Premier Custom calls welcomed to Monette

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Monette Beautification Committee recently held a ribbon cutting at Premier Custom Calls. Pictured are, front: Nan Snider, Barbara Suber, Amy Hill, Andrew Hill, Chris Hill, Mayor Chub Qualls and Steve Suber. Back - Bob Blankenship, Teri Higginbotham, Doris Blankenship, Tom Carroll, Mark Rolland and Aaron Uthoff. (photo provided)

A special business welcoming ribbon cutting ceremony was held May 1, for Premier Custom Calls, at 104 W. Texie St., in Monette.

Owners Chris and Amy Hill, City Beautification Committee members and City Councilmen were were in attendance at the presentation. Amy Hill cut the official yellow ribbon during the ceremony. Mayor Chub Qualls presented Chris Hill with a framed certificate commemorating the event. The certificate read “Welcome to the Monette Business Community. This special ribbon cutting ceremony was held today, May 1, 2017, to honor Premier Custom Calls, for making an investment in the future of the city of Monette, by becoming a business partner in progress.”

Chris Hill started his duck call business 10 years ago, out of a small shop at former home on Nance Street in Monette, while holding down a full time job as a maintenance tech at Hytrol Conveyor in Jonesboro.

“As the business grew I changed jobs and worked part time for other duck call shops and manufacturing companies in Jonesboro, and still did my own finishing for my calls,” Hill said. “I could never get the quality I needed from other companies, so I decided to make the plunge and start my own business full time. My first shop was a 10x16' place with one machine. As the demand grew, I knew I needed more space for more machines. This shop on Texie is a 40x40' building. Now I can do a larger volume of calls, custom work, engraving, special colors and designs.”

Hill produces duck calls for Bass Pro and Mack’s Prairie Wings, plus Hobo Duck Calls for Kent Cullum. Cullum is a three time World Champion Duck Caller winner. Chris’s wife Amy and father Craig Hill assist him in the business, along with children Riley Hill and Andrew Hill.

Hill holds an all day duck call class each fall, and welcomes anyone to stop by for advice anytime, or just come to see the shop.

“I always try to give back to the community by making donations of custom callers for special fund raisers like St. Jude, cancer patients and special area events,” he said. “I never dreamed I would get to make duck calls for a living, but I am living that dream now. A good friend of mine told me once “God doesn’t sponsor any flops.” I live with that thought and am amazed and thankful at how the business has grown.”

Premier Custom Calls is open from 8-5, Monday through Friday. A web site in the same name is availiable for questions and updates are kept current. The office phone is 870-931-0441.

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