Prattville, AL Businesses Proud of Community
Those two businesses along with two other long-standing companies – Royal Office Equipment and Luckie Heating & Air Conditioning – were all recognized in September 2013 at the Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce membership meeting. Besides honoring the four businesses, another of the meeting's many highlights was celebrating the chamber's 40th anniversary.
“I grew up in Prattville and have always been interested in the community. In fact, I'm a former chamber president,” says Terry Bowen, vice president of Arrow Pest Control. “The city is great for doing business and hopefully will attract new industries in the near future, especially since Prattville has a strong highway system and an airport, plus we're in the middle of the state near Montgomery, the state capital. Prattville remains a very pro-business community.”
The four long-time businesses were saluted for several reasons, among them to show how small businesses can thrive in Prattville.
“Whoever you talk to in economic development will tell you that about 80 percent of the jobs in America are created by existing small businesses of less than 100 employees,” says Richard Ray, Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce president. “Prattville is a progressive community where large companies and small businesses truly matter. Everyone matters. In fact, our 40th anniversary celebration included rolling out a new tagline that identifies us as 'The Preferred Chamber Where Everyone Matters.'”
In Good Company
Ray says that besides the four honorees, other long-established top companies in Prattville include Carol Lemon Realty, Herrod's Chevron Station, Kinedyne and Larry Puckett Chevrolet. Meanwhile, newer businesses continue to establish themselves in the city, including retailers and restaurants such as Bass Pro Shop, Chappy's Deli, Kinnucan's and Pease of Cake that are tenants at the new High Point Town Center.
“Over the last five years, Prattville has added more than 400 hotel rooms and issued 150 commercial business permits,” Ray says. “And as a message to prospective industrial prospects, I want them to know that Prattville is the fifth-fastest-growing city in Alabama and houses four industrial parks.”
Phyllis Tampling, owner of Jim's Restaurant (where breakfast can be ordered all day), says that even though the city continues to grow steadily, Prattville retains its small, hometown feel thanks in large part to friendly people.
“I wouldn't live or work anywhere else besides Prattville. There's a true feeling of home here,” she says. “There is low crime, business owners know one another, and I think that the feeling of being a close-knit community will remain always.”
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