Summer Classics hosted the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and their second annual Industry Block Party for Manufacturer’s Day on Oct. 8 at 11 a.m. at our new headquarters in Pelham. Over 86 local business owners and public officials were welcomed to the 10,000 square foot furniture showroom, now open to the public. La Vada Varner of the Alabama Technology Network Presentation presented Summer Classics with a certificate of thanks.
Roberto Rodriguez of Trash Taxi of Alabama introduced several elected officials including Pelham Mayor Gary Waters, Shelby County City Manager Alex Dudchock, the Alabaster Rotary Club and other business leaders along with members of the chamber of commerce.
Pelham Mayor Gary Waters explained that the Summer Classics project was made possible by a collaboration between Shelby County, the city of Pelham and Summer Classics resulting in new jobs and new luxury retail for the area with a noticeable positive economic impact from the business arrangement.
“I am most excited about the collaboration between the private sector, Shelby County and the city of Pelham,” Waters said, “I hope we can use this as a template for future partnerships.”Chris Grace of Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon gave some humorous stories about founder Bew White, and covered many Chamber programs. in his talk.
The keynote speaker was our Co-CEO Dick Cross who introduced the new facility and spoke to its economic impact to the County. Cross reported that Summer Classics is ahead of schedule for upgrading its infrastructure for rapid growth and projects a very optimistic future. He explained Summer Classic’s five core values: obsession with design, relentless attention to detail, integrity, family and exceptional business results. He outlined the company’s mission to upgrade the infrastructure and double revenues by the end of 2016. He explained that Summer Classics has upgraded its managerial structure with 13 new key managerial positions, gone through every system and process in the company and moved into its new and current single location from four previous buildings.
“Life’s best moments, furnished,” Cross said. “We actually have this crazy idea that we come to work to give people things that will give them more of life’s best moments. We will install these wonderful things in their lives.”
“The reason most businesses slide off the lily pad is they don’t have the courage to move forward,” Cross said. “For us it is really working.” Cross also shared that Summer Classics will in a short time become a national brand, provide an exceptional quality of life to all that it touches and generate about $200 million in revenues.
Robert Robinson, Public Relations Manager gave a tour of Summer Classics 487,000 square foot facility to all of the guests. Every attendee was given a behind the scenes, inside look at the distribution center, traffic offices, product design center, prototype area and photo studio, quality control labs, cushion manufacturing facility, the museum of furniture industry benchmarks, and the corporate offices. Afterwards lunch was served by local favorite Bellini’s in the SC Cafe followed by distribution of Door Prizes.