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THE TRIBUNE/JESSICA ST JAMES Members of the community welcome O’Reilly Auto Parts on Wednesday morning. Pictured left to right, South Point Mayor Ron West, Lawrence County Treasurer Stephen Dale Burcham, Fayette Trustee Perry Brock, manager J.R. Fields, Shirley Dyer and Bill Dingus, with the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce and assistant manager Jacob Wells.

Members of the community welcome O’Reilly Auto Parts on Wednesday morning. Pictured left to right, South Point Mayor Ron West, Lawrence County Treasurer Stephen Dale Burcham, Fayette Trustee Perry Brock, manager J.R. Fields, Shirley Dyer and Bill Dingus, with the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce and assistant manager Jacob Wells.

 

SOUTH POINT — On Wednesday, economic development leaders welcomed a new business to the eastern end of the county.

O’Reilly is one of the newest members of the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce as Shirley Dyer, director of the chamber, presented store manager J.R. Fields with a certificate.

“This is the first auto parts store that has become a member of the chamber and we are glad to have it,” Dyer said at the ribbon cutting. “It is always good to bring new businesses to Lawrence County.”

Dyer, South Point Mayor Ron West, Lawrence County treasurer Stephen Burcham, Fayette Township Trustee Perry Brock, store manager J.R. Fields, Lawrence Economic Development Corporation executive director Bill Dingus and assistant store manager Jacob Wells all took part in cutting the ribbon.

“I’m always glad to see new businesses move into this area,” West said. “It helps create jobs and I’m glad to see it here.”

The ribbon cutting marked the grand opening, which will be going on until March 24.

“Our community is much different than so many urban areas that many area residents do much of their own auto work,” Dingus said. “This is another opportunity for them to be able to do that.”

Dingus also mentioned that O’Reilly reached out to the chamber to be a part of it.

“When they first started construction, they contacted the chamber asking how they can join,” he said. “They want to be supportive in the community. I’m very pleased this happened.”

Company representatives said they are looking forward to being part of the community.

“I’m very excited to get to know the area and getting out into the community,” Fields said.

Fields has been with the O’Reilly Company for close to six years and has held just about every position in store before working up to be manager, he said.

Fields also presented a $200 check to Veterans Helping Veterans and Families on behalf of the entire company.