Industry Case Studies

Energy-Efficient Refrigeration System Makes Georgia Farmer ‘Berry’ Happy
There is more to the blueberry business than pies, cobblers, and sticky fingers. There is berry picking and selection, packing, storing and shipping. At the Chambers Brothers Farms, a cooling system lends a helping hand. The technology is considered so innovative that blueberry farmers from throughout the United States travel to Homerville, GA, to see how it is done. Jim Chambers’ business has been growing since 1978. His initial three acres—some of the first commercial blueberry farmland in Georgia—have become an expanse of fields that yield more than half a million pounds of blueberries each year.

A Southern Tradition Rises Out of the Ashes with Help from Bohn
Business was booming for Lord’s Sausage & Country Ham, Inc. last summer. The 75-year old meat processing plant was manufacturing more than 300,000 lbs. of pork sausage, country-cured ham, fresh pork and smoked meat products every month. Julian Lord established the family business and its 5,000-sq.-ft. plant in 1928. In the early 60s Lord’s son, Roger, came on board and in the mid-80’s both grandsons joined the family business, with Wayne Lord taking on the role of sales executive, while Britt Lord became the company’s purchasing agent.

Sizzling Skillets Meet Cool Solution
For more than a century, Lodge Manufacturing has been in the foundry business, perfecting the process of making cast-iron cookware. Nestled along the banks of the Tennessee River in South Pittsburg, Tennessee near Chattanooga, Lodge Manufacturing remains the oldest family-owned cookware manufacturers in America.