Barre3, a global network of studios and leader of the “Ballet Barre” fitness movement, opened its first Alabama location at 6345 Airport Blvd., Unit N on July 28. Created by fitness and wellness expert Sadie Lincoln, the franchise offers a whole-health approach to wellness with workouts influenced by yoga and Pilates and nutritional guidance.
“I fell in love with Barre3 when I was living in Washington, D.C.,” Mobile owner, Robin Little said. “My friend was teaching community classes before the studio even opened there. I had tried every form of fitness – yoga, cross fit, spin class – and never stuck with anything. I was also recovering from a knee injury and needed to find something with less impact on my joints. I continued my practice until the day we moved to Mobile one year ago and knew that I just had to share the experience with our new community.”
“In just five years, Barre3 has grown from a single studio in Portland, Ore. to over 70 locations and streaming online,” Lincoln said. “Our mission is to make it accessible to anyone with studios across the U.S. and abroad. Partnering with passionate entrepreneurs and health advocates like Robin makes this possible. We are thrilled to make Mobile a new part of the Barre3 family.”
New Nappies for Doctors, Lawyers, Indian Chiefs
With the 2014 Nappie Awards in the rearview mirror, this column will recognize a smattering of the hard working, freshly anointed winners for 2014. Week in, week out professionals in real estate, law, accountancy and medicine (among many others) assist Lagniappe with updates on business and real estate happenings in the area, keeping our “hyper-local” street cred legit.
Best Lawyer if your Spouse is a Ho (divorce): Claude D. Boone. This is a returning Nappie award winner from years prior for 2014.
“I have been a lawyer for 41 years and have seen a lot of ‘Yay Me’ walls in other offices. I’ve never had one, but with this new Nappie, I may start,” Boone said. “What my clients think of me is very important because at the end of the day, they are the ones we work for. An old military instructor once said that boots on the ground wins wars. Without my staff, our office would’ve never attained the success it is recognized for this year by voters. Many thanks go out to Josh Boone, Molly Sullivan, Ashley Holifield, Lakia Hayes, Miranda Conklin and Tammy Turner.”
Best Realtor: Sam Winter. Hanging a shingle out only 18 months ago, this is a brand new accolade for an up-and-coming young professional.
“I’m really humbled and appreciative of being voted the Best Realtor for the 2014 Nappies. It means so much since Lagniappe followers and readers represent a great diverse section of the City of Mobile. Many of them are the movers and shakers and entrepreneurs who are working to make ‘One Mobile’ a reality. As a small business owner with a local focus, I enjoy being a realtor who many times is the first person to introduce newcomers to everything this great city has to offer.” Winter said.
Best Facelift Doc: Dr. Stephen Martin at the Martin Center. This is a return to prominence for Martin, who was a runner-up in 2013.
“It’s an honor to be held in such high regard by the readers of Lagniappe. Our entire staff at The Martin Center appreciates the confidence in our services by our local community. Thank you for the votes!” Martin said.
Other honorable mentions not listed in years prior are: runners up Greene & Phillips (Best “Slip and Fall” Lawyers) as well as Mark Hieronymous (Best CPA).
Bay Wood Products launches “green” division, adds key position
Bay Wood Products Inc., a full service manufacturer of wooden pallets, rough-cut lumber, dunnage and custom crates, is launching a new division for the biofuel and landscaping markets, recycling scrap wood by shredding it into small chips that can be used as fuel for power generating boilers or to decorate gardens.
“We are recycling up to 60 tons of wood scraps a day, using an industrial grinder to make sawdust and mulch,” President Jimmy Wilson said. “Ultimately, we’ll transition to the colored mulch market by 2015, offering local suppliers a quality product for use in retail, wholesale and landscape design.”
As the economy continues to expand, so has Bay Wood Products. Since 2008, the business has grown from about 80 employees to a staff of more than 100 at the 20-acre site off Interstate 10 between Mobile and Pensacola. Annual revenues have climbed from roughly $12 million five years ago to north of $20 million in 2013. While some new customers have been added, most of the growth in sales is attributable to long term clients according to Wilson.
The Robertsdale-based business’ strong growth has also resulted in the addition of key staff. In July, Morris Neeb joined Bay Wood Products as Chief Operating Officer, a new position for the company. Neeb has spent more than a decade serving in high-level financial and management positions for a national steel manufacturing company. “His background makes him an excellent fit for our business as we continue to grow,” Wilson said.
Austal apprentices complete academic phase
Recently, 25 members of Austal’s four-year apprenticeship program were honored with a ceremony celebrating the completion of the academic phase of their program. The honorees received certificates of completion for the first two years of their apprenticeship and have two more years ahead of them where they will work toward the goal of 8,000 total hours worked, earning their final designation as Department of Labor Class A Journeymen.
They were joined by their supervisors and instructors in celebrating the milestone occasion. The group consisted of electrical journeymen, fitout journeymen, pipe fitting journeymen, and fabrication journeymen.
Austal’s apprenticeship program is certified by the U.S. Department of Labor, Alabama Department of Post-Secondary Education, and the Veteran’s Administration. It is governed by the Department of Labor Standards of Apprenticeship for the respective trades of pipefitter, marine electrician, fabricator, and fitout.
The Alabama Department of Post-Secondary Education also has approved Austal’s four trade programs for the Veteran’s Administration which means that all eligible veterans can apply for and receive GI Bill benefits that were earned during military service. The Department of Labor requires that each candidate complete a minimum of 576 hours of classroom time and an additional 8,000 hours of on-the-job-learning over the four-year period.
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