Our Memories of Maynard Johnson

By Andrea Kaderlik


We  are forever grateful for the impact Maynard Johnson had on each of our lives.  Maynard Johnson was born in 1921 and passed away this month (July 16, 2017) at the age of 95. Maynard married his sweetheart, Madeleine (who passed away January, 2017), and together, they raised their family in Minnesota. Maynard made many contributions to our local Lakeville community, which included a vision for the Airlake Industrial Park & economic development of Lakeville, Minnesota. He was instrumental in starting what is now known as "Pan-o-Prog"   (Panorama of Progress), as Lakeville's annual community celebration. Maynard was even the Grand Marshall of the event in 1983!

Our companies' owner and co-founder, Jack Matasosky, has long considered Maynard to have not only been his mentor, but a lifelong friend, with a relationship that began when Jack was hired by Maynard in 1978. After Jack co-founded APPRO Development, and later, CERRON Properties, Maynard continued to be a trusted adviser and valued confidante .

 We hope you enjoy learning more about this fascinating Lakeville pioneer, who is forever in our hearts!

In the Community - Lakeville School Supply Drive

By Andrea Kaderlik

A School Supply Drive is under way for Lakeville Area Public Schools!

We absolutely value the community in which our team lives and works! Lakeville is a great place to live and raise a family. It was recently brought to our attention, by Jim Connelly on our team, who is an active member of the Lakeville Rotary, that there is going to be a school supply drive to benefit students in the Lakeville Area Public School system.

In this blog post, you will learn:
  • What is needed
  • When to drop off donations
  • Where collection sites are located 
  • Why this is supply drive is especially important

2017 MBEA Award Finalists: APPRO and CERRON

MBEA Award Finalists - APPRO and CERRON attend 18th Annual Ethics Award Lunch:

On Wednesday, May 18, 2017, members of the APPRO and CERRON team attended  the 18th annual Minnesota Business Ethics Award lunch. It was quite a journey there - 30 years in the making, really. It is indeed an honor to have made a top three list of finalists!

Read more to learn:

  • What the MBEA is all about
  • How the team at APPRO and CERRON ended up as a finalist
  • How your team or companies you work with, might end up a finalist, too!

2015 APPRO & CERRON Team Ornament Stories

By Andrea Kaderlik


We asked our team to share one of their favorite ornaments this year and a story about what makes that particular ornament special. Some of our team members had a really hard time choosing just one. I think many of us can relate to that, choosing a favorite anything.

There are a wide variety of ornaments and stories to go along with them...we hope you enjoy learning a little more about our team, and some of the stories about what makes each of us unique!

Lakeville Manufacturers Appreciation Reception-2015

By Andrea Kaderlik

A great time was had by all at the 2015 Lakeville Manufacturers Appreciation Reception!

This "invitation only" event is conducted annually to express appreciation for local industrial and manufacturing businesses, many of which are located in the Airlake Industrial Park. The event was held on Tuesday, October 7, 2015, at Brackett's Crossing Country Club, in Lakeville, Minnesota.

Approximately 90 participants had registered to attend the reception at which the City of Lakeville expressed their appreciation for the value manufacturing and industry businesses bring to our local community. Mayor Matt Little expressed his gratitude for the jobs created by these companies, allowing Lakeville residents to work closer to home. Additional City, County, and State representatives in attendance included: Jon Koznick (MN State Representative-58A), Roz Peterson (MN State Representative-56B), Mary Liz Holberg (Dakota County Commissioner),  Colleen LaBeau (Lakeville City Council), and many more. Rick Howden, of the City of Lakeville, drew the names and announced the winners for each of the prizes donated for the evening's reception.

Many thanks to the Event Sponsors: The City of Lakeville, Lakeville Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau, Dakota Electric Association, Frontier Communications, Minnesota Energy Resources, and Xcel Energy.

 Pictured above: Paul Rehmke of Cloverleaf Cold Storage with Jack Matasosky of APPRO and CERRON.

In the Community: Midwest Special Services

By Andrea Kaderlik

  A few years ago, I had the opportunity to meet the team at Midwest Special Services (MSS) to learn about the services they offer and their focus on adults in our community with intellectual and/or physical disabilities. I was so impressed with their entire organization and the amazing work they doincluding… providing staffing for local companies!

Lakeville Groundbreaking: Mendell Machine and Manufacturing

Lakeville Groundbreaking for Mendell Machine and Manufacturing

On a gorgeous, sunny day in Lakeville’s Airlake Industrial Park, Mendell Machine and Manufacturing celebrated a groundbreaking to kick off a new addition to their existing production facility.

Happy Independence Day 2015 from Lakeville, MN


As we celebrate the birth of our nation and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence this weekend, the entire team at APPRO and CERRON would like to wish you and your loved ones a very safe and happy Independence Day 2015!

Airlake Industrial Park Developer Reflections

By Jack Matasosky

Airlake Industrial Park - Reflections

Airlake Industrial Park Developer, Maynard Johnson, is the focus of a new book, "Maynard's Reflections," written by his grandson, Brant Skogrand.

Meet the APPRO and CERRON Team: Paige Thompson

Meet the APPRO & CERRON Team: Paige Thompson


Paige Thompson, 2015

As we start 2015, we would like to introduce you to our team. At least once per month, (and we hope more often), we will share a little about the members of our team.

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