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November 25, 2012

Hughes Group carrying on the family business

Jeffersonville company celebrates 75 years

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JEFFERSONVILLE — Passing on the legacy

After 50 years directing the company, George Hughes Sr. has a legacy that his children and grandchildren are attempting to carry forward.

“The three things about business, you have to be honest, you always have to take care of your people and give back to the community,” said James P. Hughes. “He instilled that into us,” he said of George Hughes Sr.

The other thing the company has carried forward is to continue to be innovative.

“You need to change with [those contracting the jobs] and if you don’t change with them, you’re going to get left behind,” James P. Hughes said. “Some people are fearful of change. The way we look at it is change creates opportunity. This area’s going to blow wide open. Economic development, housing, it’s probably one of the best places for people to be. In 10 years you won’t recognize this area.”

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