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Square Post Buildings celebrates 30 years



Williams Baptist College faculty Bob and Delores Magee (right) thank Edward "Eggie" Tedder for the customer appreciation dinner.
TD photo ~ Frank W. Witowski Jr.

Frank Witowski Jr.
Staff Writer
The Hoxie Service Center was filled to capacity as approximately 300 people enjoyed a 30-year anniversary customer appreciation dinner courtesy of Square Post Buildings of Arkansas on Aug. 9. The catfish dinner was catered by Cajun Express of Wheatley.

A number of door prizes were given away during the dinner celebration. Among the lucky winners was Walnut Ridge resident John Statler, who won a charcoal roaster.

Owners Eggie and Winnie Tedder told their patron guests about the setbacks they first encountered after starting their business and how the business has now exceeded their highest expectations thanks to the Lord's blessing, great employees and faithful patrons.

"We couldn't do it without all the parts working together," said Winnie Tedder. The Tedders acknowledged that Barb Waddell has been with the company for 26 years, and James Parker has been employed for 29 years.

The Tedders said their daughter, Rhonda, married Paul Forrester 13 years ago, and he has been a good fit for the business. Rhonda has also been working in the business for 14 years.

The Tedders have another daughter, Jennifer Williams, whose husband, Brent, worked as a salesman for Square Post for approximately three years. He is now a professor at Auburn University.

They also have three grandchildren: Jackson and Taylor Forrester and Hadley Williams.

The Tedders opened their business in April of 1979 in an office at 706 Southwest Front Street in Walnut Ridge with Danny Gibson Realty. In the first few years, the Tedders' business overcame a drought and a harsh winter that threatened the farmers in the area, consequently bringing a slow-down to their industry. Eggie added that they were paying 20 percent interest on their business loan, which made matters even worse.

Despite the obstacles, the Tedders were able to maintain their business, and within a few short years, business began to grow. Within 10 years of opening their business, they built their current location in Hoxie. Over the years, they have added several buildings and additions on the property including Hoxie Lumber.

Square Post Buildings has built many notable sites in Northeast Arkansas and Lawrence County. From the Church of Christ Family Life Center to the new Hoxie Fire Department building, as well as businesses and homes, the list is endless. One of their latest projects under construction can be viewed at the Northeast Arkansas Seed Company.

Square Post Buildings works beyond Northeast Arkansas, Eggie said. They have crews that have worked sites throughout Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee. Winnie Tedder noted that the business now sells steel structured buildings, not just wood frame buildings.

Today, the family-owned business, which has grown by leaps and bounds, has 14 employees on location and several subcontractors. Eggie said, "We've had some hand-me-downs from dads. Dads were crew men and now their sons are."

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