Business calendar April 7, 2013

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Business & Professional Briefs April 7, 2013

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Schaefer, Lewis receive promotions.Tony Schaefer and Kim Lewis have been promoted at First Federal Savings Bank of Champaign-Urbana.

Schaefer is assistant vice president, residential/consumer loan officer. He joined the bank in 2003 and was most recently assistant vice president of operations.

Clothing donation outfits students for internship interviews

CHAMPAIGN — With young men sporting ties and slacks, polos and khakis, and the young women wearing dress pants, button-down shirts and heels, students involved in the Champaign-Urbana One-to-One Mentoring program looked ready for the workforce Friday.

The students were interviewing for summer internships in clothing donated by Jimmy John's.

Teamsters picket ends in Urbana

URBANA — The picket at Allied Waste Services in Urbana has ended, but the company did not allow union employees to return to work Monday, a Teamsters official said.

Flash index drops in March

URBANA — The University of Illinois flash index registered a slight drop in March, indicating a slowing of economic growth in Illinois.

The index slid from 104.8 in February to 104.7 in March, according to the UI's Institute of Government and Public Affairs.

Joblessness, total jobs both up in February

Unemployment rates in February were higher than in January — and also higher than a year earlier — in most East Central Illinois counties.

Champaign County's rate was 9.2 percent, up from 9 percent in January and 8.4 percent in February 2012, the Illinois Department of Employment Security reported Thursday.

Teamsters stay off job at Allied Waste

URBANA — About 20 members of Teamsters Local 26 stayed away from work at Allied Waste Services on Thursday, honoring a picket established there by an Ohio-based Teamsters local.

The work stoppage complicated collections by Allied, which has about 3,000 commercial customers and 7,000 residential customers in the Champaign-Urbana area.

UI, union reach tentative contract

CHAMPAIGN — After nine months of bargaining and a three-day strike earlier this month, a campus labor union has reached a tentative agreement with the University of Illinois.

Updated: Supervalu cutting 1,100 jobs; 2 positions to be lost in Urbana, none in Champaign

Updated 2:57 p.m. Tuesday.

URBANA — Supervalu will cut about 1,100 positions nationwide, the Minneapolis-based grocery wholesaler and retailer announced Tuesday.

Two positions will be eliminated at its Urbana distribution center, and no positions will be cut at the W. Newell & Son produce distribution center in Champaign, company spokesman Mike Siemienas said.

Corporate changes won't affect new Easton-Bell facility in Rantoul

RANTOUL — The recent departure of two top officials with Easton-Bell Sports will not affect the construction of the facility's new shared services center going up west of Rantoul.

Diana Swartz, human resources manager, said the changes won't affect the building in any way.

"Everybody was concerned, 'What does this mean?'" Swartz said.