Business listings, March 24, 2013

These applications for assumed business names were filed recently at the Champaign County clerk's office:

Addspark Consulting, 3902 Montrose Drive, #204, C, by Sparkle Sanders, same address.

Back Alley Rags, 1314 W. Church St., C, by Matt Estock, 2020 Greendale Drive, C.

Legacy Ink, 605 N. Neil St., C, by Oliver L. Brize, 208 W. Vine St., C.

First Mid leaders get raises

MATTOON — The top management of First Mid-Illinois Bancshares got salary increases ranging from 3 percent to 10.8 percent last year, the company disclosed in its proxy statement this month.

But those five officers saw much larger percentage increases in total compensation, thanks to stock awards and incentive plans.

Cities differ in handling apartment inspections

URBANA — Marvin Drennan had two days to move out of his roach-infested apartment. The balcony on the outside of his complex was in danger of collapsing, the city said, and he had to go.

"If you gotta go, you gotta go," said Drennan, who is retired now.

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.

Grays, quartz gaining popularity in kitchens

URBANA — The immediate past president of the National Kitchen & Bath Association told members of Champaign County Association of Realtors that they should look for more gray tones, quartz counter tops and white-painted cabinets in kitchens.

Speaking Thursday in Urbana, Alan Zielinski reported results of the association's 2013 Design Trends Survey.

Pavlov set to acquire Shouting Ground

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign-based Pavlov Media announced Wednesday it is acquiring Shouting Ground Technologies, a local provider of managed information-technology and network-technology solutions.

Shouting Ground will keep its name and operations and stay in Champaign, according to a Pavlov release. Shouting Ground's customers should see no change in service, the release added.

Bakery distribution depot opens in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Aunt Millie's Bakeries, which supplies bread to stores including Meijer, has opened a branch distribution depot on Country Fair Drive in Champaign.

Business roundup: First Financial to expand Illinois footprint

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — First Financial Bank has agreed to acquire seven branches and two drive-up locations in central and southern Illinois from Bank of America, First Financial announced Tuesday.

The branches are in Mattoon, Charleston, Hillsboro, Mount Vernon, Salem, Benton and West Frankfort.

'Traffic' symbols help with calorie labels on menus

CHAMPAIGN — Mushroom and swiss burger, 820 calories: Stop.

Crab cake sandwich, 350 calories: Go.

Adding traffic symbols like stop, caution and go signs — along with calorie labels — to restaurant menus can reach a broader group of diners than just calorie labels alone, a recent study suggests.

Danville won't enforce rules on temporary signs

DANVILLE — The city of Danville has decided it will not make businesses take down their temporary signs for now, and in the meantime, aldermen will discuss a possible rewrite of the city's temporary sign ordinance.