Business not fenced in after slow start

By Greg Miller

   Cable Fencing owner Keith Cable didn't let his business getting off to a slow start permanently fence him in.
   "Starting off was a little slow," he said. "Now I get a lot of business -- well over half of my jobs -- from word of mouth.
   "I try to do what I say I'm going to do. I try to be reliable and honest. If I tell you I'll be there, I'll be there or give you a call. I never leave a job unless a customer is completely satisfied."
   Cable entered the fencing business after he was laid off from East Tennessee Undergarment. "Then I started helping a fencing company in Elizabethton and got into it," he said. "I worked for that company for about four years.
   "I liked working outside. I had factory jobs most of my life, but just couldn't stand to be tied up inside on a pretty day."
   Whether the weather calls for sun, clouds or rain, Cable works to complete his fencing jobs. "If I have work, I work in the rain, the cold and even the sunshine," he said.
   Cable currently has one full-time employee and one part-time worker, and he doesn't want his company to grow into a large firm. "My goal is to remain kind of small," he said.
   "I just don't feel like I can leave a job in the hands of another employee to go to another job. I feel like I need to be there to make sure the job is done right. I put a little sign on all the fences I do. Anything I put my name on, I want it done right."
   No job is too small, according to Cable. "I will even go out and install a gate," he said. Cable installs both residential and commercial fencing: Chain link, privacy, split rail, and PVC.
   Most jobs, he said, will be completed within one week. "Usually, I can work somebody in within two or three days," he said. "I like to try and get the job done without any inconvenience to the customer."
   Property disagreements, as well as the protection of children and pets, are among the reasons people have fences installed, according to Cable.
   Cable Fencing, which is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., includes all of Northeast Tennessee in its basic coverage area. "But I've installed fences in Alabama, North Carolina and Virginia," he said.
   For more information, call 547-0950 or e-mail