New businesses come to town

Published 12:00 am Saturday, February 24, 2001

Technicians at Greenville Motor Company are all ASE certified and offer customers the convenience of localized service on their vehicles, says Tillery.

"The move to Greenville has been great for the company and the community.

We are a locally owned business with "hometown" salespeople, a good service department and we are conveniently located.

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I think these are all good reasons that make Greenville Motor Company a perfect choice as a place to shop for your next new or used vehicle," comments Tillery.

Greenville Motor Company is just one of several exciting new additions appearing on Greenville's horizons in the past year.

CorStone Industries , a North Attleboro, Mass.based company, is located in the former Russell building in the Greenville Industrial Park. CorStone uses high-tech methods to manufacture

high-quality composite sinks for kitchen and bath.

The company began limited production in April 2000 and hopes to employ up to 200 workers by year-end 2001.

CorStone President Sam Roberts says his company tries to help the community in which it does business in a variety of ways.

"People are our biggest asset.

They are the heart of our company and we want our people to feel at home," he comments.

He also says Greenville had the combination of a building that could suit CorStone's needs and a supportive community, deciding factors in Butler County's favor. The company spent 18 months investigating locations in seven other Southern states before settling on Greenville.

Roberts says he considers the entire basis of the business as the people who build it rather than the product itself.

"We like to see community involvement coming from encouraging our employees to get involved in the community and then supporting them financially to do so."

Another industry new to Greenville in 2000 is WestPoint Stevens.

The company has

nearly 40 manufacturing facilities in 10 states, employing nearly 17,000 people nationwide.

The Greenville facility, located in the old Rheem building, began limited production in April 2000 with full production by the end of the year. The local facility manufactures the company's popular Vellux blankets, noted for their hypoallergenic properties, appealing "frosted velvet" appearance and luxurious warmth.

WestPoint chose the Greenville site due to the availability of a building, its proximity to corporate headquarters and position on Interstate 65.

Vice President of Public Relations Toni Cauble says that WPS strives to be a good corporate citizen in all areas where it has manufacturing facilities. "We try to respect and respond to the uniqueness of each community," Cauble adds.

New opportunities for a brighter education are now available to students in Butler County with the completion of Greenville's new state-of-the-art high school.

The $12 million dollar facility was delayed in opening on its original completion date of April 1999, but staff and students seem to all agree it was worth the wait. The transition to the new facility, visible from Interstate 65, was made between terms of the 1999-2000 school year. The high school currently has 760 students enrolled.

The new school features a Media Center which houses not only books, but also contains carousel type computer desks, private computer and study rooms and individual conference and counseling rooms.

The Fine Arts Suite includes spacious new rooms tailored for art and drama classes.

There are separate wings for math, science and language/social studies classes, and a special band room designed for optimal acoustics and plenty of storage for uniforms and instruments.

The large Voc-Tech Complex houses a variety of classes in everything from childcare to agriculture.

The school's auditorium features top-notch acoustics and lighting and seats over 800 people while the new gymnasium will hold 1,000 Tiger fans.

Principal John Black enthusiastically exclaims "this is the most beautiful school I have ever been in."

Another new addition to Greenville is more correctly an expansion of an existing business.

Greenville's CVS Pharmacy constructed a bigger and better location adjacent to its old location beside the Captain D's restaurant on Fort Dale Road.

"We now offer the convenience of drive-through pharmacy service," explains Pharmacy Team Leader Ellen Jones.

She explains the new location offers two drop-off and one pick-up bay for customers' use.

The pharmacy also is conveniently linked by computer to all other CVS pharmacies and it offers monitoring of any OTC drugs which might interfere with a customer's prescription medication.

The new CVS Photo Center offers a variety of services says Photo Lab Technician Crystal Madison. "We have one-hour and send-out photo service on both regular and APS films, enlargements from prints or negatives, passport photos and we have the Kodak Picture Maker in our store," Madison explains. "We also use only Kodak paper, chemicals and machines in our photo lab," she adds.

Greenville has eagerly awaited the opening of its newest dining establishment, which

will open its doors to the public on Monday, February 26, at 4 p.m. sharp.

Ruby Tuesday, named for a famous Rolling Stones song, opened its first restaurant in Knoxville, Tenn. in 1972.

Since then, the chain has expanded to more than 650 restaurants across the U.S. The restaurant's management staff, Chris Milton, Chris Hasty, Brian Drennan and Luther Bullock, have been busily training their staff of 70 employees to prepare for their upcoming opening.

"We have great combination platters, a fantastic salad bar, wonderful margaritas and some pretty awesome desserts," says Bullock, naming just a few of the extensive array of items available on the popular restaurant's menu.

All Ruby Tuesdays are known for their singular combination of collectible items and memorabilia tailored to the community where each is located. "Oh, yes-we have things representing the Greenville Tigers, Auburn and Alabama, NASCAR, hunting and fishing, Hank Williams and more," explains Bullock.

"We are excited to be here in Greenville . . . we just want to be our customers' first choice."