The mission of the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce is to coordinate the talents and energies of business, industry and individuals to make Wilson County a better place to live, work and raise a family.
New Leash On Life held a Groundbreaking Ceremony for its new spay/neuter clinic, conducted by the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce, on Friday, September 23. The new 2,500-square-foot Joy Clinic will be next to the existing New Leash on Life facility on Jim Draper Boulevard and offer spay and neuter services to more than 100 animals per week, said Executive Director Angela Chapman. New Leash on Life currently operates a mobile spay/neuter clinic and sees approximately 20 to 40 animals a week.
Angela Chapman, Director at New Leash On Life, was joined by Wilson County Commissioner and sole donor for the project, Joy Bishop, New Leash On Life Representatives, City Mayor Philip Craighead, Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board Scott Jasper, President Melanie Minter, Ambassadors and staff. For more information please visit www.newleashonline.org
The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee held their annual Industry Appreciation Day on September 15, recognizing LoJac Inc., and their commitment and service to the community. Chamber Chair-Elect Jud Nave opened ceremonies by welcoming LoJac executives and employees, local dignitaries, and Chamber members and staff.
LoJac Inc. was founded in 1983 by B.F. (Jack) Lowery and Donald G. Chambers. LoJac Inc. provides high-quality services and materials to the construction industry throughout the Southeast. Some of their services include grading, production and placement of asphalt pavement, sign fabrication and installation, and concrete paving and rehabilitation. They also produce and supply a wide range of high-quality masonry products such as block, brick, stone and sand. LoJac has been involved in many unique projects, including shopping centers, airport runways, and major private projects.
Members of the Economic Development Committee got the opportunity to talk to the executive staff about the business and its history while employees enjoyed lunch from Honeybaked Ham Co. The Chamber would like to extend a special thank you to CedarStone Bank for sponsoring the event held at LoJac Materials located at 1401 Toshiba Drive, Lebanon.
Sammy B’s Restaurant hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony September 9, 2016, at 4:00 p.m.
Owners Jim and Gina Stradley, were joined by representatives of Sammy B’s, friends and family, Mayor Philip Craighead, Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce Chair-Elect of the Board Judd Nave, Chamber of Commerce President Melanie Minter, Chamber Ambassadors and Staff.
Located at 705 Cadet Court, Sammy B’s offers a “dining concept of tasteful surroundings and friendly staff”, in a building rich with history, originally serving as the home of the president of Castle Heights Military Academy.
Maplehurst Bakeries held a ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening August 31, 2016 for its Lebanon facility. Plant manager, Mike Jones, said the facility currently employs 95 people and that most of those employees are Wilson County residents.
Maplehurst Bakeries produces frozen bakery products for in-store and food-service bakeries. The new location features warehouse, distribution and manufacturing operations and services customers across North America.
Cindy Waggoner, vice president of operations of Weston Foods North America and Mike Jones, plant manager were joined by State Representative Mark Pody, Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto, City Mayor Philip Craighead, Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce President Melanie Minter, Chamber Ambassadors and Staff.
Wilson County Promotions and the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual Business Before Hours in Fiddlers Grove on Tuesday, August 23, 2016. Wilson County Fair officials presented their annual Old Timers Award to this year’s recipients, Dan and Vondie Smith.
The Smiths have been married for 54 years. They were both raised on family farms. Dan works his 360-acre farm raising beef cattle. They agree the life of a farmer can be tough but also very rewarding.
Together they have accumulated 213 years of serving on various community boards. Some of those are Agriculture Farmers Conservation, Middle Tennessee Electric Coop. Young Farmers & Homemakers, Wilson County Livestock Association and many more.
Vondie has served on numerous bank boards. She began her banking career at Commerce Union Bank and working in banking for 54 years. She was a financial adviser to many people. She is also known for helping people pay their bills when they needed a helping hand.
Dan was a charter member of the Farmers Coop. He was serving on the Board when land was purchased for a new building. They built the fertilizer plant first. When they had sold enough stock, they built the building.
Dan and Vondie have served the people pf the community to make it a better place to work and live. Dan said, “He has been as nice to people as he knows how in everything he has done and hopes he has made a difference for the people he has served.”
In addition to having their names added to a plaque that will remain at the fairgrounds, Old Timers award recipients are presented with rocking chairs courtesy of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store.
For more information on attending or hosting the Chamber’s next Business Before/After Hours, contact the Chamber office at 615-444-5503.
Vision Realty Partners, LLC, hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony conducted by the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, August 11, 2016, at 11:00 a.m.
Owner and managing broker Tod Southworth and wife Betty were joined by friends, Vision Realty Partners Realtors, State Representative Mark Pody, Mayor Philip Craighead, Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board Scott Jasper, Chamber of Commerce President Melanie Minter, Chamber Ambassadors and Staff.
Vision Realty Partners’ new Lebanon location at 125 North castle Heights Avenue, Suite B, is a satellite of the main office in Mt. Juliet which has grown to 63 agents. “We are committed to working with and supporting new agents and want to be a big presence in Wilson County”, Southworth said.
Next Step Resource Center held a ribbon cutting on July 22, 2016, at 11:30 a.m. Located at 100 Mabry Court, the 4,800 square foot facility will serve an estimated 20 to 30 people per day from 19 counties. Among other services, the center provides clothing, housing, transportation and job and life-skill training to those in need.
Founding Executive Director Julie Hadlock was joined by representatives of The Next Step Resource Center, friends, Mayor Philip Craighead, Chamber Chairman of the Board, Scott Jasper, Chamber President, Melanie Minter, Chamber staff and Ambassadors.
For further information please contact the center at 615-547-9999.
Cook’s Pest Control celebrated the opening of the company’s new Lebanon, TN office at 1215 South Hartmann Drive. The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the 9,159 square-foot facility on July 8.
Brian Cook, Chief Administration Officer, Jo Cook, and Joel Kendzierski, district manager of Cook’s Nashville Northeast, were joined by representatives of Cook’s Pest Control, friends, State Representative Mark Pody, Mayor Philip Craighead, Chamber Chairman of the Board, Scott Jasper, Chamber President, Melanie Minter, Chamber staff and Ambassadors.
“We are very excited to move into our new location,” said Joel Kendzierski. “Cook’s Pest Control has been growing steadily in the Nashville area, and this new facility will give us the opportunity to have a more prominent presence in the area and to better serve our customers. We really look forward to becoming part of the neighborhood.”
Visit www.CooksPest.com to learn more about Cook’s Pest Control.
The 2016 Tennessee Scholars Ceremony was held on May 5th at Cumberland University. Tennessee Scholars is a joint effort by the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce and the business community of Wilson County to encourage students to take a rigorous course of study.
The ceremony brings Wilson County High Schools together, public and private. This year, there were 431 graduates from Friendship Christian School, Heritage Christian Academy, Lebanon High School, McClain Christian, Mt. Juliet Christian Academy, Mt. Juliet High School, Watertown High School, and Wilson Central High School.
Scholarships were provided by the Chamber’s Education Division, Genesco, the Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce, Old Hickory Credit Union, an anonymous donor, Wilson Bank and Trust, Manheim, Gladeville Market and Grille, Trinity, Walid Assal, Joe and Delora Holp, Tracy Pointer of Grow, and SKS Enterprises.
Scholarship winners for this year were: Chandler Bastin of Friendship Christian, Honah Bean of Lebanon High School, Michele Bean of Lebanon High School, JC McDearman of Lebanon High School, Thomas Oakely of Lebanon High School, Meghan Branham of Mt. Juliet High School, Emma Brown of Mt. Juliet High School, Jordan Burgess of Mt. Juliet High School, Anna Cheatham of Mt. Juliet High School, Preston Clark of Mt. Juliet High School, Kristen Hammer of Mt. Juliet High School, Justin Dillard of Wilson Central High School, Sarah Hamilton of Wilson Central High School, Chelsea Horton of Wilson Central High School, Asia Pace of Wilson Central High School, Makayla Ruckman of Wilson Central High School, Kayla Varner of Wilson Central High School and Valentina Yang of Wilson Central High School.
The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce would like to thank Cumberland University, Gardens on Main, County Mayor Randall Hutto, the guest speaker for the event, all School Principals, Ruth Woodall and the sponsors who made it possible for the Chamber to award $10,000 in scholarships! It was a great night and an energetic example of Wilson County’s generosity and academic commitment!
For further information please contact The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce at 615-444-5503.