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December / January 2015

Evansville Business

Keeping Creative

The name of the company recently sold, Clondalkin Group, doesn’t readily reveal the vibrant history of the printing plant begun by a steamboat captain that evolved into a legendary “Mad Men”-era advertising agency, Keller-Crescent Co.

Building Evansville

Rolling Right Along

When the new cloverleaf interchange at the Lloyd Expressway and U.S. Highway 41 is complete late next year, it will not only speed up traffic through Evansville’s most congested area, but also make it safer. According to Indiana Department of Transportation spokesman Will Wingfield, about 122,000 vehicle trips are made each day through the interchange. This $19.1 million project will eliminate two stoplights from the Lloyd Expressway, increasing traffic capacity. The construction contract was awarded to Ragle, Inc. of Newburgh, Indiana.

Back Talk

Amy Rivers-Word

Hometown: Evansville Job: Proprietress at Lamasco Bar and Grill, co-owner of Let The Good Times Roll Pedal Bar, co-owner of the soon-to-open The Dapper Pig, and president of the Franklin Street Events Association. Resume: Middle school science teacher, Evans Middle School, 1997 to 2003. Family: Daughter Isabelle, son Andrew, and sweet dog Lucy.

Business Front


I don’t believe in a couple of things and never have. The first one is “luck.” Quite simply, you make your own and the clichéd phrase, “The harder you work the luckier you get,” is nearly 100 percent spot on. The other is “having a bad day.” Now everyone has days that don’t necessarily go their way, but that generally is a combination of attitude and perspective.

A Piece of the Puzzle

When Jack Barner crosses the University of Evansville campus, it’s the updates and renovations that stand out to him. As the vice president for development and alumni relations, Barner’s primary responsibility is fundraising for the university — connecting with alumni and addressing the needs of the university.

A Century of Cooperation

In 1914, a group of Evansville real estate brokers began meeting each Friday at noon to discuss their concerns. The all-male meetings centered mostly on concerns about selling residential property in Vanderburgh County. A century later, the Southwest Indiana Association of REALTORS® (SIAR) has grown to include more than 800 REALTORS® — men and women — in 10 counties. But it still dates back to those original meetings.

Hail to the Chief

In a deeply divided country, just days away from a mid-term election, President Barack Obama waved from the top of the stairs of Air Force One — a highly-customized Boeing 747-200B aircraft— ready to descend to the tarmac.

On Target

Whose Site Is It? Archery’s popularity continues to rise with increased exposure in the entertainment industry. Films like “The Hunger Games,” “Brave,” and television series “The Walking Dead” have contributed to a heightened interest in the sport.

Perfect Complement

Mike Miller had a dream for the historic Bitterman building located on Downtown Evansville’s Main Street. He just needed someone to help realize the dream with him. Three years ago, Miller purchased the former Bitterman Brothers Jewelry Store building at 204 Main Street, which remained in business until the late 1960s and was replaced by Rowe Imports. Miller owns the space next door that Salad World occupies and looked to expand into the attached upstairs space and into the parking lot behind the building.

Saving the City

On a late Friday afternoon in May 2013, after talking for a few months about starting an architectural salvage business, longtime friends Kent Ahrenholtz and Neal Schroeder received a phone call from a demolition contractor who told them about a two-story apartment building on Covert Avenue in Evansville. The building had recently burned, and Ahrenholtz and Schroeder were offered the chance to salvage whatever they found before it would be demolished the following week.

Family First

Kevin Schwartz still has the first dollar he ever made. Tucked in an old yet rather ornate gold frame against a simple piece of cardboard, it sits atop his desk to serve as a reminder that every task, no matter how big or small, is worth the effort.“I was probably 5 or 6 years old,” Schwartz recalls. “I went to play with a friend, and he and his dad were picking up twigs. I helped for about 30 minutes. He paid me a dollar, and I was so excited to take it home and show my dad.