LANESVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- A young southern Indiana husband and wife business team have dreams of making it big with the opening of a new manufacturing operation in Lanesville within sight of I-64.
The couple is fully aware that their dreams involve a lot of hard work.
About seven years ago, Randy Elliott started making bird houses and bird feeders as a hobby in his garage at home. Now with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday set up by One Southern Indiana, the area's chamber of commerce, Randy and his wife Jennifer are celebrating a recent move into a 4,000 square foot woodworking operation called Diverse Woodworking LLC.
It's a former hobby turned into a viable business.
"It's definitely my passion," said Randy. "I love woodworking."
The company produces about 150 wood products. They can be found in local craft stores like Ben Franklin on State Street in New Albany. Home Depot also carries some of Diverse Woodworking's products.
With the purchase of a high-tech precision wood cutting machine that is computer controlled, Randy says he has been able to vastly increase his production output.
"We manufacture products for tons of different craftswork all across the country," he said.
Randy oversees all of the production work for the company. Jennifer takes care of the paperwork and administration.
It's a family-owned business that leaves little time for any summer break.
"It does instill a lot of hard work, long nights, long weeks, and no vacation unless it's work-related," said Jennifer, "but that's a blessing to us. We work hard and it pays off."
It's now a small company with just three employees, but it has the potential for growth.
"A lot of manufacturers today that employ hundreds of workers started off as small entrepreneurial ventures in somebody's garage or backyard that grew into what they are today," said One Southern Indiana President and CEO Wendy Dant Chesser.
Randy Elliott says he's ready to take on the world.
"I'd love to expand our business to where we have 50 to 100 employees," he said.
It's that kind of passion that helps the economy grow.