A new coat of paint is getting attention on Washington Street.
Ron Imgrund, new owner of the metal building that once housed Python Recycling, has plans for his own business and lease space within the 33,000 square foot building.
"I was looking for the place to lease and ended up buying the building," Imgrund said.
Imgrund worked at Acrometal in manufacturing for 21 years. And now he said it was time to give his idea to run his own business a try. Imgrund purchased an existing chrome-plating business located in Silver Lake near Hutchinson and plans to move it to Brainerd in about a month. It was a business opportunity he found while searching on the Internet.
Imgrund plans to work with motorcycle parts, boat and car parts and plumbing fixtures. Because his own business is expected to be located on the lower level, Imgrund said there is lease space opportunities. And other business owners have already expressed interest. One business KenLor Enterprises, with offices in Pequot Lakes and Aitkin, already signed a lease. Imgrund said a taxi service, a garage door service and small manufacturing company are some of the businesses that expressed an interest in the space.
Loans and assistance came from Region 5, Brainerd Lakes Area Development Corp. and the Small Business Administration. Imgrund said the help all started with the Business and Industry Center at Central Lakes College. Imgrund started this process by completing a going into business for yourself course. The business center assisted with a business plan, the presentation to the bank and number crunching to see if the business could be successful.
"They really set me up," Imgrund said. "They really laid the ground work -- the business plan. ... It was the only way I could have started it up."
Infrastructure pieces are currently being installed, including a sprinkler system. Imgrund said the new business will include a couple of employees beyond himself and expansions are expected in the future.
Seafood Plus, located on Washington Street, is moving to a home-based operation. The seafood store that also has a wide array of tools is moving to Woida Road in Baxter about a mile and a half west of Arby's. Merrill Larson, owner, said the home option will actually provide more space than the small business site.
The move will likely take place over a month's time or more. Seafood Plus will continue to be open at its current location until the transition is completed.
New training money should benefit students, workers and employers. A $172,298 Minnesota Job Skills Partnership training grant to Central Lakes College is designed to provide training for 185 current and new employees of Integra Telecom in Baxter.
The grant will assist in delivering training assistance to the growing company and allow Dakota County Technical College and CLC to build their telecommunications capacity and knowledge of the industry. Representatives from CLC and the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Board took a tour of Integra Telecom this past week as part of a grant signing celebration.
Hunt Technologies Inc. was named the third fastest growing technology company in Minnesota in the 2000 Minnesota Fast 50 Program. Hunt Technologies increase in revenues of 3,015 percent over the five-year period of 1995 to 1999 resulted in the No. 3 ranking overall. This marks the third consecutive year Hunt has been in the top three.
Census reports find the percentage of Americans living in poverty dropped from 12.7 percent in 1998 to 11.8 percent in 1999, the lowest poverty rate since 1979. Poverty rates among all major racial and ethnic groups except whites were equal to or surpassed historic lows. The median household income in the U.S. from 1998-1999 was $40,280. In Minnesota, the median household income for the same period was $48,112.
Ray Bradbury, futurist and science fiction writer, will be the guest speaker at the celebration of the completed St. Cloud State University library. The author of "Fahrenheit 451," will speak from 1-2 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Kimberly A. Ritsche Auditorium in Stewart Hall. He will also participate in the library dedication.
The James W. Miller Learning Resources Center library celebration is set Oct. 20 and 21. A grand opening is set from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 21 followed by an open house.
The new 235,000-square-foot library center opened just after Labor Day. It holds more than 650,000 book titles, 1.2 million government publications, 1.6 million microforms, 1,400 print journal subscriptions and 6,840 full-text electronic journals. There are 575 computer workstations and the center was constructed to allow for expansion. SCSU is now the second largest campus in Minnesota with about 15,000 students.
October is co-op month where cooperative representatives take the opportunity to tell their story about serving communities. The Minnesota Association of Cooperatives note the locally-owned co-ops are continuing to change to meet member needs. Cooperatives sell food, farm supplies, hardware and recreational equipment, as well as provide services such as electricity, telephone and television. For trivia buffs, the first U.S. cooperative was a town mutual insurance company organized in 1752 by Benjamin Franklin.
And speaking of cooperatives, checks are still waiting for rightful owners with ties to the Blue Ox Cooperative in order to return money to about 2,100 people. About 400 checks came back to trustees as undeliverable mail, leaving them few options in their efforts to locate individuals with changed addresses or families of those now deceased.
Individuals or surviving family members of those who have equities in the Blue Ox Cooperative may contact the board of trustees by mail at Creameries Blending Inc., 303 N.E. Sixth St., Little Falls, MN 56345.
Inquiries sent to that address will be followed up by staff.
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