MOTOR. Lipscomb Mitsubishi is selling its property at 1407 St. Louis St. and moving its operation to its 3145 S. Campbell site. The company hopes to be moved completely into the southside location within 90 days, said its president and owner, Gary Lipscomb. Lipscomb Mitsubishi now has only its parts and service center on St. Louis. The company already owns additional space at its South Campbell location, which is now occupied by Southwest Materials and Insulation, a member of the Bolivar Insulation group of companies. Southwest will be moving out by the end of this month. Lipscomb Motors has been on St. Louis Street since 1985, opening its first lot at 1450 St. Louis. The 1450 St. Louis location was sold in July of 1997, when the company bought the South Campbell location. The 1407 St. Louis location the company is now selling comprises only about two acres, Lipscomb said, while the South Campbell location is more than eight acres. The increased area, and better traffic flow, were two reasons the company wanted to move its entire operation there; the other reason was that "we will be a part of automotive row," Lipscomb said. Lipscomb Mitsubishi sells new Mitsubishis, a full line of used cars, and is an authorized service agent for Mitsubishis, Volvos and Volkswagens. The 1407 St. Louis location is listed for sale with Bill Beall Co.
MOTORHEADS. SRC Holdings Corporation, the parent company of a total of 22 different businesses, including Springfield ReManufacturing Corp., has purchased 50 acres, at a cost of $11,000 per acre, from City Utilities' Board of Public Utilities. The land is located at Kearney Street and Mulroy Road, south of the Partnership Industrial Center. The Board of Public Utilities also approved an option on an adjoin-ing 19.66 acres. Plans for the land's use are uncertain at this time, but SRC Chief Executive Officer Jack Stack said the company is in negotiations with three different companies and will probably use the acreage to build three to five facilities, which will be engine or transmission remanufacturing centers. The land purchase was necessary, Stack said, because the company was running out of options for expanding. It used six acres it owned on
West Chestnut for an expansion to its adjacent facility and "that took every possibility out of our hands." The companies' existing buildings are all full, Stack added; one building, on
West Battlefield, has three businesses
BUCK A MONTH. The 10,000 subscribers to Ozarks Regional Information Online Network, affectionately known as ORION, got a letter in June from the online service's coordinator asking for a $12 annual donation to use its services. ORION, run by the Springfield-Greene County Library, has been in the online service business since 1994, offering free access to the Internet. The letter said the service's success has put increased demands on its capacity. "In order to meet our operating budget, ORION needs additional support. We are taking the step of asking ORION subscribers to help continue this service by donating a minimum of $12 per year," the letter said. "The users have asked us to provide additional modem lines and user support over the years, and we think we offer quality service," said Kevin Tharp, ORION coordinator. "But we cannot keep up with technology and maintain our level of support to the user without an increase in revenue. Our users are the logical source, and the amount we are suggesting as an annual donation, $12, is minimal." Donations may be sent to PO Box 760 65801.
ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME. It will be Lisa Rose on KY3 beginning June 23. Rose, nee Richardson, was married June 12 to Randy Rose. "I had always planned to keep my own name when I married, but then I fell in love and suddenly wanted Randy's last name," Lisa said in a release. "It might have something to do with tradition, but I really just love the name Rose." When she returns to the air June 23 with a new last name and following her honeymoon, she will also be celebrating 14 years at Springfield's NBC affiliate.
SLICE OF NICE. A golf tournament to benefit the Springfield Public Schools Telethon for Technology will be held July 13 at Highland Springs Country Club. The registration fee of $150 includes green fees, cart, tee package, most contests, dinner and entrance to the awards ceremony. The tournament is a four-person scramble, and there will be shotgun starts at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. The Telethon for Technology will be held Nov. 14. The telethon helps public schools acquire computers, modems, software and other items to help students better understand technology and how to use it. The deadline for entry for the golf tournament is July 1. For more information, please contact Janis Purves or Cindy Norman at 887-0220.
Fishing retail shop Modern Outdoor Tackle moved; Healthy Spot LLC opened; and Springfield law firm Strong, Garner & Bauer PC changed names and moved its office.