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Firm gets scary hello

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Benson Manwaring explains his near death experience to Carbon County resident John Serfustini.

The owners of AL Enterprises, a business new to Price that assembles and sells male chastity products, knew that their move to Carbon County might cause a stir within the community but they had no idea that it was one of their employees who would get the shake up of his life.

AL Enterprises warehouse use manager Benson Manwaring was assembling office furniture for the Internet-only business, located on Carbon Avenue, when he heard some screeching coming from what he reported was his right side.

"I looked to the right and then looked ahead at the front window and a big white SUV was headed right for me," said Manwaring. "All I had time to do was run for my life."

According to Manwaring, he fled as quickly as possible to the rear of the room facing Carbon Avenue and waited for the vehicle to crush him.

"I felt the debris from the window hit me in the back," said Manwaring. "But thankfully the car never made it all the way to me."

Manwaring stated that he received no injuries during the accident only a good scare.

Price City Police Officer Susan Hyde reported that the white Ford Explorer was traveling Northbound on Carbon Ave when a Jeep Cherokee reportedly failed to yield, heading East and collided with the Explorer causing it to swerve directly into the front of the building that was formerly Mad Man Basso Auto Sales.

Hyde stipulated that the owner of the Jeep had reportedly been cited at the scene for failure to yield.

The accident was expensive in terms of dollars. However it demonstrated the vibrancy of a growing Castle Valley business economy.

According to AL Enterprises Director Christi Morrell, her father, Frank Miller, a Carbon County native, was doing some research concerning ancient religions when he found a link regarding chastity.

"My dad has always had a mind for engineering, the link peaked his interest so he figured he would attempt to modernize an ancient device," said Morrell.

Morrell reported that AL Enterprises now controls 70 percent of the global market for their product and ships more than 15,000 units annually.

When asked why the company made its move from Las Vegas Morrell stated that her parents were from here and wanted to live out their retirement in the community they both love.

"Also we are an Internet only business," said Morrell. "Our business license stipulates that no one can just walk into our store and buy the product, it must be shipped through the mail."

So we really could run our shop from anywhere since all sales take place online and our sales are global. Aside from some downtime the move really hasn't affected us until today."

As for Manwaring, he reported just being glad to be alive.

"This is the second time something like this has happened to me," said Manwaring, a Utah County native. "I was hit head on while stopped on my motorcycle in Provo. Either someone is looking out for me or I just have really bad luck."

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