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McSweeney employees give time and money to helping local underprivileged children throughout the year

By Chris Yow Editor TRUSSVILLE -- Since the early 1990s, the McSweeney family has been part of building the sense of community in Trussville. From Rod McSweeney spearheading the Hewitt-Trussville baseball team’s indoor practice facility to small donations, the family was always looking for a way to help others. It wasn’t until 2012, however, that Rod, Michael and Matt McSweeney, along with Deidre Allman, de ...

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Tom Fisher built Recycle USA on the ‘American Dream’

  By Chris Yow Editor PINSON -- Tom Fisher and Recycle USA is the definition of the American Dream. Fisher, who has been the owner-operator of Recycle USA in Pinson for more than 20 years, has worked his way from sweeping floors to his position today by hard work and taking chances. Recycle USA has become one of the Birmingham metro area’s biggest and most productive metal recyclers since opening in 19 ...

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New Generation Building constructs high end homes, commercial projects in Trussville

By Nathan Prewett For the Tribune TRUSSVILLE – With a smile and a sense of humor Donnie Jones sat behind a desk in an office decked in Alabama Crimson Tide artworks on the walls and talked about his building company, New Generation Building and Design, Inc based on Commerce Lane in Trussville. “What we do is a very broad scope,” he said. “The reason we’ve been as successful as we are is because we’ve been d ...

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Amerex believes innovation is key; plans on insourcing production to Trussville

By Chris Yow Editor TRUSSVILLE -- Innovation begins at home. At least that’s how Vic Modic of Amerex feels. The largest fire extinguisher manufacturer in the world is bucking the trend of outsourcing, and bringing jobs back to America. The reasoning is simple to Modic, and he believes this will be a trend for manufacturers going forward. With its new plan, Amerex plans to insource most of its manufacturing ...

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‘No such thing as accidents’; Alabama Barricade works to ensure driver safety in construction zones

  By Chris Yow Editor TRUSSVILLE -- Big orange drums, signs and flashing lights alert drivers of a construction zone. It’s all there for driver safety, but also for the safety of the workers involved. Many of those safety features drivers see around the state of Alabama are produced and manned by Trussville-based Alabama Barricade. The company, established in 1986, has been trying to keep drivers safe ...

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Tribune area industries reach global markets

  By Chris Yow Editor TRUSSVILLE -- If one were to ask a person from Trussville who its biggest industrial manufacturer is, the answer would be most likely be Amerex. What they might not know, however, is the abundance of not just statewide, but national and global industries right here in this town. Every single industry we are featuring in this section has a specialty, but the one thing that remains ...

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McPherson Oil in Trussville one of largest fuel distributors in Southeast

By Nathan Prewett For the Tribune TRUSSVILLE – McPherson Oil delivers more than six thousand types of lubricants, retail and commercial fuel and other petroleum products. It was founded by Charles McPherson in 1971 and is now being headed by his son, Ken McPherson, who took over in 2006. McPherson employs 180 workers, 66 of whom live in and around Trussville. The company has 86 trucks in its fleet, deliveri ...

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