Floor Covering Associates of Kankakee, better known as FCA, will be consolidating its two business locations, as the longtime Bradley business at 400 E. North St. will have a single location in Bourbonnais.
FCA will be moving into Efloors Outlet, 1759 N. State Route 50, before year’s end. The locations are owned by John Fitts, of Bradley, and Robert Hill, of Shorewood. FCA’s corporate office is in Shorewood.
Efloors is located immediately south of the recently expanded Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
When the consolidation is complete, FCA will be at the front of the location, and Efloors will be toward the back of the property.
In addition to Bradley, the company has locations in Joliet, St. Charles, Naperville and Merrillville, Ind.
The store offers a wide variety of flooring options to residential and commercial customers, including carpeting, hardwoods, vinyl, ceramic, laminates, bamboo and cork, among others.
Between the FCA and Efloors, the company employs 12 people locally.
FCA has been at the North Street location for more than 30 years. The company has owned the Efloors site since March 2003. In addition to being Efloors, the Route 50 property formerly was a Wolohan Lumber store.
A recent ranking of quality and affordability of 715 U.S. community colleges surveyed by WalletHub.com found that Kankakee Community College was the ranked No. 536 nationwide.
The schools’ scores came from three areas. The three areas are cost and financing, education outcomes and career outcomes. KCC scored 675th, 121st and 454th, respectively in those three areas.
The three areas were derived from 17 categories measured. They include: Lowest cost of in-state tuition; highest per student spending; student-faculty ratio; graduation rate; student loan default rate; and highest return on education investment.
The nation’s top community college, per the study, was Arkansas State University-Mountain Home. The school scored a rating of 66.13. KCC scored 42.26.
Regarding the 40 Illinois community colleges, the survey showed KCC ranked 23rd. Rend Lake College in Ina scored tops in Illinois with 55.49.
Other Illinois community college state rankings are: (6 in state ranking) Danville Area C.C., 46.08; (14) Rock Valley College, 44.46; (17) Kishwaukee C.C., 43.46; (28) College of DuPage, 40.5; (36) Joliet Junior College, 37.77; and (40) Wabash Valley College, 32.36.
On average, one year of tuition at a two-year community college is $3,570. That compares to $9,970 at a public four-year institution and $34,740 at a four-year private school.
A new pediatric dentist office opened Aug. 7 in Bradley in the Bradley Place Plaza next to Oberweis Ice Cream & Dairy Shop along North Kinzie Avenue.
Joyful Smiles, owned by Dr. Yaa McDonald, of Frankfort, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the 3,000-square-foot location on Tuesday. The location’s grand opening will be held at 10 a.m. Sept. 8.
The location at 860 N. Kinzie Ave., Suite E, is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
The owner of Youthful Smiles in Tinley Park since 2017, McDonald quickly realized establishing a new practice in Bradley was needed, as she was having many Kankakee County residents travel to Tinley Park for adolescent care.
McDonald’s practice also specializes in providing dental care for children with special health care needs. The dentist estimates 20 to 30 percent of her practice is devoted to children with special needs.
“We had so many patients coming to Tinley from the Bradley area. Within six months of opening our Tinley practice that we needed a practice in Bradley,” she said.
She is the only dentist in the Bradley office. The office has an orthodontist, Dr. Rory Chong. In all, the Bradley practice has a staff of seven. McDonald will be spending time at both locations.
The Bradley site has space for eight dental chairs. Currently, there are three.
As a pediatric dentist, the office sees patients as young as 6 months old and mainly until the patient reaches late teens or early 20s.