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December / January 2013

Evansville Business

Heavy Metal

Displayed on the walls inside Nix Welding Service’s front office is a hanging tribute to the evolution of metal. Taken in 1977 by then Courier & Press photographer Robert Burke, the black and white photographs depict Carl Nix, the second generation Nix to own the family-operated welding company, stoking a forge and standing with tools he made himself.

Building Evansville

From Pasco to Landmark

Nestled in the heart of Evansville, the well-known Main Street structure known as the Curtis Building has been a Downtown staple since it was built more than a century ago. The 75,900-square-foot building was constructed in 1908 as a wholesale grocery warehouse for Parsons & Scoville Co. (commonly referred to as Pasco), and was bought by Ed Curtis — an entrepreneurial St.

A Private Retreat

 Spread across 418 acres of beautiful, natural land in Newburgh, Ind., Victoria National Golf Club offers a world-class golfing experience and is praised as a go-to destination for golf purists. With its brand new, million-dollar cottages, the club’s prestige goes far beyond the green.

Back Talk

Mayor Lloyd Winnecke

JOB: Mayor, City of Evansville HOMETOWN: Evansville HIS RESUME: With 13 years as the marketing director and senior vice president at Fifth Third Bank, Winnecke served on the County Council for nine years, and was a county commissioner for three.

Business Front


One of my ongoing and primary fights is with my garage. We don’t get along very well. A quick note of explanation would also entail that in the year my home was built — 1920 — they did not build the big fancy three- to four-car garages that you find now. (You know who you are.) My wife’s Mini Cooper must often feel it is surrounded on every flank, with no escape.

The Power of Tin

Innovation encapsulates Tin Man’s brewing strategy. With a workshop set up on Franklin Street, owner Nick Davidson wants to transform Evansville back into a beer town. “Bars are supposed to be social places where you could sit, drink, and maybe make friends,” he says. “Between our tasting room, Gunslinger’s BBQ, and environment, Tin Man Brewing Co. is just the place.”


Whose Site Is It? Inspired by those infamous Facebookers who fill up newsfeeds with inappropriate posts, best friends Tessa Caccavallo, Angela Beltchenko, Amy Smithhart, and Christy Hayes launched Don’t Do That — a website dedicated to social media no-nos — in October. With the tagline “Did you spot something crazy? Send us your DDT,” the site encourages reader-participation, allowing followers to submit social media posts, videos, and pictures that make them say, “Don’t do that.”

Speed Dial

Gadgeteers are 21st century auto-mechanics. They’re useful, skilled, and — if you’re unlucky — can use technical jargon to charge you half a dollar, a mortgage, and your firstborn. Thankfully, there are local tech stores that work for you, not against. iPhone Todd opened its East Side location in January 2012, and since then has grown in customer-base, employees, stores, and areas of expertise. Owner Todd Veech, an Evansville native with a wife and three kids, fell into the business after nine years of service with the U.S. Army as a paratrooper.

Family Function

Brothers Robert and Richard Bonenberger fell into the food service industry by unconventional means. Their father, John, co-founded Mahon-Bonenberger Packing Co. in 1952 — becoming sole owner 13 years later. After John’s sudden death in 1966, Robert and Richard took over the family business at the young ages of 22 and 17, changing the name to Farm Boy Food Service due to its broad recognition throughout the area (meats were sold under this label in local retail stores).

Banking On a Good Reputation

Money gets a bad rep. And for those in the business of money, it’s sometimes even worse. The currency of the world has been blamed for the cause of wars, crime, divorce, and dishonest practices. It actually has been referred to as the “root of all evil” in modern society. However, it is proven time and again that money, the object, is not actually the problem. In reality, the problem often lies in the ethics with which it is handled.

Building Opportunity

Engineering is a man’s world. At least that’s what statistics say. Today, women comprise just over 9 percent of all U.S. engineers — a percentage that has quadrupled since 1978 when women made up less than 2 percent of the engineering workforce. The numbers still are exceedingly lower than those of men in the field.