BUSINESS VOICES: Kong Barbell opens in Chatham


Kong Barbell is doing some heavy lifting on Riverview Drive.

The powerlifting gym recently opened and offers a variety of training.

Gym owner Kaiden Bushy said he opened the facility because, as a lifter himself, he saw a dearth of powerlifting gyms in the province.

“I thought, ‘Why does Chatham not have this?’ We have big, strong farmers all over the place, so why not have a strength gym,” he said in a media release.

The gym operates 24 hours a day to accommodate everyone’s schedules. However, not every hour is supervised. Check for details.

“This gym was designed to be comfortable, friendly, inviting, and the main focus is to have a team of like-minded people that share the same interests. From beginner to professional, we have it all covered here,” Bushey said.

Public board, teachers reach deal

Recently, the Lambton Kent District School Board (LKDSB) and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) District 10 reached a local tentative agreement.

The agreement is subject to ratification by both parties. Details will be available following ratification.

“We are very pleased to reach this tentative agreement with OSSTF,” said Chair Randy Campbell in a media release. “The ongoing commitment that our OSSTF staff have towards supporting student achievement and well-being is recognized and so greatly appreciated.”

Recognition for Abraham Orthodontics

After many years of serving families in Windsor-Essex from Leamington, Abraham Orthodontics expanded their services into Chatham-Kent.

A ribbon cutting was recently celebrated with Mayor Darrin Caniff and the Chatham-Kent Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Maxwell Abraham is also an award winner for Young Entrepreneur and Young Business Individual for the Chatham-Kent Chamber of Commerce business excellence awards.

“We are so honoured his month marked our eight years in Leamington and almost a full year in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent. Our team went above and beyond to deliver the heavy task of transitioning to two locations, growing our team, and still exceeding the experience families have expected from us since day 1,” Abraham said in a media release. “I am humbled by the recognition of our team and the commitment we make to our communities to improve the lives of the families we serve.”

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