Monthly Archives: November 2012

Signs & Design will hold open house Dec. 13

Signs & Design, which Mike and Carolyn Janzen purchased in January 2011, will hold an open house Thursday, Dec. 13, from 3 to 6 p.m.

In a news release, the company said it is marking two successful years in business. Its sales grew 20 percent in 2011, compared to 2010, and it projects growth at 35 percent this year, according to the release.

It says its sign business also has added staff and now employs five people.

It also has added new printers, which allow it to keep pace with technology and offer a wider variety of products at competitive prices.

Printer demonstrations are among the events planned for the open house, which will be at the store at 4545 W. Central.  More information can be found at

TradeWind Energy shares national wind power award

A Lenexa-based wind energy company shared honors with an Alabama utility at the annual fall symposium of the American Wind Energy Association.

TradeWind Energy and Alabama Power received the Outstanding Commercial Achievement Award from the association for helping to bring cost-effective wind power to the Southeast, according to a news release from Alabama Power. Alabama Power purchases electricity from TradeWind.

According to the news release, Alabama Power, a subsidiary of the Southern Company, made its first wind power purchase last year.

Cargill turkeys head to the White House

Two turkeys from Cargill’s Rockingham County, Virginia, facility are headed to Washington, D.C., – for either dinner or a meeting with the president.

According to a news release from Cargill, the turkeys, which were hatched and raised at the Virginia facility, are the 2012 National Thanksgiving Turkeys.

Those turkeys are selected each year by the White House working with the National Turkey Federation.

The federation’s 2012 chairman is Steve Willardsen, president of Cargill, Inc.’s turkey business based in Wichita.

If tradition holds, the turkeys will get a pardon from President Obama on Nov. 21 in a ceremony at the White House. After their expected pardons, the two tom turkeys, each weighing approximately 40 pounds, are scheduled to live out their days at the George and Martha Washington estate in Mount Vernon, Va.

Bank regulator to close last of temporary offices opened at height of financial crisis

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said this week it is making plans to close the last of its three temporary satellite offices opened after the 2008 financial crisis.

The last office to close is its East Coast Temporary Satellite Office, though that office’s closure is slated for the second quarter of 2014.

The East Coast office, based in Jacksonville, Fla., has a temporary staff of 420 employees and it is managing 138 failed bank receiverships for institutions located in the Southeast.

“Based on a review of ongoing workload and in recognition of the signs of the improving health of the banking industry, the FDIC has determined that its Dallas Regional Office will be able to absorb the remaining work of the ECTSO by the second quarter of 2014,” the FDIC said in a news release.

The FDIC said its temporary workers in Jacksonville will receive outplacement support because of the closing. It said most of the workers there were hired on a non-permanent basis.

The FDIC has already closed satellite offices in Irvine, Calif., and Schaumburg, Ill.

Bradley Fair Christmas tree lighting is Saturday

Bradley Fair Plaza will hold its 10th annual Christmas tree lighting on Saturday.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with the Collegiate Madrigal Choir singing carols. The lighting ceremony is to begin at 5:45 p.m.

Photos with Santa are available for a fee, with the money going to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Wichita.

Bradley Fair’s free Holiday Horse-drawn Carriage Rides also begin Saturday night. Carriage rides, which originate from the Bradley Fair Plaza Fountain, will be offered every Friday and Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m., through Dec. 22.

Annual meeting for Go Wichita is Friday

Michael Gehrisch, who is president and CEO of Destination Marketing Association International, will be the featured speaker at this year’s annual meeting of the Go Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The event begins at 11:30 a.m. Friday At Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre, 3207 E. Douglas.

According to a news release from Go Wichita, Gehrisch, who has led the association for 11 years,  has established a consistent standard for destination marketing operations that has accredited more than 100 DMOs around the globe – including Go Wichita. Worldwide trends and developments in tourism and business travel also will be discussed at the annual meeting.

Tickets are $35. For ticket information, call 316-265-2800 or go to

Applebee’s offers veterans free meals on Sunday

Military veterans will be offered free meals at Wichita area Applebee’s on Sunday, which is Veterans Day.

According to a news release, this will be the fourth year the restaurant chain has offered free meals on Veterans Day, and more than 3 million veterans have taken advantage of the offer.

The restaurants are open from 11:00 a.m. to midnight, according to the release, and veterans will be asked to provide proof of service.

Also, the offer of a free meal is limited to dine-in customers and doesn’t cover drinks or desserts. Certain other limitations are also in place.

More information is available at

The Golf Warehouse sold to Northern Tool & Equipment

The Golf Warehouse is being sold to Northern Tool & Equipment, according to a news release from the new owner.

The Wichita-based Golf Warehouse is being sold by Redcats USA, and the deal also will include the Sportsman’s Guide, a Minnesota-based catalog company also owned by Redcats USA.

According to the news release, the deal will make Northern Tool & Equipment a company worth nearly $1.5 billion in sales.

The Golf Warehouse is an online golf equipment retailer. Both it and the Sportman’s Guide will continue to operate as stand-alone brands, according to the news release.

El Dorado refinery’s parent company posts record profits

HollyFrontier Corporation, which owns an oil refinery in El Dorado as well as refineries elsewhere, reported record third quarter profits Wednesday.

According to a news release from the company, net income totaled $600.4 million for the quarter that ended Sept. 30, compared to $523.1 million in the same period of 2011.

The 15 percent increase in net income principally reflects higher refining margins in the period, according to the news release.

“We had a tremendous quarter with third quarter results reaching new record levels. Exceptionally high inland to coastal crude oil differentials as well as robust heavy crude oil differentials helped drive our refined product margins to all time highs,” HollyFrontier’s president and CEO Mike Jennings said in a statement. “Looking forward, we believe that the structural crude advantages currently driving our strong operating margins will continue to positively impact our operating income, allowing us to continue to pay both regular and special dividends.”

The Dallas-based company paid dividends to shareholders of $132.7 million during the third period, including a regular and a special dividend. Another third-quarter special divided is to be paid early in the fourth quarter, according to the release.

Backwoods store plans event to unveil 2013 trips

Backwoods invites the public to learn about its planned trips for 2013 at an event planned for Nov. 15.

The presentation at the outdoors and recreation store will include a slideshow featuring highlights from trips sponsored by Backwoods this year, as well as special offers and an outline of trips the business will offer next year.

The event starts at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments, and the program will start at 7 p.m. at the store, 1900 North Rock Road.

Green Lantern to offer veterans free car washes

Wichita area Green Lantern Express Service Car Washes will be offering free car washes to military veterans and active military personnel on Nov. 11, Veterans Day.

According to a news release from the company, the free washes will be available at the facilities at Kellogg and Greenwich and West 21st and Maize Road.

To get the free basic car wash, which is being offered from noon to 7 p.m., the customer just needs to tell staff, “I’m a vet” or “I’m active military,” according to the news release.

Green Lantern is providing the free washes as part of the Grace for Vets Free Wash Program.