We have some new owners of a transit and storage business in Columbus.
McConnell Brothers Transfer and Storage has a couple new owners but the transit company is staying in the family.
The previous owner, Kyle McConnell, retired and sold his business to his daughter, Suzy McConnell Robertson, and son-in-law, Chad Thomas. The sale was finalized Oct. 1.
Thomas said, for the most part, business will remain as usual. The Mayflower agent moving company provides full-service moves for household goods, storage and even local jobs. According to Thomas, no job is too small.
“We look forward to continuing to provide excellent service in North Mississippi, West Alabama, our local communities and our military members worldwide,” he said.
Though not much will change, Thomas said he does look to expanding McConnell’s freight hauling and warehousing capacity.
Let’s keep on trucking.
Speaking of logistics, Double S Diesel Service opened in October.
Owners Spence Wallingford and Blake Moore provide on-site services for diesel semis, farm equipment, forklifts and more.
The business is located in New Hope but most services are provided on-site for customers and is open 24/7.
Lights, camera, action. Starkville, get ready.
Launching in February, companies can seek advertising and coverage from Lee’s Creative Studio.
Lee Allen, the owner of the production company, is currently working remotely while searching for a location, but said he hopes to find one in the next few months.
The Mississippi State University graduate said he wants to simply tell people’s stories with visual concepts. In fact, though the production company has yet to launch, Allen started a commercial for the local Mom and Pop food truck. While filming, he discovered someone’s story he didn’t know before.
“They do a lot of outreach in the community,” Allen said. “What I’m going to do is show what they already do. Learning that myself is very important. …There are people that are genuinely good that are doing their best to serve their community. When you see that, it just makes Starkville look a lot better.”
That’s the goal for Allen. He wants to create commercials for companies to air on social media, in the store or even on television. Especially during times of COVID-19, people are so separated and it’s getting more and more difficult to reach people and to tell those stories, he added.
There’s a new occupant of the former Glo building on East Lampkin Street. HORNE Cyber moved from the Research Park in October due to its gradual growth in Starkville.
The cyber security business first opened in Starkville about five years ago. The Starkville office partner, Mike Skinner, said the new office allows the cyber security solutions team to collaborate in an open environment.
HORNE Cyber office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Disclosure notice: Mary Pollitz, the business column writer, is employed with McConnell Brothers.