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The Parsons Manufacturing plant in Roanoke, IL was destroyed by a tornado in July 2004 as employees remained safe in the company’s storm shelters. It has been rebuilt and is back to full production.

Robert Parsons with Ed Sutkowski

Robert W. Parsons, Founder & President, The Parsons Company

Robert W. Parsons

Founder & President, The Parsons Company

Episode #101


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Pat and Bruce White, professional actors, teachers and motivators, both graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with Bachelors of Fine Arts Degrees. Pat was the female lead in Annie, Guys and Dolls, Gypsy, Hello, Dolly, How to Succeed in Business, Oklahoma, Once Upon a Mattress, Sugar Babies, Sweet Charity, The Unsinkable Molly Brown and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Bruce wrote, directed and acted in the original musical review, "The Golden Days of Radio," has lectured for the National Agri-Marketing Association, HON Industries, St. Louis Toastmaster's Club and has acted as a facilitator for Caterpillar, Ameritech, Maritz, American Express Incentive Services, Midwest Grain Products, BPI and HON Industries. Both have appeared in Peoria Players, Corn Stock, Conklin Players, The Public Theatre Co., Brown Deer Players and Haberdashers Dinner Playhouse.

Original Air Date(s): 10/28/2005

Biographical Information

Robert W. Parsons, Founder & President, The Parsons Company

"Farm boy," Bob, with a penchant for "building things" first became a U.S. Navy ship fitter, then a welder in 1972, and then a self-taught engineer and custom parts manufacturer.

He grew his business from a one-man single-stall-garage operation to a 260,000 square foot facility; in early 2004, Parsons Company, Inc. employed more than 180 people.

An F-5 level 30-mile-an-hour tornado "pancaked" the facility in July of 2004. Thankfully, no one was injured and it was rebuilt and fully-operational within 12 months.

In this conversation, see, hear and feel Bob Parsons' definition of "character" as well as his view of the world and his place in it!

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