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hope that everyone is enjoying summertime, Like other businesses I have mentioned in this sunshine and quality time with friends and fam- letter, corporate citizens are the backbone of our ily. It is almost NIBROC Festival time! Our office community. Contributing leadership through local has been buzzing with the planning of the festi- government and civic participation. Tommy Black val and we are happy to report that the vendor ap- at Re/Max on Main is no exception, sitting on the plications are rolling in and the carnival is confirmed Chamber Board of Directors and an integral volunand will open on Wednesday evening, August 11th. teer at our Annual NIBROC Festival. We hope to see you all there! Member Highlights in this issue include the CumThe Chamber recently held a berland Valley Electric and Firesmembership luncheon in Wiltone Industrial Products. liamsburg featuring guest speakCumberland Valley Electric is ers Whitley County Judge-Execuand has been a dedicated partner tive Pat White, Jr. and Williamsburg in the Chamber, as well as in the Mayor Roddy Harrison. Both Southern Kentucky Business Park. speakers praised the current ecoCommitted to ongoing economic nomic development climate and growth in our region, Cumberland projects in the region. We have Valley Electric, with President and been fortunate. We may have CEO Ted Hampton, facilitated a struggled for a bit last year, but loan through the Regional Ecothanks to great cooperation benomic Development Loan and tween elected leaders and our citiGrant Program (REDLG) for the zens, we came out the other side completion of Speculative Buildin great shape. ing #4 in the Southern Kentucky Our featured industry for this Business Park. Cumberland Valley issue is Baylor Commercial Door Electric also recently erected the and Hardware. Baylor Door has new streetlight poles and lights on BRUCE CARPENTER been a member of the Southern SE Business Drive in the business Executive Director, Southern KY Chamber of Commerce Kentucky Chamber of Commerce park. We cannot thank Ted, Rich for over 10 years. Brian Baylor, the Prewitt and their team enough for President of Baylor Door, is also their support. the Vice-Chair of the Corbin Industrial Development Have you heard the exciting news from Firestone Commission, the governing body of the Chamber Industrial Products? office. Baylor Commercial Door & Hardware, Inc. is a Our newest corporate sponsor, Firestone Indusmaterial supplier for architectural products includ- trial Products in Williamsburg, will undertake a fiveing both Division 8 & 10 items. They are committed year expansion project soon, creating 250 new jobs to supplying the highest quality materials coupled for people in our region. Construction is slated to with superior service for Eastern, Southern and begin this year. It has been an absolute pleasure to Southeastern Kentucky. work with Mayor Roddy Harrison and Judge ExecuIn our Corporate Spotlight this issue we have fo- tive Pat White, Jr. on this project. We hope to publish cused on Whitaker Bank and Re/Max on Main. updates on the construction in future issues. Huge Whitaker Bank is another long-standing corporate congratulations to Plant Manager Wendy Goff and citizen, Chamber member, NIBROC Festival sponsor the entire Firestone family on the announcement of and a corporate sponsor since 2017. John Woolley the expansion. and J. Bill Sosh, both who recently retired, have in All of these businesses have our sincere gratitude the past or do currently sit on the Corbin Industrial for their continued support of the Southern KenDevelopment Commission Board of Directors. tucky Chamber. Re/Max on Main, owned by local realtor Thomas We hope you enjoy this, the 18th edition of Strictly Black, is a recent addition to our corporate sponsor Business, and wish you all a healthy and prosperous list. Summer 2021.
Brian Baylor, Owner
CHAMBER FEATURED INDUSTRY: BAYLOR COMMERCIAL DOOR & HARDWARE, INC.
tudents, faculty, staff and visitors walking through the front doors or classroom doors at Corbin Primary School are, literally, using a homegrown product. The doorframes were assembled at Baylor Commercial Door and Hardware, Inc., before being delivered for installation on the jobsite. Later in the construction project, Baylor Commercial Door and Hardware employees attached the doors to the frames and added the handles and locks. Owner Brian Baylor incorporated the company in 2001. Baylor said he got into the door business working for the Blackwood family at Metal Products, Inc. “It looked like the guy selling it was having more fun than the guy making it, so I decided to step out and give it a go,” Baylor said. Baylor doors has had a hand in other local projects including: Smartwood, the DEA building in London, First National Bank of Manchester’s new London branch, and CTA Acoustics.
Among the company’s current jobs, is everything from installing a single door at Corbin Health & Rehab to replacing all of the locks at five schools in the Todd County School System with access control locks. Baylor said his company is able to accommodate a wide range of door needs and hardware needs from simple wooden doors, to metal doors with bullet resistant glass and locks that work on an eye or hand scan, to large industrial blast doors for automotive plants and even the Smucker’s Factory in Scottsville near Bowling Green. “We do factories not only in Kentucky, but the surrounding states,” Baylor said. In Scottsville, the company installed the doors for the plant that produces frozen peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. The bread was baked. The Jif® Peanut Butter and Smucker’s® Grape Jelly were all made at the plant before being brought together to create the sandwiches. “There were blast doors where they store raw products, clean doors where they must have a
Summer 2021 — Strictly Business clean environment, and stainless steel doors,” Baylor As to what it takes to work at Baylor Doors, Baylor said of what his crews were called upon to install. “Ba- said carpentry skills and welding certification are essically, everything you can imagine in one building.” sential for anyone that would like to work on an asBaylor crews have also traveled to Huntsville, Ala- sembly crew. bama, where Toyota and Mazda had come together “Trade schools are offering construction courses for in a joint venture. anyone wishing to work in the construction industry, “There were eight buildings on the site. We installed which are helpful if you want to work in the office,” the doors in two of those buildings,” Baylor said. Baylor said. Baylor said the products his company uses come As for pay, Baylor said someone, who is willing to from companies like Metal Products, Inc., or from come in, learn the job and stick with it, can eventually companies in Cincinnati, Ohio, or Huntsville, Alabama. earn upwards of $50,000 per year. The hardware typically comes from Indianapolis, “The growth opportunity is there, but the starting Indiana, which has become known as the hardware pay is not,” Baylor said. capital because most of the products Baylor said in eight of the last ten are produced there. years, Baylor Doors has averaged “We do light assembly only, where adding two new employees each year. a true manufacturer, like Metal Prod“We have enjoyed steady growth up We offer ucts, just manufactures the metal until the last two years, with a steady frames and metal doors,” Baylor said. growth pattern of eight to 15 percent,” the complete However, Baylor Door is unique in Baylor said. “The last two years have package. the area as it is the only company in been stagnant, but we anticipate gothe area that does such work. ing back to that.” “The closest others are in Lexington, Knoxville and Baylor said the industry is continuing to evolve as Paducah,” Baylor said. well, particularly in the area of how locks operate. In addition to the doors and hardware, Baylor said While key cards are standard in the hotel industry the company installs toilet stalls, toilet accessories, now, Baylor said the industry is slowly moving in a new fire extinguishers and cabinets, room signage and direction. even flag poles. “All locks will be Bluetooth compatable within the “We offer the complete package,” Baylor said. next decade, meaning you will use your smartphone.” The company currently has 19 employees, the ma“It is available now, but it doesn’t have all of the bells jority of whom live in the tri-county area. and whistles worked out yet,” Baylor said. “We have two people who drive from Berea and one Baylor Commercial Door and Hardware, Inc. is lowho drives from Somerset,” Baylor said. cated at 101 23rd Street #100 in Corbin. “We have Lynn Campers, Knox County, Whitley More information about the company is available on County grads and Corbin grads,” Baylor said. its website, www.baylorcommercialdoor.com.
On the cover: Lower left photo of the staff, left to right, Kenny Kysar, Brian Baylor, Cristy Wager, Lexi Richardson, Trish Richardson and Steve Tuttle. Not pictured are Sheila Baylor and Garret Hedrick. On the cover and pictured to the left, Zack Hendrickson, warehouse welder.
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CORPORATE SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT:
FIRESTONE INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS
ridgestone’s Firestone Industrial Products Plant in Williamsburg is one of the largest employers in Whitley County and it continues to grow. With an expansion planned for the near future, the plant expects to add an additional 250 positions to its already 500+ employee workforce. The Williamsburg plant was purchased in 1988, and today is the only remaining U.S. Air Spring manufacturing plant. It is expected to produce more than 4.4 million airsprings in 2021. When people think of Firestone, many people think about a tire plant, said Williamsburg Plant Manager Wendy Goff. The Williamsburg Plant actually creates airsprings and airspring modules for the transportation industry. Goff explained that airsprings are like suspension on a vehicle. They help with a better ride, evening out loads, and even help with aerodynamics because it can help raise or lower a vehicle. While many members of the community have
most likely heard about the plant’s upcoming expansion, Goff said that in the past year and a half, there are two things she is most proud of: supporting essential workers during the pandemic and having a product that allowed families to spend quality time together outside of their homes. First, we have continued to work during the pandemic safely, said Goff. We supported essentially workers. We supported truck drivers and the truck driving industry that was still trying to produce trucks and get them on the road. “That was very important for us, and we are very proud that we were a part of that network that supported all of the essential supplies that were having a hard time getting out to the health industry and the food industry,” she said. “Not only do we go on new vehicles, but we also go on after market, so if we had a truck that was down, we were very quick to expedite a part to where it was at if there wasn’t anything in the pipeline to get that truck running.” While supporting the trucking industry, Goff ex-
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vehicle boom, Goff said, “On the other side, we are growing with our commercial vehicle side also, so the expansion really for us is automotive focused.” The plant is expected to break ground on Aug. 2 with the expansion being complete by the end of 2022. It is expected to bring 250 or more additional jobs to the area. The jobs will be at all levels including operators, office and administration, engineering, operations management, logistics and planning. Firestone works to be involved in the community. “This plant is involved in the communities because we pull employees from all the surrounding counties, also from Tennessee,” said Goff. “As we grow, that tells me that we are going to be able to participate and give back more to the community.” Goff explained that the plant will not only be able to give back more to the community, but plans are in the works to help the plant give back more to the environment. “We have a strong focus on sustainability. As we have planned the expansion, we have added a lot of features in the building that will help us reduce electricity, that will help us reduce the impact of Continued on page 12
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waste that is put out of the plant here. It is not just community giving, it is also giving back to nature and the area sustainability wise. I think that is very exciting for us as we plan this. We recognize some of the impact we have,” said Goff. While the new positions are not yet listed on the company’s website, Goff recommended checking bebridgestone.com to see what positions are currently available. The new positions will be added gradually at a later date. To learn more about the company and what Firestone does, visit: bridgestoneamericas.com. “Thank you to the community because they have been a big support to Firestone. We have had a lot of outreach and excitement from the community about the expansion that is coming,” said Goff. “This community really is a family and has treated us as such, and I hope that we plan to continue giving back to the community as much as they have given us.”
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Dwaine Meadows, Regional President
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hat started as a three bank investment in 1978, Whitaker Bank has expanded into 45 locations in 17 counties. Elmer Whitaker bought the first three banks after having worked in the coal industry in Eastern Kentucky. With the foresight that the mining industry would not last forever, Whitaker purchased the banks and continued to grow his investment until his death. His son, Jack Whitaker, and grandson, Elmer Keith Whitaker, took over the business. Elmer Keith is the current president and CEO. The Corbin location was opened in 2004 after being purchased from Union Planters. It was one of four local locations that were purchased at the time. Eventually the Keavy location was opened bringing the total up to five locations in Corbin, Keavy and Williamsburg. “Our logo is Whitaker Bank: Uniquely Kentucky,” said Dwaine Meadows, the regional president for the bank. “We are unique in that we are locally owned, community oriented, and conveniently located throughout the central and southeastern parts of Kentucky, and we make it one of our big goals to be involved in the community.”
Meadows said the bank is always striving to invest back into the communities. “We want to go to the local ballgames and interact with the customers,” said Meadows. “We invest back into our communities through donations to nonprofits and not just with our time that we give to civic organizations such as Rotary, Lion’s Club and Kiwanis.” Meadows explained that the biggest achievement for the bank in recent history is probably surviving COVID as a company and helping its customers thrive. “Over the last year, it would probably be the same [achievement as most] – trying to survive COVID. It has been very different in a banking setting. With 45 locations and then having to shut the doors, and not allowing customers access into the bank lobbies, that was a huge change for us because that is what we thrive on is the interaction with inviting our customers in to open up their checking account, or maybe a CD account, or maybe to apply for a loan, and now all of that has been changed to having to do it over the phone.” Meadows said that despite the changes the banks made, Whitaker Bank grew through the pandemic. “Probably what we are really proud of is during that Continued on page 17
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CORPORATE SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT:
RE/MAX ON MAIN
efore the housing market crash of 2008, Tommy Black made an investment that many would have deemed a ‘bad idea.’ Black purchased a local RE/MAX franchise called RE/MAX Signature Realty. “I don’t think without that RE/MAX name, we probably wouldn’t have survived in the real estate business. I think it was just one of those things that was meant to happen,” said Black, the franchise owner and principal broker for what is now known as RE/MAX on Main. “Most people would think that buying a franchise just before the market crashes would be a terrible mistake, but I think it was probably the best thing that has ever happened because the RE/MAX franchise, and that name, is what continued to draw me business in that crashed market,” Black explained. The original franchise was located on Cumberland Gap Parkway on US25E. In 2019, Black purchased the old Dixie Restaurant on Main Street in downtown Corbin and relocated the business. It was during that transition that he changed the business’s name.
Like most brokers, RE/MAX on Main helps customers buy and sell properties. The properties listed through the business are mainly in Whitley, Knox and Laurel counties, but because Black and the other eight brokers at the office are licensed throughout Kentucky, they can sell properties throughout the commonwealth. Black said what sets his business apart from others is that they focus not on the transaction, but on helping customers through the transition. “Behind every transaction is a story, and that is what we have to focus on,” said Black. “It’s not just commission, it is the connection that you make with people.” Black said it is important to remember that, “you are helping them through what may be a very happy time or may be a very difficult time.” “Selling is part of the process, but everyone that you deal with – buyers and sellers – are in a transition in their life,” said Black. One of the best transitions Black said he made for his business is similar to the transition he and the brokers try to help their customers navigate. “I am going to say moving to Main Street was probably
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RE/MAX ON MAIN the best decision I have made as a business owner outside of buying the franchise,” said Black. “I wish I had done it 10 years ago.” While Black credits moving the business as his best decision, he credits the assembly of his staff with being the franchise’s greatest accomplishment. “We have got an excellent team,” said Black. “I am going to say that our biggest accomplishment is the assembly of the team that we have. Every agent I have got is a full-time agent. They are in this business professionally and they are not parttime agent. They don’t close three or four transactions a year, they work out there hustling and creating business for themselves every day.” Black said that other than himself, there are eight brokers working at his franchise. “The greatest accomplishment I have had in this business is being blessed with an excellent team that are professionals and are full-time agents, realtors, that work hard every day to do a good job,” he said. RE/MAX on Main is located at 208 South Main Street in Corbin. The lobby is open for walk-ins from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office can be reached at (606) 528-1177. Current listings are available on the business’s website, www.remax.com/real-estate-offices/remax-on-main-corbinky/100425338.
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time period where our lobbies were closed, our bank grew in every aspect,” said Meadows. “We grew in deposit relationships. We grew in loan relationships, and we had a big involvement with the FCA PPP loans for businesses, which were experiencing the same thing we were.” He explained that the PPP, paycheck protection program, loans were key to the banks growth during the uncertain times. “Especially in the restaurant industry, when they were shut down completely there for a while and then had to come back with just the drive through only, we were able to extend the PPP loans, the paycheck prot e c t i o n program, to those businesses. Whitaker bank, throughout central and eastern KenVan Barrineau, Vice President, Angie Helton , Vice President tucky, made and Dwaine Meadows, Regional President over 2,000 PPP loans during that time period to assist our local businesses and customers,” said Meadows. Whitaker Bank not only was able to help its pre-existing customers, but it was able to help customers from other banks. Meadows said, as a result of those efforts, the company was able to gain new customers. “With doors shut, it was a good time to renovate and remodel a lot of businesses.” Meadows said the company was able to conduct business in COVID safe ways such as through the drive through or even in person by complying with mask mandates and social distancing. “We thank you for trusting us with your money and with your livelihood. You are putting a lot of trust in your local banker when you are buying a home, or putting your hardearned money into the bank,” said Meadows. “We thank you for that trust. We hope that we can continue to provide a service for you that you feel is excellent and beyond any other banking relationship that maybe you have ever had. We look forward to serving you in the future, and we feel like there are great things ahead for us.” More information about Whitaker Bank locations and services can be found online at www.whitakerbank.com.
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CHAMBER MEMBER HIGHLIGHT: CUMBERLAND VALLEY ELECTRIC, INC
s part of the effort to move the United States forward, government leaders realized that cities were starting to become electrified, but the rural parts of our state and farmers were going without electricity because it was not economically feasible to run electric lines out to all of these farms, said Rich Prewitt, the director of member services at the Cumberland Valley Electric Cooperative. As part of a very large package, the rural electric cooperatives were formed, and money was appropriated for those people to get their feet wet on bringing electricity to the rural parts of the United States. “In a nut shell, that is probably one of our crowning achievements, because we pioneered the advancement of electricity in the more rural parts of the United States of America,” said Prewitt. Cumberland Valley Electric operates on a business model that many people are not familiar with, said Prewitt. The cooperative is actually a not-for-profit company. Prewitt explained, “All of our customers, so to speak, are not customers of Cumberland Valley Electric, but they are actually owners of Cumberland Valley Electric.” “Our rates and our pricing on everything are basically what we need to operate and not go financially south or get in financial problems,” said Prewitt. “We have to take in enough money to keep us going and to keep every-
body’s electricity on and that is all we are hoping to do with our electric rates and our fees for services.” Prewitt said Cumberland Valley Electric is one of a group of electric cooperatives that get its electricity from East Kentucky Power, which is also a cooperative. “As a result of that, and as a result of our business model, we have great customer services indexes, great outage response times and very low rates compared to the rest of the country,” said Prewitt. “We have been doing business as Cumberland Valley Electric for 80 years. We have two offices – one in Gray and one in Cumberland,” said Prewitt. “We have about 50 employees, and we have about 45 or 50 trucks that we maintain in order to install poles, rehang wires, respond to people’s outages, whatever the case may be.” Prewitt said Cumberland Valley Electric is very community and member minded. Even during the pandemic, the cooperative made changes and adapted so that it could best serve its members.
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CUMBERLAND VALLEY ELECTRIC, INC “We were considered very early in the pandemic an essential service,” said Prewitt. “We did not lay anyone off. We did not stop providing electricity to anybody. We were not affected by the pandemic as a company as much as it had other organizations.” He explained, “The biggest thing that we learned over the last year, our biggest accomplishment, was to rely on our technology to make it so much easier for people to keep the electricity on at their house and not have to come in here for any reasons.” Despite the changes of completely social distancing from its members, Cumberland Valley Electric was able to provide all of the same services as before. Prewitt described that accomplishment by stating, “That was a pretty crowning jewel.” Now, the cooperative can perform many of its functions remotely without having to send boots on the ground to physically do something. “Every day we look for ways that we can enhance the lives of those in our service territories,” said Prewitt. Cumberland Valley Electric is involved in all road projects, like the one around Exit 25 in Corbin. Prewitt explained that all electric utilities in the state have protected territories, which are governed by the
Public Service Commission (PSC). “We do have a service territory that was given to us during our inception 80 years ago, and we take care of everybody inside that service territory,” said Prewitt. The PSC has quasi-legislative and quasi-judicial duties and powers which regulates more than 1,100 utilities, according to the PSC website. “Everything that we do is relegated by the Public Service Commission in Kentucky. That board actively looks at every single thing that we do that has any kind of effect on our members and either disapproves or approves of it,” said Prewitt. When it comes to rates, charges for electricity, pole attachments, electric poles, salaries, hiring practices, everything is approved by the PSC. For anyone that has questions about things like building a house, converting to solar or electric vehicles, Prewitt said while Cumberland Valley Electric would never push someone towards a particular brand, outlet service, or contractor, it can provide advice and information. For more information about the cooperative, visit www.cumberlandvalley.coop or stop by one of its office.
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CURRENT CHAMBER MEMBERS •4ever Graphics & Design •Air Med Care Network •Aisin Automotive Casting, LLC •Alzheimer’s Association •American Business Systems •Appalachian Children’s Home •Appalachian Wireless •Ascension Consulting, LLC •AT&T •AT&T Store •Avizion Glass LLC •Bank of England Mortgage •Baptist Health Corbin •Baptist Worx •Barnhill Pediatric Dentistry, P.S.C. •Baylor Commercial Door & Hardware Inc. •Baymont Inn & Suites •Belk, Inc. •Berea College Partners for Education •Bissell’s •Bluegrass Care Navigators •Brandeis Machinery & Supply Company •Breaktime Vending •CareSource •Carnegie Center of Corbin •Cellular Sales - Verizon •Central Automotive Supply •Central Baptist Church •Century 21 Advantage Realty, a Robinson Company •Cintas Fire Protection •City of Corbin •City of Williamsburg •Cloyd & Associates, PSC •Commercial Bank •Commonwealth Cancer Center •Community Trust Bank - Corbin •Community Trust Bank - Williamsburg 1 •Community Trust Bank - Williamsburg 2 •Computer Information Services (CIS) •Continue CARE Hospital at BHC •Cora Physical Therapy •Corbin Board of Education •Corbin Center •Corbin City Utilities Commission •Corbin Community Backpack •Corbin Educational Center •Corbin Elementary •Corbin Flower Shop, Inc. •Corbin Garage Doors •Corbin Health and Rehab Center •Corbin High School •Corbin Intermediate •Corbin Lion’s Club •Corbin Middle School •Corbin News Journal •Corbin Parkway Church of God •Corbin Pediatric Associates PSC •Corbin Preschool •Corbin Primary School •Corbin Public Library •Corbin Rotary Club •Corbin Tourism and Convention Commission
•Corbin Tri-County Joint Industrial Development Authority •Corbin Wellness Center, LLC •Creative Touch Jewelers •Creech & Gibbs Pharmacy LLC •Crystal Clean •Cumberland Falls Family Dentistry, P.L.L.C •Cumberland Falls State Park •Cumberland Foot & Ankle Center •Cumberland Valley Cruise In •Cumberland Valley Insurance •Cumberland Valley National Bank •Cumberland Valley RECC •David’s Steaks, Buffet & Catering •Davis Salvage •Dayspring Health •Delta Natural Gas •Donevon Storm - KFB Insurance •Drives and Conveyors, Inc. •Earthworks Machinery LLC •East Kentucky Telecom •Eastern Kentucky University - Corbin •Eastern Kentucky UniversityWorkforce Education •Edgewood Homes •Edward Jones - Roy Kidd Ave. •Edward Jones Cumberland Falls Hwy. •Encore Communications, Inc. •Enterprise Rent-A-Car •Eubanks Electrical Supply, Inc. •Factory Connection, LLC •Falls Road Plaza •Firestone Industrial Products •First Baptist Church •First Care Clinic •First Financial Credit, Inc. - Corbin •First Financial Credit, Inc. - Williamsburg •FK Perkins & Co. PLLC •Forcht Bank - Corbin •Forcht Bank - Williamsburg •Forcht Broadcasting •Forcht Group of Kentucky •Forcht Pharmacy •Forest Hills Shopping Center •Foster Supply Inc. •Freedom Point Church •Freeman Family Practice •Freeman, Childers & Howard •Friends of the Corbin Public Library •Gibson’s Music •Goodwill Industries of Corbin •Goodwill Industries of Williamsburg •Grace Community Health Center •Grace On The Hill •Great Clips •Grove Marina •H&R Block •Hacker Brothers Inc. •Hampton Inn by Hilton, Williamsburg •Hampton Inn Corbin •Hart Funeral Home Inc. •Heaberlin Supply •Hillcrest Health and Rehab Center •Holiday Inn Express, Williamsburg •Hometown Bank of Corbin •Housing Authority of Williamsburg
• Howard Mann, PSC, Attorney at Law •Insurance Service Center of Corbin •J. B. Aerial Imaging and Photography, LLC •Jackson Warewashing Systems •James Baker State Farm •JBK, Inc. Roofing Division •John and Milly Burkhart •Johnny Wheels •Jones Plastic & Engineering Co., LLC •KCEOC Community Action Partnership •KECH, Inc. •Kentucky Career Office of Vocational Rehabilitation •Kentucky Climate Control •Kentucky Creative LLC •KentuckyOne Health Cancer Care •Kimberly Branham Art •Kiwanis Club of Corbin •KOWA Kentucky, Inc. •Kroger - Corbin Station •L&N Federal Credit Union •LaDonna’s LLC •Larkey HVAC •Laurel Gardens •Legacy Ford Lincoln Chevrolet Buick GMC •Lexington Bluegrass Association of Realtors •Liquor Mart •Little Caesar’s Pizza •Mackey Vision Center •Mallory Davis - State Farm Insurance •Marr, Miller & Myers PSC, CPA •Martin’s Sports Apparel •Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant •Minuteman Press •Mitchell Tax & Accounting •Mountain Rehabilitation Services •Mr. Gatti’s Pizza •NESCO •New Hope Ministries •Northern Contours •Northwestern Mutual •Norvex Supply •Old Town Grill •On The Money, LLC •O’Neil-Lawson Funeral Home •Ossoli Foundation •Owens Auto Parts •Paw Paw Patch Dog Grooming, LLC •Pennington Wellness •Pepsi Cola Bottling Company •Planet Earth PC •PNC Bank •Progress Rail •PT Pros, Inc. •Rapiscan Systems •Re/Max on Main •Reeves Property Group •Renfro Supply •Robert P. Hammons, Attorney at Law •RRJ Solutions •Sav-Rite Home Care Inc. •Servpro of Pulaski and Laurel Counties
•SH Tube LLC •Shawn Rogers Realty Inc. •Sheltowee Trace Adventure Resort •Shoe Sensation, Inc. •Small Business Development Center - EKU •Smartwood USA •Sonic Drive-In •Sonny’s BBQ •Southeast Apparatus LLC •Southeast Kentucky Audiology •Southeast Kentucky Rehabilitation Industries •Southeastern Medical Supply LLC •State Farm Insurance - Michael Jones •State Farm Insurance - Mike Sparks •SUDS Car Wash •The Appalachian Wildlife Foundation, Inc. •The Arena •The Brick Oven •The Caboose Sports Tavern •The Depot on Main •The Gail Frederick School Of Dance, Inc •The Heritage •The Holler •The Job Shop •The MPI Group LLC •The Toy Shop •The Wrigley Taproom and Eatery •Tim Short Auto Mall •Times Tribune •Tipton & Tipton Attorneys At Law •Transamerica Agency Network Corbin •Tri-County Cineplex •Tri-County Skills U •Trinity Family Health, PLLC •U.S. Small Business Administration •United Rentals •University of the Cumberlands •US Marine Corps Toys For Tots/ JC Paul Marine Corps League 144 •W.D. Bryant & Son •Wallen’s Towing and Recovery •Waste Connections of Eastern Kentucky •Webbed Sphere, Inc. •Whitaker Bank •White, Greer & Maggard Orthodontics •Whitley Broadcasting Co. Inc. •Whitley County Board of Education •Whitley County Fiscal Court •Whitley County Health Department •Whitley County/UK Extension Service •Wildcat Harley Davidson •Wildcat RV Sales •Williamsburg Health and Rehab Center •Williamsburg Insurance Agency •Williamsburg Tourism Commission •Wilson Equipment Co., Inc. •Wyatt Insurance Agency, Inc. •WYMT-TV
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SAV-RITE Family Pharmacy
IMMUNIZATIONS No Appointment Necessary
FLU HEPATITIS A MENINGITIS SHINGLES PNEUMONIA & MANY MORE! 1000 Cumberland Falls Hwy, Corbin, KY
WE OFFER COMPOUNDING SERVICES
Our pharmacy strives to meet the needs of your family and can proudly compound your medications including Hormone Replacement Therapy.
SERVING THE AREA SINCE 1960 Offering a wide range of services to business and individual clients with personalized quality and attention.
Corbin Flower Shop 416 Master Street • Corbin 606.528.3174
Certiﬁed Public Accountants 500 Summit Drive, Corbin, KY
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WILLIAMSBURG DIVISION | 40 WILLIAMSBURG PLASTIC RD., WILLIAMSBURG, KY | 606.656.1101 ISO 9000 CERTIFIED
Jones Plastic is a full service supplier of engineering services, product design and integration and contract manufacturing of a wide variety of injection molded components and sub-assemblies.
We provide customers with turn-key solutions to manufacturing ideas. COST
NOW HIRING — 606-656-1101 STRATEGIC CAPABILITIES AT WILLIAMSBURG TOP 25 INJECTION MOLDER IN NORTH AMERICA Gas Assist Electronic Assemblies Vibration welding Ultrasonic welding Spin welding Decoration (IML, pad printing, heat transfer, Hot Stamp, etc.)
POSITIONS AVAILABLE Production Operator Quality Assurance Material Handling Forklift / Warehousing Maintenance, Tooling, Processing
STARTING PAY $13.50-$16.50 DEPENDING ON POSITION AND SHIFT NEW HIRE BONUS INCENTIVES & ON DEMAND PAY OPTIONS AVAILABLE APPLY IN PERSON MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY FROM 9 AM TO 3 PM OR TEXT “APPLY” TO 51893
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Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow
2 LOCATIONS TO SERVE YOU! 952 Hwy 25W Corbin, KY
139 Hwy 770, Corbin, KY