Lonoke Area Chamber of Commerce members heard June 7 about Remington and the Lonoke Lions Club at their meeting at the Lonoke Depot.
Jim Grahlmann, Remington Arms plant manager, said he has been at Remington six months. Before coming to Remington, Grahlmann worked at many different jobs. He worked at Frito-Lay 12 years; Reckitt Benckiser, the maker of Jet Dry, for 15 years; Cola Cola Bottling Co. and ConAgra, before he decided to get out of the traveling business.
Grahlmann said Remington has 1,000 employees and is focused on three things: being safe, product quality and making orders. He said the gun club hosted the Arkansas Youth Shooting Contest with 6,000 shooters and will host the state trap shooting event.
He said the business is growing and is investing in the community with most employees living in Lonoke County.
Leanna Rich with the Lonoke Lions Club said Lions Clubs were started by Chicago insurance agent Melvin Jones in 1917, while having coffee with friends. During a meeting in 1923, Helen Keller challenged the men to become knights of the blind. So from then on, Rich said, the clubs were focused on aiding the visually impaired. The clubs are service organizations with the motto, "We Serve," Rich said.
She also said clubs donate money and volunteer when national disasters happen.
Rich said Arkansas is divided into four districts, and she explained she will be inducted as a district governor later this month in South Korea.
Little Rock Air Force Base Col. Mike Pierce, who retires June 15 after 40 years of service, announced the base air show would be Sept. 8 and 9 and would feature the Blue Angels.
Chamber promotion chairman Bill Ryker announced the new chamber LED electric sign has been installed. It is operating and displaying news of community events.