ANDERSON — One thing is certain about this year’s winner of the Madison County Chamber 2014 Annual Awards Gala Small Business of the Year.
It will be a family-owned and -operated business.
The annual Awards Gala is March 6, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Madison Park Church of God, 6607 Providence Drive, and this year MoFab Inc., Modern Trailer Sales Inc. and Gaither Music Co. are vying for this year’s honor.
Max Hains, 52, said he grew into MoFab Inc., which has been owned and operated by three generations of his family.
“I started working here during the summers and after school,” said Hains, who is the president and one of the owners of MoFab Inc., 1415 Fairview St.
The business, which employs 30 people, originated in the family garage in 1958. The company, which has an inventory of over 300 tons of metal shapes works in addition to hot-rolled and cold-rolled carbon steel, AR plate, galvanized steel, stainless steel and aluminum, has outgrown its modest beginnings.
Today the company works out of a 70,000-square-foot facility, but it has never outgrown its clientele.
“We do everything here,” Hains said. “We have a $10 minimum, but from there it’s up to millions of dollars.”
The best thing about being a Madison County business, Hains said, is the people he serves every day.
“Since we have been here so long we have developed relationships with our customers,” he said.
Working with family can be challenging, Hains said, but he is energized by the creativity of his sons.
“I feed off their energy and fresh ideas,” he said. “I also enjoy watching our young employees develop into valued employees.”
Working with multiple generations is also something Christy Kirk of Modern Trailer Sales Inc., 2730 W. 53rd St., also enjoys.
Kirk, 37, and her sister work for the recreational vehicle dealership along with their parents. She said the family-owned business was started by her grandparents and is one of the largest parts and accessory stories for RVs in the state.