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Ribbon cutting held for Kimble’s

Kimble’s Food by Design held its ribbon cutting ceremony at its new warehouse location on Webster Street Friday morning.

The new warehouse replaces the other Kimble’s locations on Hines Street, East Bacon Street and Fort Drive. According to support team supervisor Joe Harris, the location at Hines Street will still produce the company’s corn flake candy squares.

The company produces corn flake candy, produces supplies and food services for jails, runs a catering company and has micro markets across the southeast.

According to employee William Pendergraph, the new warehouse is making the company more efficient.

“We were essentially operating three different companies and now we’ve created some synergy by being together and one group,” Pendergraph said. “It’s been quite a transition. We’re going to move a lot faster and a lot further by being in one location.”

The ribbon cutting ceremony included congressmen Drew Ferguson, Randy Nix and Matt Brass along with some of the sheriffs that Kimble’s serves.

Sheriff James Woodruff said he was thankful for all of Kimble’s work for catering and serving local jails.

“He makes [sheriffs jobs] very easy when it comes to pleasing those inmates in the jail with that store because that can be a big headache to us,” Woodruff said.

Owner Kimble Carter said he was grateful that his business was expanding.

“This has been 30 years happening, all I can say is it’s about time,” Carter said. “There are a lot of 10 and 12 hour days, it’s a lot of tough work.”

Carter said he started the business after quitting his job in 1985 and said he struggled for a few years before it took off.

“[My wife and I] had a two-year-old, a four-year-old, and we lived in a double wide. We lived in a double wide for a lot of years because everything I made went into the business. There were a lot of weeks we didn’t know if we were going to get another paycheck,” he said. “It turned out really good.”

Page Estes, LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce president, said Carter’s struggles to succeed in the business world meant a lot to the chamber.

“This is a great day because so much of what happens in our community is through our existing industry expanding, and Kimble’s is a great story,” Estes said. “It’s a true entrepreneurial success story, and it couldn’t happen to a better person.”