Family and the pride in locally-owned companies took the forefront at the Blount County Chamber of Commerce’s first Business Snapshot coffee on March 12. Business Snapshots, new in 2009, are designed to allow Chamber members to showcase their businesses with a networking coffee and tours of their facilities or presentations on their businesses.
Anderson Lumber was the host of the first in the Business Snapshot series. Members and friends gathered for coffee and networking at 7:45 a.m. on March 12, followed by a brief presentation by president Steve Coleman and a tour of the facilities.
Coleman highlighted the history of the more than 75-year-old company, which has expanded to include Anderson Rental Center, Anderson Wood Shop, ALC Millwork and Anderson Truss Company. Coleman relayed how when his family bought the business in 1951, his family did not change the name, believing that Blount County folks were proud to trade with locally-owned businesses. “We left it named Anderson Lumber and that has served us and the community well,” Coleman said.
Coleman also praised the company’s long association with the Blount County Chamber of Commerce, saying “the Chamber has had a lot to do with us being in business for as long as we have because they are always working to bring new businesses and industry to Blount County.”
Coleman also announced that Anderson Lumber Co. is now a Certified Green Dealer, having received notice of the certification only a few days before. The Certified Green Dealer status was received, Coleman said, after the staff participated in the steps that included voluntary education training and testing on good green building techniques and “best practices” in the basics of green building. The sales personnel had to view training videos and pass seven tests and a final exam with 75 percent of the staff reaching the goal.
“We’re going for 100 percent,” Coleman said.
For information on the Chamber Business Snapshots, contact Julia Kyle at the Blount County Chamber, 865-273-1213.