Alabama Guard Rail settles in Cleveland







Officials gather to celebrate the grand opening of Alabama Guard Rail last week. From left: Cleveland Mayor Jerry Jones; Economic Development Council chairman Clyde Woods; Probate Judge Chris Green; District 4 Commissioner Gary Stricklin, company president Catherine Huff; company vice president Keith Dillard; Rep. David Standridge; Rep. Randall Shedd; Blount County Revenue Commissioner Gregg Armstrong; and Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce executive director Aimee Wilson. Most played a role in the company’s relocation to the former Robertson property on U.S. 231 near the eastern town limits of Cleveland. The company, with 43 workers, many with strong Blount County ties, moved from its former location to escape periodic flooding of shop and offices at its site on Turkey Creek in Pinson. Alabama Guard Rail supplies roadway guard rails and provides installation throughout Alabama and part of Mississippi. The event was an unusually large grand opening, with more than 100 well-wishers present, many if not most, with personal ties to the company, its owners, and/or its employees. ‘We want to be a helpful part of the community. However we can help, we want to do,’ Huff said. – Ron Gholson

Officials gather to celebrate the grand opening of Alabama Guard Rail last week. From left: Cleveland Mayor Jerry Jones; Economic Development Council chairman Clyde Woods; Probate Judge Chris Green; District 4 Commissioner Gary Stricklin, company president Catherine Huff; company vice president Keith Dillard; Rep. David Standridge; Rep. Randall Shedd; Blount County Revenue Commissioner Gregg Armstrong; and Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce executive director Aimee Wilson. Most played a role in the company’s relocation to the former Robertson property on U.S. 231 near the eastern town limits of Cleveland. The company, with 43 workers, many with strong Blount County ties, moved from its former location to escape periodic flooding of shop and offices at its site on Turkey Creek in Pinson. Alabama Guard Rail supplies roadway guard rails and provides installation throughout Alabama and part of Mississippi. The event was an unusually large grand opening, with more than 100 well-wishers present, many if not most, with personal ties to the company, its owners, and/or its employees. ‘We want to be a helpful part of the community. However we can help, we want to do,’ Huff said. – Ron Gholson