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LUFKIN | ANGELINA COUNTY

March|April 2020

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WELCOME LETTER

Hello East Texans,

I hope your 2020 is off to a great start and that you are already on a roll to making this year the best yet! If you were at our 100th Annual Chamber Banquet and Birthday Bash, then you learned that our focus as we step into our 101st year as an organization is that “Greater Things Are Yet to Come!” We are so blessed. Our community is built on a firm foundation. From our faith to our predecessors, this community is strong. We have incredible people who have come before us that have made a path for us to follow, but it’s in the lyrics of Chris Tomlin’s song that we are reminded that we are not done. Greater things are yet to come, greater things are still to be done in this city! It is our responsibility to build and continue to move our community forward. We must train and teach the next generations to be movers and shakers—to be visionaries—to be great leaders. I am proud to say that Lufkin and Nacogdoches leaders are working together and building bridges. Angelina College and SFA continue to work together to have incredible opportunities for furthering education for our students. The East Texas Manufacturing Alliance is up and going and thriving thanks to a two-year grant funded by the TLL Temple Foundation and hard work of many volunteers. This past month, we held the Inaugural Manufactures Day where we bussed hundreds of students, who were carefully chosen by all of the

Angelina County school districts and Nacogdoches school districts, to come and hear from over 30 manufactures about opportunities for education and careers right here at home. The two chambers are working together to plan Lufkin/Angelina County/Nacogdoches/SFA day in Austin for 2021 to join forces and be a louder voice to get things done for our region. From issues that include transportation to healthcare, we are working together to make our region stronger. Our staff wants you, our Investors and community members, to know that you are part of our vision. We have carefully planned out and secured every speaker, strategically planned and picked every topic for 2020 so that you can plan out what is best for your employees to get involved in. The Chamber wants to be an integral part of helping make your business successful. We want to give you and your employees tangible tools to take back and implement in your business to help make it stronger. If you are not an Investor but are interested in seeing what we have going on or ways to get plugged in, come by and have a cup of coffee with us, and let’s visit. We truly believe that “greater things are yet to come” if we will all just work together.

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CONTENTS 2

Welcome

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Being Real

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Climbing High

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Foreign Trade Zone

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Leadership Applications

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The Kumon Method

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Expo Center

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Ribbon Cuttings

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Angelina Beautiful Clean

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Renewing Investors

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On the Scene

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Angelina Arts Alliance

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Calendar

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Climbing high Written By Megan Whitworth Are you and your team looking to learn trust, effective communication, group strength or self-empowerment? If the answer is yes, then a trip to the Angelina College Ropes Course (ACRC) is the right route for you. Through its unique and outdoor experience, ACRC is geared to teach leadership skills, cooperation, effective communication, positive attitude, trust, problem solving, group strength and self-empowerment. Working together to accomplish each task in a series of challenges, ACRC programs are designed to improve the performance and cohesiveness of a group or team. The course is located at the 3700 Block of Daniel McCall Drive on the Angelina College campus; it is in the woods across the parking lot from the Activity Center. Groups endure together a course that consists of a variety of low range elements, initiatives and high range elements, including a zip-line and a climbing wall. The low range elements differ from zero to six feet; the high range elements range between 12 to 30 feet. In February, the new dangling duo course was announced. To complete the full course, which includes warm-up games, team-building initiatives, low and high elements, it generally takes about six hours depending on the size of the group, stated the ACRC website. Also available are half-day programs for up to three hours that focus on just team-building initiatives and low elements, or groups can do a few warm-up games and focus on high elements only. The cost for a half day (2-3.5 hours) is $300, which includes games, initiatives and low range elements. A full day (3.5-6.5 hours) is $550, which includes games, initiatives, low range and high range elements. A custom trip to ACRC can be designed for teams/groups. To inquire about it, call 936-6335435 or email ropescourse@angelina.edu. In 2013, ACRC received the Program of the Year award from the Texas Experiential Resources Association in recognition for the quality of service the Ropes Course provides to a large variety of groups. To learn more about the ACRC, Megan Whitworth chatted with Ropes Course Coordinator Patty Donaldson about the course, what participants can expect, and what her favorite part of the ACRC is.  4

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Keep reading to learn more about the Angelina College Ropes Course. M: Tell me about the Angelina College Ropes Course. P: It was built in 1998 and offers a supportive environment for self-improvement and team improvement.   M: How did the Ropes Course get started? P: It started as a collaborative effort between AC and ADAC-DET (Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of DET).   M: What can someone expect for their first time at ACRC? P: Participants can expect a fun learning experience with opportunities to get outside their comfort zones.   M: What type of courses do you have at ACRC that teams can participate in? P: We have group initiatives - cooperative ground activities, low elements - elevated activities that do not require a harness/helmet, and high elements - elevated activities that do require a harness/helmet.   M: Why is the ACRC a great group activity for team building experiences? P: Most of the activities we do encourage team-building, because they are cooperative games, designed for the group to work together to achieve a goal.   M: What skill level does it take to complete the courses? P: Skill is not necessarily a prerequisite. A desire to overcome personal obstacles, such as fear, are needed to complete the course.   M: How should someone dress to participate? Comfortable, weather-appropriate, with closed-toe shoes. It is best to not wear low-cut shirts, flip-flops or short shorts.   M: What is your favorite part about ACRC? P: Seeing individuals do something they think or say they can’t.   M: Why should people come out to enjoy the ACRC? P: It is local, and it is fun.

Skill is not necessarily

a prerequisite. A desire to

overcome personal obstacles, such as fear, are needed to complete the course.” Patty Donaldson Ropes Course Coordinator

For more information on the Angelina College Ropes Course, visit angelina.edu/com-serv/ropes-course/. Follow the organization on Facebook and Instagram @ACRopesCourse.

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Applications now available for Leadership programs Leadership Tomorrow and Leadership Lufkin applications are now available for 2020-2021. Brochures and applications can be downloaded at LufkinTexas.org. A physical copy can be picked up at the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce, 1615 S. Chestnut St., Lufkin. Leadership Tomorrow Leadership Lufkin The next generation of East Texas leaders can apply for Leadership Lufkin is a prestigious nine-month program Leadership Tomorrow during their junior year of high designed to identify and educate the existing and potential school. leaders of Lufkin and Angelina County. “We are building them up to be great leaders here in It consists of a very active program that includes a twoAngelina County. Not only for their peers, but for their day retreat and ropes course, a trip to Austin to study state futures,” said Ashley Berry, Director of Leadership government, leadership training, a community project, Programs. “We are teaching them to be leaders of the volunteering at Texas State Forest Festival and sevenfuture.” monthly sessions. Leadership Tomorrow, hosted by the Chamber, was “Leadership Lufkin is great for not only professional designed for high school, private school, charter school networking but also for opportunities to gain a better and home school juniors in Angelina Count. understanding of Angelina County,” Berry said. “This year Students in the program have the benefit of learning we’re excited to bring students more leadership and selfabout Angelina County first-hand, exploring possible development opportunities.” career opportunities that exist in this area, and giving back Each monthly session covers issues pertaining to city, to the community through volunteer service and volunteer county and state government, education, health care, projects. community safety, social services, economy, quality of life The class year will begin with a reception in September and history of Angelina County. to welcome students and to thank their sponsors. During Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and are the following seven months, students will attend a total required to either reside or work in Angelina County. of five sessions that focus on social services, health care, Tuition for the program is $1,200, which covers costs of education, quality of life, local economy, financial services some meals and transportation, training materials and and government in Angelina County. During this time, speakers. the students will also work on three community volunteer The final deadline for all Leadership Lufkin applications projects and close out the year with graduation in April is May 22. Applications should be turned in to the 2021. Chamber, attention Ashley Berry. “Our hope would be for the leaders that we are Both Leadership Tomorrow and Leadership Lufkin developing to have a desire to come back and lead applicants will be notified by the first week of August if Angelina County,” Berry said. they are accepted into the programs. The deadline to apply is April 3. For more info on Leadership Tomorrow and Leadership Lufkin, contact Berry at ABerry@LufkinTexas.org or call 936-634-6644.

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2020 is well underway, and we have had a busy start of the year! The first three weekends of the new year were filled with horses, cattle, and young cowboys and cowgirls. We appreciate each youth rodeo association that chooses Lufkin as the location for their rodeos. Hopefully, you had a chance to attend the 31st Annual Lufkin Bull Bash on Feb. 22. We had a great time! The Angelina County Fair will be held March 24-28 at the Expo. We pride ourselves on supporting the youth of Angelina County through supporting their projects. Students of the county raise, build or bake projects to showcase at the Fair in hopes of winning that prized position in the Auction that Saturday. We invite the community to come out to watch the students as they exhibit their projects for the judge. The Angelina County Benefit Rodeo will be held April 22-25 at the Expo. This is one of the finest rodeos in Texas. This rodeo is an official stop on the PRCA circuit and attracts more than 20,000 people each year. It’s always a great time for everyone! For more info, visit angelinabenefitrodeo.com. Spring will be here before you know it. So, mark this date on your calendar: May 8, 2020. Plan to get your tickets for the Annual Expo Party. This is a great event, and proceeds will go to support the maintenance and improvement of the Expo. We appreciate and depend on the support of the community as a non-profit organization. What better way to show your support that attending the best party in town? You will have the chance to bid on hunting trips, concert tickets and more. There will also be a silent auction and gun raffle. Your ticket includes a meal and plenty of refreshments. New for 2020: a live concert featuring Gary P. Nunn and the Sons of the Bunkhouse Band immediately following the auction. Tickets are available at the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce. To learn more, visit angelinaexpocenter.com. Plus, visit us on Facebook @Angelina Expo or, give us a call at 936-637-EXPO anytime. As always, See you at the Expo! Burt Hairgrove, Executive Director CONNECT  M A R C H | A P R I L 2 0 2 0

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Shows for everyone at Angelina Arts Alliance Written by Ginger Trotter March and April are very busy months for professional performing arts events in Lufkin/Angelina County. These performances represent the very best of of their genres, starting with the national tour of the Broadway blockbuster musical “American in Paris” stopping at the Temple Theater March 7. In addition to these major performances, the Arts Alliance will welcome over 2,000 school children to schooltime performances of “The Magic School Bus, Diary of a Wombat,” as well as a three-day outreach event featuring Jazz Reach. AMERICAN IN PARIS: March 7 @ 7:30 p.m. | TEMPLE THEATER DOOLIN: March 21 @ 7 p.m. | PINES THEATER UNDERWATER BUBBLE SHOW: March 29 @ 2 p.m. | TEMPLE THEATER MOMIX, VIVA MOMIX: April 4 @ 7:30 p.m. | TEMPLE THEATER RANKY TANKY: April 21 @ 7 p.m. | PINES THEATER

AMERICAN IN PARIS: March 7 @ 7:30 p.m. | TEMPLE THEATER In post war Paris, romance is in the air and youthful optimism reigns. Gershwin’s soaring melodies are matched by gravity-defying dance as the world rediscovers the power of love in this breathtaking production. Hoping to start a new life, World War II veteran Jerry Mulligan chooses newly liberated Paris as the place to make a name for himself as a painter. But Jerry’s life becomes complicated when he meets Lise, a young Parisian shop girl with her own secret, and realizes he is not her only suitor. Winner of four Tony Awards and inspired by the Academy Award-winning film, this exquisite production features your favorite Gershwin songs including: “I Got Rhythm,” “Liza,” “‘S Wonderful,” “But Not for Me” and “Stairway to Paradise.” DOOLIN: March 21 @ 7 p.m. | PINES THEATER Ireland comes to the Piney Woods on the musical coattails of Doolin’, a premier Celtic band from France fusing traditional Irish music with a host of other genres, including pop, folk, jazz and hip-hop. From ballads to furiously fast jigs, this concert is the perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day all week long. DISCOVERY SERIES EVENT! Kids Just $5! UNDERWATER BUBBLE SHOW: March 29 @ 2 p.m. | TEMPLE THEATER Come on along on the unexpected journey of Mr. B in the colorful underwater world of Bubblelandia! It is like you imagined – a special, colorful, happy place! The inhabitants of Bubblelandia – seahorses, dragon fish, starfish, mermaids, clown fish and others – will carry Mr. B along 10

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MOMIX, VIVA MOMIX: April 4 @ 7:30 p.m. | TEMPLE THEATER MOMIX transports audiences from their everyday lives to a fantasy world through its trademark use of magical lighting and imagery. MOMIX has thrilled fans in over 22 countries and has been featured on stage, screen and television. In an endless search for another gravity, Artistic Director Moses Pendleton combines athletic dance, riveting music, outrageous costumes, inventive props and pure talent to create an entertaining multimedia experience. RANKY TANKY: April 21 @ 7 p.m. | PINES THEATER Translating loosely as “work it” or ‘get funky” in the West African language of Gullah, Ranky Tanky brings the music of a unique culture to life with large helpings of gospel, funk and R & B. Ranky Tanky’s amazing style and talent is gathering quite a list of awards including #1 jazz album on Billboard, iTunes and Amazon Music. Just last month they added their first Grammy award to their list of accolades! Tickets are on sale now, in person at the Temple Theater Box Office, Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., by phone 936-633-5454 and online at AngelinaArts.org. Angelina Arts Alliance is a 501©3 non-profit organization whose mission is to present diverse, quality performing arts, along with educational and family performances which collectively enrich, engage, and educate the community. Follow Angelina Arts Alliance on Facebook for late-breaking news and ticket giveaways.

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Chalk Walk

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The Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau and Downtown Lufkin are excited to announce a fun, new event during our annual SpringFest. Join us for SpringFest’s Chalk Walk on Saturday, April 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. SpringFest’s Chalk Walk will feature local and out-of-town artists, of all abilities and ages, as they transform the streets of Downtown Lufkin into vibrant colors and works of art with the chance to win prizes. Participating artists will pay a $20 registration fee. The fee will include their chalk supplies, but artists are allowed to provide their own if they wish. Artists will pick their own 6’x6’ spaces on a first-come, first-serve basis during checkin. Check-in will begin at 8 a.m. the morning of the event, and artists will be able to begin working at that point. SpringFest will begin at 10 a.m. and patrons will be able to walk among the artists to watch the art come to life. We encourage all our artists to be creative and unique with their drawings. The more color the better. At 6 p.m., judges will pick a First, Second and Third place winner. Prize money will be awarded in the following amounts: First Place - $600, Second Place - $300 and Third Place - $100. We are so excited to bring our first Chalk Walk to the streets of Downtown Lufkin. We encourage everyone to participate - no matter what skill level. There will also be a Kids’ Zone for our smallest artists to doodle. This year’s SpringFest will also feature live music, a car show, a family zone and local food trucks and vendors. Admission into SpringFest is free, so bring the whole family out for a great day of fun! For more info on SpringFest and SpringFest’s Chalk Walk, check out visitlufkin.com, or give us a call at 936-633-0349. CONNECT  M A R C H | A P R I L 2 0 2 0

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Made in Angelina County

Being Real Written By Megan Whitworth When local man Chris Fleniken quit his day job to work full-time at his new business, Real Graphics, in the early 2000’s, some folks mentioned the crashing economy, some even questioned how long he would be able to stay with his new company. But Fleniken didn’t let the fears stop him as he moved forward and saw his company thrive. “We’ve actually grown every year,” he said. “That’s (a) cool thing that I’m really proud of. Some years it’s 6%. Some years it’s 18%. But we’ve grown every year, and that’s a big thing. So, you can make things happen in Angelina County.” Fleniken started the East Texas business as a lone wolf designing graphics and making prints for local churches and has since added 24-employees working multiple avenues of design, print, web, apparel, wraps and signage at Real Graphics. In 2017, the company moved into a larger building in Lufkin located at 417 East Lufkin Ave. from their prior office located on Timberland Drive. This change was known as Real Graphics 2.0, Fleniken said. The new building allowed more space for equipment and design. “(It) was just the perfect building that we could grow,” he said of the downtown location. Throughout the past few years, Real Graphics has also merged with East Tex Printing and Sport Threads, the latter 12

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Made in Angelina County being a premium sport jersey brand At the end of 2019, Fleniken said he “upgraded a lot of the equipment in every department to meet the volume levels we were going for.” He called the changes Real Graphics 3.0. “Real Graphics 3.0 is excited to go into 2020, just because we’ve caught our tools and our equipment up to where we need to be to do the job we want to do,” he said. The next goal is to add more space to the building. A No-brainer The way Fleniken said he grew his business is by bringing jobs inhouse, instead of outsourcing. “The way I’ve grown is that I would outsource to a point where it was a no-brainer that I needed to move into that,” he said. “At one point in 2010, it was to the point where I actually had two printers outsourcing; they weren’t keeping up. I had struggles with deadlines and struggles with, just not even the quality, as much as just the detailed control. You know, like maybe they’d print a shirt, and that’s not the yellow that I intended. ‘You used a golden yellow. I wanted more lemon.’ … Not having my thumb on it was really hindering us.” The business owner recalled a list of goals he made for 2016 that included bringing embroidery inhouse. “We had a great person doing embroidery. But, it’s hard to keep up on turnaround and the pricing control,” Fleniken said. “Sometimes, customers come in like, ‘Hey, can I just get two more real quick?’ ... Scenarios like that were tricky. … We didn’t have space, didn’t have the money either. But we wanted to get (into) embroidery.” Soon after, he got a call from a business owner wanting to retire who asked Fleniken if he wanted to purchase the equipment and business. He said yes, and Sport Threads joined Real Graphics.  Instead of outsourcing for business cards, brochures, and the like, when East Tex came onboard, it allowed for more options for Real Graphics to do more inhouse.  “They gave us a really versatile print shop that again is a great tool for our customers on options,” Fleniken said. “We

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Made in Angelina County used to have some options for paper and sizes, but now it’s like, ‘What paper weight do you want? You want glossy or matte? It could be four inches; it could be four and a half. It doesn’t matter. We can chop however you want it.’ It’s so much better.” Fleniken said that 85% of all products are made inhouse. “That’s something that makes us really, really proud,” he said. “… Our goal is to get that to 90-95%. In other words, so we can control everything and crank it out faster.” The future Looking back to when he first launched Real Graphics in 2007, Fleniken said he never thought the small business would be where it is now. “I think it’s still shocking to see where in 12-years’ time what we’ve accomplished. In one way, my thought is, ‘Gosh, I hope we don’t get much bigger,’” he said with a laugh. “But I mean, really, with a team I have, we can keep doing whatever. I’m pretty confident in our team. … We can take on anything. “The cool thing is we have a really strong home base,” he continued. “It’s just neat that we have a good footing here and it makes us … be able to do anything. The next 10 years, I really think we are on a good foundation to grow and do.”

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Made in Angelina County The name When asked where the name Real Graphics came from, Fleniken said the word real has always been an “impactful word” for him. “Just be real, be genuine,” he said. “Whether that be your relationship with God, your relationship with people. Just don’t be, you know, don’t have any kind of front, trying to hide or be different. Just be who you are. I thought there was a great power in that. “...I was going to go with Real Printing, and I think it was a divine thing that I picked the word graphics instead,” he added. “... I was thinking, ‘Well, it’s more than just printing. I guess it’s also kind of graphic work.’ So, thankfully, we did pick a name that was broad enough that we can continue to grow over the years. ... I am really glad that (the name) could stand and be still relevant to what we’re doing.” To learn more about Real Graphics, visit realgraphics.com. Follow the East Texas company on Facebook @realgraphicslufkin and @real.graphics on Instagram.

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‘It’s a big deal’ Written by Megan Whitworth

When Bob Samford came onboard as the executive director for the Lufkin Economic of Development Corp. nearly two years ago, he said there was talk of Lufkin striving to become a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ). So, he ran with the idea. However, there was a big roadblock. The United States Department of Commerce denied the application, because “we were outside the boundaries of the Port of Houston,” Samford said. “When you hear no … especially in the business world, that just means you need to work harder and smarter,” he said. “So, we pulled a FTZ team together, reassessed our game plan, and our best option was to go with the Port of Beaumont.” Samford arranged a one-on-one meeting with the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Port Director of Beaumont, and he said no to the proposal. That roadblock did not stop the team reaching for other ideas. So, they started communicating with federal and state elected officials about helping get their message to key officials within the United States Department of Commerce and Customs and Border Protection. “We received direct written support from Senator Ted Cruz, Senator John Cornyn, Congressman Gohmert, Texas Governor Abbott, Senator Nichols, Representative Ashby, Angelina County, DETCOG and Tara Watson-Watkins at the Chamber,” Samford said. “Once we did that, we sent a very clear message to the Department of Commerce and CBP that: Number one, we’re not going to go away; Number two, we’re not going to take no for an answer, and number three, we meet the legal CONNECT  M A R C H | A P R I L 2 0 2 0

criteria and Lufkin deserves to have the FTZ designation.” Plus, Samford had the backing of Lufkin City Manager Keith Wright, who gave him the autonomy to make this FTZ project a reality. The perseverance finally paid off, and in December 2019, the good news was announced - Lufkin was designated as Foreign Trade Zone No. 297. “What does this do? It puts a huge economic tool in our toolbox,” Lufkin Mayor Bob Brown said during his State of the City speech in January 2020. “...It puts us into potential overseas markets; Lufkin is now open for business to the economic development world. And I think it’s going to bring long-term sustainable jobs to Lufkin, Texas.” “I’m very pleased with the recent announcement of Lufkin as a Foreign Trade Zone,” State Rep. Trent Ashby said. “Job creation and capital investment are essential to a vibrant economy and this decision will only strengthen ongoing efforts to enhance Lufkin’s industrial and commercial posture in the region.” The Next Steps When asked what the next steps are, Samford said the City will need to “meet all of our requirements of monitoring and registration with the CBP.” Among those requirements is giving office space to the CBP agents in City Hall downtown Lufkin and coordinating CBP efforts with local law enforcement. Samford said an FTZ expert team has been hired out of Houston to help with the process. “It’s not something we’re going to see immediate returns,” he said. “It’s

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going to take hard work and put Lufkin in front of the leaders in the site selection process.” The LEDC executive director has joined the National Association of Foreign Trade Zone (NAFTZ). He’s been nominated to be on the grantee committee and has made a personal goal to be involved with the NAFTZ leadership. “I want to see who the best in class in Foreign Trade Zone is and ask them to help mentor me and help me understand how, so we can take that position as best in class” he said. “Lufkin is looking for companies that will recognize the benefits of our infrastructure, geographic location, cost of living, quality of life and a very competent skilled workforce,” Samford continued. “I mean, it’s pretty easy to see - I love Lufkin and East Texas - I really do. I’m very passionate about Lufkin and bringing quality jobs for current and future generations. I think once we get one FTZ related company, then we’ll get two, we’ll get four. And it can just literally build on itself. The opportunities are endless.” A Generational Factor Samford said that Lufkin being designated as a Foreign Trade Zone will affect multiple generations of East Texans. “I really, really believe that this could be a generational opportunity for the City of Lufkin,” he said. “...This is a designation that will never go away. It will be with the City of Lufkin forever. As Houston grows, other metropolitan areas grow; we’ve got HWY 59 bringing in all these materials. It really put us in a different category and raises our credibility within the economic development world. We’re going to be seen now as a major league economic development player, and it’s going to prove to businesses that Lufkin can produce a workforce that is acceptable to the Foreign Trade Zone marketplace. We’ve received permission from the U.S. Department of Commerce. It’s a big deal.” To learn more about a FTZ, visit lufkinedc.com/foreign-trade-zone/.

We’re going to be seen now as a major league player, and it’s going to prove to businesses that Lufkin can produce a workforce that is acceptable to the Foreign Trade Zone. We’re received permission from the U.S. Department of Commerce. It’s a big deal.”

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What are the benefits of a FTZ?

- CBP duty and federal excise tax, if applicable, are paid when the merchandise is transferred from the zone for consumption. - While in the zone, merchandise is not subject to U.S. duty or excise tax. Certain tangible personal property is generally exempt from state and local ad valorem taxes. - Goods may be exported from the zone free of duty and excise tax. - CBP security requirements provide protection against theft. - Merchandise may remain in a zone indefinitely, whether or not subject to duty. Source: www.cbp.gov

We’re the answer to your sprayers.

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The Kumon Method

Meet Armaan Rajani

Meet Armaan, a 10-year-old sixth grader from Regents Academy of Nacogdoches. Armaan began his Kumon journey when he was fiveyears-old. His parents dedicated their Saturday driving him to the Kumon of Humble, a two-hour drive from Nacogdoches. Within one year of enrolling in Kumon, Armaan skipped a grade in school and was studying two grades above materials in Kumon already. Currently, Armaan is mastering high school level math and literature, while only in elementary school. Since he is studying above grade level, he can complete his homework quickly, leaving him plenty of time to balance all of his extracurricular commitments, such as participating in piano lessons, competitive soccer, spelling club, drama, robotics club and much more. “Kumon has taught me to focus and stay committed,” Armaan said. “I’ve been playing the piano since I was five, and just like Kumon, I practice it every day. Kumon has increased my ability to focus, which (has) helped me achieve best results in school and outside. Sometimes I think of quitting when I try to learn a difficult music piece, but because of Kumon, I know if I press on and stay committed, I will master it in no time. Kumon teaches perseverance.” Armaan is committed to reach his goals of mastering piano, winning a regional spelling bee with his school team, playing soccer in interschool tournament, and advancing to the next Kumon level. Armaan’s future goal is to become an astronaut or a pilot, and he said he knows he must work

6th Grader at Regents Academy

KUMON Math level I (9th Grade Material) Reading level H II (8th Grade Material) Youtuber & Piano Enthusiast (Youtube Channel: Armaan’s Piano) Main lead actor in Christ Episcopal School TV ad: youtube.com/watch?v=d1_t10V4AVM 20

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very hard to make it a reality. In 2019, Kumon of Lufkin opened to serve students in Angelina County. In December 2019, a ribbon cutting was held to celebrate Kumon joining the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce. Kumon Lufkin owner, Amin Rajani and Ambreen Rajani moved to Texas in 2006 looking for business opportunities as entrepreneurs. After running successful retail businesses in the San Augustine and Nacogdoches area, they decided to invest time in the field of education to play a part in the future of the younger generation, and felt Kumon is the right choice. They now run two Kumon centers, one in Nacogdoches and one in Lufkin. For more info on Kumon, visit kumon.com/LUFKIN. Their Lufkin location is located at4100 S. Medford Drive, Suite 209. The Kumon Method empowers preschool to high school-aged children to become self-learners and is designed to advance math and reading skills while fostering a love for learning. It goes beyond traditional tutoring by actively developing critical thinking skills as children progress independently through a carefully crafted curriculum. For more info on Kumon, visit kumon.com/LUFKIN.

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Ribbon Cuttings

McNutt Funeral Home & Crematory Congratulations on one year of serving the families of Angelina County, Mcnutt Funeral Home! During the Red Carpet Salute, Manager Gerald Spradlin shared that McNutt has officially opened the first crematory in Angelina County. In the spring, the Chamber will host a red ribbon cutting at the location. McNutt Funeral Home is located at 400 South First Street in Lufkin. To learn more about the services they offer, visit mcnuttfuneralhome.com.

Absolute Washing Service Welcome to the Chamber, Absolute Washing Service! Absolute has been serving East Texas for over 15 years. They were founded as a pressure washing company and have continued to grow since the beginning. Call Absolute for all your cleaning needs. For more information on Absolute Washing Service, call 936-852-4536 or visit  absolutewashingservice.com.

DETCOG Congratulations on the beautiful new building, Deep East Texas Council of Governments! The DETCOG headquarters is located at 1405 Kurth Dr., Lufkin. The new facility places DETCOG in a central location for the 12-county Deep East Texas Region and will allow all its programs to be housed under one roof for the first time in several years. For more information on DETCOG and their programs, visit detcog.gov.

Naranjo Museum of Natural History A Red Carpet Salute was held to celebrate the Naranjo Museum of Natural History’s Board of Directors and their operation of the museum as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity in January 2020. The Naranjo Museum is a wonderful place to visit and to learn about historic knowledge about dinosaurs and much more. The museum is located at 5104 S 1st St, Lufkin. For more information, visit naranjomuseum.org.

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Premier Nationwide Lending Welcome to the Chamber, Premier Nationwide Lending! Dozens came out to celebrate Philip Price in his Premier Nationwide Lending office late January 2020. The office is located at 211 E. Shepherd Ave., Lufkin. For all of your home loan needs, visit loansbypremier.com. You can connect with Price on LinkedIn, just search “Philip Price.”

Less waiting where it matters most – our emergency room.

The Agency, Farrell Real Estate Group Welcome to the Chamber, The Agency, Farrell Real Estate Group! The Agency is a real estate group serving buyers, sellers and investors in and around Lufkin. With over 16 years in the real estate business, they are ready to help you every step of the way. Learn more about the Agency at mylufkinhome.com.

In a medical emergency, every minute matters. So, at Woodland Heights Medical Center, you’ll find faster care in the emergency room. We work diligently to have you initially seen by a medical professional* in 30 minutes – or less. And, with a team of dedicated medical specialists, we can provide a lot more care, if you need it.

The 30-Minutes-Or-Less E.R. Service Pledge – only at Woodland Heights Medical Center.

Junk’n Treasures Event Decor Rentals Welcome to the Chamber, Junk’n Treasures Event Decor Rentals! Junk’n Treasures is an event decor rental business specializing in weddings, styled shoots and much more. They cater to brides, event planners, photographers, business/corporate events, as well as birthdays, bridal and baby showers to name a few. To learn more about Junk’n Treasures Event Decor Rentals, visit junkntreasurestx.com.

WoodlandHeights.net *Medical professionals may include physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. Woodland Heights Medical Center is directly or indirectly owned by a partnership that proudly includes physician owners, including certain members of the hospital’s medical staff.

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NEW INVESTORS Badders Law Firm DMV Petroleum Nettles Venture Premier Nationwide Lending

RENEWING INVESTORS

A-1 Self Storage & Pack Mail A-1 Smith’s Portable Toilets AAA Self Storage – 69 Abeldt’s Gaslight Pharmacy, Inc. Ables-Land, Inc. Al Meyer Ford Alderman Cain & Neill, PLLC Alene’s Florist Alexander, Lankford & Hiers, Inc. All Families Mortuary - Burke Allen Loggins & Sons, Inc. American Cancer Society American Filter Service, LLC American Real Estate - Jennifer Oliver American Real Estate - Liz Jeffrey Angelina & Neches River Authority Angelina & Neches River RR Co. Angelina College Small Business Development Center Angelina County & Cities Health District Angelina Excavating Angelina Glass Angelina Savings Bank Angelina Steel, Inc. Anita Caraway BPX Energy BXS Insurance Bartlett, Baggett & Shands, LLP Beard Fine Jewelers Bill Simpson Bob Brown Boy Scouts/ East Texas Area Council Brazos Transit District Brookshire Brothers Inc. Brookshire Brothers Inc. - Corporate Office Brown Family Health Center, Inc. Buck’s Cup of Joe Buckner Children & Family Services

Bulls Eye Guarantee, LLC Burke Cafe Del Rio Carpets By Curiosity Centerpoint Energy Central I.S.D. Chandler, Mathis & Zivley, PC Charles Kent, DDS Cherokee Industrial Fab Chick-Fil-AAt South Loop Crossing Chicken Express Childers Glass Inc. Chili’s Grill and Bar Choice Cut Meat Market Choice Homecare City Wide Directories LLC City of Lufkin Clark Insurance Coburn’s Supply Company Commercial Bank of Texas - Tulane Branch Commercial Metals Company Community Title Contractor’s Supplies, Inc. Cook Saw Shop, Inc. Cook Tire & Service Center Cotton Patch Café Crime Stoppers of Lufkin, Inc. Crosspoint Communications Cybershield D&J Roofing Construction Company Datamax David S. Tamminga Davis Insurance, A Higginbotham Company Dedicated MRI Center, PLLC Deep East Texas Council of Governments Dental Center of Lufkin Denum Moving & Storage

INVESTOR ANNIVERSARIES

35 Years Century 21 Bryan Realty, Inc. - Michael and Sandy Bryan Duran Pools & Spas Overhead Door Company of Lufkin 25 Years Café Del Dio 24

DECEMBER/JANUARY Superior Cleaning The Agency, Ferrell Real Estate Group The Colony Apartments Woodland Heights Obstetrics & Gynecology

DECEMBER/JANUARY

Diboll Housing Authority Diboll I.S.D. Discount Overhead Door, Inc. Don W. Duran, Attorney at Law Dr. & Mrs. Sidney C. Roberts Dunagan Warehouse Corp. Dupree Tire Company Inc. Duran Pools & Spas Dynamic Workforce Solutions/Dynamic Works Institute East Texas Cancer Alliance of Hope East Texas Communities Foundation East Texas Foot Associates East Texas Hematology and Oncology Clinic East Texas Nephrology Associates Eastview United Pentecostal Church Edward Jones - Ashley Bratton, Financial Advisor Edward Jones - Vince Treadwell, Financial Advisor Ellen Temple Etech Everett, Griffith, Jr. & Associates Inc. Farmers Insurance - Selena Mitchell Fenley & Bate, Attorneys at Law Fenley & Bate, Attorneys at Law First Lutheran Church Fish & Still Equipment Fitt Life Floors Unlimited Inc. Food & Nutrition Solutions Friends of Ellen Trout Zoo Friesen-Strain Insurance Assoc. Gann Medford Real Estate - Nathan Gann Georgia-Pacific Building Products LLC Gipson Funeral Home Goff & Herrington, P.C.

Goodwill Industries of Central East Texas, Inc. Goodwin-Lasiter-Strong - Engineering, Architecture, Interior Design, Surveying Greater East Texas Community Action Program Greenbriar Apartments HSH Properties Partnership, LP Haglund Law Firm Haney Trucking Inc. Harmony Hill Baptist Church Healy’s Frameworks Heritage Land Bank Hexion Inc. Holiday Travel Agency Holmes Smokehouse Hospice in The Pines House of Compassion of Lufkin Hudson I.S.D. Hudson Water Supply Humane Society of Angelina County Hunt Stone & Fireplace Huntington I.S.D. IHOP #1474 J.R. Martin, D. O. JD’s Gutters Jake Lyon & Associates Inc. James Hilliard & Son’s Landscaping, LLC Jerry Highnote Jewell Hudgens Joe W. Elliott House Jordan Family Dentistry, PA Junior Achievement KSWP/KAVX/LEBF KTRE TV Ken Smith, Casper & Associates C.P.A.’s Kisatchie Midnight Express Lamar Advertising

MARCH/APRIL Lockheed Martin

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Law Office of Robert L. Flournoy Legacy Institute for Financial Education Lehman’s Pipe & Steel, Inc. Lewis & Seely Appraisals, Inc. Linda F. Parker Loggins Plumbing Lone Star Veterinary Clinic Loving Toyota Lower Neches Valley Authority Lufkin Barbecue Inc Lufkin Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Inc. Lufkin Convention & Visitors Bureau Lufkin Daily News Lufkin First Baptist Church Lufkin Host Lions Club Lufkin Rubber & Gasket Co. Lufkin State Supported Living Center Lumbermen’s Insurance Machine Services, Inc. Maddux Lumber & Hardware Manhattan Fine Dining Restaurant MarTeres Tea Room Mathews Fine Cabinetry Inc. Merle Norman Cosmetics Merry Maids Moore Brothers Construction Co. Moore Building Associates Morgan Insurance Agency Mueller Inc. Mustang Tractor & Equipment

Oak Street Capital Management Office Barn Oncor Electric Delivery Oscar Dillahunty PID Group, Inc. Palmer & Ross Dental Group Parkwood in the Pines Healthcare and Rehab Paul E. White Pax-Sun Engineering Inc. Payne Electrical Contractors Physicians Of East Texas, L.L.C. Pilot Club of Lufkin PineCrest Healthy Living Community Pineywoods Printing Pinnacle Senior Living of Lufkin Point A Media, Inc. Pregnancy Help Center of Lufkin Prince Energy Professional Alarms, Inc. Dba Safeco Security Services Quality Inn & Suites R & K Distributors, Inc. Ralph & Kacoo’s Ray’s Drive in Café Raymond James Financial Real Graphics Regency Cleaners Regions Bank - Main Office Ritter Millwork

Roseburg, A Forest Products Company Ryan K. Hinckley, D.D.S., M.S. S & W Expert Collision Repair S.Y. Distinctive Homes, LLC Seasons of Hope Center Security & Guaranty Abstract Co. Security Finance - Lufkin Ave. Security Finance -Timberland Security Shredding Shelton’s Place Skelton, Slusher, Barnhill, Watkins & Wells, PLLC Slaughter & Son, Inc. Sonic Drive-in Sound Techs Sound Techs Southern Supply, Inc. Southland Federal Credit Union Southside Bank Spherion Staffing St. Cyprian’s Episcopal School Stafford Family Stafford’s Liquigas Star Professional Cleaning State Farm Insurance - Jeremy Branske Swain & Baldwin Insurance T.L.L. Temple Foundation TXU Energy Tall Timbers Gymnastics Texas Document Solutions

Texas Forestry Association Texas Forestry Museum Texas State Optical Texas Timberjack Inc. The Advanced Financial Group The Center for Sight The Children’s Clinic The Medicine Shoppe The Mosaic Center The Rose The Salvation Army The Youngblood Group Todd, Hamaker & Johnson, LLP Tom Tayloe CPA Townsquare Media Truss & Son Plumbing, Inc. UBank Vend Buffet VeraBank Weisinger Electric Whataburger Wishing Well Antiques & Gifts Wooded Acres Apartments Workforce Solutions Wright Buick GMC YGM Total Resource Campaigns, L.L.C. Zavalla I.S.D. Zimmerman Communications

Go make some memories. We’ve got the financial services you want and need to keep your life moving.

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Business After Five Hosted by Naranjo Museum of Natural History

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Power Networking Breakfast

Presented by SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County

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100th Annual Banquet & Birthday Bash Banquet presented by Premier Kia Birthday Bash presented by Pilgrim’s

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First Friday Luncheon & State of the City First Friday presented by Coca-Cola Bottling Co. State of the City Presented by Lufkin Economic Development Corp.

Quality has its Rewards. 2018 Women’s Choice Award Cancer Care | Heart Care | Patient Safety

2018 Top 10% Hospital in Nation MEDICAL EXCELLENCE COPD Heart Attack Treatment Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage Orthopedic Care Overall Hospital Care

2018 Top 100 Hospital in Nation NATIONAL MEDICAL EXCELLENCE Neurological Care Overall Medical Care Vascular Surgery

High Performing Hospitals for Heart Failure Care, 2016-2017 U.S. News & World Report

Primary Stroke Center Disease Certification by Joint Commission

Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI with Resuscitation by Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care

2017 Best Lufkin Hospital by The Lufkin News readers

2017 Best Lufkin Emergency Department by The Lufkin News readers

2017 Best Lufkin Freestanding Emergency Room by The Lufkin News readers

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Calendar

March 6

First Friday Luncheon 12 p.m. | @ Crown Colony Country Club Presented by Lufkin Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Speaker: Colonel Grahame Jones, Director of Law Enforcement

March 18

Chamber Golf Tournament @ Crown Colony Golf Course Presented by Premier Kia

April 9

Shred Day | Angelina Beautiful/Clean 8 a.m. to noon | @ Chamber Parking Lot

YPN Lunch + Learn 12 p.m. | @ Chamber Community Room Stress Management: The Ultimate Guide Speaker: Hilary Haglund-Walker

YPN Trivia Night 5:30 p.m. | @ Naranjo Museum of Natural History

March 24-28

April 14

Angelina County Fair

March 25-26

Chamber University Front Line Managers Presented by McWilliams & Son Heating and Air Conditioning

March 27

Women’s Networking Luncheon - Athena Award 11:30 a.m. | @ Crown Colony Country Club Presented by American State Bank

April 22-25

Angelina County Benefit Rodeo

April 24

Power Networking Breakfast 8 a.m. | @ Chamber Community Room Presented by SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County March Sponsor – Etech

Power Networking Breakfast 8 a.m. | @ Chamber of Commerce Presented by SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County April Sponsor – IHOP

April 3

April 28

First Friday Luncheon 12 p.m. | @ Crown Colony Country Club Presented by Lufkin Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Speaker: Wynn Rosser, TLL Temple Foundation

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April 6

Business After 5 Hosted by Savvy, The Agency @ 317 E. Frank | Lufkin

For more spring events and happenings, visit LufkinTexas.org.

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