Atmore business wins big award

Published 7:00 pm Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Shane Hadley, left, and father Robert, center, accept the award for business of the year fromthe North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce.

For the second year in a row the North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce has chosen an Atmore-based business as their recipient of their annual Business of the Year Award.

This year, Baldwin Gulf Coast Pest Control was honored with the award after South Alabama Vending took it home in 2012.

Shane Hadley, whose father, Robert, began the business in 1996, said he was honored to accept the award Thursday, Jan. 24 at the chamber’s 67th annual event.

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“My dad and I accepted the award,” Hadley said. “The North Baldwin community is where our company started and we’re just really happy.

We don’t get this award without the community’s support.”

Hadley said, although the company is based in Atmore, they service residents in six counties, including Escambia, Escambia (Fla.), Baldwin, Conecuh, Mobile and Monroe.

Outgoing chamber chair, Pete Pedersen said it is the commitment of the employees that serve those areas that makes the company worthy of recognition.

“They are well known for providing a personal touch,” Pedersen said. “One of our Christmas Fest vendors told us how one of their employees helped her get her Christmas decorations down from the attic while he was working there at her house.”

Hadley also acknowledged the importance of having employees that go the extra mile and said they are why the company is succeeding.

“You’re only as good as your help, and we have been fortunate to find and keep quality employees,” Hadley said.

Hadley currently serves on the board of directors for the North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce and the Atmore Chamber of Commerce. He is also an active member of the Young Professionals of the North Baldwin Chamber. Baldwin Gulf Coast Pest Control is very active and supporting of the areas they serve. They currently have representation throughout at least six different community organizations.