PLUMMERS LANDING — Local businesses were given the opportunity to show what they have to offer to the community for the Business and Industry Day in Fleming County.
The Fleming County Chamber of Commerce hosted a business and industry tour Tuesday, showcasing local businesse. Several members of the community were in attendance and were taken by van to a few businesses in the Plummers Landing area.
The first stop on the tour was Mike’s Fine Arts studio. Before opeing the door to his visitors, Michael Wagner, owner of the eponymous studio, gave a little background to his life and his former profession as a teacher. Once his introduction was made to the crowd, he invited everyone into his studio.
As everyone entered, they were greeted with oil paintings from wall to wall. Images depicting rural landscapes and still lifes were abundant, many of them paintings of local areas. Wagner drew attention to a group of paintings on a table in the center of the room, saying they’re a part of a series he’s working on of historical buildings in Fleming County.
Crystal Ruark, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, says the purpose of the tour is to educate the public and community of the local crafts that are less represented.
“Most people don’t know Michael is here,” Ruark said. “At the Chamber, we try to make our office a place where small businesses who don’t necessarily have a storefront can bring in their craft or their artwork and display it.”
Just down the road from Mike’s Fine Arts is Frank Hinton and Son, birthplace of Hinton Mills Farm Supply companies and the second destination on the tour. Hinton Mills has been a longstanding business in Fleming County and is celebrating its 100-year anniversary. Matt Hinton,Vice President of Hinton Mills, gave a tour of the mill as well as shared the history of the mill and its influence in the community. Elaine Logan, a granddaughter of Frank Hinton who founded the company, was also present to provide her anecdotal history about the family business.
The final place of business on the tour was GreenTree Forest Products sawmill, which is undergoing a new expansion and is eager to show the community its technological improvements in hardwood manufacturing.
Lunch was also served to the attendees, which concluded the tour.