, Reimer said, was a “huge undertaking.” The company’s entire stain and paint lineup was rebuilt, and multiple new door styles were added to appeal to current design trends.

“We focused on elements that would allow for more options and afforded us the opportunity to capture a lot of different styles, features, and also budgets,” Reimer said. “In doing so we added a lot of new products as well as added new sizes and designer elements to existing products.”

In order to ensure that all customers are able to come up with a design that uniquely reflects his or her taste, Tru Cabinetry’s new product catalog includes more than 40 on-trend door styles in maple, oak, or cherry wood, and more than 60 finish combinations. Twenty-six of the finish combinations are paint, which continues to grow in popularity, Reimer said. It is also why the company is adding its second shift in the paint-finishing department.

“We’ve had a huge growth in total sales during the past 17 months,” said Reimer. “But we’ve also seen a tremendous growth in the mix of painted versus stained cabinets, and that is consistent with industry trends.”

Not everything in the catalog is new, though. Reimer said they made sure to leave plenty of traditional elements in the reworked catalog. This allows the company to appeal to a broad range of markets.

The other purpose of the new catalog, Reimer said, was to make it seamless and easy for designers to use.

“We wanted to make our product one of the best cabinet lines in this category, and we feel that we’ve done that. Our customers have validated our efforts through their sales orders and quick acceptance of the catalog,” he said. “We certainly created a line that can serve a multitude of their needs.”

Looking Forward

As Reimer looks to the future, he anticipates that Tru Cabinetry will continue to grow. He said there are geographical areas of the market that the company hasn’t yet tapped into, and his goal is to service the industry on a national level.

“We’re focused on keeping up with capacity requirements but doing it in a manner that assures our customers that we’re going to continue to service them in a way they’ve come to expect,” he said. “We’re proud to provide exceptional service and on-time orders, and we know our customers have high expectations of our business.”

Another ongoing goal, he said, is to continue improving processes and carrying them out with high standards in mind. Reimer said a lot of time is spent on process control.

“Once we change or improve a process, the goal is to maintain the standard over time and not backslide into that problem again,” he said. “So we’ve employed a lot of common – as well as unique – approaches to how we assure that happens in a manufacturing environment that is pretty heavily dependent on human capital.”

Above all, Reimer stressed his excitement about the company’s growth and the future impact it will have on the local economy.“This is a huge economic boost to the area, both from a tax base standpoint as well as providing 46 new jobs,” he said.

Reimer said that applicants interested in applying for one of Tru Cabinetry’s new jobs can apply in person at 41778 Hwy. 77 North, Ashland, AL, or email a resume to applytoday@trucabinetry.com. The company, he said, is currently interviewing prospective employees to fill positions and start training immediately.

For more information, please contact Eric Reed at 256-354-3378.

 

Tru Cabinetry, a brand of Tru-wood Cabinet Company, LLC is a rapidly-growing manufacturer of high-quality cabinetry with roots in the Stock, Semi-Custom and Severe-Use markets since 1990. Tru Cabinetry currently employs 190 employees and operates three sites encompassing over 370,000 square feet in manufacturing space, a distribution center, and trucking company dedicated to the Tru Cabinetry brand.