R.S. Stover celebrates 70 years in business

R.S. Stover doesn’t quite have the history in the community like its business partner Fisher Controls, but the company has shown longevity and growth in Marshalltown.

R.S. Stover is celebrating 70 years in business as the area sales and service support group for Fisher.

Current and retired employees held a special celebration at the Orpheum Theater Wednesday night to celebrate the milestone.

“It’s just a time to remind ourselves that being in business 70 years is not insignificant,” said Don Turbiville, president of R.S. Stover since 2005. “To see us grow and prosper, I think it’s a time to celebrate that and reflect on that.”

The company was founded in 1943 by former Fisher employee Rollie Stover. It now boasts 52 employees.

“A lot of that growth is due to the outstanding customer service and support to our customers,” Turbiville said. “It’s really been one of the cornerstones of our organization.”

While many of the employees are based at the main Marshalltown office across from Marshalltown Community College, there is also a branch office in Omaha and other employees who work out of their homes.

R.S. Stover serves Iowa, eastern Nebraska, northwest Illinois and southeastern South Dakota.

They help in sales and solving problems for customers of the control valves and other Fisher products.

“We go all the way from selling the equipment to our systems engineers will do all the software configuration, and then we do all of the repair and service,” Turbiville said.

Much of the growth in the work comes from the power, chemical and natural gas industries, Turbiville said.

One of the most memorable moments under Turbiville’s leadership was how his employees helped companies recover from the 2008 floods in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City.

“We had several employees who sacrificed essentially their summer to make sure those companies got back on line,” Turbiville said.

The first R.S. Stover building was downtown at the corner of Main and Center Streets. It then moved to 203 W. Main St. and eventually to its current location at 3809 S. Center St. in 1988.

Turbiville, is the fourth president of the company in its 70 years. Stover headed the company until his retirement in 1968, John McKay led the company from 1968 to 1984 and Larry Allen was president from 1984 to 2005.

So, as Fisher remains committed to Marshalltown, R.S. Stover continues its work right alongside into the future.

“It’s been a win-win for both organizations,” Turbiville said of the partnership. “That association with Fisher has been very important to us.”