Business Briefs: Firm backs Sterno deal, Match Burger Lobster opens
Published 12:00 am, Saturday, October 7, 2017
Compass Diversified subsidiary Sterno Products acquired sevenOKs, a La Porte, Ind., company that makes insulated food carriers for use by restaurants, caterers, concession stands and school cafeterias, among other locations.
Westport-based Compass acquired Corona, Calif.-based Sterno in 2014 for $160 million.
Sterno generated $219 million in sales in 2016. SevenOKs’ revenue was $4 million in 2016.
At the former location of Fleishers Craft Kitchen at 580 Riverside Ave. in Westport, Match Burger Lobster opened Sept. 27 under Matt Storch, the longtime owner of Match on Washington Street in Norwalk.
In a casual setting, Match Burger Lobster’s preliminary menu includes hot and cold lobster rolls priced at $24, cracked lobster for $22, combo burger and lobster plates, a $16 fried oyster roll and lobster truffle fries for $25.
Westport-based Connoisseur Media launched Mod 102.3 FM in Milford as an alternative rock station, having previously simulcast WPLR’s classic rock programming on the frequency.
Kristin Okesson, general manager of Connoisseur’s local stations, told Hearst Connecticut Media the company determined a void exists in the New Haven area for alternative rock, a genre aired as well by Glastonbury’s WMRQ-FM.
New Canaan-based Bankwell filed an application with the state Department of Banking to open a branch in downtown Westport, which would be its first there.
Bankwell aims to open a full-service branch at 100 Post Road in Westport. Bankwell is taking over space previously occupied by clothier Steven Alan.
Whole Foods Market disclosed it became aware recently of unauthorized access of payment card information used at certain full-service restaurants and taprooms within some of its 470 stores. Its checkout systems in grocery aisles are not believed to be compromised.
Whole Foods did not provide dates and locations of any breaches, saying it is working with law enforcement in investigating the incidents. Whole Foods’ nearby locations include Darien, Fairfield and Westport.
Darien-based Ring’s End acquired Tuxis Lumber, of Madison, the company’s eighth lumberyard. Other area locations include Bethel and Wilton.
Ring’s End has showrooms and paint centers in Fairfield, Trumbull and Westport, as well as commercial plants in Milford and Stratford.
Ring’s End did not state transaction terms with the owners of Tuxis Lumber, which has been in business in 1961.
The state Department of Consumer Protection issued a newly revised handbook on the state’s “lemon law” governing sales of defective vehicles. Under the law, vehicle and motorcycle buyers can force dealers into arbitration if unable to get satisfactory repairs of problems that surface within two years or 24,000 miles of vehicle use.
Information is available at ct.gov/dcp/lemon or by calling 860-713-6120.
Sixteen percent of those 15 and older, equal to about 41 million people, provided unpaid care to someone 65 or older in 2015 and 2016, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released last week.
On days they provided elder care, caregivers spent an average of 2.8 hours in caregiving activities. Caregivers spent one hour per day in caregiving associated with leisure and sports on days they provided care. This included 25 minutes per day in elder care associated with socializing and communicating.
Caregiving related to household activities accounted for 32 minutes per day on days when caregivers provided elder care.
Women spent more of their time devoted to household activities on food preparation and cleanup; men spent more time on lawn and garden care.