• 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.

  • A historic downtown? Red Oak considers pursuing listing on national registry

    RED OAK — During the first of five downtown master plan public meetings, about 65 people listened to the benefits of adding the area to the National Register of Historic Places.

    “If you do nothing, downtown Red Oak is still, and always will be historic,” Daric O’Neal said. “You have a great group of buildings, people like it and it will always be historic.”

  • Walker receives Top Real Estate Award

    Farmers National Company, the nation’s leading farm and ranch management and brokerage company, is pleased to announce that Dennis Walker was recently presented the Farmers National Company Gold Eagle Award for his outstanding efforts in real estate sales.

    Walker, real estate sales agent and senior farm manager with Farmers National Company, received the company’s top award for real estate sales in 2010. The awards were presented at a company-wide conference in Omaha, Neb.

  • Nishna Director receives national award

    Sherri Clark, Executive Director, Nishna Productions, Inc. has received the prestigious Margaret E. Fairbairn Award from the National Rehabilitation Association as the Top Job Placement Professional of the Year.

  • Postmaster Gives a Holiday Sneak Peek

    Oct. 21, four new Holiday Evergreen postage stamps will join the Liberty Bell as Forever Stamps, and will be priced at the current price of 44-cents. When purchased, Forever Stamps are valid forever for one-ounce First-Class letter-size postage – regardless of any future price changes.