Business briefs

Monday, June 20, 2011

PERRYVILLE CHAMBER HOLDS RIBBON CUTTINGS

A Caring Corner Preschool in Perryville Mo., holds ribbon cutting. (submitted photo)

PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- The Perryville Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting April 11 for A Caring Corner Preschool. Additionally, ribbon cuttings were held April 18 to welcome new members L&R Electrical Service, and Juice Plus representative Pam Young. Other new chamber members incude Earth First Contractors, VNA-TIP Healthcare, Ultimate Tae Kwon Do and SADI.

BANK OF MISSOURI GETS SBA HONOR

The U.S. Small Business Administration named the Bank of Missouri as a Top Community Bank Lender in the Eastern Missouri SBA District for 2010. The award was presented during Small Business Week, at the grand opening of a Dedicated SBA Business Banking Center at the Bank of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. The Bank of Missouri has additional locations in Perryville, Jackson, Cape Girardeau, Marble Hill, Springfield, Ozark and Republic, Mo.

GOODY'S OPENS IN KENNETT

KENNETT, Mo. -- The Kennett Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting May 18 for Goody's, 1740 First St.

RESTAURANT OPENS IN CHARLESTON

CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Island Boyzz Restaurant and Catering Service, 215 Cleveland St., held a grand opening on May 20. George DeMyers Sr. and Oret Spencer own the new business.

PRECISION GETS GEOCOMFORT HONOR

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Precision Heat and Air was recognized as one of the top GeoComfort dealers in an eight-state territory. The company, owned by David Pigg, offers a complete line of GeoComfort geothermal equipment and accessories for residential and commercial heating, cooling and hot water systems.

SIKESTON CHAMBER PRESENTS AWARDS

SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce presented 10 awards at its annual awards banquet on May 18. Awards went to Dan Jennings, Citizen of the Year; Clint Elledge, Lifetime Achievement Award; Kent Gibbs, Educator of the Year; Cheryl Krebs, SACC Volunteer of the Year; Chad Melton, Law Enforcement Officer of the Year; Patrick Douglas, Sikeston Jaycees Distinguished Service Award; Ladies VFW Auxiliary 3174, Civic Group of the Year; Brandy Mason, Community Volunteer of the Year; Kinder Sign and Design Co., Small Business of the Year; and Atmos Energy, Business of the Year.

EMBROIDERY SHOP OPENS IN JACKSON

Terry's Embroidery, 1229 Old Cape Road, Jackson, held a ribbon cutting on May 6.

MODOT OPENS WELCOME CENTERS

SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Transportation held two ribbon cuttings on May 24 to celebrate completion of the Marston and Hayti, Mo., welcome centers. The Marston center, at southbound Interstate 55 mile marker 42.4, features New Madrid earthquake and Mississippian culture themes. The Hayti center, at northbound Interstate 55 mile marker 20.2, has a wetlands theme. The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission awarded an $11,629,285 contract in July 2009 to R. L. Persons Construction Inc. Both projects included construction of the welcome centers and grading, paving, drainage work, lighting, landscaping and signing. Both locations have restrooms, picnic areas, a playground, benches and walking trails.

CAPE GIRARDEAU NAMED TREE CITY USA

Cape Girardeau was recognized as a Tree City USA for 2010 by the Arbor Day Foundation. This is the 13th consecutive year that the city has earned the designation. Tree City USA communities must have a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

FITNESS CENTER OPENS IN CAPE

Training Edge Fitness opened at 2031 Cape Lacroix Road, Cape Girardeau. The facility offers personal training, strength training and cardio equipment, as well as massage therapy. There are three personal trainers on staff, including owner Scott Hubbard.

PLAZA POOL HOLDS RIBBON CUTTING

FARMINGTON, Mo. -- The Farmington Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting May 12 for Plaza Pool & Spa, next to Hefner Furniture in Farmington.

HOOKED ON SCIENCE GETS STATE AWARDS

The Hooked on Science WebChannel, headed by Jason Lindsey, earned a Missouri State Teachers Association Award in the category of television-online content. The competition recognizes outstanding coverage of education and educational issues by the media. Nominations are judged on originality, impact, objectivity, timeliness, appeal and contribution to education.

SHOW ME MARKETPLACE OPENS IN JACKSON

Show Me Marketplace, 529 W. Main St., Jackson, held a ribbon cutting on May 13.

MARCO, REVEAL HOLD RIBBON CUTTINGS

Marco Construction Products, 824 S. Kingshighway, Cape Girardeau, and Reveal Graphics, located at the same address, each held ribbon cuttings on May 5.

JERRY LIPPS GETS PLATINUM AWARD

Jerry Lipps, Inc. receives award. (submitted photo)

Jerry Lipps. Inc., a regional carrier in Cape Girardeau, received a Platinum Award from Great West Casualty Co. and CM Brown & Associates as part of the 2010 National Safety Awards Program. This is the fifth year in a row that Lipps has qualified for a safety award from its insurance carrier. The National Safety Awards program recognizes carriers in similar operations (truckload and less than truckload) with awards based on year-end preventable accident results. Carriers are eligible to receive a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Participatory award.

LOCAL MONSANTO PLANT GETS SAFETY AWARD

MATTHEWS, Mo. -- The Matthews Monsanto plant received the "Actively Caring Award - S.A.F.E. Community" recognition at Monsanto's Global Safety and Ethics awards ceremony May 12 in St. Louis. The award recognizes Monsanto employees across the globe for their efforts in community outreach. The local Monsanto plant was honored for partnering with other community groups to provide grain bin safety information to residents in Southeast Missouri.

ANTIQUE SHOP ADDS ICE CREAM

Spanish Street Mercantile, 26 N. Spanish St., Cape Girardeau, converted part of its antique store into an old-fashioned ice cream parlor. Owner Charles Bertrand is making his own ice cream in a machine that dates back to the 1940s. He plans to add homemade pies and cobblers to his menu in the future.

CONSIGNMENT SHOP OPENS IN BONNE TERRE

BONNE TERRE, Mo. -- The Bonne Terre Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting April 27 for A Few of Your Favorite Things, 37 School St. The consignment/retail shop, owned by Ellen Masulit and Mitzi White, opened on April 4.

AT&T STORE OPENS IN P.B.

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- The Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for the new AT&T Wireless store at 1210 Westwood Blvd. Matt Spence is the store manager.

TRANSIT SERVICE HOLDS RIBBON CUTTING

DEXTER, Mo. -- The Dexter Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting May 18 for the new Stoddard County Transit Service facility, 1010 Wildwood Drive.

UNITED WAY PRESENTS SPIRIT AWARDS

The United Way of Southeast Missouri presented three Spirit Awards May 26 at its annual meeting. Spirit Awards recognize an individual, a company and an agency that support United Way and its mission, and exemplify the spirit of sharing of themselves with their neighbors and community. Awards went to the Rust Family, Spirit of Giving Award; the City of Cape Girardeau, Spirit of Community Award; and the Community Caring Council, Spirit of Caring Award. Additionally, Wayne Wallingford and Kevin Greaser were recognized for their leadership in the 2010 campaign, which raised a total of $939,000.

SEMO CENTER GETS FIRST STEP CURRICULUM

The Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Southeast Missouri State University, due to the success of its Operation JumpStart small business development program, was selected as the exclusive distributor of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation's FastTrac First Step training program and materials to agencies throughout the United States. The center's staff will now work with hundreds of agencies like it in the United States to support small business training programs.

WATERWORK SPECIALTIES TO OPEN IN CAPE

Waterwork Specialties Inc., a Bonne Terre, Mo.-based water and sewer equipment supplier, will soon open a showroom, office and warehouse at 779 Enterprise, Cape Girardeau. The 5,200 square-foot building and surrounding property was previously owned by Keith Cotner with Cotner K Electric. Waterwork Specialties is owned by Daniel DeGonia.

CITIZENS ELECTRIC CLOSING LOCAL OFFICE

ALTENBURG, Mo. -- Citizens Electric Corp. will close its Altenburg office July 29. Its customer service personnel will be relocated to Citizens' Perryville, Mo., office, but operations personnel will still work from the Altenburg site at 303 Maple St. Payments by check may still be made in the drop box on the Altenburg building.

BREEDEN EARNS GOLD AWARD

SIKESTON, Mo. -- Breeden Transportation Inc. received a Gold Award from Great West Casualty Co. and CM Brown & Associates as part of the 2010 National Safety Awards Program. This is the seventh year that Breeden, a regional carrier in Sikeston, has qualified for a safety award from its insurance carrier. The National Safety Awards recognize carriers in similar operations (truckload and less than truckload) based on year-end preventable accident results. Carriers are eligible to receive a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Participatory award.

FIRST AUTO CREDIT OPENS IN JACKSON

First Auto Credit, 2856 Sappington Drive, Suite B, Jackson, held a ribbon cutting on May 20.

CAFE SOUPE HOLDS RIBBON CUTTING

Cafe Soupe, 2502 Tanner Drive, Suite 200, Cape Girardeau, held a ribbon cutting on May 20.

UPDATES

CHECK PLEASE HAS NEW LOCATION

Check Please held a ribbon cutting May 18 for its new location at 519A W. Main St., next to Pizza Pro in Jackson. It was previously at 2054 Walton Drive.

DOWNTOWN PHARMACY CHANGES OWNERS

Broadway Prescription Shop is now owned by Kevin Wood and Lee Schlitt. Wood previously managed the Target pharmacy, and Schlitt has worked in banking for 11 years, most recently as vice president of Capaha Bank.

IRONTON LICENSE OFFICE RELOCATES

IRONTON, Mo. -- The Ironton License Office moved to 121 S. Main St. on May 20. Lance Mayfield, the fee agent, said the office moved because more space was needed.

SOTO TEAMS UP WITH CARRINGTON

SOTO Property Solutions, Cape Girardeau, is now an affiliated property manager for Carrington Property Services LLC. As an affiliate, SOTO will take over the management of foreclosed rental properties in Southeast Missouri, said owner David E. Soto. The program allows tenants of foreclosed properties, with a valid lease, to remain in that property at least through the term of the lease. Carrington is headquartered in Orange County, California, with regional offices located throughout the country and a network of nearly 150 local property managers.

DEVELOPMENT

REMODEL UNDERWAY AT SAM'S CLUB

Sam's Club in Cape Girardeau is undergoing an extensive interior remodel, and crews are preparing to make a significant addition to the building. A 25-foot by 300-foot addition will be built on the front side of the building, creating an additional 7,500 square feet. Sam's will also add a pharmacy, rotisserie and ready-to-eat meals section, said store manager Jamie Matchell. Work is scheduled to be finished in October.

CONSTRUCTION AT SIKESTON BURGER KING

SIKESTON, Mo. -- A 1,500-square-foot expansion is underway at Burger King, 921 E. Malone Ave., Sikeston. The expansion will include an indoor playground and larger seating area, reported the Sikeston Standard Democrat. The project is slated for completion by the end of June.

CAPE GRAIN ELEVATOR EXPANDING

Midwest Grain & Barge Co. and First Missouri Terminals Corp., Cape Girardeau, are expanding their grain storage facility at the SEMO Regional Port Authority. Construction has begun on a 120,000-bushel grain bin, which will more than double the current storage capacity, reported the Sikeston Standard Democrat. the bin was expected to be complete by June 1. Agri-Systems of Cape & Jackson Inc. and Bruce Martin Construction Inc. were responsible for construction.

P.B. BUILDING SKATE PARK

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- The Poplar Bluff Parks and Recreation Board awarded a $404,067 contract to the low bidder, Hardcore Shotcrete Inc., Joplin, Mo., for construction of a 10,000-square-foot skateboard park in downtown Poplar Bluff, reported the Daily American Republic. It will be built on the former City Hall property at the southwest corner of Broadway and Cedar streets. Construction was expected to begin in late May or early June and be completed in 10 to 12 weeks, said Clark Allen, director of the Poplar Bluff Parks and Recreation Department. Planning for the project began after the Missouri Foundation for Health awarded a $250,000 grant to the department for a skateboard park to help youth increase their physical activity. The remaining amount will come from revenue obtained from a one-fourth cent sales tax for city parks.

ST. PAUL SCHOOL BREAKS GROUND

FARMINGTON, Mo. -- St. Paul Lutheran School is adding 13,000 square feet to its existing building, reported the Farmington Press. A groundbreaking was held May 22, and Brockmiller Construction began work on May 23. The addition will house seven classrooms, a multipurpose room/cafeteria and three new offices. Construction should be completed by early fall.

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