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Business

  • Like father, like son

    Though John “Tommy” Gardner, owner and operator of Gardner’s Body Shop, has been in business at his present location at 2319 Lincoln Farm Road since 1989, his experience with his craft goes back much farther.

    “I painted my first car, a 1964 Ford, when I was 15 working at Byerly Ford in Louisville,” Gardner said.

    His father, Wilburn “Shorty” Gardner was body shop manager for 12 years at Byerly. Gardner learned the trade from his father and the other body men with whom he worked.

  • Plumbing business flourishing in LaRue

    A local plumbing business is thriving in LaRue County.

    Performance Plumbing is a local business that provides plumbing services including the installation and maintenance of pipes, drains, fittings, fixtures, valves and other devices that are used for the distribution of potable water for drinking, washing and waste removal. The business is located on 1250 Old Elizabethtown Road in Hodgenville.

  • Keeping the lights on

    A local electric installation company keeps the lights on for hundreds of their clients across the state and country.

    David Whelan Electrical is located on 1250 Old Elizabethtown Road in Hodgenville. The business performs a wide variety of electrical services for their clients including designing, installation, maintenance and troubleshooting of electrical wiring systems.

    Founding owner David Whelan said he worked as a part-time electrician from his home for several years before becoming a full-time electrician in 2006 and opening DWE at its current location.

  • High performance at hidden location

    For anyone driving on Greensburg Road in Buffalo, it’s almost impossible to notice the high performance racing engines that are being serviced inside the hidden location of Dale Meers Racing Engines.

    Owner Dale Meers has been drag racing since 1976 and he opened his business at its current location in 2002.

  • Freelance trend offers benefits to employers

    By Jack Daniel Taylor

    Today’s workforce has seen a shift away from the standard job with fixed salary and paid holidays. For many reasons, more people than ever are choosing a freelance career.

  • Compassionate care for your pets

    Unconditional love. That’s what the staff at LaRue County Animal Clinic says that our pet animals give us. Dr. Clint Durham, Harley Walters, and Carol Tucker, at the clinic on Highway 1607, strive to reciprocate that affection in their treatment of their patients.

    “We offer quality, compassionate, up-to-date care for all of the fur-babies that come here,” said Tucker, receptionist.

    The clinic has been at its current location since 1979. A full-service, veterinary hospital, it offers comprehensive medical, surgical, and dental care.

  • Nurturing creativity through music

    Diana Aubrey had studied music privately and started teaching music lessons at Memorial Elementary in Hart County, when she decided to branch out and open a piano studio in Hodgenville in 1977,

    “Being that young I didn’t have a business plan, I just advertised for two weeks and ended up getting 20 students those first few weeks!”

  • Making dreams come true

    A LaRue County vehicle restoration business is helping make classic car owners’ dreams come true.

    The Shoebox Shop is a family owned classic car and street rod restoration center that is located on 4754 Old Elizabethtown Road in Hodgenville. The business restores and services a wide variety of classic cars, street rods, bicycles, gas pumps, signs, vending machines and much more. Their hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

  • Shifting focus to local community

    Higgins Rig company has been buying and selling drill equipment for water wells, oil well drilling, gas well drilling and mining industries for over 25 years. They buy old equipment and rebuild it to work like new. Some of their inventory includes equipment such as air compressors and Boosters, auger drills and rigs, bucket rigs, cable tools and draw works, drill casing and pipe, generators and engines, grout pumps, mud pumps and mud systems, oilfield equipment, pump hoists, rotary drills and rigs as well as water trucks.

  • Shifting focus to local community

    Higgins Rig company has been buying and selling drill equipment for water wells, oil well drilling, gas well drilling and mining industries for over 25 years. They buy old equipment and rebuild it to work like new. Some of their inventory includes equipment such as air compressors and Boosters, auger drills and rigs, bucket rigs, cable tools and draw works, drill casing and pipe, generators and engines, grout pumps, mud pumps and mud systems, oilfield equipment, pump hoists, rotary drills and rigs as well as water trucks.