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ABERDEEN â€” An interest in media and the impending closure of Aberdeen's J.R. Simplot plant in the spring of 2014 has prompted Terry and Cindy George of Aberdeen to take on a new venture.
The couple have opened "Home Video Studio" (a franchise under Idaho Gem State Media) at 251 S. 5th E. in Aberdeen where they specialize in video editing, video to DVD transfer, DVD and CD duplication, photo video montages, home movie transfers, video slide transfers, video tape repair and much more.
The longtime Aberdeen residents have both been employed at the the Simplot plant through the years. Terry will remain at the plant until it shuts down next spring, while Cindy , who worked in a quality assurance at the plant, already quit her job so that she could get focus on getting the new business going.
Terry started looking into business opportunities about two years ago when their employment at Simplot began to look bleak. He researched the business and spoke to the founder of Idaho Gem State Media [Robert Hanley] who convinced them that this would be a good move for their future.
"I have always been interested in media," said Terry. "With this business, I can combine my interest of computers and media. I figured this was a good time to do something different than my current career in electronics/electrical which I have been doing for over 25 years."
Cindy said at first she thought this might be another "get rick quick scheme," but that the more she learned from Terry, the more interested she became in the business.
"What helped me see the reality of our new adventure was when we traveled to Indianapolis last year for a week of 'basic training,' " she said. "Then in July we spent five days in Vegas training on aspects of the Home Video Studio operations. Last month we had three days of extensive training from professional, Craig Peterson, who came to train us at our studio in Aberdeen."
Terry said he had the technical ability to help get the studio off and running while Cindy, who once ran her own beauty salon in Washington, has the people skills to keep it going.
Terry and Cindy both agree that it is both "scary and exciting" to start a brand new business in Aberdeen and that they remain hopeful that a new business will come and fill the J.R. Simplot plant (which employs about 250 people) to keep the economy in Aberdeen strong.
"We have had an had excellent reception from people in Aberdeen, Bingham county and surrounding communities," Cindy said. "We are excited to share with Aberdeen and the state of Idaho a professional video service with a small town family atmosphere and help them bring their cherished memories back to life for future generations."
'Home Video Studio" is open daily from 9:30-11:30 am. and 1:30-5:30 p.m. or by appointment. For more information call: 208-397-3884 or 888--646-3547. Find them on Facebook at Facebook.com/hvsidaho.com or at www.homevideostudio.com/abd.