In 2006, Nathan and Rick Masters started Masters Bros., an electrical and heating & cooling (HVAC) contractor business. Today the business employs a staff of 40 people. “About 70% of our business is electrical and 30% is HVAC,” Rick said. Another brother, Jeremy, joined the business in 2009.
Last week’s One Voice Task Force sent a delegation to Washington DC, including Central Illinois Regional Airport (CIRA) representatives lobbying Congress and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The group sought government support for three key issues: FAA reauthorization, contract tower funding and an increase in passenger facility charges (PFCs).
Bloomington-Normal residents could see lower electricity and gas bills as a result of the recent federal tax legislation, which will decrease Ameren Illinois’ effective tax rate by nearly 13%.The Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 was intended to make the US more competitive and productive through lower business tax rates, a modernized international tax system and incentives to invest in the US.
Martin’s Home Furniture opened in 1995 on Kays Drive in Normal. In 2004, the business relocated to 501 Chancellor Drive in Bloomington. Vice President Brad Martin co-owns the business with his father Tom, who serves as President. The company currently has ten employees.
Inspire International owner Kristin Rae has sold thousands of her travel-inspired products to customers around the globe. Rae doesn’t have an upscale design firm in New York or LA--the mother of two works from her rural Bloomington home as a third-party seller on Amazon.
Wendy Ives started Artful Designs in 1999. As she says, “I saw a pottery studio in Northern Michigan and said to myself, I can do this!” At the time, it was a home-based hobby but quickly grew into a real business. In 2001, she moved her business to Normandy Village in Normal. Three years later Artful Designs relocated to 502 N. Prospect Road in Bloomington.
State Farm plans to cut 890 IT jobs in Bloomington, GLT reported Tuesday afternoon. The company will add similar positions at its hubs in Atlanta, Dallas and Phoenix.The move is part of the efforts State Farm began last fall to consolidate its three IT departments into one, called Enterprise Technology, to better serve customers, according to a statement made Tuesday.
Almost a year after opening its new Brewery and Beer Hall in Normal, all systems are go for Destihl to ramp up production in 2018.In its current configuration the brewhouse can produce over 100,000 barrels of brews each year. With 37,000 square feet of production space, Destihl has room to increase capacity well beyond 120,000 barrels a year as the company continues to grow.
State Farm Insurance, Bloomington-Normal's largest employer, reported a loss of $1.7B in the 2017 fiscal year. Although State Farm is private and therefore is not required to share financial results, the company reported losses stemmed from its auto and home insurance divisions.
Half Hazard Press opened November 2017 in a new 4,500 sq. ft. storefront at 105 W. Jefferson Street. Co-owners Chris Gray and Joel Hunter have operated Half Hazard Press in Bloomington-Normal since 2014. They started their business in Gray’s home before moving to the their first location at 603 S. Center Street.
Matt Bussan started working at Town & Country Animal Hospital in 1990.“I started cleaning out animal cages,” said Matt. Although he was only in 6th grade at the time, he already knew what he wanted to do when he grew up.
Time is running out to help a local entrepreneur with an idea for a new way to support independent artists. Eclectic Hearts is a monthly art subscription service that aims to give budding artists fair pay and credit for their work. Founder Megan Cowie says she wants to help fund artists who love what they do but don’t necessarily have the means to make a living from their work.