New 250,000-gallon water tower dedicated in Philo

PHILO – When Sharon Rhoton first learned of plans to build a new village water tower next to her home, she was upset.

"We thought it was going to mess up our property value," Rhoton said.

But as part of the audience on Monday at a pipe-cutting ceremony marking the completion of the water tower's construction, Rhoton now has nothing but good things to say about Aqua Illinois and the project.

Casey's drops Urbana site after neighborhood opposition

URBANA – Casey's General Store has dropped plans to build a new store in east Urbana after facing vigorous neighborhood opposition.

Urbana and Champaign County planning officials both confirmed Monday that Casey's earlier this month withdrew a county petition to rezone a 1-acre piece of property at 2218 E. University Ave., where the company wanted to build a new 3,588-square-foot store. The site is adjacent to the Edge-Scott Fire Protection District headquarters.

Hearing Tuesday on face-lift for University Avenue

CHAMPAIGN — The public is invited to a hearing Tuesday where plans for a facelift for the University Avenue corridor — from State Street in Champaign on the west to Maple Street in Urbana on the east — will be presented.

5 area companies among Inc.'s 5,000 fastest-growing

CHAMPAIGN – Five area companies appear on Inc. magazine's most recent list of the 5,000 fastest-growing firms in the United States.

Making the 2008 list were: Dawson Logistics of Danville; Midwest Underground Technology, Scitec and Isotech Laboratories, all of Champaign, and Hutchcraft Van Service of Urbana.

It's Your Business: Market Place's J. Jill to close in July

J. Jill, the women's clothing store in Champaign's Market Place Mall, will close next month.

Merchandise is now 50 to 70 percent off, and all fixtures are for sale, said store manager Laurie Widner. She said the closing will happen around July 12 to July 15.

86 laid-off Jeld-Wen employees called back

RANTOUL – Eighty-six of the 150 or so employees laid off in January from the Jeld-Wen Window Division plant in Rantoul are back at work, the company announced this week.

"The remaining laid-off employees may be recalled in the near future, depending on how many orders are received in any given week," the company stated in a release.

Engineering Concepts & Solutions moves

CHAMPAIGN – Engineering Concepts & Solutions has moved its office to 2919 Crossing Court, Suite 11, C.

"The move will double the size of our office and allow for future expansion of our staff," said Wayne M. Robinson, president of the Champaign consulting engineering company. The firm was formerly based at 1103 S. Mattis Ave., Suite B, C.

Want to build a brand? Give a tweet

CHAMPAIGN – Frank Gruber wants you and your business to be known quantities, and the 31-year-old online fanatic says using social media is the best way to do that.

Kim Laboratories relocating to Rantoul Business Center

CHAMPAIGN – Kim Laboratories will move from EnterpriseWorks to the Rantoul Business Center at the end of this month, Chief Executive Officer Myung Kim said.

The biotechnology company, which employs eight, is leaving the business incubator center in the University of Illinois Research Park after six years.

Production at Baltimore Aircoil in Paxton ends Friday

PAXTON – Friday will mark the end of production at the Baltimore Aircoil plant.

The company, which has been Paxton's largest employer, announced in February that it would close its local facility and lay off all of its 223 workers by late June. Employees have been laid off in six waves, plant manager Bruce Kietzman said. A crew of 20, Which includes him, the human resources manager and office staff, will remain through September. Workers will take things off the walls and gather the racks and the shelving.