Green Power Switch News
Vol. 4, No. 3 Fall 2004
Business in the spotlight: Sir’s Fabrics goes green
Sir’s Fabrics of Fayetteville, Tennessee, will purchase nine blocks of clean, renewable energy from Fayetteville Public Utilities, a distributor of TVA power, becoming FPU’s first Green Power Switch commercial account.
Sir’s GPS purchase equals 1,350 kilowatt-hours of renewable energy produced each month. That’s equivalent to recycling 2,160 pounds of aluminum or nearly 8,000 pounds of newspaper a year.
Founded in 1948, Sir’s has become a Fayetteville landmark, drawing shoppers from the region as well as surrounding states.
The business is currently operated by Ken Mackay, son-in-law of store founder Joe Sir. “I learned a lot from Mr. Sir and the way he ran this business,” says Mackay.
Not only did Joe Sir take a small dry-goods store and turn it into one of the largest fabric outlet stores in America, according to Mackay, but he also played a vital role in negotiations with the Tennessee Valley Authority to bring flood control to Fayetteville in the early 1970s.
“People who grew up in this community still come by to thank Mr. Sir for what he did years ago,” says Mackay. “Without his concern and help, they say, many of our streets would continue to flood.”
Joe Sir’s care for the community and the environment is being carried on by the second generation of owners through their participation in Green Power Switch.
“You’ve got to start somewhere,” Mackay explains. “We have to take a chance on finding alternatives for fossil fuels. In a generation or two, those fuels may be depleted. Finding alternative energy generation is part of the solution, and that’s why Sir’s Fabrics is teaming up with TVA and FPU to support the Green Power Switch program.”