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BRANDT: The hometown local ag company

By David Blanchette A Pleasant Plains brother and sister had big ambitions 65 years ago when they founded what became one of central Illinois’ largest agricultural businesses. “Early on I decided we wanted to be the General Motors of the fertilizer business,” said 91-year-old Glen Brandt, the co-founder of BRANDT. “But I never dreamed that [...]

By |February 28th, 2018|Categories: Featured Article|0 Comments

Fast-growing Senergy Electric has big plans

With small-town roots, specializing in health care and security systems BY ZACHARY ROTH Many businesses, whether they are local or national, had humble beginnings. For Matt Giacomini, Brandon Keafer and Senergy Electric, it was no different. “We waited three months for the phone to ring,” said Giacomini, Senergy’s president. “The first year was pretty slow. [...]

By |January 31st, 2018|Categories: Featured Article|0 Comments

Best places to work

Balance of freedom and control BY SCOTT FAINGOLD  “Working here is far different than any sales structure I had ever been in,” said Greg Pacelli, senior account executive, who has been working in sales for Midwest Family Broadcasting for five years. “I’m allowed to take care of my clients and do what I need to [...]

Strong roots help LRS grow

Private ownership allows long-term attention to meeting customer needs BY DAVID BLANCHETTE LRS turns 39 years old this year and is going stronger than ever, with operations on five continents and the ongoing expansion of its world headquarters in Springfield. But the global leader of information technology solutions remains firmly rooted in the Springfield community [...]

By |January 30th, 2018|Categories: Featured Article|0 Comments

VELE enlivens Springfield food scene

New occupant of former Café Brio space is full of possibilities BY THOMAS C. PAVLIK JR. It’s an exciting time for foodies in Springfield, especially in terms of new downtown eateries. And VELE is one that I’ve been particularly excited about, since Justin Richardson from New Berlin’s The Garden is in charge of the kitchen. [...]

By |January 2nd, 2018|Categories: Featured Article|0 Comments

Planner Norm Sims, retiring, still has a lot of ideas

The former SSCRPC executive director reflects on a career in public administration BY SCOTT FAINGOLD When Norm Sims retired as executive director of Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission on Dec. 29, it capped off a public administration career that began in 1974 in the research program at the Kentucky Department of Education, “transferring the fruits [...]

By |January 2nd, 2018|Categories: Featured Article|0 Comments

Inside the sale of H.D. Smith

Founded in Springfield in 1954, the drug distribution company sells for $815 million   BY DAVID BLANCHETTE Most area residents may not realize that H.D. Smith is America’s largest, privately held national wholesale distributor in the pharmaceutical industry. But it’s no secret how the Springfield-based health care distribution business achieved that status. “We have a [...]

By |January 2nd, 2018|Categories: Featured Article|0 Comments

Aviation program is flying high

Lincoln Land now has better facilities for training aircraft mechanics, who are in demand BY SCOTT FAINGOLD “As a young person, you aren’t thinking about being an aircraft mechanic – it doesn’t even come onto your radar,” said Dave Pietrzak, program director of Lincoln Land Community College’s aviation department which, despite Pietrzak’s concerns, has recently [...]

By |November 21st, 2017|Categories: Featured Article, News|0 Comments

2018 – Best Places To Work

Do you love where you work? Nominate your company for Best Places to Work, sponsored by United Community Bank and Springfield Business Journal, for a chance to win a $100 gift card for yourself and recognition for your company. Everyone who makes a nomination before December 31 will be entered into a drawing for a [...]

By |November 21st, 2017|Categories: Events, Featured Article|0 Comments

A tale of pluck – Barnabas Helmy’s electronic Puck

BY PATRICK YEAGLE Like many inventions, Barnabas Helmy’s Puck began with a problem. Helmy’s daughter, two years old at the time, ruined the remote control for their home’s Apple TV by chewing on it. “They’re expensive, and it’s not even that functional of a remote,” Helmy said, sharing a story he has told dozens of [...]

By |July 27th, 2017|Categories: Featured Article|0 Comments
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