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POSTED: September 29, 2012 11:59 p.m.

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Advance Auto Parts store to open on Monday in Cleveland

Advance Auto Parts Inc. will open its first store in Cleveland at 381 Donald E Thurmond Parkway next to Walmart on Monday.

Martin Guzman is the store’s general manager with nine employees. A veteran of the automotive and retail sales industries, he has been with Advance Auto Parts for seven years. He is certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.

“This new store’s 10 team members will delight our customers with dependable and fast service every job, every day,” said Gerald Veitch, District Leader for Advance Auto Parts.

The new store offers customers a wide range of parts and recognized national brands as well as free services such as installing windshield wipers and batteries and a complimentary check of the vehicle’s electrical system and old battery.

Customers also can drop off used motor oil and batteries for recycling.

A ribbon-cutting is set for noon Thursday. The store is open 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Other area stores are located at 109 Habersham Hills Circle in Cornelia, and 50 Pine Tree Way in Dahlonega.

Headquartered in Roanoke, Va., Advance operates 3,692 stores in 39 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

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Jackson County’s Mull promoted by DOT to construction engineer

Harold Mull has been named District 1 construction engineer for Northeast Georgia’s by the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Mull has worked with DOT since 1998. He was worked as a civil engineer technologist, construction project manager, assistant area engineer, area engineer and assistant district construction engineer. Mull was responsible for the $40 million reconstruction of I-85 and Boggs Road Interchange.

In his new position starting Monday, he is responsible for construction supervision of 300 construction projects with an estimated cost of $200 million annually.

Mull graduated from Southern Polytechnic University with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineer technology. He received the 1999 James F. Condron Award for Leadership in Construction Project Management from the Federal Highway Administration.

“Harold is an excellent employee,” DOT District Engineer Bayne Smith said. “He knows our construction specifications in exhaustive detail and continually works to ensure construction projects meet or exceed the department’s specifications.”

Mull is married to Linda Mull. They have two daughters.

Cleveland-based company earns environmental award

Cleveland-based company Storm Water Systems was selected as one of 16 Solutions Awards finalists from around the world and honored with a Solutions Inspiring Action Award.

The award is presented to companies for innovative ways to conserve natural resources, generate economic growth and aid the environment by reducing litter and debris from waterways.

The award specifically focused on the success of the company’s flagship product, the Bandalong Litter Trap.

The award was presented in Savannah at the Savannah Ocean Exchange’s second annual Solutions Exchange.

The event honors corporations and organizations that generate economic growth and increase productivity while reducing waste and the use of natural resources.

This years Savannah Ocean Exchange Global Review Panel received 63 entries for the Solutions Awards from more than 16 countries.

To learn more about Storm Water Systems and the Bandalong Litter Trap, visit


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