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Biz Briefs 7/2/17

Rufty’s Chrismon Shop hosting annual open house

Rufty’s Chrismon Shop, a division of Piedmont Floral Galleries, is hosting its annual open house on Saturday, July 22, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Rufty’s is family owned and operated and has been in business for over 65 years. Rufty’s is the creator of the Christian Symbol Designs and the only supply shop for this craft. Two newly copyrighted booklet kits, 14 new single pattern kits and a new 3-D Nativity set of 9 pieces for 2017 will be on display and available for purchase. The booklets provide instructions for multiple patterns and are included in a kit which contains the beads and wire needed to complete the ornaments. The booklets and single patterns have been in the developmental stages for many months. All patterns are copyrighted and nondenominational and are purchased by churches and individuals in every state and in the United Kingdom. These crafts are used on mission trips in many countries abroad.

Rufty’s will hold Christian Symbol classes during the week leading up to the Open House on July 20 and 21. There will be classes for every level from beginner to advanced. Call 704-636-7790 for info and to sign-up for classes. This popular Christian craft is wonderful for creating fellowship and a great tool for group or individual Bible study. Many are also made for gifts, new church members, people with spiritual or physical needs, and heirlooms for children and grandchildren to bring Christian Faith and Hope to others.

These most recent Pattern Books and Booklet Kits are in addition to an already extensive collection of 60 multi pattern booklet kits currently offered by Rufty’s. The new kits as well as all others will be available for purchase at the open house. Ruty’s is located at 280 Furniture Drive, Salisbury (exit 71/Peeler Road). Regular hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition to the Multi Pattern Kits, Rufty’s offers hundreds of Single Pattern Kits. For those interested in learning more, a question and answer session will be held at 11 a.m. during the open house. There will be drawings for gifts and light refreshments will be served.

All of Rufty’s designs can be seen on its website except the 2017 designs: christiansymbolkits.com.

Food Lion ranked among Points of Light’s Civic 50

Grocer sole retailer named to Civic 50 list

Points of Light, an organization dedicated to volunteer service, recently released its Civic 50 list, highlighting companies that are examples of good corporate citizenship. Food Lion was the sole retailer on the list, which was announced at the Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service in Seattle.

“Food Lion is honored to be recognized as part of the Civic 50,” said Christy Phillips-Brown, director of external communications and community relations at Food Lion. “Throughout our 60-year history, we’ve remained focused on serving our communities, striving to be a good neighbor focused on hunger relief across our 10-state footprint. As a grocer, we believe no one should have to choose between dinner and rent, or gas and groceries, and we work to eliminate these tough choices through our hunger relief platform, Food Lion Feeds. Our passion is helping to nourish and feed families through healthy, fresh, low-price groceries while working to shorten the lines at local food banks.”

Food Lion launched Food Lion Feeds, its hunger relief platform, in 2014 with a commitment to donate 500 million meals by 2020. To date, the company has contributed more than 300 million meals toward this goal. To learn more about Food Lion Feeds, visit www.foodlion.com/feeds.

“In the fifth year of honoring the most community-minded companies in the nation, The Civic 50 truly highlights the commitment to community and civic engagement of America’s leading brands. This year’s honorees contributed more than $1.4 billion and 10.1 million volunteer hours in their communities around the country,” said Jennifer Lawson, president of networks at Points of Light. “Encouraged by calls for responsible citizenship from shareholders, employees and customers — but also driven by a desire to build trust and define their brands — Civic 50 companies are putting communities at the center of business.”

The Civic 50 winners are public and private companies with U.S. operations and revenues of $1 billion or more, and are selected based on four dimensions of their U.S. community engagement program — investment, integration, institutionalization and impact.

About Food Lion

Food Lion, based in Salisbury, N.C., since 1957, has more than 1,000 stores in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states and employs more than 63,000 associates. By leveraging its longstanding heritage of low prices and convenient locations, Food Lion is working to own the easiest full shop grocery experience in the Southeast, anchored by a strong commitment to affordability, freshness and the communities it serves. Through Food Lion Feeds, the company has committed to provide 500 million meals to individuals and families in need by the end of 2020. Food Lion is a company of Delhaize America, a U.S. division of Zaandam-based Royal Ahold Delhaize Group. For more information, visit www.foodlion.com.

About Points of Light

Points of Light – the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service – mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world. Through affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 4 million volunteers in 30 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of people to bear where it’s needed most. For more information, go towww.pointsoflight.org.

Sharp Transit presented a Gold award by Great West Casualty Company as part of its annual Workplace Safety Awards Program

Sharp Transit is a 17-year-old transportation company, specializing in grocery hauling for the world’s largest grocer. Sharp Transit operates facilities from Michigan to Florida. Safety is an integral part of their mission.

According to Ben Sharp, CEO of Sharp Transit, “This award is a wonderful recognition for what we strive to do daily. For our nearly 400 employees, this award acknowledges their commitment to the motoring public, ourselves and our customer.”

The Workplace Safety Awards Program recognizes trucking companies for their dedication to creating and fostering a safe work environment for their employees. Awards are based on a motor carrier’s year-end workplace incident rate. Carriers are eligible to receive a Platinum, Gold, Silver, or Participatory award.

Great West Casualty Company is the nation’s leading provider of property and casualty insurance for the trucking industry. With over 60 years of experience, Great West offers risk management, underwriting, claims, and loss control services exclusively to the trucking industry.

Great West is headquartered in South Sioux City, Nebraska, and has regional offices in Meridian, Idaho; Bloomington, Indiana; Knoxville, Tennessee; and Arlington, Texas.

For more information contact: Corporate Marketing Department, Great West Casualty Company, 800-228- 8053.

Reno Motorsports Company becomes client of Miller Davis Marketing

Miller Davis Agency, a full-service marketing and advertising agency in Salisbury, has become the agency of record for TKO Motorsports LLC of Reno, Nevada.

TKO, established nine years ago, has a racing pedigree of all types, from road course and drag racing to offshore boat racing.

Miller Davis (www.millerdavisagency.com) will develop a complete re-branding of TKO and position the company for three years of growth. The re-branding will include a new logo and website, fully integrated digital and print marketing, and event marketing at racetracks.

Mike Miller, president of Miller Davis, said that his team is excited to be a part of the motorsports industry in the western U.S. and looking forward to great results for TKO’s new marketing strategy.

Dave Traitel, owner of TKO Motorsports, said that his company was created “to make the impossible possible by building ultimate driving machines that are track engineered and tested in the harshest conditions.

“TKO Motorsports has built a reputation on bringing visualization and creativity of the motorsports industry to life, not only in its custom-built vehicles but also in upgraded hydraulic suspension systems and parts,” he said. “The TKO Motorsports team thrives on building the best vehicle products and has a cumulative 50-plus years of experience in the motorsports industry.”

Miller Davis has 15 years of experience in marketing, with clients throughout the U.S. and in Europe. The agency works in industries as varied as recreational water sports, textiles, economic development, tourism, with an emphasis on agri-tourism; manufacturing, politics, realty, and government. Mike Miller gives seminars nationally and internationally on marketing topics.

The agency provides graphic design, targeted social media, photography, videography, copy writing, print, website development and hosting, signage, event planning and management, media planning and buying, and other marketing needs.

New member of Central Carolina Insurance Agency

Lindsay Starrett has joined Central Carolina Insurance Agency (CCIA) as the newest agent at the Salisbury location. Starrett is a graduate of Salisbury High School and Catawba College. Most recently, she worked as an agent for North Carolina Farm Bureau Insurance Company.

After graduating from Catawba College with a bachelor of business administration (management concentration) degree in 2010, Starrett went to work for her family’s business, Outdoor Power Equipment, in Salisbury. In 2013, she accepted an offer to become an agent for North Carolina Farm Bureau where she went on to be District Four Rookie of the Year and become a Round Table Trip Winner, Winner’s Challenge Trip Winner and a State Top 5 Rookie of the year.

Starrett is engaged to be married on Oct. 21 to Joshua Triplett and they will reside in Salisbury. Starrett is currently serving on the board of directors for Waterworks Visual Arts Center. She is an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Salisbury and St. John’s Lutheran Church in Salisbury.

CCIA is the largest independent insurance agency in Rowan County and one of the largest in Iredell County. The company offers personal and commercial coverage through over 21 insurance carriers, including Auto-Owners, Central Mutual, Cincinnati, Penn National, Travelers, Progressive, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. Additionally, the firm provides personal financial planning including life insurance and annuity products.

CCIA’s website is www.centralcarolina.com. The CCIA Salisbury office is located at 317 Jake Alexander Blvd South. Contact Starrett at 704-738-0200 or starrettl@centralcarolina.com.

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