Business briefs – January 13

Vectren asks customers to remove ice and snow from gas meters

EVANSVILLE — Vectren Energy is reminding its customers to carefully remove snow and ice from around the natural gas meters outside their homes or businesses during the winter months.

Accumulated ice and snow can interfere with the gas meter and can keep the device from releasing gas in the event of a malfunction.

But snow removal also poses risks and can result in dangerous leaks if not done properly, officials said. Vectren offers these guidelines for properly removing snow and ice:

1. Remove large icicles hanging over meter assemblies and appliance vents.

2. Use a broom — not a shovel — to clear snow from the meter assembly and vents.

3. If the gas meter is encased in ice, do not attempt to melt or chip the ice, as this could cause damage to the meter. Allow the ice to melt on its own.

4. Particular attention should be paid when moving snow on a business or commercial lot. Be sure not to pile snow around gas meters, officials said.

Those who suspect their meter has been damaged should call Vectren at 800-227-1376.

New Palestine man honored by group with Boomerang Award

INDIANAPOLIS — Lisa Treadwell, an organizer of the Rainmakers Boomers and Beyond, a Central Indiana, a networking group aimed at bringing together members of the senior community, recently presented Dave Meeker of New Palestine with the group’s annual Boomerang Award.

The Boomerang is a symbolic award designed to recognize people serving the community professionally.

Meeker is a social media business strategist at Bringing Technology to You, LLC.

Gift shop closes doors in Fortville; Greenfield location still open

FORTVILLE — A locally-owned gift shop has announced plans to close one of its locations.

Red Banana has announced it has closed the doors of its Fortville shop, which opened in May 2016.

The Greenfield store, 14 N. State St., will operate as always. The location’s new winter hours are: Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The store is closed Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays.

For more information, call 317-605-5127.

Business operating under new name of Pride Investment Partners

GREENFIELD — K&S Holdings, LLC has announce it has changed its name to Pride Investment Partners, LLC.

Owners said the change reflects the company’s growth in real estate and private equity investments.

Since 2012, the company has operated in Hancock County with a variety of retail investments throughout Indiana and Ohio including hotels, strip centers, retail stores along with residential and commercial real estate. The company plans to continue to expand in the Indiana market, in addition to expanding its presence in other markets including Illinois and Florida. Pride Investment Partners is actively seeking new investment opportunities in commercial real estate.

Pride Investment Partners, LLC is owned and operated by Stephanie White-Longworth and Keith White, who previously owned GasAmerica Services, Inc., which was a fourth generation company based in Hancock County and spanning almost 100 years of business.

For more information about the company, visit

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Caitlin VanOverberghe is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3237 or