Business briefs – October 13

Local dentist attends seminar

GREENFIELD — James L. Fletcher, president of the International Association for Orthodontics, attended the association’s summer orthodontic seminar in Milwaukee. The emphasis of the meeting was surgical orthodontic solutions for impacted canine teeth. Appointments for orthodontic consultations can be made by calling Fletcher Dental and TMJ Clinic at 317-462-6560.

McCordsville health center to offer parent-child Zumba course

MCCORDSVILLE — The Hancock Wellness Center in McCordsville has started a new Zumba class for children newborn to age 4 and their caregivers. Leah Reynolds, the supervisor of the children’s area at the medical fitness facility, will host the Zumbini class with a fall session beginning in late October and continuing for six weeks. For more information, contact Reynolds at 317-335-6985 or

Salon welcomes new manicurist

GREENFIELD — Jeff Harris, owner of Ye Olde Head Shoppe, is pleased to announce a new member of the Ye Olde Head Shoppe staff.

Vanessa Cowan has been a licensed manicurist for 22 years and has worked in the dental field for 16 years. A native of Hancock County, she is married with two children and enjoys golfing, camping and working out at the gym.

To schedule an appointment with Vanessa at Ye Olde Head Shoppe, call 317-462-2300.

Smith Implements sold to Ohio business

GREENFIELD — Smith Implements, a tractor, equipment, lawn and supply business with six Indiana locations, has been acquired by Koenig Equipment Inc., a John Deere dealership based in Botkins, Ohio.

With the addition of Smith locations in Bloomington, Franklin, Greenfield, Greensburg, Richmond and Rushville, Koenig Equipment will have 13 dealership facilities serving customers in southwestern Ohio and southeastern Indiana, according to a news release.

“Koenig shareholders and family are honored that Smith would choose us to serve the customers, geography and employees they have developed over nearly four decades,” said Koenig CEO Aaron Koenig in a news release. “In addition, we appreciate the confidence John Deere has shown in Koenig by choosing our dealership to represent their product in this geography. Most importantly, we could not have reached this point without our fantastic customers and employees, both past and present.”

Smith Implements was established in October 1981 by Robert T. Smith, wife Mary Louise Smith and their oldest son, Ted. The business began as a 13-member operation in Greenfield and has grown to employ some 120 people in six locations, according to the business website.

The first day of business for the combined operation is scheduled for Oct. 31.

Local hotel breaks ground on new site

GREENFIELD — Officials with the Fairfield Inn and Suites recently broke ground on a new site expected to open in August 2018.

The new facility, located on the corner of William Way and Martindale Drive, will boast 74 rooms with king, queen and suite rooms, said Travis McMichael, general manager for Stars Group Inc. A general manager and other department heads will be hired next year, with the hotel employing some 35 people, he said.

“This hotel will feature the latest design concept of the Marriott Fairfield Inn brand and is one of the first hotels built with the new design,” McMichael said in an email. “The new modern calm design is designed to cater to all kinds of travelers, corporate, leisure or pleasure, long-term or overnight stay. The rooms will be spacious and well-lit with all modern amenities including the latest in mobile technology.”

The hotel’s amenities will include a business center, fitness center, free breakfast, free high-speed internet, indoor pool and more, McMichael said.

The hotel will be owned by Star Hotels, Inc and operated by Star Group, headed by Mohan Reddyreddy as the president and CEO, Paul Parry the director of operations and McMichael, the regional director.