Business listings, March 26, 2017

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

Carroll Professional Contracting, 1709 Tara Drive, C, James Carroll, same address.

Horsemen's Laboratory-EquiSal Div, 907 N. Westbrook Drive, Mahomet, John Byrd, same address.

I Can Pass Driving School, 10 Henson Place, Suite 3, C, Meilan Qi, 2403 Grange Drive, U.

Building permits, March 26, 2017

Listed are permits for all commercial and industrial work, all new single-family and multifamily residences and all residential remodeling costing more than $25,000. Permits are listed by applicant, description, site and cost.


Huisinga Homes, new single-family residence at 5022 Abbey Fields Drive, $322,510.

Time crunch for Cronus Chemicals


Wired In: Thomas Satrom

Each week, Paul Wood chats with a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet THOMAS SATROM, founder and CEO of Satrom Music. Satrom, 28, of Champaign, is earning a master's degree in energy systems. His company builds musical equipment for the traveling musician. Products are designed to be lightweight while not sacrificing tone.

Just Askin': Oberweis Dairy

Biz questions? Email Ben Zigterman at

Is Oberweis still planning to open this summer?

Oberweis Dairy announced in December that it would be opening a store this summer on South Neil Street in the former Atlanta Bread Company location.

Portillo's plans late May opening

CHAMPAIGN — The CEO of Portillo's has targeted a date for the opening of its new restaurant on Champaign's north side.

"We are looking to open at the end of May," Keith Kinsey told The News-Gazette. "We are targeting May 23."

The new restaurant is taking shape in the former HomeTown Buffet location at 2306 N. Prospect Ave.

New England's cod catch in nosedive

ROCKPORT, Maine (AP) — The cod isn't so sacred in New England anymore.

The fish-and-chips staple was once a critical piece of New England's fishing industry, but catch is plummeting to all-time lows in the region.

Kraft Heinz lays off 200 in U.S., Canada

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kraft Heinz Co. has laid off 200 white-collar workers in Canada and the United States.

Michael Mullen, the company's senior vice president of corporate and government affairs, says the company is realigning its administrative functions to be more efficient.

The company didn't say where the layoffs occurred.

Illinois jobless rate drops below 6% in February

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the state's unemployment rate fell below 6 percent in February.

The drop to 5.4 percent leaves Illinois' jobless rate at its lowest since late 2007. Preliminary numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released by the department Thursday indicate 25,600 nonfarm jobs were added to Illinois' economy last month.

Aircraft demand leads rise in durable goods orders in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — Greater demand for commercial aircraft helped U.S. businesses increase their orders for long-lasting manufactured goods in February, but a key category that tracks business investment plans slipped slightly.