Bert McGriff is the sort of guy small communities need in order to thrive. Born in Cullman County, Ala in 1926, McGriff went to war in 1942 and returned home in ‘47. He found a job in shipping, but money was tight, and at the end of the year he remembers having $35 to his name. So in 1948, he borrowed $1,000 and opened a Shell gas station. The business fared well enough for McGriff to establish one of his own – McGriff Tire, in 1955 since when 12 more offices have opened.