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Lanett business celebrates with ribbon cutting

LANETT — New owners Paul and Tara Brumfield held oversized, novelty scissors as they stood with prominent members of the Lanett community and the Greater Valley Area Chamber of Commerce outside of Riggers, Fabricators, Millwright, Inc., or RFM, on Wednesday morning.

The scissors were there to cut the ribbon out front and the community members to tour the newly owned facility that has served Lanett for over 30 years.

The Brumfields have a history in the area too, as they are owners of Brumfield Electrical and Communications in Cusseta.

“They have a legacy of being business owners in the Greater Valley Area so it is just a wonderful blessing for the community for them to take on this endeavor,” Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce Ashley Crane said. “We do appreciate your willingness to carry on this business.”

Since the work at both RFM and BEC goes hand-in-hand, Tara Brumfield saw the purchase of the company as a natural fit.

“Paul had done work through the electrical company for the previous owner,” she said. “We had done a lot of work on the machines here and would help with dismantling the electrics and reconnecting them once they were put in place. We decided to purchase this so we would have the mechanical side and the electrical side.”

After the ribbon was cut, Paul Brumfield took those in attendance on a tour of the facility and explained what they did along the way. RFM specializes in moving massive pieces of equipment for companies who need it.

Part of the tour group was Lanett’s Mayor Kyle McCoy.

“I want to thank Paul and Tara for taking on this venture, keeping this business going, buying it and keeping it here in our community,” he said. “It’s the continual investment in our community and jobs in our community that shows the strength of Chambers County and this whole area.”

Keeping the business in the community seemed to be the high point of RMF’s purchase in everyone’s minds.

“Anytime a business is on the hinges of closing and someone steps in and continues that tradition so that businesses can maintain their residency here in our community instead of being outsourced or going somewhere else or closing down, it’s a benefit for the Greater Valley Area,” Crane said. “[The Brumfields] are great supporters of the community ,and we see them being that for well into the future.”