Imperial Plastics New Building Project Breaks Ground in Mankato MN

Imperial Plastics New Building Project Breaks Ground in Mankato MN

Imperial Plastics Groundbreaking Norman Oberto, Owner of Imperial Plastics, address the crowd of approximately 50 gathered for the ceremony.

APPRO Development, Inc. and CERRON Commerical Properties, LLC are pleased to announce the official Imperial Plastics New Building Project Breaks Ground in Mankato MN on Thursday, August 1, 2013. Surrounded by family, employees, City of Mankato staff & board, Greater Mankato Chamber, financial, legal, real estate, building, architectural and accounting professionals, Imperial Plastics’ owner, Norman Oberto, greeted the crowd and shared his vision for not just this new additional location for his business, but for the growth of his company. Mayor Anderson, City Manager, Pat Hentges, APPRO and CERRON’s Jack Matasosky, and Jonathan Zierdt from the Greater Mankato Chamber rounded out the ceremony with words of esteem and gratitude at the occasion of the start of a new building in the City of Mankato’s Eastwood Energy Center.

This 124,368 square foot building will be the fourth, and largest, facility for Imperial Plastics in Minnesota. CERRON, commercial real estate broker, helped to secure the site for Imperial and APPRO is the acting design build contractor for this new and exciting project.

  • More details of the building project can be found on APPRO’s Current Project Page, HERE (includes many more pictures of groundbreaking & current progress at this building site).
  • Read more about this project in the Mankato Free Press, by linking, HERE.
  • To learn more about Imperial Plastics, you may visit their website by linking HERE.

APPRO Development, Inc. and CERRON Commercial Properties, LLC have been assisting clients like Imperial Plastics for more than 25 years, across Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. If you have been thinking about adding onto your existing building, need to make some small updates or changes, or are thinking about building a new facility – our team of experts is here to help. To get the ball rolling, you may contact Jack Matasosky at to discuss your unique situation.

Click on any of the photos below to enlarge.

Jack Matasosky, APPRO Development & CERRON Properties with Jonathan Zierdt, Greater Mankato Chamber President Jack Matasosky, APPRO Development & CERRON Properties with Jonathan Zierdt, Greater Mankato Chamber President

Lunch Reception at Imperial Plastics Groundbreaking, August 1, 2013 Lunch Reception at Imperial Plastics Groundbreaking, August 1, 2013

APPRO Development & CERRON Commercial Properties Groundbreaking in Mankato, MN Norman Oberto joined by APPRO, CERRON, Mankato Mayor Anderson, Council Member Karen Foreman, Kristin Prososki, and Tim Lidstrom

Greater Mankato Chamber Cerificate Presentation to Norman Oberto of Imperial Plastics Greater Mankato Chamber Cerificate Presentation to Norman Oberto of Imperial Plastics



















A special thank you to the Greater Mankato Ambassadors for attending this event and also for sharing photos taken at the groundbreaking event (most of which can be found on this and our blog page). To learn more about the Greater Mankato Growth Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development, you may click HERE to access their website.

Commercial Real Estate Trends for 2013

South Metro space for lease or for sale

The overall commercial real estate market is improving with most sectors showing strength. The combination of low interest rates, better market fundamentals, and stronger business volumes for many companies, have helped contribute to this commercial real estate market improvement.

CoStar reported reported the…

  • “Demand for U.S. warehouse space moved from the recovery to the expansion phase in late 2012 as rising occupancy rates and limited new construction helped push (up) rents…” Randyl Drummer, CoStar News
  • “Tenant demand for office space ended 2012 on a strong note” with a good 4th quarter in most office sectors. Randyl Drummer, CoStar News (Follow him on Twitter)

Therefore, it appears that “commercial real estate markets are nearing a point that the properties are not going to get any less expensive,” Mark Heschmeyer, CoStar News. At CERRON, we have several quality listings available in many sectors, including:

  • Warehouse space for lease at 21725 Hamburg Avenue, Lakeville
  • Office/Warehouse/Showroom for sale at 21205 Eaton Avenue, Farmington
  • Office space for sale at 2809 Cliff Road East, Burnsville
  • Office space for lease at 3470 Washington Drive, Eagan
  • Office space for sale at 2430-2438 – 117th St. E., Burnsville
  • Office space at 11995 County Rd. 11, #210, Burnsville

At CERRON Commercial Properties, a south metro MN real estate brokerage, we are ready to assist you with your commercial real estate needs. Contact us today to discuss how we can find the right property solution for you…with you!

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Sound the Alarms – Firehouse Grille Coming Soon!

APPRO Development & CERRON Commercial Properties are very excited to be working on a new project which will bring innovative ownership and fresh ideas to an existing (former restaurant) building in the City of Elko New Market.

Elko New Market is located just four miles south of Lakeville and two miles west of I-35, with a growing population, in one of Minnesota’s fastest growing counties (Scott County, Minnesota).

The Firehouse Grille, located at 7875 Old Towne Road, has been purchased by new ownership and is currently under renovation by APPRO Development, Inc., as the design build, general contractor. The new owners have been pouring over every detail of this building from the ceiling to the bar to the floor and have chosen some unique materials…


You will have to wait and see how they have used these materials in the design-build process when you stop on out for a bite to eat!

As a result of all of this work, the Firehouse Grille will surely be Scott County’s best new culinary refuge and preferred stomping grounds for area firefighters and community members alike.

So, go ahead – pack up your hoses, silence the sirens, park the trucks, hang up the gear, and slide on down to the new Firehouse Grill in Elko New Market! Opening early 2013!

APPRO & CERRON have been providing property solutions to meet the unique needs of each of their clients for more than 25 years in the South Metro area of Minnesota and across North Dakota and Montana. Give us a call today to discuss your unique needs – it would be our honor to help you find the perfect solution for you and your business. Feel free to contact us at any time.


By Pat Simpkins, Project Manager, APPRO Development, Inc. (A Commercial, Design Build Company located in Lakeville, MN)

Mission to live and work by the Golden Rule

This Christmas, my biggest present will be the presence of my middle daughter, back from nearly six months of mission work in Australia’s Outback and in Uganda. She and her older sister are both currently in full time work as interdenominational Christian missionaries, both based off the west coast of Australia. They are leaders in a much larger group of people that trains together for three months, then goes out to different places in the world where they believe the Gospel message is most needed and where there are other physical needs for which they can help. The work pays nothing, living conditions are often lousy and the work often-times physically and/or psychologically challenging. It is the most rewarding work either daughter can think of doing during this time in their lives, however, as their smiles and countenance show.

I believe a sense of mission is needed in everyone’s lives. Many people in the business community have a passion for their customers, in delivering a good or service that is of such high quality and value that it can’t help but impress. Customers come back, not wanting to sacrifice any part of the great experience they just received, often insisting on that person being their contact for all upcoming work they intend to do with the company. A loyalty is built, upon which many years of upcoming work can be derived, and which usually results in a mutually profitable arrangement for both parties for that extended time.

One example I can think of is a friend of mine in the stock trading business who has always tended to pick stocks very well. He has stated on many occasions that what drives him is doing everything he can to maximize his clients’ portfolios over the long run while minimizing the risks in doing so. Since each investor is different, he goes to great lengths to get to know their investing philosophies, to ensure he is the right fit for them, and to know how much risk-taking in buying and selling stocks he should take with their portfolios. While no trader is a winner in every stock transaction, our stocks have done very well under his guidance. His business has boomed, as new clients have realized how successful he has been for others.

It seems the most successful people in business are successful because they are driven to customer satisfaction, even customer delight. This takes dedication, thoughtfulness, an ability to put oneself in another’s shoes mentally or emotionally, and good overall communication. Like my missionary daughters, sometimes prayer is also involved. The golden rule of treating others as one would like to be treated also always applies. These values are at the center of APPRO & CERRON’s business philosophy of going the extra mile to serve our clients well.

So, how about it? Are you ready to dedicate yourself in your daily business dealings to do whatever you can to take care of your customer’s needs? Even when there’s no immediate payoff, and sometimes involves some personal sacrifice? Why not consider it as your New Year’s resolution for 2013? It may not pay off immediately for you. But I promise that, over time, you will cultivate your own loyal customer base wherever you go, for as long as you press onward for “the mission.”

At APPRO and CERRON, we have been blessed with long time friends, subcontractors and clients who join us in our passion for creating property solutions by striving every day to understand what drives our clients’ businesses, so we know best how to find property solutions for them and meet their business needs. This dedication has earned APPRO and CERRON repeat and expanded business opportunities with many loyal clients in the process. I want to take this time to wish everyone a Merry Christmas at this special time of year. Don’t miss the chance to spend quality time with family and friends whenever possible, to make the most of it. Please remember, too, to let APPRO Development and CERRON Properties take care of your property needs in 2013. You’ll be glad you did!

For those interested in being a part of my oldest daughter’s upcoming mission work in Asia, feel free to give me a call.

Pat Simpkins