The annual Wilson Bank and Trust Construction Expo at the Mill in Lebanon got off to a fast start Friday as more than 40 businesses came out to show the latest products available to build, improve, decorate or secure the home, stay safe in a tornado or cook a meal.
The Expo had something for everyone. Chef Charlie Witchey showcased Kitchen Craft cookware as he cooked up chicken for his audience. D.T. McCall showed off a lawnmower, the "Dixie Clipper," that resembled something from Star Trek.
Tennessee Barrier highlighted customers on how the company's silver barrier material that goes on top of traditional insulation in an attic. Tennessee Barrier employees said savings equaled 30 percent as a conservative estimate after use.
Providence Safe Room had two entire safe rooms on display, along with a selection of freeze-dried food and backpack survival packs.
"When a big storm hits, people can be without power or even water for days," said Bill Cotner, adding one of his company's safe rooms would allow a family to survive until local services are restored.
Wilson Bank and Trust employees manned several stations and signed up people for prizes, including cash, an iPad and the grand prize - a $4,000 retractable awning from Mr. Enclosure Sunrooms.
The Expo will continue Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.