Business briefs for May 2

May 02, 2004

Poland joins Farmers Financial Management Group

Tom Poland has joined Farmers Financial Management Group at Farmers National Bank as vice president of private banking.

Poland has served on the board of directors of Danville/Boyle County Chamber of Commerce, Danville Rotary Club and Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center and on school councils at Danville High and Bate Middle School.

Poland came to Danville in 1986 and was affiliated with Central Kentucky Federal Savings Bank as a vice president and director. In 1998, he joined Farmers National Bank as a vice president in commercial lending.

He is a graduate of Centre College and Stonier Graduate School of Banking. He lives in Danville with his wife, Bettie. They are the parents of three children, Kyle, Tommy and Libby. The family attends Trinity Episcopal Church.


Greg Caudill, president and CEO of Farmers, stated, "We are especially pleased to have someone of Tom's caliber associated with Farmers Financial Management Group. His past years of business and financial experience will be an excellent resource as he assists clients with their financial goals."

Big Valley Coffee marks anniversary, becomes Swiss Water Process vendor

Big Valley Coffee Company in Danville has announced that it is now an approved and registered vendor for Swiss Water Process (SWP) Decaffeinated coffees.

Swiss Water Process is a 100 percent chemical-free decaffeination process that is certified organic under standards developed by the National Organics Program (NOP), according to a press release. Many other decaffeination processes, including the "natural process" and "European process" use chemicals such as methyl chloride or ethyl acetate to remove caffeine. The Swiss Water Process uses only water to create decaffeinated green coffee beans, which are then purchased by coffee roasters. The SWP was developed in the 1930s in Switzerland. The only SWP facility in the world is in Canada.

Acceptance as a SWP vendor coincided with Big Valley Coffee Company's first anniversary as Danville's only on-site coffee roaster and specialty market. Anniversary events last week included daily prize drawings, food samples, a raffle to benefit the non-profit organization Coffee Kids, and a customer appreciation party.

Big Valley Coffee Company is located in the Southland Shopping Center at 975 Hustonville Rd. in Danville. The company is an independent owner-managed coffee roaster/retailer and distributor for Bunn, Conti, FETCO and MAHLKNIG professional coffee equipment.

Timberland marks 10 years in Danville, plans community service projects

The Timberland Company Danville Distribution Center marked its 10th year in Danville April 21 with a celebration that included remarks by Mayor John Bowling, State Rep. Mike Harmon and State Sen. Tom Buford. In addition, 25 employees were honored for 10 years of dedication to the company.

In honor of the anniversary and as part of Earth Day activities April 22, company employees were to tackle two local community service projects.

Fifteen employees were to spend a day painting the maintenance building, removed old trees, and landscaping the property at the Woodlawn Children's Home in Danville.

Another group of employees were to spend the day restoring integrity to the gravesites at a Civil War-era cemetery in Mitchellsburg. Work there will include removing trees and brush that have grown over the grave sites, righting fallen headstones, building and installing a fence and installing a sign that marks the cemetery.

Those projects were delayed because of bad weather on Earth Day, a company spokesman said, and will be completed as part of nine or 10 community service projects that about 60 employees will be involved in the week of May 10.

Each year, The Timberland Company celebrates its commitment to Earth Day and the environment by sponsoring local service events in the communities where it does business. Community service is an integral part of business at Timberland and this year, Timberland sponsored events in 78 locations across the United States and more than 100 globally, with an expected 20,000 hours of service to be performed, according to a press release.

Simply Scrappin' owner attends trade show

Judy Bernard, owner of the Danville scrapbook store, Simply Scrappin', recently attended the Hobby Industry Association Annual Trade Show in Dallas, Texas.

Located at 84 Brenda Ave., the scrapbook store recently celebrated its first anniversary and offers an assortment of products for scrapbooking, as well as classes and workshops.

The Hobby Industry Association's Annual Trade Show is the showplace for the scrapbooking and hobby industry. The show included about 1,125 exhibiting companies and 162 educational sessions.

The hobby industry is growing rapidly and the size of the HIA trade show in Dallas increased by 11 percent over the 2003 show.

The scrapbooking field is also growing and now exceeds annual sales of $3 billion in the United States alone.

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