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Business notebook

New Dixon home care in business

DIXON – Siblings Dena Ellis and Tyson Rogers, along with Dena’s fiance, Joseph Clark, have opened Home Helpers and Direct Link of the Valleys.

The business, with an office at 404 N. Galena Ave., specializes in home care for seniors, new mothers and others needing recuperative and continuing care. Founded in 1997, the Cincinnati-based Home Helpers is one of the nation’s largest senior care franchises with more than 600 operations.

Ellis, a lifetime resident of the Sauk Valley, has been a registered nurse for 10 years and former assistant director of nursing at a senior care and rehabilitation facility. Clark is familiar with the private sector of home health care. Rogers’ background is in corporate business.

The service is geared toward those who need help, but wish to remain independent and in their own home. Home Helpers is available on an hourly, daily or weekly basis and provides 24-hour live-in care.

“I’m pleased about the opportunity to help local seniors lead healtheir, happier and more rewarding lives in the comfort of their own homes,” Clark said.

Call 815-677-9655 or find them on Facebook at “Home Helpers of the Valleys” to learn more.

Cin’s Treasure on the move

OREGON – Cin’s Treasures Ceramics will be replacing Vintage Cupboard when the Cupboard moves just across the hall in Conover Square.

Cin’s owner, Cindy Hendrickson, said the move will be complete by Feb. 1. She now operates at 111 S. Fourth St., across from the courthouse.

Her business allows customers to paint their own ceramics. She offers classes, group outings, birthday parties and hosts Boy and Girl Scouts.

The amount of space is similar at Conover Square, but the move to the old downtown piano-factory-turned-boutique-mall should generate more foot traffic, Hendrickson said. She’s now the lone retail shop on the block, she said.

“I’m looking forward to having neighbors.”

Borg-Warner opens China plant

DIXON – BorgWarner, which operates a plant in Dixon, opened another production plant in Ningbo, China, on Nov. 28, propelled by the rapidly growing Chinese automotive market, the company said in a news release.

The manufacturing facility will produce and test timing technologies and engine timing systems.

The Ningbo Engineering Center increases BorgWarner’s capabilities to develop new technologies locally and validate products quickly to meet the specifications of the Chinese market, the release said.

In Dixon, the Auburn Hills, Mich.-based BorgWarner Inc., 1350 Franklin Grove Road, employs about 165 people and has been in the city since 1962.

A taste of Chicago in Amboy

AMBOY — Business at The Beef Hut, 305 E. Bluff St., has been steady this past year, since replacing the Snack N’ Go in Amboy on Nov. 1 2011.

The restaurant, owned by Kelly Dicaro, features Vienna Italian beef sandwiches, Chicago style hot dogs, hand-battered, beer-battered chicken sandwiches and appetizers.

Some customers still are finding the restaurant for the first time.

“We do everything fresh, never frozen,” Dicaro said. “We have fresh soups and chili every day.”

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