2017 Manufacturers Appreciation: Lakeville, MN

The 2017 Manufacturers Appreciation event, hosted by the City of Lakeville, on October 5, 2017, included a panel discussion addressing employment issues, followed by an after-hours style reception, including sponsors and vendors. This event was held in correlation with Manufacturing Week, typically during the first week of October, across the state of Minnesota.

Learn more about this annual event, including:

  • Link to presentations on the topic of workforce and staffing in the manufacturing sector
  • Link to past blogs about this event

State of MN.jpgThis year’s event was very well attended and was the first year that a panel discussion was included. Presenters from three diverse backgrounds spoke on the topic of workforce issues in our state. The three speakers included: Traci Tapani of Wyoming Machine, Miles Seppelt, of the City of Hutchinson, and Michael Slezak of Minnesota DEED. The event was organized by the City of Lakeville and Dave Olson, Lakeville’s Community and Economic Development, emceed the event.

Ms. Tapani is the co-President of Wyoming Machine and gave an excellent presentation on ways in which her company has successfully addressed staffing by thinking outside of the box. By sharing the stories of three of her employees, she illustrated unique staffing solutions for her manufacturing company which was an inspiration to other Minnesota manufacturing companies.

Students in Manufacturing.jpgMr. Seppelt, the Economic Development Director for the City of Hutchinson, presented an exciting program to encourage middle and high school students to explore manufacturing. By dispelling many myths about manufacturing, just as much for parents as students, Hutchinson schools have found a way to encourage students to consider the field of manufacturing as a great (and lucrative) career option through their “TigerPath Academy” initiative. This is truly inspiring and we strongly encourage you to take a look at this program which involves sponsorship opportunities by local manufacturers. This is an excellent model by a Minnesota community creating workforce solutions benefiting both employers and future employees.

The panel discussion concluded with a presentation by Mr. Slezak, who shared information with area manufacturers about the supports available from the Minnesota DEED office. There are many options available at this link to consider for your business, and Mr. Slezak encouraged the audience to reach out to their office for any help that might be needed.

In the event that you missed the presentation, the City of Lakeville has posted the slide decks from each of the manufacturing panel presentations on their website. By following this link, you will find an individual link to each of these presentations. 

It is with gratitude that we attend this event each year. Having helped many of the attendees over our 30 years of service to our local community, this event allows us to connect with many of those businesses, as well as to meet our newest neighbors in Lakeville. 

If there is anything our team can do in the next year to help you with your business, as your space needs change, please consider reaching out to our property solutions team. There is no project too small or too large – we are here to help in any way we can!

Wishing you & your team continued success,



Celebrating 30 Years of Service to Lakeville Manufacturers


Additional Links you may enjoy:

  • 2016 Manufacturers Appreciation Reception
  • 2015 Manufacturers Appreciation Reception

Image Source: Manufacturing electronics image and students at table image, both via Freepik.com. Image of MN map via Wikimedia Commons.

City of Lakeville News & Current Events

City of Lakeville: News and Current Events

The team at APPRO and CERRON tries to stay on top of all the current events in each of the communities we have the opportunity to serve.  This week, we focus on City of Lakeville News & Current Events.

By keeping up to date on the local happenings, we hope this information helps you and your business. Like you, we are busy and appreciate news in quick snippets, as the days get busy and it is a challenge to sift through all the information that constantly comes our way!

We hope you find this week’s list relevant and helpful to you and your business!

Lakeville in the News

Lakeville Map 2017.pngThere is a lot of activity happening in and around our local community. Located in Dakota County, Minnesota, Lakeville is a growing community and setting records for building permits and new construction in both residential and commercial building. Road construction is planned across the city, plans for the future are being assessed, and changes in fees are occurring.

As a result, we thought the following three articles would be of interest to both existing residents and business owners, as well as prospective individuals and businesses considering a move to this area. 

You make click on the link to each of these articles listed below to learn more about the topic:

1. Lakeville Park Dedication Fee to Increase 3%

2. Lakeville Thrive – Be a part of the 2040 Comprehensive Planning Project 

3. Major Transformation Planned in Lakeville 

(Source of map: City of Lakeville)

Where can you find more news about the great City of Lakeville? Check out the following links…

The more you know, the more you go!

Newsletter_Sample.pngThere is certainly an abundance of information available regarding our local community and we hope that this blog post helps to connect you with resources to learn more about what is happening in our backyard of Lakeville, Minnesota.

If you are looking for more articles like this, and you haven’t already, please consider signing up for our monthly e-newsletter. Each month it is packed full of information to help business owners with a variety of information, including property solutions.

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 Image Source in intro/header: Man working/reading news via Freepik.

2016 Lakeville Manufacturers Appreciation Reception

Our team had the honor of attending the 2016 Lakeville Manufacturers Appreciation Reception last evening at the Holiday Inn and Suites just off of County Road 70 and I-35 in beautiful Lakeville, Minnesota. 

This is an annual event our entire team looks forward to each October, and this year was no exception. In fact, this year, the City of Lakeville staff worked very hard on an impressive video which summarized the history of the Airlake Industrial Park. The Airlake Industrial Park is our backyard and where we first started our business almost 30 years ago. Thus, this year’s focus on the history of the park is near and dear to our hearts.

In this video, you will learn about the history of Airlake Park and how it has grown to be the second largest industrial park in the state of Minnesota. Additionally, you will see some pictures of and commentary from our fearless leader, Jack Matasosky, which is sure to bring a smile to your face – we know it certainly did for our team!

Simply click on the image below to watch the video, “History of Airlake Industrial Park” created by the team at the City of Lakeville. 



After viewing the video, you may also click on the following related links, which may be of interest to you:


As we attended last evening’s event, as with each year, we find ourselves grateful to serve our local community over the years and the opportunity this event affords our us and our community to thank all manufacturers and those who are a part of the industrial park (transporters and distributors, too!) for their very important role. We sincerely appreciate the opportunity to be a part of the success of our friends and neighbors in Lakeville, Minnesota!

Our team has been honored to be a part of the growth of the Airlake Industrial Park. Today, we continue to erect new buildings as the park continues to grow. And, our APPRO team is continually helping business owners alter their buildings to meet their ever changing needs through additions, expansions and remodels of their already existing spaces. Likewise, our CERRON team continues to help owners find new space in existing buildings within the park.

Whatever the space need, our team is available to help. If you find that your space needs have changed, we hope that you will consider working with our team.




Purchase I-35 Land Now: Lee Lake Commercial, Lakeville, MN

Ready to purchase I-35 Land? Lee Lake Commercial Lots are Available in Lakeville, MN

Purchase I-35 Land Now at Lee Lake in Lakeville, MN. These picturesque lots are the ideal location for retail or office with excellent freeway exposure garnering 83,000-103,000 vehicles per day in traffic counts. The site may also be an ideal location for senior housing or a memory care facility, as this property is located in C-3 zoning district (which was recently approved for this type of use by the City of Lakeville – (see Star Tribune article, Nov. 24, 2013). Additional use options may include apartments (re-zone), medical, restaurant or hotel.

Conveniently located on the southwest corner of I-35 and CR-46, this 13.91 (saleable) acre site is divisible to one (1) to two and a half (2.5) acre lots to meet your needs. Water, sewer and electricity are available on this site and multiple site options and configurations are available to review.

Join area businesses which include: Starbucks, Fitness 19, SuperAmerica, KwikTrip, Leo’s South, KFC, McDonald’s, Brunswick Zone, Gander Mountain, Pizza Ranch, HOM Furniture, AmericInn, Cracker Barrel, and Fleet Farm to name a few.

Lakeville is a growing community and is anticipated to be Dakota County’s largest city by 2040 according to a recent Vision Study completed by the City of Lakeville.

Great demographics, great traffic counts, and a great community. Now is the time to purchase a lot at Lee Lake. See our Lee Lake Commercial Lot listing page for additional details and a full brochure.

Call our friendly team today to learn more about this property and to discuss site options at CERRON Commercial Properties, a full service Real Estate brokerage.

Senior Housing – Great News for Lakeville, MN

Senior Housing about to get a boost in Lakeville, MN

Image Source: Simon Quinton via Flickr

Senior housing is about to get a boost in the City of Lakeville as Lakeville’s City Council recently approved a change in the zoning code to allow for more senior housing (assisted living) and memory care facilities in commercial zoning districts which previously did not allow this type of use.

You may read a recent article in the Star Tribune HERE.

If you have been considering building this type of project, please contact our team at APPRO and CERRON. We have CERRON Commercial Properties available in the City of Lakeville and a team with the knowledge, expertise and vast experience to help you navigate the process to bring more senior housing options to the residents of Lakeville, MN.

Lakeville Manufacturers Appreciation Reception 2013

This Year’s Lakeville Manufacturers Appreciation Reception Was the Best!

Mayor Little & Adam K at Manufacturers Reception 2013 - photo by APPRO Development Mayor Matt Little and Adam Kienberger, Economic Development Specialist announce awards from the prize drawing

The APPRO and CERRON team had the opportunity to attend the annual Lakeville Manufacturers Appreciation Reception this year, and found it to be the best in many years (if not ever)! We sincerely appreciated the opportunity to connect with many of our local neighbors; some we have known for years, and some we met for the first time. Every time we attend the event, we learn something new and that is what makes it so much fun! The businesses in Lakeville are doing some amazing things.

This event is hosted by the City of Lakeville, and was sponsored by MN Energy Resources, Xcel Energy, Frontier and Dakota Electric. This invitation only event was held at the Holiday Inn in Lakeville, MN, just off of I-35 and Kenrick Avenue, on Tuesday, October 22, 2013. In attendance were City of Lakeville staff, City Council Members, Economic Development Commission members, and a diverse representation of the manfacturers & businesses in the Lakeville community. The event is held to celebrate Manufacturers Appreciation Week (October 20-26, 2013). According to the City of Lakeville’s website, “Lakeville has over 3,100 manufacturing jobs amongst 150 businesses. Thank you to all of our manufacturers for being a part of Lakeville’s business community!”

Just shy of 40 companies attended this event and engaged in some great networking and recognition of the manufacturers in our community. If you were considering attending and just didn’t have the opportunity, we urge you to try to make it out to next year’s event. Great reason, great food, great people – you can’t go wrong!

We are grateful to continue our 26th year as a part of this great Lakeville community! If you are Manufacturer in Minnesota and would like to discuss a possible project, give our team a call. We are happy to answer any questions you may have!


Fourth of July in Lakeville, MN

4th of july in Lakeville MN picture of flag-fireworksFourth of July in Lakeville, MN

Fourth of July week is here! At APPRO and CERRON, we are lucky to work in the great community of Lakeville, MN. Lakeville’s Panorama of Progress (“Pan-O-Prog”) is celebrating its 47th year this year July 4th through the 14th. There is a lot going on this year so don’t miss out on any of the fun activities. The enjoyable week starts off with a spectacular free fireworks display the night of the 4th. Included in the fun night is live music by the band CASTAWAYS, temporary tattoos, clowns, and concessions. Don’t miss out on any of the festive events!

Other great events include:

  • A fishing tournament, Saturday, July 6th at 6:00 a.m. at Casperson Park
  • Baby Crawl-a-thon, Tuesday, July 9th at 10:00 a.m. at the Heritage Center
  • Miss Lakeville Scholarship Pageant, Wednesday, July 10th 6:00 p.m. at Lakeville South High School
  • Beer brats and bingo, Thursday, July 11th 5:00 p.m. Lakeville arts center
  • Fun Fair Friday, July 11th-13th from 12:00 noon – 10:00 p.m. Lakeville area arts center parking lot
  • Classic car cruise, Friday, July 12th 6:30 pm downtown
  • Grand parade, Saturday, July 13th 5:30 pm downtown
  • Babe’s tent dance, 8:00 p.m. on Saturday night.

Hope to see you there!

(Additional information on festivities can be found at Pan-O-Prog.)

APPRO and CERRON will be closed Thursday, July 4th and Friday, July 5th in observance of the Fourth of July holiday.

APPRO Development, Inc. has been providing property solutions to our local Lakeville community for more than 25 years! Contact us if you need help finding the perfect property solution in MN or ND.

New Improvements Coming to Miracle League Field in Lakeville, Minnesota

Miracle Field Lakeville MNNew improvements coming to Miracle League Field in Lakeville, Minnesota. APPRO Development, Inc., has been thrilled to be involved in the construction of the Miracle Field in Lakeville, MN. It makes us even happier to see what a success the project and programs have been !

We are happy to say that the field will serve 10 teams and over 110 players this year !!

We are presently adding some ramp and access improvements to make it easier for players and spectators to get to the field. The new bleachers being installed will accommodate the cheering friends and families of the players!

Thanks to the subcontractors donating their time and dollars, the Lakeville Baseball Association, Brian Roseen and the Miracle Field Network for allowing us to help in a small way !

I only have to recall the first “exhibition game” played on one of the regular fields at King Park – to understand the relevance of this field . I was standing near the backstop watching one of the players bat and run the bases, and as he rounded third base – headed for home, it was impossible to miss the smile on his face and the joy he felt at that moment he scored his run. He ran up to the woman standing next to me and asked – “Mom – did I do good and will Dad be proud of me?” She said “oh yes Honey – you did great and Dad will be thrilled!”. The hair on my arms stood straight up. EVERY SINGLE CHILD deserves to feel the joy of moments like that. As a bonus – she told her Son they had to leave early, so they could go pick up Dad at the airport – turns out he was returning from his tour in Iraq !

It never ceases to amaze me that whenever you commit to a volunteer effort like this – the rewards of the involvement far exceed the energy put into it. The Lakeville Community embraced this project form day 1, and continues to support it. Over 500 volunteers help in facilitating this worthwhile program each year .

Please consider stopping by the Miracle Field at King Park, on Dodd Road – and cheer on the players, they are the most gracious and happy kids that ever played the game!

APPRO Development has been blessed to be one of the many groups/people helping Miracle Field and all they do to accomplish their mission of making the game of baseball accessible to all children. If you would also like to get involved, you may visit their website at Miracle League MN for more information.

Looking to Grow Your Small Business?

Trustworthy small business resources in MN by APPRO and CERRON Curious Puppy by Ashley Linn Trann

Looking to grow your small business? Or, looking for information to start a new business? APPRO and CERRON have the resources you need. In today’s age of electronics, instant gratification, and information on demand, whatever you can Google, can be found in a matter of seconds. But, how do you know if the answer is trustworthy? I love that insurance company commercial where two friends are talking on the sidewalk with the message, “if it is on the internet, it MUST be true” as her “French model” boyfriend (who she met online) walks up. So, how do we really know what to believe and who to trust?

As much as we have adopted many electronic resources at APPRO and CERRON, we continue to value our personal relationships with trusted resources and advisors. With that said, we would like to share some of these trusted resources with you to help you grow your business. Do your research online, and then plan a meeting in person to get the help you need.

Business Planning:

  • Open to Business
  • SCORE (this link goes to the National site and allows you to find a chapter closest to you)
  • SBA

Local Chambers of Commerce:


  • SBA Small business loans and financing options
  • SPEDCO Local SBA lending resource

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At APPRO and CERRON, we have been working hard for more than 25 years to earn the trust of each of our clients. We have been here and will continue to be here as a trusted resource for all of your property solution needs. If you are looking for more helpful information for your business, please feel free to sign up for our monthly E-Newsletter.

Airlake Industrial Park – A Blast from the Past!

Airlake Industrial Park in Dakota County, Minnesota, is a part of who we are – for APPRO Development, it is part of our history, it is where we work, where we build, and where we have served many of our clients for more than a quarter of a century! While we were recently going through our archived photos and redesigning our website, we came across a copy of a presentation that was given at the 2004 Manufacturers’ Appreciation Event, hosted by the City of Lakeville, MN. We thought others might enjoy seeing their buildings in this blast from the past!


At APPRO Development, Inc. and CERRON Commercial Properties, LLC, we are proud of our history and our contributions to the fellow business owners in the Airlake Industrial Park of Lakeville, MN. As our company’s mission statement proclaims, “we have a passion for understanding what is important to your business, with an expert staff that is driven to provide comprehensive property solutions, to exceed your goals and expectations!” If you have a commercial property question, feel free to Contact Us anytime, we are always available to chat with you.
Enjoy the flashback!