The Chamber’s Annual Salute to Industry Month

September 2, 2014

Industry is defined as “economic activity,” “the process of making products by using machinery and factories.” Calhoun County is fortunate to have a strong and diverse industrial base that helps buffer our community against economic downturn.
Whether it is transportation, utilities, medical, education, governmental or other areas of our local community, we are all impacted and supported by industry. Industry remains a cornerstone of opportunity and job creation in Calhoun County.
During each September, the Chamber salutes our area industries with Salute to Industry Month, including a luncheon, golf outing, and industrial tour. For their many contributions to Calhoun County, we would like to say “Thank You” to our industries. Thank you, INDUSTRIES, for all you do and for choosing our region!

Salute to Industry Tour
Salute tourTuesday, September 9, 8:15 A.M.
Departing from Lee Brass, 1800 Golden Springs Road, Anniston
Attendees will tour the following industries: Advantage Logistics, SuperValu, and NABI Bus, LLC.
Those who would like to attend must RSVP to 256-237-3536 by Wed., September 3.
NABI Bus, LLC: In 1993, North American Bus Industries was established to supply American IKARUS, and in 1996, American IKARUS became NABI. Since its beginnings, this business has expanded and grown. Now under New Flyer DSC08958ownership, NABI Bus products are entirely manufactured at the company headquarters in Anniston. During the Salute to Industry Tours, attendees will see the many plants and stages that produce NABI Buses. NABI Bus’ biggest customers include Los Angeles Transit and New Jersey Transit, but also include San Antonio, Boston, Miami, and more.
Advantage Logistics: A Division of SUPERVALU, this distribution center was constructed in 1995 and became operational in 1996. During the tour, attendees will be able to learn about the facilities and fun facts including that they have 3.5 miles of conveyor belt in their facility.
SuperValu: One of the largest wholesale distributors of grocery products and retail supermarket chains in the U.S., SUPERVALU programs and facilities allow them to serve the unique and differing tastes of various communities and regions. During the tours, attendees will learn the ins and outs of this distribution center and its services.

Salute to Industry Golf Outingsalute
Thursday, September 18, 11:00 A.M. Registration and Lunch, with 12:30 P.M. Shotgun Start
Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Silver Lakes, 1 Sunbelt Pkwy, Glencoe
The format is a four-person scramble. We encourage participants for to not form a team, but tee up and make great networking contacts at this golf outing. Teams will be divided into A, B, C and D handicaps by a golf pro, and then divided into flights. At the awards dinner that evening, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be recognized. There is a $95 registration per golfer, including green fees, two mulligans, one power drive, range balls, door prizes and a swag bag for each golfer.
To register, call 256-237-3536 or visit for a registration form.

Salute to Industry LuncheonDSC05614
Thursday, September 25, 11:30 A.M.
Oxford Civic Center, 401 McCullars Lane, Oxford
We recognize local industries and their contributions to Calhoun County at the Salute to Industry Luncheon. This year, we showcase expanding industries, and feature Guest Speaker Greg Canfield, Secretary of Commerce for the State of Alabama. To RSVP, call 256-237-3536. Registration is $25.

Greg Canfield greg canfield
Prior to joining the Department of Commerce, Canfield served in the Alabama House of Representatives as chairman of the Commerce & Small Business Committee.
Canfield’s job as Secretary of Commerce is to ensure that the four priorities of the Department of Commerce are fulfilled: recruitment and expansion activity, export opportunities for Alabama companies, small business opportunities, and avenues for job creation in the film and entertainment industry. As chairman of the Alabama Economic Development Alliance, Canfield plays a lead role in implementing the strategic plan that concentrates on the state’s strengths in 11 sectors, including aerospace/defense, automotive, agricultural products/food distribution, steel/metals, forestry products, chemicals, biosciences, information technology, enabling technologies, distribution/logistics, and corporate operations.


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