JAY HARE/DOTHAN EAGLE A worker for Air Performance removes a piece of metal from a bending machine at the facility in Hartford. If you want money advice you can trust, your best bet is to Two local area high school students recently were awarded $1 HARTFORD – Stroll by 50 United Nations Plaza or 220 Central Park South in New York City and one will observe a bit of Sweet Home Alabama in action.

The two skyscrapers provide just a smattering of the workload Air Performance in Hartford has conducted in major cities throughout the U.S. this decade. Through a combination of factors and relationships, the metal designer and fabricator has been a go-to choice for several products like louvers, sunshades, and brake metal needed to construct some of the nation’s tallest buildings.

Now, the company started by two men in one of the most rural sections in Alabama has initiated its own building construction. The company’s 68-plus employees are preparing to move into a new 45,000 square-foot expansion that should be operational in a few weeks, said Todd Hicks, vice president of sales and project management.

“Significant” hiring is ongoing as Air Performance’s operations approach 100,000 square feet of space and almost $10 million in annual sales, Hicks said. All those factors reflect the strong growth the company has experienced since 2010.

But that escalation almost never happened. The original founders of Air Performance, Craig Tutor and Ross Strickland, worked at Reliable (now Ruskin) in Geneva when they acted upon an entrepreneurial spirit and “decided to strike out on our own” in 2004, Strickland said. Read more from dothaneagle.com…

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