Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

February 4, 2013

New business hopes to open by July in industrial park

By Krystal Fowler - Lifestyle editor
Daily Iowegian

CENTERVILLE — Centerville will be welcoming a new business in the near future.

Shark Fin Shears, a New Jersey based company that makes professional shears for hair stylists, will be relocating their company to the Centerville industrial park and anticipates bringing approximately 15 new jobs to the area.

Executive Director of the Appanoose County Development Corporation Tod Faris said he found out about one week ago that the company would be relocating to the area. Faris said he had been in talks with company owner Randy Ferman since meeting him four or five months ago.

Ferman first came to the area looking for hunting opportunities and fell in love with the area. He built a house near Cincinnati last summer and ultimately decided to move here full time.

The welcome he has received from locals was definitely a factor in making Ferman feel at home in Appanoose County.

"He coined the phrase, 'It's nice to be nice,'" said Faris. "That's actually on the back of his business card."

Faris said it's funny to talk about "niceness" as an important aspect of the community, but it is actually a serious selling point.

Ferman hopes to break ground on the business by April 1, although that date isn't finalized. According to Faris, the build should take about 90 days after groundbreaking. The company would like to open in July.

According to Faris, Ferman is also planning to open a second business, Extreme Hunting Solutions in the future.

"He's been to trade shows throughout the year already marketing his products," said Faris.

Both businesses will focus on distribution of the products.

"One of the things he looks forward to the most is just being able to provide new jobs to the area and paying at and above the county average wage," said Faris. "He's very excited about coming here."