General contractor: Silver Dollar City Maintenance and Construction Department
Size: 152,460 square feet [development footprint]
Estimated cost: $23 million
Estimated completion: Summer 2020
Project description: Herschend Family Entertainment Corp. is bringing a new attraction next summer to Silver Dollar City. Mystic River Falls replaces the demolished Lost River of the Ozarks. The nearly half-mile-long ride features a 45-foot drop, reputedly the tallest raft ride drop in the Western Hemisphere, SDC President Brad Thomas said. The setting will feature natural rock and plant landscaping throughout. Herschend Family Entertainment is the project architect, with Ride Engineers Switzerland (Altendorf, Switzerland) leading the engineering work for the ride. Additional engineering work is provided by Barr Engineering Co. (Minneapolis) and J&M Engineering LLC, structural; and Interpres Building Solutions LLC, mechanical, electrical and plumbing.
Read profiles of this year's honorees.
Aaron York, general superintendent of Donco 3 Construction, describes what he sees in the construction job market in Springfield in 2021. Rachel York is the co-owner of Donco3 Construction.
Jim Meinsen gives his advice for finding new clients as the owner of a new or existing business. Jim and Debbie Meinsen own TCI Graphics, and recently celebrated 50 years in business.
Jeramey and Julia Henson discuss the reason they and HM Dentworks co-owner Chris McWhirter started the HM Dentworks Academy. With the job demands of their field taking them across the country, all three felt that they needed a plan for the future.
Caleb Scott, owner and coach of the Queen City Insane Asylum, says the name for the team was chosen lightheartedly. He said the name also catches people's attention.
Barak Hill gives advice based on what he learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and how it affected his business. He says we should all have a backup plan ready to use.
Sandy Higgins, owner of the Crackerjack Shack, recommends the book "The E-Myth Mastery" by Michael E Gerber. She says it changed the course of how she runs her business.
Aaron York describes the work culture he tries to foster at Donco3 and why he attributes to it a part of Donco3's success. Rachel York is a co-owner of Donco3 and Aaron is the General Superintendent.
Hollie Elliott, executive director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group, explains how local schools factor into business decisions and affect a local community.
Rachel Barks, owner of Artistree Pottery, says an important lesson she learned was not to over-expand and to do her research before hand. She gives examples from her experience as a startup business owner.
Jim and Debbie Meinsen own TCI Graphics, and are now celebrating 50 years of business. Jim Meinsen takes some time to explain his philosophy on debt, and how to stay out of it.