An Alabama Story: Credit Union Helps Trucker's Entrepreneurial Drive
Two days before Christmas in 2007, Glenn and Sara Sasser’s plans were obliterated like an unsuspecting step on a hidden land mine.
On a recent truck run from Columbus to Macon in Georgia, Glenn spoke softly, pausing a few times when he remembered the day his wife of 20 years passed away on Dec. 23 that year.
Glenn Sasser, owner of A Plus Silk Screen, applies glues to wide swaths of mesh that will adhere to the frames in seconds. Alabama Telco Credit Union helped provide the capital to purchase one of several of the stretchers like the one pictured here.
Lynn Middleton, branch manager (left) at Alabama Telco, who’s known Glenn Sasser for at least a decade, said he has a reputation for being an honest man. Julie Thomason, business development officer, said Sasser’s business is just the type the credit union is looking to help start and expand.
Odenville, a town of 3,585 about 20 miles northeast of Birmingham, Ala., is home to Glenn Sasser’s business, A Plus Silk Screen.
The silk screening came on a whim. Sasser’s stepdaughter asked if he would design a Garfield T-shirt for Christmas. Puzzled about whether he could pull it off, Sasser thought about the process and how it compared to the airbrushing he did know how to do on his leatherwork.
As A Plus Silk Screen grew, Glenn Sasser not only need more funds but more employees. Two years ago, Eddie Lawson, pictured here, came aboard as an independent contractor.
Sasser said he envisions the day when the Lawsons will be running the business without him. Ideally, he would like to have 10 to 15 employees.
Even though a $100,000 loan from Wells Fargo may have helped towards the purchase of more materials to make frames, Glenn Sasser refused to do business with any bank.