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"My goal is, is to build a bowling center that will last 40 years - just as they did when I started in 1982,” said Wes Snyder a foreman for Brunswick Installation. "My goal is, is to build a bowling center that will last 40 years - just as they did when I started in 1982,” said Wes Snyder a foreman for Brunswick Installation.
BRISTOL, TN (WJHL) - If you're a hunter or fisherman Bass pro sells all the gear you need, but where does bowling fit in? Bass Pro doesn't want to strike out with any potential customers.

So, if you can spare some time during your visit, you can also knock over a few pins. The new store features a bowling alley and we found out the lanes are already rich with history.

For Wes Snyder, building a bowling alley is about attention to detail.

"My goal is, is to build a bowling center that will last 40 years - just as they did when I started in 1982,” said Wes Snyder a foreman for Brunswick Installation. "The lines you see here are 2 index cards – 12,000 gap between each one." 

A life skill he learned from those he considers the best in the biz, right here in the Tri-Cities from a community of men.

"Never in the United States have I saw so many sanding and finishing or installation companies as there was that came out of Carter County," said Snyder. "Jack Farmer mentored me. He taught me how to work. Attention to detail, what to look for in a sanding and finishing. And I guess as I look back, I've just been building on that." 

Snyder hopes to build on that foundation and pull out the potential in others to do the same, "If you want to reap for a year, you sow flowers. If you want to reap for lifetime and eternity, you sow into people. So it's more than a job for me. It's training young men. I remember when I was a young man looking at the older men. So it's really about the legacy." 

Installing bowling alleys from the southeast to South Korea -- it's a legacy Snyder has been working toward his entire career. "I maybe fly home once every six weeks. Seven weeks? It's a lot of time away." 

And now he is glad his family can see in their own back yard, "Being here and this in my home, this project was very dear to me - that my granddaughter can come up and rub the alligator and bowl and my daughter and friends and family and enjoy - they can see what I've sacrificed with my family to do for other communities. It's great to sacrifice and pour into MY community," said Snyder. 

 For a man that's built his life around bowling alleys, you'd never guess... "I'm not a bowler, I just test the lanes. They [ask], 'Do you bowl?' And I said absolutely not, " said Snyder. 

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