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Cerrowire President Named Chairman of Local Board

Cerrowire President Named Chairman of Local Board
Stewart and Lauren Smallwood at Hartselle Chamber of Commerce Gala

HARTSELLE, Alabama Cerrowire® President Stewart Smallwood took the reins as Hartselle Area Chamber of Commerce (HACC) chairman of the Board for the 2022-23 year during the organization’s 45th Annual Meeting and Awards on May 6. He joined the HACC Board in 2020. 

The second largest city in Morgan County, Alabama, Hartselle is part of the Huntsville-Decatur Combined Statistical Area. The initiatives of the Hartselle Chamber of Commerce reach out into the surrounding communities in Morgan County, including Falkville, Danville, Eva and Priceville. 

Smallwood brings 18 years of experience in managing and motivating his teams to work towards shared goals and achieve targeted results. As board chair, he plans to focus on workforce and business development, community promotion, and community design. 

“Despite the fact that COVID-19 gripped our nation over the past two years, Morgan County has seen continued expansion and job growth. It has the potential for significant economic development, and the Hartselle community is perfectly poised to become a destination for the resulting new business and new residents,” Smallwood said. 

Chamber President/CEO Missy Evans said, “Stewart’s personal investment in Hartselle is fueled by his family’s love for this community. He is a ‘family man’ and understands the elements of a community that make it attractive for newcomers to want to live, work, and play here. He is willing to ‘do his part’ in serving Hartselle by lending his strengths in organizational management and leadership to help position Hartselle to be a premier community in North Alabama for relocators.” 

“I am so encouraged to see an increase in participation in all our chamber events as we come out of the pandemic,” Smallwood added. “We are so well positioned here in Hartselle, and I’m excited to see how far we can go.” 

Smallwood began his career in the electrical industry at Gexpro (formerly GE Supply) in 2004 after receiving his B.S. in Finance from Clemson University in Clemson, SC. He joined Cerrowire in 2012. As president, he has overseen steady growth of the copper wire manufacturer that produces building wire and cable for commercial, industrial and residential use. Cerrowire plants are located in Hartselle and Huntsville, AL; Georgia, Indiana and Utah. A new facility, which will manufacture metal clad (MC) cable, is under construction in Hartselle and is scheduled to begin operation in 2023. 

Smallwood is a member of Vistage®, an international CEO peer group. He serves on the Workforce & Education Committee of the Hartselle Chamber, representing the area’s industrial and manufacturing members, and he has chaired the HACC Trackman capital campaign since its 2020 launch. He is also an active member of Rotary. 

“His unique position as a Hartselle industry leader allows him to represent the interests of manufacturers, of employers, and, even, of residents. Stewart lives, works and plays in Hartselle and has a personal and professional interest in seeing the orderly expansion and development of all segments of the community,” Evans added. 

The Kentucky Derby-themed event was held at The Tabernacle Farm in Hartselle and drew more than 250 guests including Cerrowire leadership. 

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