Battles Home Improvement
1401 S. 14th
Battles Home Improvement is a family owned business that took their mission statement: "To treat our customers the way we want to be treated" one step farther, "we decided we would treat our customers the way we would want a contractor to treat our parents if they were in their home."
The company told the judges, "…we strive for excellence in the workplace. We don't just stop with 'okay' - we strive for excellence in all areas of our business - weather your job is to answer the telephone or install new windows - we expect an employee of Battles to do the very best job possible."
This philosophy of excellence is paying off with customers of Battles Home Improvements. "I also want to compliment you on the professionalism of each crew that was working at my home. This is an extremely important factor, and I was well pleased with each person with whom I interacted." Another customer had this to say, "…I appreciated your straight forward, no nonsense approach when dealing with me concerning the replacement of the damaged siding on my home. Unlike many of the contractors I have had to deal with, …it has actually been a painless and enjoyable process in dealing with your company."
Reeders Auto Supply
241 Sycamore Street
Reeders Auto Supply has been a family owned and run business in Abilene for 43 years. The company has three auto parts stores in Abilene, one in Anson and a specialty paint store. In addition, the company operates a full line automobile parts warehouse that services other independent auto parts stores with in a 90 mile radius of Abilene.
Family values show through daily in Reeder's stores. The company had this to say to the Judges: "I know that we, as a family owned and operated business, could not have achieved the success we have without the following: Employ dedicated personnel with good morals; Align ourselves and maintain a good working relationship with manufactures that provide us with superior products; Stay in tune with our customer needs; Promote good business ethics, honesty and fairness with our organization and when dealing with our customers and supply vendors.
The feeling of family is reflected in the employees. Reeder's employ around 30 people, nine have beeen with the company for over 20-years and five for over 10-years. One of those employees had this to say, "It is my privilege to call the Reeder family my friend. They have offered advice, loaned me money and excused a less than whole hearted effort at work when things were tough at home. They have employed all my children, and have been avid supporters of their accomplishments. I am glad that my kids have had them for examples that they can also call the Reeder's their friends. There is no one more deserving of an award for ethics both in the workplace and in the lives they lead outside of work.