Tuesday, July 25, 2006
For everything, there is a season
In 1919 family owned Avondale Mills bought the textile mill at the heart of Pell City from the Pell City Manufacturing Company. May 22, 2006 Avondale Mills announced the closing of all their plants. It has been a tumultuous two months for many people.
Avondale Mills owned plants in South Carolina, and Alabama. The Alabama plants are in Pell City, Alexander City, Sylacauga and Rockford. In early June, another textile company agreed to purchase three of the plants. The plants in Pell City and Sylacauga, however, were not sold.
Avondale Mills' involvement in the Pell City community was notable, helping throughout its history including helping to build schools, city water, banking and ball parks.
The mill management applied for federal aid for the employees who would be out of work under a program called Trade Adjustment Assistance. This is a program to help those who lose jobs due to increased imports. The application got a boost in June when Alabama's Governor Bob Riley and US Representatives Mike Rogers and Spencer Bachus were asking for expedited help from from the President and from the Secretary of Labor. Apparently the lobbying helped because the application was approved July 5, earlier than had been predicted.
Avondale had spent millions to update and automate some of its mills. There was pressure from competition, but the decisive blow came in January of last year when a train wreck at Avondale's South Carolina mill killed six mill employees and also killed three others.
There has been help for the employees coming from the federal government, from the state, from Avondale Mills and from other companies. Dozens of companies attended a job fair in Pell City at the end of June designed to help mill employees find new jobs, and some have found jobs.
Many reports have been printed in the newspapers about the people of Avondale Mills. It is worth recognizing how many people speak of their employers and co-workers as family. The company and the employees had a relationship that shows grace even during this trying time. If they could bottle that and sell it, there are a lot of other companies that would benefit.
Today's picture is the Great Seal of the City of Pell City. The plaque is prominent in the City Council Chambers. I took this picture during the Block Party, June 2, after hearing the announcement that Avondale Mills was closing. Having lived in Mill Village for nearly a year, I immediately recognized the sawtoothed roof and tall stack of the mill. There is a lot of growth and jobs surrounding this area, but I doubt that any other single company will ever take Avondale Mills' place in Pell City.
Monday, July 24, 2006
Sunday, July 23, 2006
Thanks to KEP for the photo and for picking the berries.
Saturday, July 22, 2006
That's my reflection in the blue globe.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
I wonder if he could pull a skier?
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Oh those wonderful kids in their floating machines
Monday, July 17, 2006
On your mark, get set
Sunday, July 16, 2006
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Row Row Row Your Boat
Friday, July 14, 2006
Last January I showed you this picture of some gravel in the gas station parking lot. I thought they were just covering a hole left by an old car wash that was removed. Well apparently it was much more than that. The BP has completely replaced its convenience store by building a new one in the back of the lot, and just this week started demolishing the old store.
I would like to commend the owners of this BP for two things, fresh Krispy Kreme donuts and copies of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in the news stand. Oh, sorry, just the newspapers are in the news stand. The donuts are in the warm donut display inside. You probably knew that.
Monday, July 10, 2006
Sunday, July 09, 2006
Saturday, July 08, 2006
The car enthusiasts are back on the pavement just like last summer. (I'll look up the link later.) (OK here it is.) This time they roped off a piece of the parking lot at Food World. Wow, the chrome under the hood of this Z car!
Friday, July 07, 2006
High for this week - about 92 F
Thursday, July 06, 2006
The Peppers are In
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Read the writing on the road
Sorry I missed wishing you all a happy 4th of July. I was out on the road again.
Saturday, July 01, 2006
Saturday Car Wash
I appreciate all the support I have received while showing you pictures of Pell City. It really is a great place to live and it really is growing. Anyway, as you know, I'm not very good at this. So I plan to continue until July 25th. After that, I'll be stopping for an indeterminate amount of time. In the mean time, if someone wants to give it a try, I'll help you take over Pell City Picture Of the Day.