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Trane split off its Springfield residential and parts departments in a Feb. 1 move to a $2 million newly constructed building at 2101 W. Sunset St. Territory Manager Dan Pearson said the HVAC equipment and supply company kept its commercial sales division at 540 N. Cedarbrook Ave. He said Trane has operated a regional distribution hub in the city for 18 years, currently working with over 30 dealers in 21 southwest Misouri counties. Trane sells heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment and supplies to such companies as Lorenz Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning Inc. and Knight Heating & Air Conditioning Inc., as well as single-man shops in rural areas. The residential and parts departments previously occupied 12,500 square feet on Cedarbrook but more than doubled the space in the move to 27,500 square feet built by contractor Q and Co., Pearson said. “It actually took us about three years to get the right building and location,” he said, noting eight employees work in the new office.
Hours: 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
Phone: (417) 863-8888

Van Gogh’s Eeterie
Joe Gidman
and his mother, Claire Gidman, added a third Commercial Street business to their holdings. The duo opened Van Gogh’s Eeterie on March 7 at 334 E. Commercial St., just a block from their Cafe Cusco and Chabom Teas + Spices locations. Joe Gidman said the business idea for Van Gogh’s stems from his experiences as an exchange student in the Netherlands and backpacking in Europe in the early 2000s. “The backpack I wore is hanging on the wall here,” he said. The menu is built around the Dutch pancake, similar to a large crepe and served with savory toppings. Van Gogh’s Eeterie also serves Indo-Dutch cuisine, such as nasi goreng, a fried rice dish, and middle-Eastern fusion meals. Leased from Joe and Craig Hosmer’s Northbridge LLC, Gidman said the landlords invested $1.6 million to remodel, and he and his mother spent $250,000 on furniture, equipment and inventory. Gidman said it was partly funded by an $85,000 job-creation loan through the city. Van Gogh’s employs 32 and seats 120.
Hours: 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday
Phone: (417) 344-0085

MFEC, a division of RTM
Springfield engineering firm Malone Finkle Eckhardt & Collins Inc. merged March 30 into Chicago-area company RTM Engineering Consultants. Through the deal, the Springfield company transitioned to the name MFEC, a division of RTM. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Based in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg, Illinois, RTM specializes in mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering, as well as civil and fire protection. The company’s website lists nine offices, including the 3333 E. Battlefield Road home of MFEC. Founded in 1981, MFEC also operates an office in Overland Park, Kansas. It ranked seventh on Springfield Business Journal’s 2017 list of the area’s largest engineering firms with six local registered engineers. MFEC – led by Rod Finkle, Jon Eckhart and Cameron Collins – reported $3.1 million in 2016 revenue with 17 total employees. Its project portfolio includes the Christian County Circuit Court currently under construction, as well as work for Missouri State University and O’Reilly Automotive Inc.
Hours: 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m.-noon Friday
Phone: (417) 881-0020


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