as fab coMCLEAN COUNTY, Ky. (10/31/17) — A longstanding McLean County business has earned the KYNDLE 2017 Industry of the Year award.

A&S Fabricating, a custom steel fabrication shop in Livermore, was honored during the KYNDLE Award Ceremony in Henderson. McLean County Judge-Executive Kelly Thurman was the presenter of the award.

Highlights about A&S from the presentation include:

“In 1968, Ronnie Ashby and Henry Sonner — hence “A&S” — worked part time at night to produce steel tool boxes for pickup trucks while maintaining their respective full-time day jobs. They became business partners the following year when they formed A&S and began operations in a small one-room block building.
As the company grew, it moved to ever-larger locations. Ashby sold his interest in the business to Sonner in 1971. The following year, Sonner and his wife, Shirley, purchased a seven-acre tract of land and constructed a 7,500-square-foot shop.

During the past 48 years, A&S Fabricating has undertaken 18 expansions and today operates a 110,000-square-foot plant employing 25 people. Its custom-fabricated and machined products are shipped as far away as Austria, Switzerland and South America, with the majority shipped across the U.S.
A&S officials attribute its success to its founders, past and present employees and its many customers.

Today, the company is operated by a second generation of Sonner’s three daughters — Venea Hounton, Sabrina Sonner and Karen Whitaker, who oversee daily operations along with General Manager Greg Gordon. The company recently became a self-certified Woman-Owned Small Business through the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Although the company no longer fabricates its nostalgic steel tool boxes, its dedicated and experienced workforce continues to provide custom metal fabrication and complete machine shop services including large and small machining, sandblasting and painting, assembly and equipment building and contract repair services. Its customers include aluminum, construction, dredging, mining, plastics, power plant, recycling, steel mill and water treatment industries.”

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