Panel urges approval of Time-O-Matic, Meijer requests

DANVILLE — Plans for an expansion at Time-O-Matic Watchfire will position the digital sign company for three to five years of growth that could lead to the creation of 150 to 200 jobs, according to company officials.

Wisconsin administrator to head UI College of Business department

CHAMPAIGN — Aric Rindfleisch has been named head of the Department of Business Administration in the University of Illinois College of Business, effective in August.

Rindfleisch is the department chairman for marketing at the University of Wisconsin School of Business. He is also the McManus-Bascom Professor in Marketing there.

Pavlov launches high-speed technology for apartments

CHAMPAIGN — Pavlov Media has launched a new technology in the Champaign-Urbana market that will allow apartment communities to get Internet content at "multi-gigabit" speeds, the company announced Monday.

Reborn & Refreshed: Mia Za's

CHAMPAIGN — The Campustown fire that forced the closure of two restaurants and a clothing store last spring gave Bruce Hink another chance to think.

And think he did, about how he would re-create Mia Za's, the Italian-themed restaurant he opened in 2000 at 629 E. Green St., C.

Workload to increase at Champaign mail center

CHAMPAIGN — The U.S. Postal Service is poised to move some mail processed in Bloomington and all mail processed in Effingham to the Champaign processing and distribution facility.

The shift of that workload will likely mean a "significant" increase in the 250 employees who now work at the Champaign facility, said Roxanna Keyes, the facility's acting plant manager.

Innovation awards honor those 'foolish enough to try'

URBANA — What's the common bond of most innovators and entrepreneurs?

According to Nuvixa founder Sanjay Patel, they're "foolish enough to try things they shouldn't be trying" and have "the stubbornness of mind" to persist in those efforts.

On Thursday, Patel and 10 other entrepreneurial leaders won awards for their work at the seventh annual Innovation Celebration.

Time-O-Matic looks to expand facility, consolidate operations

DANVILLE — In the last decade, Time-O-Matic Watchfire's operations have outgrown its original facility and spread to other locations in Danville.

Now, the digital sign manufacturer is planning to expand its original building and bring its Danville employees under one roof, according to Danville city officials.

Cities launch information campaign on electricity ballot question

CHAMPAIGN — Bus billboards and a new website have sprung up as the cities of Champaign and Urbana try to inform residents about a ballot question voters will see on the March 20 ballot and the potential savings they could see on their electric bill.

Camp to focus on science, technology, engineering, math

URBANA — Students this summer can learn about designing and building bridges, the solar system, the human body and urban planning, among other topics, when the Urbana school district hosts its first summer camp on science, technology, engineering and math.

East Central Illinois business update

An update on business happenings in East Central Illinois:

RK Dixon acquired by Xerox subsidiary

DAVENPORT, Iowa — RK Dixon, which has seven offices in Iowa and Illinois, including one in Champaign, has been acquired by Global Imaging Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Xerox.