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Dave Roling, Emery Sapp & Sons Inc.
Dave Roling, Emery Sapp & Sons Inc.

Open for Business: Emery Sapp & Sons Inc.

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Emery Sapp & Sons Inc.
Site development and highway contractor company Emery Sapp & Sons Inc. on Nov. 1 opened a 7,000-square-foot office and 10,000-square-foot shop at 5350 E. State Highway AA. Dave Roling, vice president and Springfield division manager, said the facilities cost about $1 million to build and allow ESS to operate at one location. The firm had operated from a 3,600-square-foot office and temporary spaces at 621 W. Prince Lane that were established when it acquired Kennedy Contracting in January 2008. ESS employs more than 450 throughout offices in Springfield, Kansas City and Columbia, and Roling said the Springfield division peaked this year with 100 employees. ESS started in Columbia in 1972 and has been employee-owned since 1999, according to its Web site. Phone: (417) 833-9915. Web:

Love’s Travel Stop
The first Springfield area location of Oklahoma City-based Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores Inc. opened Nov. 10 at Missouri Highway 125 and Interstate 44 in Strafford. Love’s Travel Stop offers 16 gasoline and eight diesel fuel pumps, a convenience store, Hardee’s restaurant, showers for truck drivers and a tire shop for 18-wheelers, said Love’s officials. Charley Fisher is general manager of the 59 employees at the $7.5 million, 10,000-square-foot travel stop. Love’s was founded when Tom and Judy Love opened a small gas station in 1964 in western Oklahoma, which led to the first Love’s Country Store opening in 1972, according to its Web site. Rolla and Joplin travel stops are among Love’s 270 locations with about 8,000 employees in 39 states. Hours: 24 hours daily. Web:

B Cinalli Designs LLC began operating as bcDesignGroup after an Oct. 1 merger between Springfield designer Brooke Perkins Cinalli and Kansas City architect Kurt Broeckelmann. Cinalli, a nine-year interior designer who started B Cinalli Designs in August 2008, said she and Broeckelmann had worked together at HMN Architects in Kansas City. The business partners perform planning, programming, architecture, interior design and project management from home offices; Broeckelmann remains in Kansas City. Phone: (417) 693-4002. Web:

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