Modern Trailer Sales named 'Small Business of the Year’

Companies honored for investing in the community and its employees

By Traci Moyer | The Herald Bulletin | March 6, 2014

Photos taken by Christy Kirk and posted on Facebook


ANDERSON, Ind. — Moments after being named Madison County’s Small Business of the Year, Christy Kirk was posting the announcement on her company’s Facebook page.

“I’m so excited we won,” said Kirk, whose family owns Modern Trailer Sales Inc., 2730 W. 53rd St. “It is such an honor to be chosen, especially based on the other companies that were nominated.”

The Madison County Chamber (MCC) announced the winner during its Annual Awards Gala on Thursday at the Madison Park Church of God in Anderson. The award is given by the chamber to a Chamber member with less than 100 employees and has been in business five or more years.

This year Modern Trailer Sales, MoFab Inc. and Gaither Music Co. were nominated as contenders for the award.

Other winners during the event include The Story Shop, 121 W State St., Pendleton, for the Emerging Business of the Year award and Aspire Indiana as Non-Profit of the Year award.

Gina Brisco, vice president of Gaither Music Co., said they were in “good company” for the award.

“We want to congratulate them and we are very happy for them,” she said. “We also want to thank the Madison County Chamber for considering us. There were so many phenomenal businesses that they could choose from and we were honored to even be on the roster.”

Max Hains, president and one of the owners of MoFab, 1415 Fairview St., also said his company was honored to be considered a finalist for the award.

“Congratulations to Modern Trailer Sales, they are very worthy,” Hains said. “It represents a lot of hard work, dedication from the founders to the entry-level laborer. “And to the most important people to any business, we would like to express our most sincere appreciation to our customers.”

Criteria for the award was based on visible growth and achievements, adherence to the company's brand promise; and investment in the community both through business and community support.

“Even though there’s only one winner per category, everyone benefits because they get publicity all year long,” said Kyle Morey, president and CEO of the Madison County Chamber.

Morey said the selection committee met several times to review the nominees before making their decision.

“Dennis Ashley, Angela Barbosa and I met with our executive committee,” Morey said. “Through an intense selection process, we vote based on material that comes in, our own research and the merits of the companies.”

Tammy Rimer, owner of Element 212 and chair of the Madison County Chamber board of directors, was on the selection committee.

“Modern Trailer Sales Inc., Gaither Music Company, and MoFab Inc. all serve as an excellent representation of companies who are dedicated to a brand promise of service, quality and integrity,” she said. “These are businesses who invest in the community and their employees. I am proud to live in a city that has such amazing and caring companies."

Morey said The Story Shop was named Emerging Business of the Year because of the company’s “gumption that they are going to make it and make it big,” and also for their impact in the community.

“It’s their vision of what Madison County can become that really makes them a community partner and deserving of this award,” he said.

Morey said The Story Shop’s work featuring Madison County in a local campaign has lifted spirits and reminded residents that, “in spite of challenging economic times, their communities are rich, indeed.”

Star Bullets Banners & Signs and Sales Artists Inc. were also nominated as an Emerging Business of the Year.

This year the Chamber named Aspire Indiana as its Non-Profit Business of the Year.

Morey said Aspire is the only facility in Indiana with a group home for those who are deaf and have a serious mental illness.

“This group has taken on the toughest of situations, and, one client at a time, made Madison County a more compassionate place,” he said. “No award can compare to the feeling they must have, reaching out and helping someone when they are needed the most.”

The other two nominees for the nonprofit award were CASA and Dove Harbor.

Like Traci L. Moyer on Facebook and follow her @moyyer on Twitter, or call 648-4250.


> Learn more about Madison County business awards by visiting the WALL OF FAME

> Visit the 2014 Annual Awards Gala Photo Album


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