Huntville Times

Huntsville Times Dec. 3, 2004

BBB cites firms for honest practices

A carpet cleaning firm, a nonprofit hospice organization and a manufacturing plant are the three winners of the 2004 torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics given by the Better Business Bureau of North Alabama.

3M_Decatur received the award for companies of 100 or more employees. The 3M plant is managed by Jim Fincher and has about 700 employees.

Hospice of Marshall County won the award in the category of 26 to 99 employees. The organization has 47 full-time employees and more than 200 volunteers. Its executive director is Rhonda Osborne.

Personal Touch Carpet Care was presented the award for a company with 25 or fewer workers. David and Alesia Sanders are the owners of the firm, which has three full-time employees.

Finalists among small-business nominees were Special Touch of Eunice, Ok Tire Store #2 LLC and Bill’s Home Repair, Remodeling & General Contraction. Finalists among mid-sized firms were Lynn Layton Chevrolet, Primrose Schools and Woodson Jones Chevrolet. Finalists among large businesses were Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) Colonial Bank and Colsa Corp.

Alabama Attorney General Troy King was guest speaker.

The award program recognizes the willingness and efforts made by businesses to ensure that the marketplace remains fair and honorable. The award is open to all businesses serving retail and wholesale markets in Colbert, Cullman, DeKelb, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan and Winston counties.

The winner of the annual Torch Award Scholarship was Mayden Andrew Hogsed II, a senior at Scottsboro High School. The selection was based on a student’s personal integrity, contributions to the community and academic accomplishments. Students competing for the award wrote a 400- word essay on the importance of business ethics.