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April / May 2014

Evansville Business

Bandwidth of Brothers

Companies make choices all the time — some big, some small. Jon Ruthenburg and Tom Lewis made a big choice one year after opening Gray Loon Marketing Group in May 1994. They embraced the Internet. “It was the smartest business decision we ever made,” says Lewis.

Back Talk

Business Front

Lessons Learned

I have just returned from a lengthy 25th anniversary cruise, encompassing almost two weeks out of the country. The majority of it was spent sailing through an archipelago off the coast of Grenada. A few “coincidences” to share regarding my anniversary date is that it falls on April Fools’ Day and everyone has forgotten to tell my wife what a “lucky woman” she is. Must be an oversight. So I made some mental notes (obviously brief ones) about what I learned along the way. So here they are, like everything in my brain... in random order.

Downtown Dream

Nearly three years after the Executive Inn Evansville was torn down to make way for the Ford Center, a few hundred people gathered to watch as Evansville officials broke ground March 10 for a new 10-story, 257-room Hilton DoubleTree hotel. With shovels in hand, Mayor Lloyd Winnecke and several Evansville City Council members turned dirt at the construction site at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Walnut Street.

On Top of Evansville

Whatever else might be said about attorney Neil Chapman’s office, it is the only one of its kind in Evansville. Located on the 17th floor of the 420 Main Building (formerly Old National Bank), no office space in the city can boast of the same elevation. “This is the highest office in town, with apologies to the mayor,” Chapman jokes. “But I also tell people it is lonely at the top, because it is the only 17th floor in Evansville, and we are the only ones up here.”

Not So Mini

Turn on the television and chances are you’ll come across a bidding war for someone’s forgotten personal belongings at a storage company. Rather than risk losing personal items to the highest bidder, Tri-State residents can now store their items at home. Go Mini’s is a personal storage unit company that brings the storage space to you. The 12-foot, 16-foot, or 20-foot units have padded wheels that won’t damage your driveway and insulation that resists mold and heat to protect your valuables and more.

Smiling Faces

Whose Site Is It? The Boys and Girls Club of Evansville is responsible for many smiling faces. In January, the Evansville affiliate of the national organization, which provides a variety of services and programs to help create a positive environment for young people, realized its website needed a makeover to reflect its mission.

Locally Grown

A couple of years after Hasting Plants first opened, a newspaper reporter visited the seasonal greenhouse operation near Mount Vernon, Ind., and declared it to be “well worth the drive.” The compliment transformed into a slogan, which drives Nancy Hasting as she works to grow and produce the best selection of plants for her customers. Hasting opened 5 acres of U-Pick vegetables in 1982 with a used greenhouse. She slowly moved away from the vegetable fields and now owns four greenhouses and a store.

Eggs By the Million

Each day of production, the Prime Foods plant just outside of Boonville, Ind., rolls out about 1,000,000 hard-cooked eggs. Most go to bulk customers, who then use them for egg salad or other products. But soon, you’ll be able to buy the eggs at your local supermarket, convenience store, or big box store. The ready-to-eat eggs will be available in packages of six for home use or in a two-egg snack pack. They’ll be sold under the label of Kramer Farms.

Musical Dreams

There's a lot of mythology in American culture surrounding garage startups. A television commercial running these days compares the origins of the likes of Amazon, Disney, and the Ramones — all of which began in garages. This story has more to do with the Ramones. The Ramones are a rock band that toured nonstop for 22 years, driving hundreds of miles to play in front of crowds of all sizes. And while not everybody in the music business steps onstage, the prospects for stardom may be just as daunting for three Tri-State entrepreneurs.

Great Buys, Great Service

On a Friday afternoon, while driving west on Interstate 70 from Indianapolis, Terry Oates, owner of King’s Great Buys Plus, received a call from a desperate customer. Expecting a large number of people to arrive at his home the next day for a Christmas party, the customer panicked when his dishwasher broke.

Almost Ready for Takeoff

The runway relocation at Evansville Regional Airport, which is now underway, will improve safety and put the runway in line with federal rules. But once the $67 million project is complete, passengers probably won’t notice the difference. Doug Joest, executive director of the Evansville-Vanderburgh Airport Authority District, says the trouble with the runway was obstructions at the southwest end. Planes landing from that direction could not use the first 2,000 feet of the 8,000-foot runway because of nearby obstructions such as buildings.

Online Exclusives

Link Up

To show how stories in the April/May issue of Evansville Business fit into the broader context of world events, this edition of Link Up brings the Internet to you. No Google search required.