Kennedy grew up in Montgomery and went to college there at the former West Virginia Institute of Technology, where he met Farrell, according to the reports.
Farrell is listed as Freedom Industries' president on the company's website, although he does not appear on the secretary of state filing and a woman who answered the phone at would call him only an executive.
Kennedy and Farrell became friends and eventually went into business together. In 2002, they opened a sports bar in Montgomery called The Bank Bar and Grill.
They also owned two buildings at the corner of Virginia and Capitol streets in downtown Charleston.
The secretary of state lists Farrell as the "organizer" of Etowah River Terminal, a chemical storage facility, which was founded in 2001.
It failed to file an annual report in 2005 and had its business license revoked, but re-formed in 2011.
No one answered the phone at Etowah, but its website lists its location as and shows pictures of the current site of Freedom Industries.
The site, just a few feet from the Elk River, has 13 bulk tanks and a total liquid storage capacity of 4 million gallons, according to the Etowah website.
Etowah's business license was terminated when it merged with Freedom Industries on Dec. 31 of last year.
It appears that Southern became president and Farrell became a top executive when the two companies merged.
Southern is also listed as president of Enviromine, which makes products to help remediate environmental problems from mining.
The secretary of state filing for Enviromine lists an address for Southern in Marco Island, Fla.
Mike Murphy, an Enviromine employee, confirmed that Southern is still with the company but would not provide any more information.
Reach David Gutman at david.gut...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5119.