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Tom Miller and Steve Sanders, Marcal Lifting Products Co.
Tom Miller and Steve Sanders, Marcal Lifting Products Co.

Open for Business: Marcal Lifting Products Co.

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Marcal Lifting Products Co.
Marcal Lifting Products Co. relocated Oct. 1 to 10,000 square feet at 1456 E. Trafficway St. Tom Miller, owner of the 42-year-old Alton, Ill.-based company, said Marcal Lifting Products purchased the building – next door from its previous office – for $155,000 from Patrick Harrington of Warren Davis Properties. Rhett Smillie of Keller Williams Realty brokered the sale, he said. The four-employee shop fabricates and sells heavy lifting and rigging products, such as hoists, beams, chains and wire ropes that attach to construction cranes. Steve Sanders manages the 10-year-old local office, and Miller said he visits Springfield every month or two. Area clients include Paul Mueller Co., City Utilities, Springfield ReManufacturing Corp., John Deere Reman, Ozark Crane Services and Carson-Mitchell, and representative projects include the Twitty Energy Center, St. John’s Orthopedic Hospital and the interchange at highways 60 and 65. Hours: 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Phone: (417) 831-1511. Web:

The Home Brewery
On Nov. 15, owners Todd and Sheri Frye moved The Home Brewery to a 5,200-square-foot building at 1967 W. Boat St. in Ozark. The company, which specializes in equipment for making beer, wine and cheese, previously was located at 205 W. Bain St. in Ozark. Todd Frye said the move doubles square footage, expanding storefront space with room to increase inventory levels and add new products to the lineup. Frye said that at one point, The Home Brewery’s sales were evenly split between mail-order and walk-in business, but in-store sales now comprise 65 percent of volume. “We needed a little bit nicer showroom and a larger showroom to accommodate that influx of local people who are interested in beer, wine and cheese making,” Frye said. In addition to the Fryes, the company has four full-time and three part-time employees. Hours: 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m.–3 p.m. on Saturdays. Phone: (417) 581-0963 Web:

Har-Bell Grill & Sports Bar LLC
Father-and-son duo Jerry and Derek Bumgarner opened Har-Bell Grill & Sports Bar LLC Dec. 12 at 315 Park Central West, formerly home to Har-Bell Athletic Goods. The eatery’s menu includes specialty burgers, smoked chicken wings and specialty hot dogs, said Nate Nicholson, manager. Choices include the Grilled Cheese Burger – a fresh grilled burger smashed between two grilled cheese sandwiches and topped with burger slaw – for $8.99. The restaurant also has a full bar, Nicholson said. According to Springfield Business Journal archives, the Bumgarners purchased the building through DBJB Properties LLC for an undisclosed amount from Brian Tucker. Nicholson said the restaurant has 24 employees, most of them part-time. Hours: 11:30 a.m.–1:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 11:30 a.m.– midnight on Sundays. Phone: (417) 862-0477.

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