Montgomery County, TN – Appleton Harley Davidson, celebrated their Clarksville-Montgomery County Green Certification.
Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett, City of Clarksville Chief of Staff Charlie Gentry, Chamber of Commerce Director Melinda Shepard, and CMC Green Certification Steering Committee Members Stephen James and Daryl Prater attended their green ribbon cutting.Durrett asked Co-owner Tia Suiter, what the company did to earn green certification.
“The hardest part was getting these men on board, Suiter joked. My husband and Co-owner of Appleton, Danny Suiter, was a big help in getting our team on board with the changes. We did some things before the program, like upgrading lighting which gave us a big rebate and lowered our energy bills. We sold our oil, reused packaging and sold the good parts off bikes that were no longer in service,” stated Suiter.
“After the program, Mary Rose, our general manager, and I dug for more ways to save. We started recycling everything we could with Bi-County which drastically cut down our trash output, we found additional outlets for items that could be reused, eliminated Styrofoam cups in the break room to cut down on trash and spending and encouraged reusable cups,” said Suiter.
“We’ve been turning things off, adjusting thermostats and shutting things down that aren’t used and we have plans to start heating the service area with our own oil to further cut down on energy usage. It’s really tough for locally owned businesses to make ends meet. Programs like this help make the difference. We’ve got to do what it takes to survive and sometimes changing culture is part of that,” stated Suiter.
“We appreciate what you’ve done through the program but more importantly, we appreciate your family and the rich history your business brings to this community,” said Durrett.
Appleton’s has been a family-owned and operated business since 1952 when they began selling a variety of motorcycle brands and they have been a Harley dealer for more than 35 years. They earned the title of #1 Dealer in the USA for Customer Service for two consecutive years.
The dealership is approved for motorcycle safety training and is a drop-off point for car and motorcycle batteries. Appleton Harley Davidson is located at 2501 Highway 41A Bypass. Visit appletonharley.com or call 931.648.1607 for more information.