Posted on May 24, 2019
L-R: Steven Utroska, Gene Smith, Amber Ross, and Erin Granberry.
Our many thanks to FV Recycling President, and Jones Companies Director of Marketing, Amber Ross, for providing our program on Tuesday!
President Steven Utroska and presided over today’s meeting. Allen Anderson gave today’s invocation and Stew Deen led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Thanks to Wes Brooks who served as our greeter today.
Mike McPhail filled in for Brandon Hodges and thanked those who helped with today’s meeting and introduced our guests. Chris Dunkley has Joe Beason as his guest today.
Steven asked for volunteers to sign up for the Meals on Wheels program. Stew thanked the club for helping sponsor the recent Young Professional Awards program through the Area Development Partnership.
Bill MacLauchlan announced that Maura McLaughlin has undergone recent surgery. Members were asked to remember her in prayers for healing.
Erin Granberry then introduced our guest speakers today. Amber Ross is the Director of Marketing for Jones Company and Gene Smith is President of FV Recycling, a Division of Jones Company.
Jones Company began here in Mississippi in 1949. The founding organization was Jones Lumber and it made and shipped YAK MATS to lumber and oil well operations in this area. Since then the company has grown and expanded into Canada and China, becoming an international operation.
Jones Logistics was the second entity created by the company. It operates throughout the United States and offers shipping solutions to all kinds of entities.
Then came FV Recycling, the largest commercial recycling company in the southeast. They currently serve 1,000 commercial companies by assisting them with their recycling challenges.
Jones Ready Mix joined the mix of the company followed by Portable Bull Storage and Portable Bull Fuel. The storage company offers climate controlled and protected on-site storage for companies. Bull Fuel provides a fueling system for operations located in areas where it is difficult to get fuel in for equipment.
Additionally, SPOT, a pipeline materials traceability application company, Jones Pipeline and Macki Pipeline Logistics were added to the company’s portfolio. The most recent addition is Codaray Construction.
Although Jones Company has grown tremendously in the last 70 years, Amber says the company’s values have not changed. Those values include integrity, passion, unity, sustainability, and humility. Both she and Gene agree that Jones Company is in the business of people.
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Steven thanked our speaker and then adjourned the meeting with our motto, “Service Above Self.”