Yesterday Ended Last Night

A new day for a 100 year-old company

Interview by Dirk Webb

Photo courtesy of Dale Pickett

In the early part of the 20th Century financing in rural communities was very hard to come by. The Farm Credit System of which Farm Credit Mid-America became a part was established by the Federal Farm Loan Act of 1916. This act allowed farmers to create lending associations.

Farm Credit Mid-America is a cooperative owned by the borrowers. When a customer receives a loan, they are required to buy stock in the company. Their stake is then used to fund subsequent loans to other borrowers.

With a staff of eight operating from their Indiana 9 location just north of Anderson, Farm Credit serves nearly 700 customers in Hamilton, Madison and part of Delaware County. From their home office in Louisville, Kentucky over 90,000 customers are served in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.

According to Regional Vice-President, Gary Coleman, “We create exceptional customer experiences for farmer members extending financing for real estate, operating expenses and equipment needs. We also provide funding for rural home loans to anyone, not just farmers.”

Would you consider Madison County to be in the midst of sunrise? What does the business sunrise across the horizon look like to you?

”Rick) – I’m originally from a Benton County farm and after being here 24 years I can say Madison County is beyond sunrise compared to what it was 24 years ago. We can be proud of our progress especially in the last 10 years.”

(Gary) – “I certainly think we are In the midst of sunrise. I see some very talented young people who are engaged, thought leaders, not only in this county but in the state. That really drives a community. I also see Madison County as a business place to locate. A few years ago it was the opposite. The people in this community are willing to turn the page from an old industrial era to a modern one that is inviting to millennials and those returning from college. It has so much to do with the people. One example here is that Trudi is part of the Madison County Leadership Academy and its awesome how engaged she is.”

What does “A New Day” mean to you?

(Gary) – “A new day means a new opportunity, a fresh start, taking what you have and making something of it. Not accepting status quo.”

(Trudi) – “We actually use the phrase, ‘Yesterday ended last night.’ There is always something new.”

How has your optimism helped you guide your company’s vision?

(Gary) “I don’t give up and don’t understand the word, quit. There’s always something additional we can do to provide a better customer experience or become more visible in the market place. That extends to the people I work with. I believe in them sometimes more than they believe in themselves.”

Is your optimism ever threatened?

(Gary) “My optimism is never threatened. Now it might be sluggish sometimes due to outside pressures but I always try to look for the positive in situations and people. I don’t assume anything but positive intent.”

(Trudi) “I like challenges that come my way. I love the opportunity to work through them.”

If Optimism leads to achievement, what is it you hope your company will achieve in 2016?

(Rick) – “Last year was the year of home construction loan with a record number of them. Even on New Year’s Eve I had three people inquire about construction loans. I expect that to continue in 2016 which, to me, indicates an upswing in the local economy.”

(Gary) “My hope is that my team flourishes in 2016. Together we’ve created an environment where they love to come to the office, embrace the mission and present that great customer experience every day. I think when we love and enjoy what we do, everything else will fall into place.”

If you were to have five minutes with someone who was considering relocating to Madison County what would you tell them?

(Rick) “You build relationships when you’re in a place for 24 years and there are a lot of good people in Madison County. I came from a small town and county and this is very similar. The best thing about this job is the relationships.”

(Trudi) “I was born and raised in Madison County and the people here have very open hearts and are extremely giving”

(Gary) “It really is the people in the community. I’m originally from Hatton, Missouri, population 30, and when I came here I felt very welcome. People are very interested in us and what we do. The relationships that I have developed since being here seem like they go back several years. We are a very engaged and welcoming community.”

Thanks in part to St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital and Howard Webb Agency, Farm Credit Mid-America will be honored for 100 years in business on February 25 at the 2016 Annual Awards Gala.

To view past award winners, or to read more about the awards, visit MCC’s Wall of Fame.

Anything is possible and growth is limitless

Says local stylist, businesswoman, teacher, mentor, consultant, counselor and award finalist

Interview by Dirk Webb

Photo courtesy of Dale Pickett

Nicole Eicks is a Madison County native moving from Anderson to Alexandria 20 years ago. The founder of ClipZone (1996), Salon Professional Academy (2006) and part owner of Summit Salon Business Center in Minneapolis (2000), Nicole is married to David Eicks and is the mother of Caden (13) and Carli (10).

Stylist, businesswoman, teacher, mentor, consultant and counselor are all hats Nicole wears on a daily basis. She spends much of her time on the road spreading the entrepreneurial gospel to current and potential salon owners including workshops and classes on business plans, financial strategies, and leadership development. Eicks is rapidly becoming a business force in both the United States and Canada.

In 2014 ClipZone Salon opened second location. “We are also expanding the Anderson location into a boutique with clothing, accessories (jewelry, scarves), home goods and other products,” according to Eicks.

Owning a salon was never enough for Nicole Eicks. For her, there is a bigger calling. “A lot of our people are the breadwinners in their family. It has been pivotal for our industry that we have discovered how successful our people can be. I love teaching others to achieve from the ground up and that success gives them the opportunity to make better decisions.”

Would you consider Madison County to be in the midst of sunrise? What does the business sunrise across the horizon look like to you? – “Yes. There’s been a lot of business growth and a lot of discussion of a future with the idea of a reservoir. We are right there too by expanding both of our companies. I’m in touch with other business owners everyday who believe we are on the upswing. Plus being a part of the Chamber I love all the ribbon cuttings.”

What does “A New Day” mean to you?

“A new opportunity. Anything, is possible. Growth is limitless: we can grow our businesses, grow our minds and most importantly, we can help others grow. Opportunities are limitless”

How has your optimism helped you guide your company’s vision?

“Optimism has been the core. I’m an eternal optimist along with being wildly rebellious and a risk taker. I was raised by parents and grandparents who displayed all those qualities so it never occurred to me that I could fail. Optimism is all about faith and hopefulness. If you’re thinking of opening a business, having a plan is huge, but determination is even bigger. It’s so rewarding when you start something and work through the painful growth stages but we learn as a team to take care of each and work hard to achieve our goals.”

Is your optimism ever threatened?

“No. In my opinion there is always a different path. It goes along with faith. If there’s an obstacle then there’s a different plan. We trust God that there is a different way.”

If Optimism leads to achievement, what is it you hope your company will achieve in 2016?

“We hope our projected expansions are profitable. We hope to continue to grow jobs and security for the people we already employ.”

If you were to have five minutes with someone who was considering relocating to Madison County what would you tell them?

“We are a community based more on relationships and establishing those would be a large part of being successful. We have a very welcoming community. 3,000 people per month come to our businesses for services. We continue to be appreciative and encouraged by that. Our first goal is to deliver great service and those numbers give us the feedback that we are doing our job.

In a small town that cares, anything is possible. We love our guests and we have 80-100 students at all times. We could pat ourselves on the back but we know it’s all about those guests who come back time after time and we’re so grateful for each of them.”

ClipZone is one of three finalists being considered for the 2015 Small Business of the Year award. Thanks in part to St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital, the winner will be announced on February 25 at the 2016 Annual Awards Gala.

To view past award winners, or to read more about the awards, visit MCC’s Wall of Fame.

Hey, Madison County Culligan Man!

Conditioning water for 75 years

By Dirk Webb

Photo courtesy of Dale Pickett

 

Mike Barry, General Manager

Culligan Water Conditioning Company

PO Box 2517

Anderson, IN 46018

(765) 649-3391

 

mike.barry@culligananderson.com

 

Most of us grew up with iconic advertisement of the desperate housewife yelling for her local Culligan Man. The Culligan Company was established in 1936 in Rosemont, Illinois and still is a business deeply committed to its roots. Culligan of Anderson opened its doors in 1940 as one of the first Culligan franchises and now, one of seven owned by the Miller family.

Located on historical Eighth Street and Madison Avenue at the site of the old Cooks Grocery store in Anderson, Culligan is led by Anderson newcomer, Mike Barry. Freshly transplanted from California by way of Michigan, Barry says, “I wanted to live in the community I work in, plus my wife is originally from here in Indiana.”

According to Merriam-Webster the word optimism is defined as a feeling or belief that good things will happen.

Would you consider Madison County to be in the midst of sunrise? What does the business sunrise across the horizon look like to you?

“I would call it early sunrise. One of the reasons I came here was the potential that I saw. I believe we’re on the upswing but for a community this size it won’t happen overnight. Everyone has their theories on how to speed the process but from where I sit home values are going up, enrollment in the schools are up so the signs are there.”

What does “A New Day” mean to you?

“A new opportunity for a new outlook. A chance for optimism, enthusiasm, excitement and potential. You wake up every day and it’s a clean slate. Yesterday may have been the most terrible day ever but today could be one of the greatest ever.”

Helen Keller said, “optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” How has your optimism helped you guide your company’s vision?

“Our company has gone through some tough times. Our customer base has gotten smaller over the years and of course we face competition but I believe the values of our ownership and the resources they give us will continue to make us stronger.”

Is your optimism ever threatened?

“It’s always threatened and there are opportunities to be negative…we may experience setbacks but tomorrow is a new day with another chance to succeed.”

If Optimism leads to achievement, what is it you hope your company will achieve in 2016?

“Further stability. As our customer base grows it means more stability for everybody here and our company as a whole. All ten of our employees live in Madison County. We all shop locally and as we do our little bit means we have ten more residents telling the story, helping create more jobs. Two or three more jobs here at Culligan can have a significant impact at the local restaurant down the street, the gas station at the corner, doctor’s offices, and beyond.”

If you were to have five minutes with someone who was considering relocating to Madison County what would you tell them?

“This is a terrific place and a good time to move here. We’re only 25 miles from Indianapolis. Any place else that close is very built up and much more expensive. Being from California the cost of living here is unbelievable. We have a great University, a nice downtown, and good restaurants that would lure a young family here.”

Culligan will celebrate it’s 75th anniversary at the 2016 Annual Awards Gala on February 25, 2016, sponsored in part by St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital. To view past award winners or to read more about the awards, visit MCC’s Wall of Fame.

FAB! is a gathering of Goddesses

So says award winner Coleen Rector

Interview by Dirk Webb

Photo courtesy of Dale Pickett

 

Coleen Rector was born in Randolph County but has been a resident of Madison County since she was four years old. “I grew up here and our family members like to joke that together we have attended 19 schools in Madison County.”

A former employee of Best Ever/Prairie Farms Dairy, Rector spent much of her just concluded working career in higher education. She wore a variety of hats for Anderson University spending time in Student Life, Advancement, Admissions and the School of Adult Learning. Rector continued serving the students of our area at Harrison College as the campus Dean, Business Program Chair and Director of Career Services before retiring last year.

This year’s FAB! Award winner recalls her role in creating this networking forum, “I’m a networker and a lot of service clubs were losing membership. I was the local President of the White River Express Network of the American Business Women Association (ABWA), where attendance was slim. I spoke with Angela Barbosa and we agreed that our Chamber’s Women in Business program wasn’t attracting young women in the format we were using. Angela wanted to start something new for women; something at lunch time, aimed at younger business women. We thought the group should meet once a month, use technology, have music, make it fun!

Together with women like Deanna Zimmer, Kris Sandman, Pat Storm, Skye Huff, Lyla Graddy, Jill O’Malia and others contributing to the planning, FAB! happened. Coleen jokingly calls it ‘The Gathering of Goddesses.’ “Now, when you walk into FAB!, we may have a photo booth for selfies, slideshows of celebrations or non profits, vendor booths, polling the audience or music. It’s fun. We think it’s a happy place to be, very welcoming, and we really care about and support each other. You feel like if you do miss a meeting you might miss something important happening in the community!”

According to Rector FAB! is all about women networking and discussing things women care about: business, beauty, philanthropy, health, and even human trafficking!?

For Coleen Rector, what she values most is easy to list: Tim, her husband of 44 years, daughter Skye Huff (Kevin), son, Wade Rector (Bethany) of Holland, MI and her four amazing grandchildren. Oh yes, and ballroom, country and swing dancing.

Family, Community, and helping other women in Business. She’s definitely FAB!

Would you consider Madison County to be in the midst of sunrise? What does the business sunrise across the horizon look like to you?

“I would consider Madison County to be in the midst of a sunrise that is hopeful. There are many opportunities on the Horizon, i.e. NTN, Purdue Technical, and other businesses who are expanding and arriving in our county. My hope is that we welcome them, and pursue more of them to grow opportunity in our community.”

What does “A New Day” mean to you?

“A new day in my hopeful imagination looks like commerce, growth, decent-paying new jobs and compassion for others uplifting the entire community.”

How has your optimism helped you guide your vision?

“As someone who kept watch for job opportunities for graduates the past three years, my optimism for the people in our community to have a solid livelihood grew as more jobs became available. I would share that information with students and guide them as to where I saw job growth.”

Is your optimism ever threatened?

“My optimism for this community is threatened when growth is threatened, sometimes by other communities, and sometimes by our own naysayers. I see 2016 as a year of new ideas, and fewer roadblocks.”

If you were to have five minutes with someone who was considering relocating to Madison County what would you tell them?

“If I were meeting someone relocating to Madison County, I would first invite them to fabulous coffee at MUGS Coffee & Tea Company, and then talk about the people of Madison County, about the local only loyalty, and how we encourage each other. I would discuss the Christian Communities, the festivals, and resources we hold with potential, like the mighty White River, the land, the low taxes, and the local officials who help businesses in the community survive.”

Thanks in part to St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital, Coleen Rector will be honored with the FAB! Award on February 25 at the 2016 Annual Awards Gala.

To view past award winners, or to read more about the awards, visit MCC’s Wall of Fame.

 

A business launched and powered by friendship

The legacy continues with these award finalists from Pendleton

Interview by Dirk Webb

Photo courtesy of Dale Pickett

 

Jeremy Bergunder and Shane Skinner

Owners

RenCon Sevices, Inc.

8504 S State Road 9

Pendleton, IN 46064

(317) 644-1347

jeremybergunder@renconservices.com

www.renconservices.com

 

It’s amazing what the power of friendship can accomplish. Rencon Construction began as an idea between friends Shane Skinner and Jeremy Burgunder in Indianapolis. Since then these visionaries have forged a company that has made Pendleton, Indiana their home. Quickly they are building a legacy in Central Indiana and beyond simply by applying good old fashioned family values. From Construction Management to Renovations to Facility Repair, Recon continues to expand a spread the word that Madison County is alive and well.

Would you consider Madison County to be in the midst of sunrise? What does the business sunrise across the horizon look like to you?

“Madison County definitely has the feeling of new and exciting growth. Just by driving around the county, you witness a lot of new construction as well as renovation work taking place with established businesses. We actually performed a major renovation project for Starbucks Coffee in Anderson last year, and it’s simply amazing to see all of the work going on around that area. We have been located in Pendleton for four years now and are excited to be part of the emerging growth of Madison County.”

What does “A New Day” mean to you?

“A New Day” can carry a lot of different meanings depending on the context in which it is used. In 2015 we had our fair share of challenges, tragedies, and missed opportunities. However we also experienced record new growth and finished a lot of difficult projects that Shane and I, as owners, are extremely proud of. We have a very talented, hard-working, team of employees that share in our philosophy of consistently going above and beyond for all of our clients. Even when we have a setback, there is always “A New Day” to make things right and provide our customers with the outstanding service they have come to expect from our team. In the construction business, you know that you’re going to run into occasional issues with missed deadlines, under-performing subcontractors, weather delays, and other challenges. As a company, it is our goal to minimize those issues but also to learn from them and grow into an even better, more efficient company.”

How has your optimism helped you guide your company’s vision?

“We have a running joke in the office about everyone’s glass being either half empty or half full. Any time a member of our team is in a slump and begins talking negatively about a particular project, supplier, or subcontractor, we’re always quick to point out that their glass needs to change to half full! In construction, like most businesses, your demeanor and attitude play a very important role when trying to run a successful project. Negativity and uncertainty both spread very quickly. Not only do clients pick up the negative vibe, but also your team members, subcontractors, material suppliers, and everyone else involved in a project also pick up on the negativity. It can quickly turn a job site into an unpleasant and chaotic place which kills productivity and can lead to bad things such as arguments or even accidents. It is imperative that everyone keeps an optimistic attitude and displays confidence in their decisions and actions. Like negativity, optimism also spreads very quickly and can lead to a much better, more efficient job site environment. As owners and leaders of the company, that optimism, hope, and confidence needs to start with us.”

Is your optimism ever threatened?

“Our optimism is threatened on a daily basis. Running a business has been one of the hardest, most challenging things that Shane and I have ever done. As owners of a small business, we are involved in every aspect of the company. Like all business owners, we wear many hats and deal with new challenges on a daily and sometimes hourly basis. It’s very easy to become overwhelmed whether it’s dealing with personnel issues, problems with regulations or permitting, reviewing financials, maintaining strong relationships with our clients, managing our books and taxes, soliciting new work, etc. The most important thing is to maintain balance and keep a positive attitude. Luckily we have built a great team at RenCon, and when one person is down there is always someone quick to lift them back up.”

If Optimism leads to achievement, what is it you hope your company will achieve in 2016?

“One of our main goals of 2016 is to be more competitive and successful in the local markets. We have an outstanding list of clients that keeps our team very busy, but it also requires a lot of travel. We regularly perform work in over a dozen different states, and all that travel takes its toll on the employees. It’s difficult on anyone to be away from their home and family for an extended period of time. Although we’ll never fully get away from the travel, we would like to find more local work to keep our team closer to home. Most of our employees are from Madison County or nearby areas in Central Indiana, so we would love to get more involved in the large amount of local construction currently going on.”

If you were to have five minutes with someone who was considering relocating to Madison County what would you tell them?

“We are very happy with our decision to move to Madison County four years ago. It is conveniently located in Central Indiana with easy access to numerous highways and interstates. That helps tremendously with our business since we travel all over the Midwest and beyond, plus we receive a large number of deliveries for many of our clients and projects. It’s easy to see why this area is considered the Heartland because the members of the community are very helpful, friendly, God-fearing individuals who are not afraid of getting their hands dirty and working hard to support their families. The Madison County Chamber of Commerce is actively involved in the business community and offers an abundance of different programs and networking opportunities to help individuals and businesses thrive in the region. You can’t really ask for a better place to be!”

RenCon is one of three finalists being considered for the 2015 Small Business of the Year award. Thanks in part to St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital, the winner will be announced on February 25 at the 2016 Annual Awards Gala.

To view past award winners, or to read more about the awards, visit MCC’s Wall of Fame.

 

I want to be a part of the solution

Says recipient of the Ambassador of the Year award

Interviewed by Dirk Webb

Photo courtesy of Dale Pickett

 

Wayne P. Bruzzese, born in Portland, Oregon, moved to Anderson in the Fifth Grade. A 1978 AHS graduate, Bruzzese provides business signage and marketing consulting services throughout Central Indiana. Whether its billboard communications or vehicle wrapping, Star Bullets steps up your message.

Would you consider Madison County to be in the midst of sunrise? What does the business sunrise across the horizon look like to you?

“Many watched the sun set on Madison County with the pullout of the largest employer in the area. Many are still looking for GM or some other company to singularly raise the sun again. A sunrise happens daily. Is Madison County in the midst of a sunrise? Yes, but not daily, however it takes daily commitment to our community to see the sun break the horizon. Growing up in Anderson I’ve watch the heyday of GM and one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation. I believe Madison County’s sunrise will come from the optimism and commitment of everyone in our community. We can’t count on any one or even just a few to raise the sun. As a business owner, I’ve chosen to grow in Madison County so that we can enjoy the daily warmth of the sunrise.”

What does “A New Day” mean to you?

“’A New Day’” for Madison County is like getting up early to watch the sun rise. We bundled up, and set out in the darkness with little vision, guided only by the light of the moon on our path. Early in the morning you can’t see the stars of our community, but from the moon, clear light is shining through the trees, giving a glimmer of hope. Everything is fresh, but its still night.

Then comes the first peek of light on the horizon. Around this time, we start to notice a very light breeze. The breeze of business growth and new beginnings. The little light by which I can see in front of us is coming from the sunrise, not from the moon. We’re starting to be able to see further. The light is warm. Families and businesses are on the move. Vision of Madison County around me is no longer unimpaired by darkness and negative thinking.

As the bright light of the sun actually breaks the horizon we sense a feeling of well-being and pride in our community. The sun is all the way above the horizon and our darkness and past are seen only in the shadows cast by the bright sun. It’s amazing how much this changes things. It’s a new day.”

Is your optimism ever threatened?

“Yes. I hear people talk about the past and how the present is bad in our community. ’Schools are bad, no good paying jobs, government is corrupt, we need to move.’ There may be some truth in what they say, and if we continue to listen to enough of this kind of talk, we too may begin to lose hope in our community. This is why we need to continually surround ourselves with optimistic people that want to build a better Madison County. People and companies that are committed to building a strong, business and family friendly place to grow.”

If Optimism leads to achievement, what is it you hope your company will achieve in 2016?

“I want to be part of the solution, looking forward, not focusing on the negative aspects of Madison County. In the sign or visual marketing industry, I continue to watch local businesses use out of town companies to meet their needs. Since our start in 2012, we’ve seen growth in sales and clients. For 2016 we anticipate continued growth.”

If you were to have five minutes with someone who was considering relocating to Madison County what would you tell them?

“When businesses are looking to expand or relocate, there’s a reason to choose Madison County. It’s our commitment increasing the bottom line, thanks to advantages like the business-friendly environment, a skilled workforce, a strategic location, rich history of innovation and no shortage of properties to accommodate your specific needs.”

Thanks in part to St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital, Wayne Bruzzese will receive the Ambassador of the Year Award on February 25 at the 2016 Annual Awards Gala.

To view past award winners, or to read more about the awards, visit MCC’s Wall of Fame.

 

The fountain of our optimism flows from our faith in God

Says award finalists and owners of Green Tire Reclamation

Interview by Dirk Webb

Photo courtesy of Dale Pickett

 

Daniel and Diane McKenzie

Mike Flanders

Green Tire Reclamation, Inc.

2506 Fairview St

Anderson, IN 46016

(765) 602-4077

info@greentirereclamation.com

 

Green Tire Reclamation is the kind of small business every community needs; the perfect corporate citizen. They care for our environment by repurposing used tires preventing them from collecting in landfills. They care for those of us who have been sent to the human landfills providing jobs and hope for convicted felons. They care about “doing the right thing.”

Says Dan McKenzie, “I was cutting tires and sending them to a landfill like everyone else. Mike Flanders did some checking and found other options: four million of six million tires were going to landfills and we felt there was a better way…we wanted to make a difference for the environment. Mike discovered the bead wire in tires was going to be a major hurdle yet we found a way to recycle the bead wire and keep the rest of the tire from going to a landfill.”

McKenzie continues, “Mike is amazing. He taught me a lot about people. I pitched trash on a garbage truck for 15 years. Mike is the brains of the outfit, I’m more hands on and together we’re creating a market for shredded tires. Shipping out of state is not cost efficient. We’re actively promoting tires chips for septic systems and other uses.”

Green Tire is aggressively creating a market for aggregate materials in the State of Indiana. They are soon to get their first IDEM Legitimate Use Permit. They’ve also applied for and received a Metal Salvage License taking them into a whole different area. Creating strategic partnerships with metal recyclers, Green Tire is weeks away from buying Non Ferrous Metals – copper, brass, aluminum cans at their Fairview location.

Just as vital, Green Tire Reclamation attempts to reclaim people. Says McKenzie, “We hire guys from House of Hope. I came through the House of Hope 25 or 30 years ago and it saved my life. It’s not easy. We train them and then they move on. That’s not a bad thing either.”

Would you consider Madison County to be in the midst of sunrise? What does the business sunrise across the horizon look like to you?

“Just like all cycles in business life there are ups and downs. Anderson has certainly seen its fair share of both. There can be no doubt that we have experienced a down. We are now on the horizon of the up and with solid committed work it will happen. Our county has been built and rebuilt every time by the common hard working men and women of our community and that is where our faith is in this next sunrise we are experiencing.”

What does “A New Day” mean to you?

“A new day to us starts at around 4:00 am and goes until we can’t move anymore. A new day is started with the commitment to accomplish the tasks that will draw success to our community, our company and most importantly to the lives of those we come in contact with.”

How has your optimism helped you guide your company’s vision?

“The fountain of our optimism flows from our faith in God which drives us to show love and compassion for our fellow man and to run our business with integrity. By embracing these principles our employees and our customers see the difference it makes in the world.”

Is your optimism ever threatened?

“There is opposition in all things and optimism’s opposite is discouragement. We are simply determined to spend more time being optimistic.”

If Optimism leads to achievement, what is it you hope your company will achieve in 2016?

“We will complete the process of getting the first ever Tire Derived Aggregate project and pave the way for Madison County to be the first to embrace greener applications for waste tires. We will also expand into the final stages of our diversification goals by adding our indoor auto salvage facility.”

If you were to have five minutes with someone who was considering relocating to Madison County what would you tell them?

“Madison County has a powerful history in industry. We were integral in developing industrial uses for natural gas. We started and coined the inter-urban railway systems in America with the Union Traction Company. We brought the world from crank start motors to the electric starter through the Remy brothers. Now we are becoming a hub for international business and local entrepreneurs. The time is right and ripe for success. The time is right now!”

Green Tire Reclamation is one of three finalists being considered for the 2015 Emerging Business of the Year award. Thanks in part to St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital, the winner will be announced on February 25 at the 2016 Annual Awards Gala.

To view past award winners, or to read more about the awards, visit MCC’s Wall of Fame.

 

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