ELWOOD, IND. – JULY 26, 2012 – Odle McGuire Shook (OMS) – Red Gold is the largest privately owned tomato processor in the nation and they are located in Elwood, Indiana.   They purchased the Oakland Elementary School , also located in Elwood to renovate it for their corporate headquarters. It was built in 1956, added on to in 1962 and went through a major renovation in 2004.  It is a great location for them.  It is 9 blocks from the Elwood manufacturing plant and 6 miles from the Orestes plant and distribution center.   It  also has special meaning to Brian Reichart, CEO of Red Gold.   He was a student at Oakland Elementary.  One of the hand painted murals painted on the walls in the school corridors, was kept as a reminder of the past history of the building.

It was a very fast track 3 million dollar renovation.  Demolition began in September, 2011 and staff starting moving into the building in January, 2012.  Red Gold’s project manager, Dallas Conrad  supervised the demolition , construction and transition.  He credits the success of this project to having a good team.

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