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Page 2A September 4, 2019 -p By Diane Glidewell Griffin Lumber & Hardware welcomed a crowd of folks to the Ribbon Cutting sponsored by Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, Aug. 27. People came to meet the new own- ers, store manager and employees of the former Dodd Builders Sup- ply and check out its supply yard and fully stocked shelves. Griffin Lumber & Hardware CEO C.J. Griffin said that custom- ers in Forsyth will find the same quality materials and attention to service that made them loyal to Dodd Builders. He said the company is a traditional building supply that serves contractors and do-it-yourself projects, everything from "building a house to working on a deck." There is treated lumber, windows, doors and paint to start with. Griffin is the third generation owner of the business that his grandfather, Bill Griffin, started in Cordele in 1948 as a sawmilk Over the years they added retail lumber and building materials. They also began to build floors and roof trusses. Milling their own lumber and building specialty structural products provides more advantages in choice, pricing and availability for customers. Griffin Lumber and Hardware now has locations in Cordde, Leesburg, Tifton, Griffin and Forsyth. Randy Maddox is the store manager for Forsyth. He said he has a full service lumber yard ready. He is meeting customers in Forsyth and finding out what areas they would like to see expanded at the store. Currently he has about 12 employees in Forsyth; he said his goal is to hire more as sales increase. Griffin said the company made the decision to move into Forsyth because the growing but tight- knit rural community is the type C.J. Griffin (with big scissors) cuts the ribbon for Griffin Lumber & Hardware at 63 Harold Clarke Parkway in Forsyth on Aug. 27. Stand- ing to his right is his grandfather, Bill Griffin, who founded Griffin Lumber & Hardware in 1948. Forsyth is the fifth location for the busi- ness and many employees from the other locations, as well as family members, came to celebrate the opening of the new store. of place where Griffin Lumber & Hardware wants to be. When Dodd Builders Supply became available, it fit with the type of faro- fly business that Griffin Lumber is. "Dodd Builders had the same core set of values that we have" said Griffin. "We are third genera- tion family-owned and very family oriented. We want everyone to feel that as they come in. We are large enough to buy right, but we don't want to lose the hometown feel?' Mike and Jennie Dodd owned and operated Dodd Builders Sup- ply for 42 years before deriding to retire at the end of June. "When the opportunity to join the Griffin Lumber team presented itself, it quickly became evident that this was an excellent rit2' said Dodd. could not be more confident in our future under Grif- fin Lumber's leadership" Griffin Lumber & Hardware is open Monday-Friday from 7 a.m.- 5 p.m. Maddox said he is consider- ing adding Saturday hours but is waiting to learn what the commu- nity wants. For more information, call 478-994-6403. Bill Griffin, center, founder of Griffin Lumber, talks with Corporate Man, ager Ashley Sparrow as one of his grandsons looks on at the Forsyth Griffin Lumber & Hardware ribbon cutting. (Photos/Diane Glidewell) Bibbidy Bobbidy Boutique by Fringe Salon Magically transform your little girl into a princess for an additional donation to Jay's HOPE during the event. First come, first served. Crafts provided by: m Food by: Royal Princess: Knights of Celebration Sponsors: Friends of HOPE Sponsors: mm Pl/MR VnM]OWS In Kind Sponsors: MPHS Beta, FBLA, INTERACT, Agriculture and Construction Departments For more Information, call Jay's HOPE Foundation (478) 238-6360 Navicent Health an- nounces the promotion of Patrice Walker, M.D. to the role of Chief Medical Of- ricer (CMO) for The Medi- cal Center, Navicent Health (MCNH). Dr. Walker has served MCNH as Deputy Chief Medical Officer since Nov. 5, 2018. A native of Monroe County, Dr. Walker gradu- ated from Mary Persons High School before attend- Serving Monroe County & Middle GA Since 2009 COMMERCIAL Professionally Trained & Uniformed Staff House Cleaning Window Cleaning Pressure Washing ing the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she earned a degree in applied biology. She returned to central Georgia to earn her. medical degree from the Mercer University School , of Medicine (MUSM) and, completed her residency training at The Medical Center of Central Geor- gia, now known as The Medical Center, Navicent Health. A board-certified ;, obstetrician-gynecologist ,; (OB/GYN), Dr. Walker has, been an active member of the medical staff, where she: has served on numerous *' committees and was medi cal director of the OBGYN staff for the 2016-18 term. "Dr. Walker has dearly demonstrated her leader- ship and abilities in both .: clinical and quality opera- - tions, cultivating relation- ships with our medical : staff and exhibiting true ' servant leadership. As the first female and the first African-American to serve :. in the role of Deputy CMO and now CMO, Dr. Walker has and will continue to , bring a new perspective that affects positive change ,i throughout the organiza- tion. The Medical Center will look to Dr. Walker, in her new role as CMO, to provide medical staff leadership, strategic and " operational planning and i most importantly, contin- ued support of our high : quality healthcare delivery system in partnership with. her physician peers;' said Dr. Ninfa M. Saunders, " President and CEO of Navicent Health.