Winn Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Announce 2021 4th Quarter Businesses of the Month


The Winn Parish Chamber of Commerce and Tourism is proud to announce that Rodeway Inn was selected at the October Business of the Month for 2021.

Winnfield is proud to have this sweet little hotel located right here in the Piney Woods. Rodeway Inn belongs to the chain of Choice Hotels and the Winnfield location is owned by Milan Patel. Rodeway Inn Winnfield was opened in 2010 and was recently renovated to include new beds and new carpet throughout. Rodeway Inn follows all Covid Protocols and welcomes visitors from all over. Manager, Veronica Ramirez, who has been with Rodeway Inn in Winnfield for 9 1⁄2 years, commented that they enjoy all of the festivals that bring visitors in to visit Winnfield.

The following amenities are available:

Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the 43 air-conditioned rooms featuring microwaves and LCD televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and digital programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with bathtubs or showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include coffee/tea makers and ceiling fans, and housekeeping is provided daily.

Amenities: Take advantage of recreation opportunities including an outdoor pool and a 24-hour fitness center. Additional features at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, gift shops/newsstands, and a picnic area.

Dining: A complimentary continental breakfast is served on weekdays from 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM and on weekends from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM.
Business Amenities: Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and a 24-hour front desk. Free self-parking is available onsite.

While traveling to or through Winnfield, contact Rodeway Inn for your hotel accommodations. 5930 Highway 167 N Winnfield LA US 71483
Local number – 318-648-9400

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The Winn Parish Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that Elite Financial & Investment Services, LLC, was selected as Business of the Month for November 2021.

Elite Financial & Investment Services, LLC was formed 15 years ago by Steve Bates and Donnie Valentine. Steve has over 35 years’ experience as a CPA and has been a Registered Investment Representative since 2007. Donnie has over 20 years’ experience as a life insurance and annuity agent. Elite Financial offers a full range of investment products including the following:

Mutual Funds
Real Estate Investment Trusts
Unit Investment Trusts
Exchange Traded Funds
Life Insurance

In addition to the investment products noted, Steve Bates offers complete financial planning services as a Personal Financial Specialist as designated by the American Institute of CPA’s. Elite Financial specializes in retirement plans and IRA rollovers, including 401K rollovers, DROP rollovers and various other retirement plan distributions.

Winnfield is proud to have Elite Financial & Investment Services, LLC, serving our area!


The Winn Parish Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that Hanna Manufacturing was selected as Business of the Month for December 2021.

Winnfield would not be what it is today without those folks that desired to start a business and make Winnfield their home and we are thankful the Hanna’s did just that.

Hanna Manufacturing was started in 1969 by Mr. Jim Hanna as a “stave” mill with two other partners, Mr. Gus Crawford and Mr. Jim Zieglar. In 1970, he bought both partners out and began running the mill solo.

Let’s start at the beginning, Jim Hanna graduated in 1949 from Oklahoma State University and was a part of the first graduating class of foresters from OSU. He met his wife, Patti there and they started life together moving to work in Washington state, where they had son, Rick, while in Port Angeles. Jim was hired by the Crossett Company in Crossett, Arkansas and worked with them until 1964 when they sold out to Georgia Pacific. Rick isn’t sure how his dad managed to get hired with Crossett Company because at that time they were only hiring Yale forestry graduates, but…somehow, he did! He then began working for LW Clark Inc. from 1965 – 1968 running their stave mill. Hanna Manufacturing would open business in 1969 as a “stave” mill. A stave is a narrow length of wood that is used in the construction of barrels, tanks, tubs or pipelines among other things.

Hanna Manufacturing has always been located where the business began in 1969 on 490 Louisiana Highway 156, with 7-10 employees. In 1974 Rick joined his dad in business coming to Winnfield from Fort Worth. 1974 was a big year for Rick, he graduated from college, married his Houston sweetheart, Carolyn and came home to Winnfield to work with his dad and expand their business. In 1976, the tie mill was built to put the leftover logs to good use since staves can only be made out of white oak. When Jim passed away in 2012, Rick took over the business and credits his persistence and work ethic to keeping the business moving forward. Rick and Carolyn have always considered Winnfield home and when they made the choice to put their roots down here, they put them down deep. Rick said the move to small town Winnfield from big city Houston was a big change for Carolyn but she, like Rick, considers this small-town home and we are so thankful that they do!

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