• Grand Theatre buys building; to add screen

     RED OAK — In 2009, the Grand Theatre showed what was thought to be its final film after a more than 60-year run. As the credits finished rolling, the stray popcorn was swept up, coming attraction signs were taken down and the doors were locked, possibly forever. 

    But the City of Red Oak wasn’t about to lose their theatre without a fight, and in 2010, the Downtown LLC purchased the building to be run as a non-profit, which has thrived on $2 ticket prices and a strong support of volunteers. 

  • Association hires director

     The Red Oak Chamber and Industry Association chose a longtime local resident and active community member as the organization’s newest Executive Director. 

    Paul Griffen will start working Monday, Nov. 18 in the position vacated by Darrell Steven Carlyle.

    After graduating from Iowa State University with a degree in industrial engineering, Griffen came to Red Oak in 1982, working as an engineer for Eveready Battery Company. 

  • Historic Red Oak restaurant for sale

    RED OAK — One of Red Oak’s oldest buildings is for sale, bringing with it a host of old memories, urban legends and even a love story or two.

    The building at 101 South Broadway, which now houses Johnny’s Steakhouse, was built in 1869, and though he couldn’t say for sure, Montgomery County History Center Director Dave McFarland said it very well could be the town’s oldest building.

  • Dirt work begins on A&M Green Power’s Hwy. 34 site

    RED OAK — Work has begun at the future A&M Green Power location in Red Oak on the northwest corner of Hwy 34 and 4th St.

    Randy McCunn, director of finance for the company, said they are currently moving dirt to prepare the ground for building. No date is set for the start of construction, but he said the building will be enclosed by the winter with a spring 2014 completion date.

    Pavement will also be laid by the end of the year on the south side of the lot where the driveway will be located.

  • Consultant trying to devise plan for Association

    Frank Spillers came to Red Oak Tuesday to facilitate a meeting between the Chamber and Industry Association board and its investors to gather information regarding the organization’s direction.

    While he received a lot of input, what remains to be seen is if he can use that information to form a definitive plan in the wake of the resignation of the Association’s executive director.

  • Carlyle, Association agree to separation

    RED OAK — A few days after a couple Chamber and Industry Association investors met with board members to discuss leadership concerns, Executive Director Darrell Steven Carlyle has resigned.

    During a closed session during the Associations regular monthly meeting last week, Carlyle and the Board agreed to a separation agreement that includes a month’s severance pay. Carlyle’s last day with the Association will be July 15.  

  • Fareway undergoes complete remodel

    RED OAK — The 29-year-old Fareway grocery store in Red Oak is getting a facelift.

    From floor to ceiling, manager Kerry Carlson said it will be a brand new store in the coming months.

    “When I say floor to ceiling, I really mean it,” Carlson said. “Pretty much everything you see will be brand new. It really is an exciting time.”

    Aside from basic remodeling, including fresh paint and new ceiling and floor tiles, the store will also be adding more display room.

  • Corning interior design business gets new owners

    CORNING — A long-time southwest Iowa furniture and home décor business has recently acquired new owners.

    The 35-year-old Fudge Town Interiors, previously owned by Jim and Terri Walters, is now in the hands of Adam and Heather Downing.

    After teaching elementary school for a few years, Heather got her Interior Decorators License, and with a degree in business, Adam is a shift manager at Farleys and Sathers.

  • Millers purchase Parker Norris Financial

    RED OAK — A longtime Red Oak business will have a new owner starting in 2013.

    James and Jan Norris recently announced they sold their financial investment firm, Parker Norris Financial, to Daniel and Denise Miller.

    The firm will be renamed to Parker Norris Miller, Inc., effective Jan. 1, 2013.

    Daniel and his wife Denise first moved to Red Oak with their two children, Jackson and Andrea in the late 1990s. Daniel started working at Parker Norris in 2004 as a Certified Financial Planner, joining the Norris’ and fellow CFP Donna Carlson.

  • Fres-co loses large client, employees to be laid off

    RED OAK — Fres-co System USA Inc. recently announced a large customer has decided not to renew their supply contract, which will affect jobs at the Red Oak facility.

    While he wouldn’t disclose the client’s name or details about the contract, Fres-co Human Resource Manager Fred Swinscoe said they did make coffee bags for the client.

    According to an article previously published in 2012 in the Red Oak Express, Fres-co customers include Starbucks, Folgers, Duncan Donuts and Morning Blend.