BCA Nominates Turner Medical Inc. for National Small Business Award


The Business Council of Alabama’s Small Business Committee has nominated Turner Medical Inc. of Athens for the prestigious 2012 DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award, presented annually by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The award is designed to honor our nation’s job creators and recognize their significant contributions as drivers of economic growth.

“Existing Alabama industries like Turner Medical are the backbone of our economy,” said BCA president and CEO William J. Canary. “As we continue to recover from this economy, it is imperative to recognize the small businesses that continue to fuel the economic engine of Alabama.”

Turner Medical is one of the highest quality medical manufacturers in the Southeast. Faced with supplying an obsolete niche market, Turner Medical transitioned from a supplier of automated equipment for the automotive and appliance industries to a leading manufacturer of surgical instruments for the medical industry. Since 2008, when Turner Medical began working exclusively in the medical industry, it has transformed from a struggling operation into one of the fastest growing facilities in north Alabama.

In 2010, the Business Council of Alabama named Turner Medical the Small Alabama Manufacturer of the Year in recognition of its excellence in leadership, performance, profitability and work force relations.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce awards the 2012 DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award to the small business that puts an emphasis on staff training and motivation, community involvement, customer service, business strategies and goals, and financial performance and business history. The award will be presented in Washington, D.C. on May 22 during the America’s Small Business Summit. The winning business will receive a $10,000 cash prize from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.