• 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.

  • Oakview’s parent company expands

    RED OAK — Dck worldwide, parent company of Red  Oak-based Oakview dck, LLC, announced the company has purchased Summit Builders to form Summit dck.

    This acquisition unites both dck’s and Summit’s capabilities and market  reach through their combined resources and allows Summit dck to focus its  efforts in the southwestern region of the U.S. (including Arizona,  California, New Mexico and Texas) where Summit has been establishing a  strong presence and culture.

  • Red Oak: ‘We Want Shopko’

    RED OAK — Its not over yet.

    Red Oak community and city leaders are joining forces with a grassroots effort to convince ShopKo officials to reconsider their decision to close the local Pamida store.

    After purchasing the 193-store Pamida franchise earlier this year, ShopKo announced two weeks ago Red Oak’s was one of six nationwide that would be closed instead of converted into the new format.

    Store officials stated their decision was based on several factors, including the current Pamida store’s sales numbers.

  • Fareway wins 8th annual Barb Gray Chili Cook-Off

    RED OAK — After a pair of consecutive second place finishes, Fareway found the winning chili recipe and took home first place honors in the 8th annual Barb Gray Memorial Chili Cook-off Friday.

    Sponsored by the Red Oak Express, the event raised about $1,100 for Nishna Productions vocational training center building project.

    After finishing second in 2009 and 2010 with a beanless-steak filled chili, Fareway not only changed up its recipes, but its cook as well.