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National Assemblers, Inc

Mike Giaccone could, admittedly, talk all day about Assemblers Inc., the company he founded in Chattanooga in 1997 and the one he currently leads as president and CEO.

On Friday, he talked about the company's history and goals and alongside Brian Edgar, operations manager, the two observed the company's latest vehicle fleet additions: 10 tall Dodge Ram utility vans the same color as Friday's clear, late November sky.

It was likely a one-time-only thing, seeing all the vans in the same place at the same time. Assemblers Inc. works in cities across the U.S. and keeps satellite offices all over. When Friday afternoon rolled around, the new fleet vans rolled out, headed to places like Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Atlanta, Nashville and so on.

"This is a big investment, " said Giaccone, glancing over his shoulder at the half-million-dollar vehicle investment.

Giaccone has quietly built one of the largest companies of its kind in the country from Chattanooga. Assemblers Inc. specializes in putting together the things that customers buy at major retailers like Academy Sports + Outdoors, Home Depot, Walmart, Kmart and Toys R Us, among others.

There are 40 employees at the Chattanooga office alone, and 1, 200 assembly technicians spread elsewhere around the country. In the peak season (spring and Memorial Day), the company has hired up to an additional 1, 000 additional hands to help out.

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Financially, the company is thriving, but Giaccone declined to reveal hard numbers on Friday.

Assemblers Inc. technicians put together all sorts of things: bicycles, picnic tables, workout equipment, gun safes, basketball goals and even metal sheds.

"It's all right there, " said Edgar on Friday, pointing out the "We put it all together" slogan on the rear door of an Assemblers van.

Assemblers Inc. employees joke among themselves when describing the company's services, with a nod to the sometimes-tedious job of assembling things with hundreds of tiny pieces, or with holes that don't always line up correctly - there's a reason folks call in professional help when it comes time to assemble grills and playsets.

"If it's got screws, we do it, " said Edgar.

Assemblers Inc. technicians at this point mostly do in-store assembly jobs, putting together items for retailers at their big box locations for display purposes or for shelf sales. That makes up about 60 percent of the business right now.

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