C&J A/C and Electrical hosts ribbon cutting with Shelby County Chamber Ambassadors

Owners of family business expand, relocate to Center with an eye toward the future

Carl and Vickie Jernigan and their C&J A/C and Electrical was recognized as one of the newest additions to the Center business community on Tuesday.

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, family, friends, city officials and chamber members were on hand for a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday morning.

“We are here to welcome C&J A/C to our business community here in Center,” said Stephanie Elswick, ambassador chairwoman. She acknowledged the family operated business has been active in the Tenaha area of Shelby County for more than 30 years.

Carl Jernigan said he and the family and staff are excited about the opportunities that opening a base in Center.

“Actually, it's been a blessing to work out of Shelby County,” Jernigan said. “There were a couple of motivations behind” opening a shop in Center, he said.

“It's an ideal location to operate out of,” Jernigan said. He said the move was a strategic one with a long view to operating and prospering well into the future.

While Jernigan said he is not ready to retire, he looks forward to stepping back and of turning more and more of the daily operations over to the next generation.

“I see myself slowing down a little bit and relinquishing more and more power and authority to the next generation,” Jernigan said.

In the couple's case, the next generation includes son, Joshua Jernigan; daughter and son-in-law, Lauren and Sean Smith; Austin Williford, nephew and technician; and John Willoughby, technician and long-time employee.

“Fortunately, I'm really confident in doing that because over the past several years they've definitely shown they have the attitude, the drive and the will to give customers exactly what I've always wanted to give customers, and that's the best job you can give them — satisfaction of a job well done with honesty and fairness.”

He expressed thanks to the chamber members, city officials, friends and customers who turned out for the show of support.

C&J A/C and Electrical is a family owned business started in 1990 by Carl Jernigan. For 30 years, C&J A/C and Electrical has been dedicated to providing the best possible cooling and heating solutions for customers' homes or businesses.

The trained technicians keep customers up-to-date with new laws and energy saving technology offering the safest and most efficient equipment for home or business, he said.

C&J A/C and Electrical is located at 955 Southview Circle, in the old Radio Shack building. The business can be reached at (936) 248-2033. Hours are 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. They also offer 24/7 Emergency Service for their customers.

For more photos from the ribbon cutting and open house event at C&J A/C and Electrical, please visit: https://lightandchampion.smugmug.com/CJ-AC-and-Electrical-ribbon-cutting-/

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