Comings & Goings: Central Collision Acquires Tinley Repair Center
A look at new businesses coming into town and a fond farewell to those that have, for whatever reason, called it quits.
The new location at 18040 S. Oak Park Ave. will be the seventh for the collision repair chain, which is owned by Michael Caruso.
The 20,000-square-foot center was previously owned by Jack and Monika Ditmars. Central will retain the facility’s 13 employees.
“This acquisition continues our commitment to the south suburban community and the growth of the Central Collision family,” Caruso, president and CEO of Central Collision, said in a news release. “We will continue to develop high-quality repair centers to meet the specific needs of our clients. Our goal is to improve the repair process for our customers.”
Central Collision operates five traditional repair facilities in Peotone, Mokena, Crete, New Lenox and Oak Forest. The company also operates one rapid repair facility, called Central Express, in Oak Forest.
Tenant Found for Distribution Center
Bedford Park-based M. Block & Sons, a leading distributor of consumer products to retailers throughout the United States, will be moving in to the Tinley Park Corporate Center at Oak Park Avenue and Prosperi Drive in Tinley Park.
The 915,000-square-foot center has never been occupied since it was built back in 2008. The deal was announced last week by commercial real estate firm CBRE Group.
Tinley Economic Development Director Ivan Baker said some tenant build out would be required because the building was never finished.
As part of the deal, Tinley Park is going to prohibit parking on Prosperi Drive east of Oak Park Avenue so trucks using the warehouse will not have to negotiate parked cars.
CBRE said M. Block & Sons will likely be moving in during June.
M. Block said its vendor partners include Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and their Keurig single serve coffee division, Proctor & Gamble, Kraft, Sensio, Tristar Products Inc., Applica Inc., Jarden Consumer Solutions, Blue Avocado, and Arc International.
Major retail accounts include Bed Bath and Beyond, Walmart, Target, JC Penney, Macy's, Costco, Kohl's and other leading home retailers. M. Block manages distribution centers in Redlands, Calif., and Bedford Park.
Orland Rotary Seeks Host Families
The Orland Park Rotary Club is looking for International Exchange Student Host Families within the borders of Sandburg High School for a student who will be living in Orland Park from the fall of 2012 until the summer of 2013. Host families provide a safe and loving environment for approximately three months.
Students have health insurance as well as an allowance from Orland Park Rotary. Contact Debra Baker at 708-362-1058 for information.
Tinley Brew and Vine Fest is Saturday
The third annual Tinley Park Brew and Vine Festival takes place from 2-11 p.m. on Saturday at the Tinley Park Convention Center at 183rd Street and Harlem Avenue.
Sample beer, wine and food from local vendors and enjoy live entertainment.
Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at the chamber office, 17316 S. Oak Park Ave., or online.
Buffalo Wild Wings Now Hiring
Stop by the restaurant from noon to 3 p.m. and again from 4-7 p.m.
Join the Fox Team
The store chain made its name with a worldwide brand of motocross apparel and has since branched out into other performance sports.
The mall said the store will be moving into part of the space being vacated by Bath & Body Works, which is downsizing and moving across the way.
The company was started as Fox Racing in 1974 in Campbell, Calif.
For information, visit the company’s website.
BMO-Harris Bank to Introduce Exec
BMO-Harris Bank, 8400 W. 159th St. in Orland Park, will hold a cocktail reception from 5:30-8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18, to introduce its new market president, Bob Verzak.
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