Business roundup: Manager chosen for Stone Creek course

Business roundup: Manager chosen for Stone Creek course

URBANA — Northbrook-based KemperSports has been chosen by The Atkins Group to manage Stone Creek Golf Club in Urbana.

KemperSports operates golf facilities as well as athletic clubs, lodging venues and major sporting events.

Several properties it manages are widely known, such as Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore., The Glen Club in Glenview, Desert Willow Golf Resort in Palm Desert, Calif., and Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash.

"We are very impressed with the KemperSports team and its dedication to providing exceptional customer service at each one of its properties," said Mike Martin, director of residential development for The Atkins Group.

Stone Creek Golf Club, located in southeast Urbana, opened in 1999.

It is the home course of the University of Illinois men's and women's golf teams.

The 18-hole course has a 30,000-square-foot clubhouse, a 4-acre practice range and teaching center and a freestanding banquet facility.

The course was designed by the father-and-son duo of Dick and Tim Nugent.

Steve Skinner, CEO of KemperSports, said Stone Creek is considered one of the top courses in the area.

"We look forward to working with The Atkins Group to further enhance the golf and dining experience at Stone Creek," Skinner stated in a news release.

Destihl plans production brewery, wins prize

BLOOMINGTON — Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works, with locations in Champaign and Normal, announced this week it will open a 20,000-square-foot production brewery at 1616 General Electric Road, Bloomington.

Destihl plans to self-distribute its beers throughout central Illinois once the production brewery is operating.

The company will initially sell its beers in kegs and then eventually cans and bottles as the project is phased in.

Production at the new facility is expected to begin in about three months.

In another development, Destihl recently won a bronze medal at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival in Denver, the largest commercial beer competition in the world.

The medal was given for Destihl's Strawberry Blonde Ale in the "fruit beer" category.

Winners were chosen from 4,338 entries from 666 breweries, a release from the company stated.

"Even before the first session of (the festival) commenced, Draft Magazine listed Destihl as one of the top five breweries to try ... and the Denver Post likewise placed us in the top 10 breweries to try out of the 578 breweries on the festival floor," said Matt Potts, Destihl's founder, CEO and brewmaster.

Obiter Research honored for safety, health

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign-based Obiter Research has won recognition from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Safety and Health Achievement and Recognition Program.

The company has qualified as the 27th Illinois business to achieve membership in the federal program — and the only chemical research and manufacturing facility in the state to do so.

The company will be honored Oct. 24 by OSHA and the Illinois Department of Labor.

Obiter Research, established in Champaign in 2001, manufactures specialty chemicals on a "kiloscale" level, making up to 1,000 kilograms of specialty chemicals per month.

The chemicals include radio nucleotide adsorption media for analysis, DNA dyes, pharmaceutical intermediates and nutraceuticals.

Obiter Research has made chemical materials for Fortune 500 companies, professors and start-up companies.

Today the company operates from a 20,000-square-foot facility at 2809 Gemini Court in Champaign's Apollo Industrial Subdivision.

Obiter's founder, William A. Boulanger, is its chairman and executive chemist.

His brother, Chad L. Boulanger, is its president and chief executive officer.

To qualify for the program, the company's injury and illness record must be below the industry average, and the firm's safety and heath management program must have qualifying scores.

Veterans job fair comes to Champaign Nov. 9

CHAMPAIGN — A job fair for veterans will be held Nov. 9 in Champaign, under the sponsorship of the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

The department is taking its Statewide Veteran Job Fair on the road, visiting nine sites around the state in late October and early November.

The Champaign fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Champaign National Guard Armory, 109 E. Park St., C.

The fair will bring military veterans looking for jobs together with business owners looking for employees.

Those attending should bring resumes and be ready for brief interviews.

Before attending, veterans and employers are encouraged to visit, which is the state's help-wanted website.

The site allows job seekers to create multiple resumes that emphasize different talents and allows businesses to search for specific skills.

Growmark ranks 4th among ag cooperatives

BLOOMINGTON — Bloomington-based Growmark Inc. continues to rank fourth among the nation's 100 largest agriculture cooperatives, according to a recent ranking of annual revenues by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Growmark, a farm supply cooperative, had revenues of $8.7 billion in 2011, up from $6.2 billion in 2010.

The nation's largest ag cooperative was CHS Inc., a farm supply, grain and foods cooperative based in St. Paul, Minn., with 2011 revenue of $36.9 billion.

No. 2 was Kansas City, Mo.-based Dairy Farmers of America, with revenues of $12.9 billion, followed by third-ranked Land O' Lakes, also based in St. Paul.

Last year, Land O' Lakes was No. 2, and Dairy Farmers of America was No. 3.

Another Illinois ag cooperative, Carlinville-based Prairie Farms Dairy, was ranked 15th, with revenues of $1.6 billion. Last year it placed 12th.

Champaign-based Premier Cooperative, a grain cooperative, moved up the list from 83rd to 70th. Its revenues grew from $308 million in 2010 to $444 million in 2011.

Gibson City-based Alliance Grain jumped from 102nd place to 75th. It had revenues of $405 million in 2011, up from $274 million in 2010.