Local Business Reopens After Owner Returns from Afghanistan - KOAM TV 7

Local Business Reopens After Owner Returns from Afghanistan


A Four-State business reopens after almost a year, while it's owner was working in Afghanistan. Zelton Tedder is an Army Veteran who served in Korea. Tedder continues to work overseas as an Independent Contractor. After leaving Iraq in 2011 the Florida native settled in Pittsburg, where he opened up Sgt. Vacuum.  

"I decided to stop getting shot at and open a store. So here I am," Tedder said.
But after only four months of business the military called once again, this time for a job in Afghanistan, leaving the shop to stay dormant for almost a year. But Tedder says he was determined to reopen once again.
"I hated that I had to close because I'd built up quite a bit of clientele. I love the community they've been really good to me and that's why I opened it back up, it was a pride thing for me, I wanted to take care of my customers," he said.
Customers like the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce. It's Vice President of Operations, Devin Gorman, says the Chamber received a lot of calls in Sgt. Vacuum's absence. Which meant a loss of revenue for the community.

"We said unfortunately he's closed right now, and that means business going out of the area, because he's the only one in town that we're aware of that fixes vacuum cleaners so it's very nice to have him back in business," Gorman said.
And  Tedder says that at Sgt. Vacuum they sell primarily American made products. And keep "fighting dirty to keep your homes clean," 

"American made means people in America are working," he said.
Which is something he's happy to be doing in Pittsburg once again. And just as Tedder says Sergeants are the backbone of the Military, he is hoping to be the backbone of vacuum sales in the Four States.
Tedder says he has already received calls from the military to once again work overseas. But says for now he wants to stay in Pittsburg and focus on his business.  
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