Anna, through planned commercial growth, has assembled a diverse business community. While some businesses are well known, almost household names, others just quietly go about doing their thing.
If you happen to be driving on North Powell Parkway take a glance to the left just past city hall at the home office of Highland Fire Protection Company, one of the "quiet" businesses in Anna. It is one of the leading fire protection companies in Texas and has designed, installed, serviced and inspected commercial and residential fire sprinkler systems locally, nationally and internationally for over 20 years.
Highland Fire is now big news in the Collin County business community as it has been named the Top Collin County Women Operated Business for 2013 by Collin County.
"We’re working on our fourth year here in Anna," said Highland President Glenda Pinkston. "We used to be in McKinney, but when the economy turned downward, we needed to downsize and started looking around. We found this property in Anna; we have five acres, [and] the city administration worked with us to accommodate our needs."
Highland currently has 14 employees and most of them work in the field on various job sites.
"We have several big projects coming up and will be hiring," said Pinkston.
Some of the major Highland projects include Independent Bank headquarters and branches throughout the Metroplex, Medical Center of McKinney, North Central Texas College, Adams Mark Hotel in downtown Dallas, Chickasaw Nation Cultural Heritage Center in Sulphur, Oklahoma, Choctaw Wellness Center in Hugo, Oklahoma the Ammunition Depot in Cairo, Egypt and the Crystal Palace Hotel in Nassau, Bahamas.
"We are also working on DFW remodeling projects and have done a lot of high security projects," added Pinkston.
Pinkston, who also serves as Highland’s Chairman of the Board, does the selling and handles general operations working with banks, CPA’s and general contractors. "I enjoy the large projects," she added. Her husband works in the design area.
While the Pinkstons live in McKinney’s historic district, Glenda Pinkston has been actively involved in the Anna community. Two years ago she served as the Chairman of the Board of the Greater Anna Chamber of Commerce and continues to be very involved in chamber activities.
"We love Anna, never been happier," said Pinkston. "With the hectic pace of construction, when I need a break, I go out the back door, walk our four acres behind the office, clear my head and I’m ready to go back to work."